Lab Members

   
 Weimer Lab - 2012  Weimer Lab - 2011

 

 
Jill Weimer, PhD
Jill is an Associate Scientist in the Children’s Health Research Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine, USD. Before joining the Children’s Health Research team at Sanford, Dr. Weimer completed a BS and PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Rochester and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Neuroscience Center.
 
Sanford Research Seung-Yon Koh, PhD   
Seung-Yon Koh, PhD
Seung-Yon completed a Masters in Animal Science at Dan Kook University in Chonan, Korea before coming to South Dakota to pursue her PhD.  Her doctoral work at SDSU in the laboratory of Dr. David Francis focused on the characterization of the receptor binding domain of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli K88ad.  Her focus in the Weimer lab is to understand the impact that various guanine exchange factors have on regulating the proliferation of intermediate progenitors (ie., basal/multipolar progenitors) in the developing cerebral cortex. 
 
  Jacob Cain, PhD
Jacob graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2014 with his PhD. His doctoral work at UND looked at the role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A isoforms in neural and vascular development. His focus in the Weimer lab is to understand the impact that various guanine exchange factors have on regulating the proliferation of intermediate progenitors (ie., basal/multipolar progenitors) in the developing cerebral cortex.
 

 
 
Helen Magee
Helen graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Helen joined the Weimer Lab shortly after graduating as the laboratory manager and has been integrally involved in several research projects, including defining a role for MARCKS in regulating neuronal polarity in the developing brain. In 2012, Helen began her doctoral training at the University of South Dakota in the Basic Biomedical Science program and is focusing on translational therapies and neurobehavioral deficits associated with a rare family of lysosomal storage disorder called Batten Disease.
 

 

Ryan O’Toole
Ryan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry and joined the Weimer team shortly after graduating.  As an undergraduate, Ryan completed his senior thesis project on the roles of implicit learning in visual attention capture.  As a part of the Weimer team, Ryan’s research focuses on aberrant neuronal migration patterns in several different mouse models of neuropediatric disease.

     Derek Timm 
Derek earned his Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from South Dakota State University. As an undergraduate, he worked in the residue analysis laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Duane Mathees, testing plant and animal samples for pesticides. After graduating in 2008, Derek joined Dr. Qiangrong Liang whose lab focuses on cardiovascular disease. Derek provided support for studies on resveratrol, diabetic cardiomyopathy, and caloric restriction as well as an independent study focused on Doxorubicin induced cardiotoxicity. He transitioned to the Weimer lab in 2013, where his research focuses on identification of novel autoantibody associated with Batten disease and characterization of novel mouse models of this family of disease.

 Lab Alumni:

Jared Drenkow – 2012 USD-Sanford School of Medicine Summer Scholar
Sam Everson – 2012 BRIN Summer Scholar
Jeremy Morgan – 2010-2012 USD Basic Biomedical Science Masters Student
Tiffin Duffy – 2010-2012 Research Technician
Rachel Thornton – 2011 PROMISE Scholar
Austin Reno – 2011 USD-Sanford School of Medicine Summer Scholar