Lab Members

 Dr. Timothy Jegla

Dr. Jegla is an Associate Professor of Biology .  He attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN where he received a B.A. in Biology. He received a Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Salkoff, and did his postdoctoral training under Dr. Rick Aldrich in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Dr. Jegla held positions as a group leader in the pharmaceutical industry prior to returning to an academic career. In his leisure time Dr. Jegla can be found riding his bikes through the mountains around State College, watching birds or getting bested by his children at pretty much everything.

Graduate Students

Yunqing Zhou

Yunqing is a second-year graduate student in MCIBS (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences) program, co-adviced by Dr. Tim Jegla and Dr. Sarah Assmann. He got his undergrad degree in B.S. Biotechnology at Hong Kong Baptist University. He has a broad interest in molecular biology and is studying plant potassium channels with interdisciplinary approaches. His hobbies include watching movies, working out in the gym and he’s also a crazy fan of San Antonio Spurs.



Aditya Pisupati

Aditya is a 4th year MD/PhD student from Penn State Hershey and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate program at University Park. He completed his undergrad at Penn State (University Park) in 2012 in Engineering Science. He is studying ion channel assembly and voltage-gating, and the evolution of neurons and sensory perception. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football. His favorite NFL team is the Eagles, and if you have to ask his favorite College team, you haven’t been paying attention.”



Jack Deal

Jack is a fourth year student in a five-year Master’s program at Penn State, majoring in Biomedical Engineering for his undergrad and Bioengineering for his Master’s degree. This is his second year in Dr. Jegla’s lab. As a member of the Schreyer Honors College, Jack plans to use his work regarding the evolution of voltage-gated ion channels for his Master’s and Honors Theses. Outside of lab, Jack spends a lot of his time playing soccer and volleyball, hanging out with friends, and skiing. He is also a member of the Club Quidditch team here at Penn State.



Iman Farooqi

Iman is a junior majoring in biology and this is her 4th semester in the lab. Her research focus is using CRISPR cas9 non homologous end joining the ERG potassium ion channels in sea anemones. In her spare time she enjoys watching the eagles, skiing and playing the piano.



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Laura Glatzer

Laura is a Senior pursing both her B.S in Biology with a focus in Neuroscience and an M.S in Neuroscience. This is her 7th semester in the lab. She is studying the localization and functionality of a variety of ion channels found in the Drosophila axon initial segment, including Elk and Cacophony. In her spare time, she likes to be with friends and watch a good movie.


Chris Hudson

Chris is a sophomore at Penn State studying as a biology major. This is his third semester in Dr. Jegla’s lab and he conducts research on sea anemones. With his research, he hopes to contribute to a better understanding of neuronal polarity. In his free time, Chris enjoys fishing, watching football, and exercising.

Kathryn King

Kathryn is a sophomore biology major starting her fourth semester in the lab. She is interested in ion channel functionality and has been primarily investigating mutations of the Elk K+ channel. In her free time, Kathryn likes hiking, traveling, and spending time with her friends.



Rea Mittal

Rea is a senior Biology major in her sixth semester in this lab. She is pursuing her Schreyer thesis in the electrophysiological regulation of plant channels, specifically guard cells. Outside of research, Rea enjoys hiking and spending time with friends.







Siddhant Sharma

Siddhant is currently a Junior majoring in biochemistry. His research activities include genetically modifying genes through methods such as PCR reactions, gel electrophoresis amongst others. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym and hanging out with friends.




Will Wilkinson

Will is entering his final semester at Penn State in Biomedical Engineering, and this is his second year working in the lab.  He is studying the functionality of voltage gated ion channels, specifically, hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels.  In his spare time, Will enjoys hiking and watching sports, especially football.  His favorite teams include the Steelers, Florida State, and of course, Penn State.


We are always seeking outstanding undergraduates to join our research team.


Penn State Student Alumni


Anne Bryden

Anne is currently working as an EMT then will start med school in July at university of Louisville SOM.



Greg Busey

Greg could always be counted on to share weird bits of science and telling bad jokes, as he once said. He is now pursing an MD/PhD degree at the University of Virginia.



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Matt Mckenzie

Matt was an undergraduate Biology student who has since graduate and is a current medical scribe before starting medical school in the fall.


Xiaofan Li

Xiaofan is now a Postdoc at Mt. Sinai in the laboratory of Paul Slesinger, a long time expert on the physiology of inwardly rectifying K+ channels.


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Fortunay Diatta

Fortunay is now a medical student at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time he ponders Germany 1, France 0, July 4, 2014, Rio de Janeiro. “Why?” He asks.






Emma Baker

Emma is now at the  Penn State College of Medicine.

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David Gallegos

David is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Neuroscience graduate program at Duke University.





Ali Martinson

Ali was our first undergraduate star and is pursuing a career in speech therapy. I do agree that helping kids is more interesting than ion channels!






Taylor Swansen

Taylor moved on to medical school at Jefferson in Philadelphia.







Colin Ackerman

Same as Taylor!







Jose Chu-Luo

Jose is at medical School at PSU Hershey.





Allan Lin

Allan was a great leader for us in 2015-2016 and has now moved on to medical school at Temple University. He was my bike racing apprentice in the lab, which may explain the accidents….





Sarah Rhodes

Sarah is currently training to become a physicians assistant.






Jessica Sassic

Jessica is at medical school in Western Michigan.




Alexa Melucci

Husayn Siddiqui

Husayn is now in Medical School at Jefferson.

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Liana Trigg

Liana was a member of Schreyer Honors College and Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Minors in Chemistry and Spanish), and had her hand in pretty much everything at Penn State. She was a Penn State Summer Discovery Grant recipient.





Kate Billings