Current advisers

 Jeremy Van Cleve ( website )

Jeremy Van Cleve (website)

Jeremy grew up in wonderful Santa Fe, NM and attended Oberlin College.  After Oberlin, he spent a year living in Boulder, CO and worked with Rob Guralnick at the University of Colorado.  He then moved to the Bay Area and completed a Ph.D. at Stanford University in the laboratory of Marc Feldman.  From late 2009 to 2012, he was a SFI Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.  He was a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) during 2013 and 2014. Jeremy started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky in January 2015. (curriculum vitae)

 Ashley Seifert (website)

Ashley Seifert (website)

Why can some animals regenerate damaged tissues while others cannot?  It is a question that has fascinated scientists for centuries and yet, it remains largely unanswered.  In the context of regenerative biology, we are trying to understand the conditions that establish a regenerative microenvironment in response to injury.  Specifically, we want to determine the molecular mechanisms that regulate and direct this microenvironment to support regen and how these mechanisms are curtailed in non-regenerating systems.  Patterning, growth, and cellular differentiation are integrated during regeneration and development, but it remains largely unknown if organ regeneration recapitulates embryonic development or executes its own unique program in response to injury.  Using different animal models and organ systems like the skin, ear pinna and limb we are testing how regeneration diverges from the typical scarring response in mammals. In the context of regenerative medicine, we try to apply our understanding of how tissue regeneration occurs in mammals to inform new approaches to reduce fibrosis and stimulate a regenerative response to injury.


Current students

 Makayla Dean (undergraduate - UKY)

Makayla Dean (undergraduate - UKY)

I am a self-proclaimed nerd, lazy poet, and struggling biology student. I hope to get my B.S. in Biology and minor in Creative Writing in December, but in the meantime I’m content spending my time doing research in labs across campus and quoting John Mulaney at anyone who will listen. My work in lab focuses on how the behaviors of crayfish change after cheliped autotomy and exposure to predator cues. My personal scientific interests include urban ecology, metapopulations, wildlife conservation and management, and science outreach and education. In my free time, I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons, hiking and camping, and not reading as much as I should. I am also a mom to a beautiful disaster of a cat and a curator of my own mini museum of natural history. In a perfect world, I’d like to one day end up in a position where I can gallivant through the woods and educate the public about the wonders of the natural world at the same time.

 Zoe Dapore (undergraduate - UKY)

Zoe Dapore (undergraduate - UKY)

Description coming soon.


Past students

 Sarah Ward (undergraduate - UKY)

Sarah Ward (undergraduate - UKY)

Description coming soon.

 Stephanie Hacker (undergraduate - UKY)

Stephanie Hacker (undergraduate - UKY)

Stephanie was a very independent undergraduate student who tremendously helped me figure out a key behavior change in crayfish due to autotomy. This came after lots of video recording and scoring so kuddos to her for that.

 Dakota Coomes (undergraduate - UKY)

Dakota Coomes (undergraduate - UKY)

Dakota was my field assistant during the summer of 2015. We conducted an exclosure/enclosure experiment in the Green river in Kentucky. Lots of hard work that paved the way to my dissertation research. He then went on to complete a master plan B at UK with Dr. Crowley.

 Ashley Blystone (undergraduate  UKY)

Ashley Blystone (undergraduate  UKY)

Ashley was the other one of the first two undergraduate working with me. Hard at work and without a complain, her and Haley were of great help while I started my Ph.D..

 Haley Wehder (undergraduate - UKY)

Haley Wehder (undergraduate - UKY)

Haley was one of the first two undergraduate working with me and although we didn't get much off the ground I believe we had a good time getting things started for my crayfish projects in Kentucky!