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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Beth Bearce, PhD.


Beth grew up in the backbone of the US, if you loosely define that to mean "the middle part." She did her undergraduate work at the University of Missouri, in an interdisciplinary track that merged Biochemistry and Dietetics. In 2013, she moved to Boston College for her doctoral studies in Cell Biology with Laura Anne Lowery. There, she used high-resolution, live imaging and quantitative analysis to examine microtubule plus-end regulation during embryonic cell motility (axon outgrowth and neural crest cell migration). Her thesis work was funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She defended in June 2019, and then abandoned the Northeast for the Pacific Northwest, in an effort to keep things symmetrical. On that note, in the Grimes lab, Beth is asking questions about how fluid flow inside the developing spine can be sensed and translated, and why these fluid flows are integral for building a symmetrical spine. If she’s not in the Scope/uCT room, check a park (dog, skate, or national), or yell “I attack the darkness,” and wait for her to pop out and tell you to “roll initiative.”

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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. 

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Gabriel Luna

graduate student

Gabriel graduated with a B.S. in Bioprocess Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí in 2014. Next, he obtained a M.Sc. from the IPICYT research institute in 2017, where he worked with Dr. Alejandro de las Peñas on the regulation of CTA1 that confers high oxidative stress resistance in the human pathogen Candida glabrata. He applied to the University of Oregon to do research using zebrafish. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Molecular Biology. Outside of lab, he is interested in: exploring Oregon's nature, watching sports, playing basketball and soccer, and reading thrillers.


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.


Cynthia Sabazali

undergraduate student

Cynthia is an upcoming junior at the University of California, Merced studying to obtain her B.S in Biology with a Human emphasis. For several years her focus had been primarily medical with internships and volunteer experience in hospitals. Her time in college has led her to a newfound curiosity for research. After her undergraduate schooling she plans to pursue an MD/PhD route. Other interests include dancing and learning sign language.


Molybdenum “Molly” Bearce

lab(-mix) assistant

Obedience School Dropout. Did eat Beth's Grad School Acceptance letter once, if that counts for something. (It had to be mailed back to the office in order to accept the position... very humbling start to the term.) Is very into ducks. Once sought to experimentally test the hypothesis that she could out-swim one. Result: Hypothesis confirmed. Retrieved a very angry duck. 


Lab Alumni

Sophia Frantz | Graduate rotation student, spring 2019 | Now a graduate student in the Cresko and Singh labs

Rachel Hopton | Graduate rotation student, spring 2019 | Now a graduate student in the Zemper lab