Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Medical Scientist Training Program

Kyler Crawford

Kyler Crawford

G2 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Brian Volkman, PhD, Biochemistry


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


MS, Biomedical Science, Midwestern University, 2016
BS, Medical Microbiology and Immunology/Integrated Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012

Research Interests

GPCR structure and function, immunology, and cancer

I study the chemokine receptor (DARC/ACKR1), which is involved in controlling the mobilization of bone-marrow derived blood cells to respond to sites of injury, infection, and tumors. I hope to understand the mechanism of the unique ability of this receptor to bind signal molecules from multiple classes and how this contributes to its protective and regulatory functions.

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2019-present
Advisor: Brian Volman, PhD
Project: Understanding mechanisms by which ACKR1 decreases chemokine-directed metastasis

Midwestern University, 2014-2016
Advisor: Jose Hernandez, PhD
Project: Zur and ZntR control zinc homeostasis in Klebsiella oxytoca: Biochemical characterization and application in high-throughput screening

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010-2012
Advisor: David Andes, MD
Project: Isolated the extracellular matrix of Candida albicans biofilms and analyzed proteins and carbohydrates that contributed to antifungal resistance in different mutant strains

General Interests

Basketball, outdoors, dog, music, cycling, mycology, freshwater aquaria, history of science, STEM education