Trainees

The Crnic Institute supports a thriving community of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical fellows training in the sciences and working on Down syndrome research projects.

Key fellowships and trainees supported by our team include:

Blumenthal Fellows


Established in honor of Crnic Institute Executive Director Emeritus, Dr. Tom Blumenthal, the Blumenthal Fellowship provides support for graduate students in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at University of Colorado Boulder and/or graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Current Fellows:

Dallas Jones, PhD

​​Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Michael Verneris Lab, Pediatrics-Heme/Onc

Immune effector cell function in people with Down Syndrome

Jesse Kurland

Graduate Student, Dr. William Old Lab, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

DYRK1A transcriptional regulation during development

Past Fellows:

Brittany Demmit - Graduate Student, Dr. Kenneth Krauter Lab, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Steven Guard - Graduate Student, Dr. William Old Lab, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Alexandar Ligget - Graduate Student, Dr. James DeGregori Lab, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Tyler Martinez - Graduate Student, Dr. Mark Dell'Acqua Lab, Pharmacology

Rani Powers - Graduate Student, Dr. James Costello Lab, Pharmacology

Amber (Sorenson) Scott - Graduate Student, Dr. Robin Dowell Lab, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Brooke Sinnen - Graduate Student, Dr. Matthew Kennedy Lab, Pharmacology

Katherine Waugh, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Joaquin Espinosa Lab, Linda Crnic Institute

Sie Fellows


Jointly administered by the University of Colorado Boulder, the BioFrontiers Institute, and the Linda Crnic Institute, the Sie Fellowship awards three years of salary and research support to a postdoctoral fellow working on an innovative Down syndrome project at the Boulder campus.

Current Fellows:

Lo, Maria

Maria Lo, PhD

Dr. Amy Palmer Lab, BioFrontiers Institute

Impacts of zinc deficiency on the cell cycle in trisomy 21

Cardiello, Joseph

Joseph Cardiello, PhD

Dr. Robin Dowell Lab, BioFrontiers Institute

New tools to study gene expression changes induced by trisomy 21

Past Fellows:

Mary Allen, PhD - Dr. Robin Dowell and Dr. Joaquin Espinosa Labs, Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology

Alfonso Garrido-Lecca, PhD - Dr. Thomas Blumenthal Lab, Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology

Josien Levenga, PhD - Dr. Charles Hoeffer Lab, Integrated Physiology

INCLUDE Project Fellows


These graduate students and medical fellows are supported by supplements to various T32 programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus funded by the NIH INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromeE (INCLUDE) Project.

Current Fellows:

Bloom, Jessica

Jessica Bloom, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow w/Dr. Rob Fuhlbrigge, Children's Hospital Colorado

Pulmonary hemorrhage in trisomy 21

Jewett, Cayla

Cayla Jewett

Graduate Student, Dr. Rytis Prekeris Lab, Cell and Developmental Biology

Rab19-directed cortical remodeling and ciliogenesis in Down syndrome

Kleinjan, Mason

Mason Kleinjan

Graduate Student, Dr. Matthew Kennedy Lab, Pharmacology

Dendritic spine composition in altered activity and morphological states

 

Llyod, Brian

Brian Lloyd

Medical Scientist Trainee, Dr. Jason Aoto Lab, Pharmacology

CRISPR tagging Down syndrome relevant alpha-neurexins

Reeser, Rachel

Rachel Reeser

Graduate Student, Dr. Jeffrey Jacot Lab, Bioengineering

Mechanotransduction pathways during heart development in Down syndrome

Richer, Amanda

Amanda Richer

Graduate Student, Dr. Hesselberth Lab, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Simultaneous measurement of single-cell transcription and enzyme activity

Schafer, Johnathon

Johnathon Schafer

Graduate Student, Dr. Beth Tamburini Lab, Immunology and Microbiology

PD-L1 and interferon signaling in Down syndrome

Vielkind, Monica

Monica Vielkind, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology Fellow w/Dr. Steven Abman, Childrens Hospital Colorado

Lung mechanics in Down syndrome

Zent (Hahm), Katlin

Katlin (Hahm) Zent

Graduate Student, Dr. Mark Dell'Acqua Lab, Pharmacology

Impact of trisomy 21 on regulation of neuronal transcription by NFAT

Crnic Institute Trainees


In addition to supporting trainees across various departments throughout the University of Colorado, the Crnic Institute directly trains graduate students and post-doctoral fellows within our own walls.

Interested in training with us? Check out our Join Our Team page to view open positions!

Current Trainees:

Araya, Paula

Paula Araya, P​hD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Joaquin Espinosa Lab

Mapping immune dysregulation in people with Down syndrome

Johnson, Noah

Noah Johnson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Huntington Potter Lab

Protein misfolding and aggregation in Alzheimer's disease

Lucero, Esteban

Esteban Lucero

Graduate Student, Dr. Huntington Potter Lab

Targeting Kinesin-5 activity for treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Nguyen, Kathleen

Kathleen Nguyen

Graduate Student, Dr. Michael Yeager Lab

Immune suppression and bacterial pneumonia in Down syndrome
Waugh, Katherine

Katherine Waugh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Joaquin Espinosa Lab

Mapping immune dysregulation in people with Down syndrome