Lauren Bunke

Research Specialist

Lauren graduated with a B.S. in Biology with a Molecular Emphasis from Loyola University Chicago in 2019. She has a particular interest in cancer biology and spends her free time getting outside as often as possible to go hike, ski, and just enjoy nature. Her hometown is Grayslake, Illinois.

Ephraim Liegl

Undergraduate lab assistant

Ephraim is currently a senior at UW-Madison. He transferred in from UW-Waukesha in his junior year and is currently pursuing a major in human geography and a minor in Italian. He also works as a House Fellow in Tripp Halls.




Isabella Jones

Undergraduate researcher

Isabella is a sophomore at UW-Madison pursuing a degree in pharmacology and toxicology and a global health certificate. Her hometown is Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She enjoys backpacking, swimming and trying new foods.

Kinjal Majumder, PhD

Principal investigator

Kinjal went to college in Drury University and majored in biology, chemistry and mathematics. He then went to graduate school in immunology at Washington University in St Louis, before completing his post-doctoral training in virology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kinjal enjoys cooking, painting and exploring the great outdoors with his dog.

Jessica Pita Aquino

Graduate Student (CMB Program)

Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program at UW-Madison. She graduated from University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, with a B.S. in Integrative Biology (2017). Later, she received her M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication and Rhetoric at University of Rhode Island (2020). Jessica is a proud paw parent of a hound mix named Rita, enjoys cooking and exploring the outdoors.

Sarah Rubin

Undergraduate researcher

Sarah is a sophomore at UW-Madison studying neurobiology with a certificate in global health and criminal justice. Her hometown is Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, running, and reading.