Staff

Daria Bednarczyk

Research Assistant II

After graduating from the University of Maine in 2014, I came to JAX in the summer of 2015 as an animal care trainee. Within six months, Laura Robinson hired me as a Research Assistant. In this role, I am responsible for scheduling, behavioral phenotyping, DNA extraction, retro orbital eye bleeds, database development and I help direct four research assistants in the lab. I am also currently enrolled in Husson’s MBA program. This opportunity is broadening my skill sets both scientifically and managerially, and improving the array of skill sets that are compulsory for successfully managing a lab.

Hannah J. Donato

Research Assistant I

As a Research Assistant, I perform experiments to collect data on the changes in behavior and physiology of mice as they age in response to a calorie restricted diet .  I also create and maintain detailed inventories of animals, data, and biological samples collected throughout the study.

Gaven Garland

Research Assistant I

As a Research Assistant,  I am responsible for collecting phenol typing data, keeping accurate records.  We keep track of body weights, body condition and mouse behavior. I also collect tissue and blood samples and properly store samples after collection.

Mackenzie Leland

Research Assistant I

As a Research Assistant for the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, I am responsible for behavioral phenotyping, eye bleeding and weighing maximum lifespan mice. I am also responsible for collecting data and monitoring mice as they respond to a calorie restricted diet.

Laura Robinson

Project Manager

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2011, I joined the JAX Nathan Shock Center in the spring of 2012. Hired as a Research Assistant, after two years I was promoted to Laboratory Manager. Our lab excels at collecting phenotypic data, caloric restruction data, and lifespan data on large cohorts of Collaborative Cross (CC) and Diversity Outbred (DO) mouse lines. I work closely with internal and external PI's ensuring all projects are carried out according to set protocols. Our team is responsible for collecting an array of tissues and samples, including but not limited to: whole blood, plasma and serum, fecal pellets and various tissue samples.