Lasseigne Lab

Lasseigne Lab

Because Science.

Current Members
Furry Friends

Current Members


Brittany Lasseigne, PhD

Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor

Dr. Lasseigne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, and an Associate Scientist in the Nephrology Research and Training Center, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Experimental Therapeutics Program, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Informatics Institute, the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics, and the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine. She previously completed a BS in Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University, an interdisciplinary biology, chemistry, and chemical engineering PhD in Biotechnology Science and Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (identifying biomarkers and genomic signatures of renal cell carcinoma diagnosis and progression, respectively), and a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics and genomics at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (determining predisposing variants and genes contributing to neurodegenerative disorders). Brittany is passionate about developing and applying genomics technologies to human diseases and teaching genomics and data science to students and scientists of all backgrounds.

Brittany's Publications and Grants



Amanda Clark, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Clark is an IRACDA-MERIT Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a B.S. in Molecular Biology at UAB and a PhD in Biology at Auburn University. Amanda is passionate about integrating computational thinking and data science into undergraduate biology education, the evolutionary dynamics of complex systems, and comparative multi-omics for human disease modeling.


Emma Jones

Graduate Research Assistant

Emma is a current PhD student in the Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics theme within the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences program, and is also a UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar. She graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt in Arcata, California. Emma has a research background in psychology, neuroscience, cellular and molecular biology, and genomics. She is currently building on those skills by working on the best way to study transcriptional diversity in the brain, and how changes in diversity at the isoform level can relate to disease.


Lizzy Wilk

Researcher V

Lizzy earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and M.S. in Biotechnology with a specialization in Bioinformatics from University of Maryland Global Campus. Prior to working at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she applied genomics technologies such as RNA-Seq for understanding cancer and chemotherapy resistance as a research assistant. Lizzy currently works as a staff scientist, applying transfer learning and drug repurposing methods to gene expression data.


Tabea Soelter

Graduate Research Assistant

Tabea is a current PhD student and Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) Lindy Harrell Predoctoral Scholar in the Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics theme within the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences program. She has a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Piedmont University. Tabea is currently investigating the cell-type-specific role of cell-cell communication between neuronal and non-neuronal cell populations in Alzheimer's disease using public human data. She is also interested in the effects of aging on the Alzheimer’s disease brain and therefore employs wet-lab and computational approaches to understand age-associated changes in cell-cell communication using her own mouse sequencing data across multiple timepoints.


TC Howton, PhD

Scientist I and Lab Manager

Dr. Howton earned his PhD in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his doctoral studies, T.C. focused on using network-based approaches to elucidate the molecular interactions between plants and bacterial pathogens. T.C. is currently serving as a lab manager as well as research scientist within the Lasseigne lab.


Mualla Eraslan

Researcher IV

Mualla earned her first B.S. in Chemistry Education from Hacettepe University Ankara Turkey, her second B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Laboratories from Boston University, and her M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She worked as a histotechnologist at Boston Medical Center Pathology Department. She worked as a researcher at UAB Spain Rehab Research Lab and Dermatology Research Lab. She is currently a Researcher IV in Dr. Lasseigne's lab.


Tonie Crumley

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tonie has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from UAB and is currently a student in Bioinformatics. He is working as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Lasseigne's lab.


Kiron Ang

KURE Student

Kiron Ang plans to graduate from Baylor University in May 2026 with a Bachelor of Science in Informatics with a major in Bioinformatics. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, he is only in Alabama because of the KURE program, and he is grateful that he can learn more about computational biology in the Lasseigne Lab. In his free time, he enjoys freestyle dancing (waacking) and reading old textbooks.


McCay Freeman

Graduate Rotation Student

McKay is a first-year graduate student in the Pathobiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology theme under the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences program. She received a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in history from the University of Alabama before coming to UAB for a gap year working on circadian rhythms in monocytes and kidney stone disease. Currently, McKay is rotating in the Lasseigne lab and learning more about computational biology and personalized medicine.

Our Alumni

Vishal Oza, PhD

Scientist II (2020-2024)

Currently: Computational Biologist in Pathology at UAB

Jordan Whitlock, PhD

Graduate Research Assistant (2020-2023)

Currently: Medical and Scientific Board Advisor at the SETBP1 Society

Jen Fisher, PhD

Graduate Research Assistant (2020-2023)

Currently: Computational Biologist (CFD Research)

Rebekah Beyea

KURE Summer Student (2023)

Currently: Undergraduate Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nathaniel DeVoss

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2022-2023)

Currently: Undergraduate Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anisha Haldar

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2021-2023)

Currently: Undergraduate Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Avery Williams

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2019-2023)

Currently: Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences PhD Program, University of California, San Diego

Ryan Brownlee

Undergraduate Research Assistant / KURE Student (2022)

Currently: Undergraduate Student, Mercer University

Sasha Taluri

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2019-2022)

Currently: Medical Student, Heersink School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hannah Cleary

Undergraduate Research Assistant / KURE Student (2021)

Currently: Medical Student, University of Kentucky

Emily Page

Research Assistant / Grad PREP Scholar (2020-2021)

Currently: Graduate Student, Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kasi McPherson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021)

Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Drew Hardigan, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (2020)

Currently: Neurosurgery Resident, Duke University

Roshan Darji

Computational Biologist (2019)

Currently: Department of Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Furry Friends


April Jones

Owner: Emma

Gotcha Day: April 10, 2018

Likes: Warm laps, cuddles, and routines

Dislikes: Strangers and closed doors

Fun Fact: Only has 3 legs!


Mac Aroniandcheese Lasseigne (aka Mac)

Owners: The Lasseignes

Birthday: July 4, 2019

Likes: Exploring new places, people and their food


Peanut Junior (PJ) Soelter

Owner: Tabea

Birthday: August 4th, 2018

Likes: Sleeping in the sun, treats, and attention

Dislikes: Closed doors


Sadie Jones

Owner: Emma

Gotcha Day: September 15th, 2019

Likes: Playing fetch, butt rubs, and smelly shoes

Dislikes: Getting nails trimmed


Basil Jones

Owner: Emma

Gotcha Day: November 14, 2022



Fun Fact: Dances when she is happy


William Soelter-Patterson

Owner: Tabea

Gotcha Day: Oct 6th, 2020

Likes: Food, toys, and his dog park friends

Dislikes: Rain and kids

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