Daniel T. Grimes, DPhil.

Principal Investigator

Dan studied Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Oxford University (2004-2008). As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Jennifer Murdoch on Sonic hedgehog signaling in the mouse neural tube. He then undertook a PhD at MRC Harwell and the University of Oxford (2008-2012) in the lab of Dr. Dominic Norris where he worked on pathways controlling the left-right patterning of mouse embryos. Next, he moved to Princeton as a postdoc (2013-2018) in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Burdine where his work on heart development, motile cilia and scoliosis in the zebrafish was funded by an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship and a K99 Pathway to Independence Award from NIAMS. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon. Outside the lab, Dan enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, writing and traveling.

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Zoe Irons

Graduate student

Zoe received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College in 2018. There, she worked with Dr. John Henson on the acto-myosin complex in the contractile ring of dividing sea urchin embryos. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Oregon in the Institute of Molecular Biology. Her interests outside of lab include creative writing, biking along the Willamette River, and playing with cats at the local animal shelter.


Colin Kuhns

undergraduate student

Colin is a freshman at the University of Oregon studying to receive his B.S. in Psychology while minoring in Biology and Chemistry. In high school, he worked with David Valenzuela, a neuroscience professor, on Drosophila and C. elegans gene mutations as well as pGlo E. coli plasmids. After college, Colin is planning to apply to medical school to become an anesthesiologist. When not in the lab or at school, Colin enjoys playing tennis, taking photographs, and hiking around Eugene. 


Judy Peirce

research assistant

Judy graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon in
1984. As an undergrad researcher she worked in the Menaker lab studying
circadian rhythms in a variety of vertebrate animal models including
rats, mice, anolis lizards, gecko and trout. After graduation she
continued to work as a research assistant in the Menaker lab and later
split her time between the Venkatesh lab, working with fruit fly
genetics, and the Eisen lab working with zebrafish.

In 1988 she began a collaboration with Len Schvaneveldt and generated The Schvaneveldt Sisters : Cody, Eleni, and Eliot, an elite team of millennials
questioning the paradigm every day. Judy returned to zebrafish research
in 2002 when she joined the Westerfield Lab as a research assistant. She
is excited to split her time with the Grimes lab  as she helps to
establish the lab's fish lines at the University of Oregon.