William R. Brody Chair
Sr. Research Associate
Brittany Ellis Jewell
Brittany grew up in Houston, Texas and attended Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Medical Humanities. She then obtained her PhD from the University of Texas MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the lab of Dung-Fang Lee, where she focused on dysregulated oxidative phosphorylation in pediatric osteosarcomagenesis using novel iPSC models. Brittany joined the Shaw lab in March 2021, where she studies the role of AMPK in colorectal cancer formation and persistence and how to target AMPK as a potential new means for treatment.
Jan Pencik is originally from Brno, Czech Republic (the city, where Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, invented his famous Mendelian’s laws). Jan completed his B.S. and M.Sc. in Biochemistry at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Right after graduation, he joined the lab of Prof. Stephan Nussberger, Stuttgart, Germany to study mitochondrial proteins and their cellular signaling networks. He received his Ph.D. from Medical University of Vienna, Austria in the lab of Prof. Lukas Kenner. His graduate work was focused on a novel role of IL-6/STAT3 signaling in regulating senescence, cancer and metastatic progression in prostate cancer. Jan joined the Shaw lab in January 2019 and his current work explores the biochemical aspects of LKB1 and autophagy signaling in cancer immunotherapy.
Josh grew up in Southern Oregon and completed his B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University before beginning a post-baccalaureate fellowship with the National Institutes of Health working to identify novel therapeutics for Pediatric Sarcomas in the lab of Dr. Lee J. Helman. Josh joined the Shaw lab in June 2018 and is currently working towards his PhD in Biomedical Sciences working to further characterize the tumor suppressor function of LKB1 in the context of lung adenocarcinoma.