Celeste Morley

A native of North Carolina, Celeste moved to St. Louis in 2005 for her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Her post-doctoral research with Paul Allen, Ph.D., in the Department of Pathology and Immunology, was supported by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society-St. Jude’s Award for Basic Research. Celeste opened her laboratory as an independent investigator in the summer of 2010. She lives in south St. Louis with her husband and two daughters.

Betsy Todd

Betsy is the senior technician in the Morley lab, having been with Celeste since 2009. She received her BA in Molecular Biology at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and MA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.  Betsy manages the laboratory as well as performing critical experiments to elucidate the function of L-plastin in macrophage development and lymphocyte function.

Taylor Szasz

Taylor is a research technician in the Morley lab. She joined the Morley lab in 2015 after completing her BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University. She enjoys applying engineering principles to wet lab research, specializing in microscopy, image analysis, and coding. Taylor lives in South City and spends her free time cooking and going on hikes with her pug, Snape.

Edgar Anaya

Edgar is an experienced research assistant, who came to the Morley lab in 2016, from El Paso, TX. He graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2008, receiving his BA in Biology. His ambition for learning more at the bench extends from molecular work to clinical studies. He also enjoys tacos al pastor, grilled chicken and eclectic music.


Rashmi Ramani

Rashmi is a Staff Scientist in the Morley lab. She joined the lab in November 2017.


Hemant Joshi

Hemant is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Morley lab. He joined the lab in February 2018.


Emma Walker

Emma is a PhD candidate who joined the lab in May 2018. Originally from Minnesota, she studied biochemistry and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the best place on Earth), graduating in the spring of 2017. After finishing her PhD, Emma wants to pursue science policy opportunities in D.C. using her background in research to influence legislation. Currently, she lives in Shaw and spends most of her free time cooking, reading, and scrolling through PetFinder daydreaming about adopting dogs.


Donna Thompson

Donna is a Senior Research Technician in the Morley lab. She joined the lab in April 2018.

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