Lab Members

Gregory S. Ducker, Ph.D.

Gregory S. Ducker, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

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Greg grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He attended college nearby at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he obtained his B.A. in Chemistry in 2006. After a year working in a molecular diagnostics laboratory and learning about how most oncogenes were signaling proteins called kinases, he moved to California to pursue a Ph.D. with Kevan Shokat at the University of California, Berkeley. At Cal, Greg mostly studied how to block the activity of a master regulator of metabolism kinase, mTOR. His interest in metabolism piqued, Greg dove all-in when he started his postdoctoral work in cancer metabolism with Josh Rabinowitz at Princeton University. As an American Cancer Society fellow, Greg studied one-carbon and amino acid metabolism in cancer. He started his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Utah in September of 2018. New to the mountain west, Greg is excited about the hiking and skiing options that start right outside the university.  

Chase Neumann, Ph.D.

Chase Neumann, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Chase grew up in a suburb of Boise, ID. As a major fan of the Broncos, he attended Boise State University and graduated from Honors College with a B.S. in Biology. After spending time in an undergraduate genetics research lab, he graduated in 2020 from a translationally focused PhD program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at CWRU in Ohio. His dissertation work focused on phospholipids and their role in kidney cancer signaling. His favorite area of study is where computational biology meets biochemistry/translational sciences.

Guoshen Cao

Guoshen Cao

Graduate Student

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I'm from Jilin, China. I got my Bachelors degree at China Pharmaceutical University in pharmaceutical sciences. Then I gained my interest in metabolism. My project is to investigate the role of 5-formylTHF, which is one of the folate vitamers, in neurodevelopment. 

Jesse Velasco

Jesse Velasco

Graduate Student

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Jesse is a first-generation Mexican immigrant and college student. He is a former undergraduate student of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology in 2018. His thesis project involves characterizing liver protein catabolic and signaling mechanisms that contribute to plasma amino acid homeostasis in vivo. Outside of the lab, Jesse is actively involved in diversity-promoting and supporting organizations like SACNAS. He loves photography, enjoys cooking, travel, and hiking.

Kyle Dunlap

Kyle Dunlap

Graduate Student

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Kyle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and attended nearby Oakland University for his undergraduate studies. There, he completed his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry in 2020. Outside of the lab, Kyle enjoys reading, supporting his favorite sports teams, and exploring the Utah outdoors.

Claire Stanley

Claire Stanley

Lab Technician

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Claire graduated in 2021 with a degree in biology from the University in Utah. Her current plans are to apply to medical school in the near future. She loves coffee and spending time outside.

Alumni

Matt McArdle

Matt McArdle

2019 - 2020  Lab Specialist

Matt is a staff scientist at Biofire

Chad Cooper

Chad Cooper

2018 - 2021  Lab Technician

Chad is exploring the mountains.

Noelle Reimers

Noelle Reimers

Noelle is a graduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle.