Lab Members

Brian DeBosch MD, PhD

Dr. DeBosch received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and did his medical and graduate training as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine, during which he completed his doctoral thesis in the laboratory of Anthony Muslin studying signaling pathways involved cardiac hypertrophy. After MSTP training, Dr. DeBosch completed pediatrics residency and gastroenterology fellowship as part of the Accelerated Research Pathway at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In July 2011, Dr. DeBosch pursued post-doctoral training as a Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Kelle Moley in the Women’s Health Science Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. DeBosch is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Cell Biology & Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine, where he studies the role of hexose transport and hexose-induced signaling events in dictating hepatic metabolism. He maintains a particular interest in how manipulating hexose metabolism applies to the prevention and treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome in both children and adults.

Cassandra Higgins

Cassandra Higgins, B.S. is a Research Technician in the DeBosch Lab. She originally hails from St. Charles, MO and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO where she majored in Biochemistry and served as a section leader for Marching Mizzou (Mellophone). She trained as an undergraduate in Jay J. Thelen’s laboratory as part of a prestigious Plant Sciences Fellowship Program. Apart from research, Cassie enjoys baking, boating, attending Mizzou Football tailgates, and spending time with Chris (husband) and Finley (puppy).

Allyson Mayer

Allyson Mayer, B.S. is a Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology Program pre-doctoral trainee in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa, where she was a Presidential Scholar and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. As an NSF Pre-doctoral Scholar here, she is studying the role of GLUT8 in hepatic metabolism. In her spare time, she enjoys spinning/cycling, baking and actively avoiding watching football.

Yiming Zhang B.S.

Completed his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Missouri, Columbia where he worked in the laboratory of Jay Thelen, PhD. He spent two years as a scientist in industry before deciding to jump back into academia to chase the thrill of independent discovery. His long term goal is to to go to graduate school to earn a PhD and ultimately run a program that studies planaria regeneration.

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