Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Developmental Biology Training Grant

Student trainees

Each year, 3-4 trainees will be appointed for a term of one year with the possibility of reappointment for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance. Appointments typically start in their 3rd  or 4th year of graduate school, so that at any given time the training program will include 3-4 trainees in their first and 3-4 trainees in their second year of support (7 trainee slots/year). Each trainee's progress is evaluated by Dr. Granato (Program Director) based on thesis committee reports, publications, the student's lunch time research presentations, and regular required presentations at the Annual Symposium of the training grant. Until graduation, trainees and alumni trainees are expected to participate in the training grant specific activities. Students are expected to complete their research and defend their Ph.D. thesis within 6 years of their matriculation into graduate school.

Current Trainees



Trainee Mentor Appointment Date
Jessica Chotiner Jeremy Wang 07/01/19-06/30/20
Erin Doody Scott Poethig 08/01/18-07/31/20
Olivia Farrelly Pantelis Rompolas 07/01/18-06/30/20
Elizabeth Howell Nancy Speck 07/01/18-05/31/20
Derek Liberti Edward Morrisey 11/01/18-10/31/20
Mafe Navarro Michael Granato 01/01/20-12/31/20
Ana Petracovici Roberto Bonasio 08/01/18-06/30/20
Kevin Wiles Greg Bashaw 12/01/17-11/30/19
Kelsey Kaeding Ken Zaret 07/01/17-06/30/19
Ernest Monahan Vargas Yuanquan Song 11/01/17-10/31/18
Tanner Robertson Janis Burkhardt 10/01/16-09/30/18
Kamen Simeonov Chris Lengner 07/01/17-07/31/18
Terra Kuhn Maya Capelson 07/01/16-06/30/18
Aimee Juan Marisa Bartolomei 07/01/16-06/30/18
Hannah Greenfeld Mary Mullins 07/01/16-02/28/18
Samantha Russell Greg Bashaw 03/01/17-11/30/17
Camille Syrett Montserrat Anguera 07/01/16-08/31/17
Ryan Cheng Jonathan Raper 07/01/16-06/30/17
Patti Murphy Michael Granato 07/01/15-06/30/17
Sheng Tang Joe Zhou 09/01/15-01/31/17
Jessica Grindheim Ken Zaret 07/01/15-06/30/16
Katy Ong Steve DiNardo 07/01/15-06/30/16
Danielle Sanchez Celeste Simon 07/01/15-06/30/16
Alexandra Stanley Eileen Shore 07/01/15-06/30/16
Joe Zinski Mary Mulllins 07/01/15-06/30/16