Jakub Famulski, PhD.

Associate Professor


Trained as a molecular and cell biologist turned developmental neurobiologist with a life long passion for live cell imaging. Excited to share knowledge and train the next generation of researchers. 









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T: 859-218-3540 |  jakub.famulski@uky.edu

Dr. Kristyn Van Der Meulen (PhD, Grad Student)

PhD graduate: 2015-2020

        Current Position: Forensic Scientist, KY state crime lab


Dr. Megan Weaver (PhD, Grad Student)

PhD graduate: 2015-2020

        Current Position: Scientist I, University of Kentucky chool


Dr. Warlen Piedade (PhD, Grad Student)

PhD graduate: 2016-2020

        Current Position: Postdoc, Harvard Medical School


Nicholas Carrara (MS, Grad Student)

MS graduate: 2016-2018

        Current Position: Scientist, Prolong Pharmaceuticals


Evelyn Turnbaugh

Fish Facility Manager: 2020-2021 

        Current Position: Grad School, Dartmouth College


Lucas Vieira Francisco

Fish Facility Manager: 2018-2020 

        Current Position: Research Associate, Harvard Children's


Nishita Meshram MSc.


        Current Position: PhD candidate, Ohio State


Paige Poffenberger

BSc Candidate, BIO395 student: Fall2018-Spring 2019

      Current Position: Med School


Amy Sessions

AgBiotech Candidate, BIO395 Spring 2018-Spring 2019


Darington Richardson.

BSc Biology, BIO395 student: Jan2015-Dec2015

        Current Position: Med School


Chase Noel

BSc Candidate, BIO395 student: Aug2015-Dec2015-D

       Current Position: Med Schoole


Corrine Howard

BSc Candidate, BIO395 student: Jan2015-May2015


Reed Gilbert

BSc Candidate, BIO395 student: Jan2016-Dec2017

        Current Position: Med School


Austin Taylor

BSc Candidate, BIO395 student Aug2016-Dec2017

        Current Position: Med School


SarahPPerkins  BSc

Fish Facility Manager

       Current Position: Technician UK healthcare


Sydney Veith

BSc Candidate, BIO395 student: Jan 2018-May2019

        Current Position: Veterinary School


Cassidy Pelphrey

BSc candidate, BIO395/398 student: Aug2018-Dec2019

‚Äč       Current Position: Genetic Counseling Program














Leopoldine Galopin

PhD candidate


Leo joined the lab after a rotation in spring 2021. She is working on analyzing new target genes identified in our screen of anterior segment mesenchyme single cell transcriptomes with the goal of deciphering developmental pathways associated with Anterior Segment assembly.









Sejuti Naurin MS

Phd Candidate


Sejuti joined the lab in spring 2022 and is working on transcriptomic analysis of optic fissure fusion. Sejuti is collecting and analyzing single cell transcriptomes of retinal cells directly involved in optic fissure fusion with the hopes of identifying novel regulators of this complex developmental process.









Dr. Oliver Vocking

Staff Scientist


Oliver joined the lab in the summer of 2018 and will be working on the POM project, in particular long term lineage tracing of POM cells during anterior segment formation and scRNA analysis of anterior segment progenitors.

Lab Alumni

Grace Jacobs

BSc candidate, BIO395 student


Grace joined the lab as a BIO395 student in the Spring of 2022. She is working on characterizing potential targets of the Siah1 E3 ubiquitin ligase during ocular development.









Brandi Bolton

Fish facility Manager


Brandi joined the lab in July 2021 and has take on the role of our fish room manager. She is responsible for our most important resource, THE FISH!









Meet Patel

PhD Candidate


Meet joined the lab after completing the rotation program in Jan 2021 and is currently working on the role of cdhr1a during early retinal development. In particular, Meet is going to investigate the role of cdhr1a during early photoreceptor progenitor development and function.









Taylor Stewart

Laboratory Technician


Taylor joined the lab in the fall of 2020 and has been working with Dr. Vocking on anterior segment development. Taylor is also the resident genotyping guru!









Famulski Lab zebrafish retinal development

Deep Patel

BSc candidate, BIO395 student


Deep joined the lab as a BIO395 student in the spring of 2022. Deep is working on characterizing the expression patterns of the tfap2 family of transcription factors and their function during ocular anterior segment development.