Kim Awarded NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship!!!

Grad student (but soon to be postdoc) Kim Hoang was recently awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. Congrats Kim!

Kim will begin her postdoc in the Spring of 2020 working in Dr. Kayla King’s lab at the University of Oxford. After two years at Oxford, she will return to Emory to work with Dr. Tim Read for a year. Many awesome things to come!


Kim Hoang, currently a pre-postdoctoral fellow.

McKenna Penley, Research Tech Extraordinaire


McKenna is the heart and soul of the Morran lab.

Congrats to McKenna Penley!

Along with expertly managing lab supplies, personnel, and multiple projects, McKenna published her 10th* paper during the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a major milestone that reflects McKenna’s strong and steady commitment to making our lab both a hub for great science and a collaborative supportive environment. We are so thankful to have you on our team, McKenna!

*As further evidence of McKenna’s productivity, she also published her 11th, 12th, and 13th papers this last year.

2019 Emory Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

Morran lab undergrads Angela Choi, Heidi Choi, Helena Baffoe-Bonnie, Annie Kim, Dilys Osei, and Raythe Owens presented posters at the 2019 Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium. They each did excellent work this year, studying everything from mutualistic to parasitic interactions (including some commensalism, a novel topic for the Morran lab). Many thanks to the students for their efforts and many thanks to the great grad student, post doc, and research tech mentors in my lab.

Lab Outreach to Senior Citizens and Middle School Students

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Here is Kayla asking the students at Senior University of Greater Atlanta if they have any questions about sex. They had a lot of great questions!

Kayla Stoy spoke about the evolution of sexual reproduction to senior citizens attending a biology course through Senior University of Greater Atlanta.


Jordan talking with students about his career path, while successfully avoiding the topic of sex.

Jordan Lewis recently attended the 2019 Career Day at Liberty Middle School in Covington, Georgia. He spoke to 7th grade students about being a biologist and the path through college and into graduate school.

Great job team!