Our Students


MSGC Class of 2018

Alex Ellison

Alexandra Ellison

B.S. Saginaw Valley State University

Alexandra is originally from Reese, Michigan and earned her B.S. in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. During her time as an undergraduate, Alexandra volunteered as a sexual assault advocate with Child and Family Services of Saginaw. This volunteer work involved in-person counseling, as well as monitoring a 24-hour hotline.  She also served as a peer mentor for honor students during her sophomore year. Alexandra enjoyed spending two of her undergraduate summers shadowing local genetic counselors, both of whom specialized in cancer genetics. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys reading and hiking, and she loves to travel whenever possible.  Her favorite travel locations so far include Japan and Hawai’i.

Emily Lancaster

Emily Lancaster

B.S. University of Michigan

Emily is from Petoskey, Michigan and earned her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant studying dopamine’s relationship with behavior and learning in rats and later the effect of positive and negative reinforcement on learning in wasps. Emily was a peer mentor for the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program during her sophomore year and volunteered with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center during her senior year. After graduating, Emily worked for at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and volunteered on the crisis hotline for a domestic and sexual assault shelter in Ann Arbor. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, reading, and scuba diving.

Caleb Heid

​Caleb Heid

B.S. University of Missouri

Caleb was born and raised in the small town of Harrisonville, Missouri.  After leaving his hometown, Caleb attended the University of Missouri to pursued a B.S in Biochemistry in addition to two minors in Biology and Leadership.  During his undergraduate career, Caleb worked in an Archaeometry lab researching ancient human migration patterns across the Middle East and South America.  Additionally, Caleb held leadership and counseling positions in his fraternity, volunteered at a crisis hotline specializing in helping the hard-of-hearing community, and interned at Abundant Life Counseling Center.  Caleb’s hobbies include: playing cello, hiking, and reading.

Zach Salvati

Zachary Salvati

B.S. ​Judson University

Zack is originally from Batavia, Illinois in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He attended Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he earned his B.A. in Biology with a minor in Psychology. Zack worked as a Lab Assistant for a freshman Biology course while also volunteering for the special needs ministry at his local church. In the summer of 2014, Zack held a position as a Laboratory Genetic Counselor Intern at PreventionGenetics in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The focus of his work was primarily on the drafting of disease prevention articles including Hereditary Spherocytosis/Elliptocytosis and Retinitis Pigmentosa, as well as Utilization Management research for the company. In his spare time, Zack is a coffee connoisseur who loves to listen to music, bike, and play disc golf.

Emily Teague

Emily Teague

B.S. ​​Kansas State University

Emily is originally from Cheney, Kansas and earned her B.S. in Biology from Kansas State University. As an undergraduate, she tutored fellow students in chemistry. After graduating, she worked as a laboratory assistant in a molecular virology lab, and as a registered behavior technician providing ABA therapy to children with autism. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, trying new foods, and spending time with her dog.

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Ashlee Byrnes
Jada Jackson
​Ashle​e Byrnes

B.S. The College of Idaho
M.S. Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Ash is from many places across the United States (OKC is the ninth city she’s lived in). As an undergraduate, Ash served as a student ambassador on campus, spent two summers in a biomedical engineering lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, and competed as a varsity athlete. While earning her master’s degree, she acted as a teaching assistant for the graduate-level Molecular Genetics course and performed laboratory research to determine how unregulated RNA polymerase III transcription contributes to obesity resistance in mice. Ash also volunteered with the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) as an online hotline staffer. Odd jobs between graduate programs include lifeguarding, freelance copywriting, human resources, and finance. Her hobbies and interests include stress-baking, college sports, reading, alternative rock, and binging TV shows.

Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor

B.​A. Baylor University

Lauren is originally from Coppell, Texas.  She attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas for undergraduate studies and graduated with a BA in 2013 from the Honors College University Scholars Program with concentrations in Neuroscience and Linguistics.  While at Baylor, Lauren worked as the supplemental instruction leader for the Introduction to Neuroscience course.  After graduating, she worked as a pharmacy technician in retail pharmacy and as a temporary lab assistant in a cancer genetics lab at UT Southwestern.  During her spare time, Lauren loves to curl up with a good story and hot cup of tea.

Jada Jackson

B.S. University of Oklahoma

Jada grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 2016. In her free time, Jada enjoys all things Harry Potter, a good book, a good musical, and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners. Boomer Sooner!

Cheryl Reeves
Cheryl Reeves

B.S. Midwestern State University

Cheryl was born in Aurora, CO. She most recently lived in Wichita Falls, TX, where she attended Midwestern State University. Cheryl graduated Magna Cum Laude with BS degrees in Biology with a Chemistry minor, and Psychology. Cheryl was also active in the community as a CASA volunteer; a board member for Heart of a Woman, a hospital board dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease among women, a volunteer for youth and children’s ministries at her church, including Helping Hands at the Heights, a program that provided respite for parents of children with special needs, PEO, and other volunteer roles at various community organizations and her children’s schools. She later worked for CASA as a case supervisor for children in foster care. Cheryl enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three dogs.

Kelsey Watson
Kelsey Watson

B.S. Southern Wesleyan University

Kelsey is originally from Buena Park, CA but spent the last few years in Atlanta, GA.  She earned her B.S. in Biology from Southern Wesleyan University.  After graduating, she worked for a year as a science teacher at a private school in Georgia teaching grades 6-12.  Kelsey then spent a few years working in an office setting and shadowing various genetic counselors in both prenatal and cancer.  She volunteered with organizations to gain experience working alongside individuals with various disabilities as well as being a counselor through a crisis text-line. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring Oklahoma and spending time with her husband and three dogs.