McMurry Lab

In the McMurry Lab, we pride ourselves not only on the awesome experiments we do and the exciting discoveries that we make, but also on the quality of training, mentoring and peer teaching that we do. McMurry minions develop foundational biochemical, cell biology and microbiology skills and get cutting edge training in intermolecular interaction analysis, confocal microscopy, tissue culture. McMurry Lab alumni are engaged in professions from medicine to basic research to industry. We're very proud of our record -- see below to see where our alumni have gone and what they are doing today. Science is fun and we aim to keep it that way, but we are serious about it and getting students to where they want to go in life.

We are always looking for talented, motivated and ambitious students who want a serious research experience. As far as I know, I'm the only professor in the country crazy enough to turn undergrads loose on SPR and BLI biosensors. Interested students are encouraged to get in touch with me.

McMurry's Minions


Jonathan McMurry, PI and Spirit Guide


Dr. Julia LeCher, Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Daniel Morris, Postdoctoral Associate

Maria Mbugua, Research Associate

Grad Students

Kelsey Clearman, MSIB '18

Luke Dickson, MSIB '19

Mareena Whisby, MSIB '18

Shaquanna Young, MSIB '18


David S. Axford, Biology, '18

Juana Camila Bejarano, Biology, '18KelseyjusthteFACS

Hope Didier, Biology, '20

Steven Ho, Biology, '19

Ji Lee, Biology, '20

Hannah Moorman '18

Emma Parks, Biology '18

Megan Whitlow, Biology '20




Melissa Bentley, Research Associate (UAB Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program)

Allison Healey, Research Associate (Miss. St. Biomedical Engineering M.S. Program)

Katy Helms, Research Associate (Mercer University SoM M.D. Program)

Dr. Takanori Hirano, Research Assistant Professor (Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Japan)

Master of ScienceVerra Ngwa

Verra M., Ngwa, MSCB '16 (Vanderbilt University Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program)

Bachelor of Science

Lauren (Beasley) Thomas, Biochemistry '14 (MCG M.D. Program)

Amber Caldara, Biology '15 (Emory Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program)

Joycelynn Foster, Biochemistry '13 (Indiana U. M.M.A. Program)

Dr. Joshua Francis, Biochemistry '11 (Emory B.C.D.B. Ph. D.)

Sydney Green, Biology '16 (Morehouse SoM M.D. Program)

Elizabeth Hayes, Biology '15 (UGA Integrated Life Sciences Ph.D. Program)

Stephanie Hill, Biochemistry '13 (UAB Prep, MCG M.D. Program)

Dr. Eric Hoffer, Biochemistry '11 (Emory B.C.D.B. Ph. D. )

Dr. Lewis Kraft, Biochemistry '09 (Ph.D., Vanderbilt Chemical & Physical Biology '15, Staff Scientist, Illumina)

Dr. Martha Kyriacou, Biochemistry, '07 (M.D., Universite Central del Caribe SoM)

Dr. Natalia Kyriacou, Biochemistry '07 (M.D., Mercer University SoM, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Pediatrics Residency)

Rachel Martini, Biology '15 (UGA Integrated Life Sciences Ph.D. Program)

Viet Nguyen, Biochemistry '08 (Morehouse SoM, M.S., Mercer U. Pharm. D. Program)

Jonathan Parker, Biochemistry, '09 (Specialist, CDC)

Katherine Rhoades, Biochemistry '14 (Mercer University SoM M.D. Program)

Dino Romero, Biochemistry '13 (U. Penn. PREP Program, MCG M.D. Program)

Israel Scott, Biochemistry '10 (UGA Biochemistry Ph.D. Program)

Dr. T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII, Chemistry 1897 (East Alabama A&M Phlogistology Ph.D. Program, Assistant Professor of Phlogistology, KSU Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept.)

Dr. Jo Wilson, Biochemistry '10 (MCG M.D. '16, Johns Hopkins Pediatrics Residency)