Kala Schilter, PhD, the first graduate of the newly established PhD in Basic and Translational Science program, completed her PhD work in 2013 in Dr. Semina’s laboratory where her research focused on the identification of new genes involved in eye diseases, primarily anophthalmia and microphthalmia. Reflecting on her experiences, Kala noted “I feel that through my basic research and translational focus, I have been prepared very well to address some of the areas of health care, such as personalized medicine, which is growing rapidly and will become very important in the treatment of patients.” Kala is now the Sharon K. Wadina Postdoctoral Fellow in Sarcoma Research in the Clinical and Translational Core Lab at Froedtert Hospital and MCW.
Hannah Happ joined Dr. Semina’s laboratory for 10 weeks through MCW’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in 2013. Her project focused on using whole exome sequencing to understand the genetic causes of Peters Plus Syndrome like disorders. She also had the chance to learn about zebrafish as a model organism. She notes “the experience has certainly validated my interest in research and developmental genetics. The lab was very welcoming, and I had a wonderful experience this summer.”
Bethany Kloss, PhD, completed her PhD work in 2012 in Dr. Semina's laboratory. Her research focused on genes involved in anterior segment development. She currently works as a Senior Scientist at University Research Park in Madison.