PHIL SMALDINO, PH.D.
Phil completed a B.S. and M.S. in biology at SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Buffalo, respectively, before completing a Ph.D. in cancer biology at Wake Forest University in 2013. During his doctoral training, Phil met his future wife, Melissa Smaldino, who was completing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Phil and Melissa spent the subsequent 3 years as a Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Michigan before starting a lab at Ball State University in 2016. Phil and Melissa enjoy spending time with their five kids, Sophia-Noel, David, Michael, Augustine, and Zelie-Therese at St. Francis of Assisi Church, tending to their gardens, raising goats, birdwatching, and reading old fairy tales.
Quinn is a graduate student from Newark, Ohio, pursuing his Master's Degree in Biology and a Certificate in Biotechnology. After graduating from Taylor University in 2021, he enrolled at Ball State University and joined the Smaldino Lab. Quinn is currently using mouse models to study the role of DHX36 on gene expression within the brain. In his free time, Quinn loves to be outdoors, be it hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, as well as skiing and snowboarding. After he graduates in May 2023, he plans to attend medical school.
Evan is a soon to be graduate student pursuing his Master's Degree in Biology and a Certificate in Biotechnology. He is currently using mouse models to study the impact of Dhx36 on embryonic development of the heart. Outside of the lab, Evan is an alumni of his fraternity, Sigma Chi. In his free time, Evan enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and spending time with his friends and family.
Accelerat Masters Program Student
Dylan Seiler is in the accelerated Masters Program studying the role of DHX36 in C9orf72 ALS/FTD in mice. In his free time, Dylan likes to read or spend time with friends and family. Outside of the Smaldino Lab, Dylan enjoys camping and backpacking.
Emma is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Pre-Medicine. She is studying the role of Dhx36 in cancer. In her free time, Emma enjoys watching movies, working out, and hanging out with her friends. Outside of the Smaldino Lab, Emma is also a member of the BSU Softball team. Go Cards!
Charline is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Pre-Medicine. Charline joined the Smaldino Lab in the spring semester of 2022. In her free time, Charline enjoys working out and watching horror movies with her friends. Originally from Immokalee, Florida, a favorite pastime of hers is sunbathing on the beach whenever she is home.
PAST LAB MEMBERS
Eli-Lilly Co-Op recipient '20, Research Associate II Cancer Drug Development
Senior Biologist, Eli Lilly
Is finishing an M.S. degree in Genomics and Bioinformatics at North Dakota State University.
Auburn Veterinary School of Medicine, Class of 2024
Clinical Chemistry and Lab Automation Support at Roche Diagnostics
Lab Assistant II, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, MI
High School Summer Research Student (’18)
High School Summer Research Student (’17)
(B.S., expected 2021)
Secondary Science Education
Applying to law schools...
(M.A. Candidate, 2021)
University of Illinois - Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2025
Elli-Lilly co-op recipient (21-22). Applying to grad schools...
University of Michigan, Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD Program
Applying to law schools...
Tyler is applying to Medical Schools and recently welcomed his beautiful Daughter, Rosie, into the world.
Taylor successfully defending her thesis and is now completing a 1-year fulltime BSU-Lilly Co-Op fellowship studying heart regeneration in mice.