Devenport Lab Members

Devenport Lab

Devenport Lab

Principal Investigator

Danelle Devenport

Research Interest:  The cell biology of tissue polarity and epithelial patterning
Danelle Devenport Biography »


Postdoctoral Researchers

Clayton Hazelett
I am from the Philadelphia area and went to Ursinus College for undergrad. After Ursinus, I traveled to the Midwest for graduate school at The University of Iowa. As a result, I am a Hawkeye fan, very tolerant to the cold, and love pork and corn more than ever. In the lab, I am working on developing an in vitro system to study initiation of planar cell polarity. I'm also interested in identifying molecular changes of Vangl2 before and after polarization in vivo. When I'm not at work, I spend time riding my motorcycle, cultivating the garden with my wife, and playing rugby.

Bradley Joyce

Graduate Students

Halley Oyer
I am from Philadelphia, PA and a graduate of Drexel University. As a transplant from the Eggenschwiler lab (formerly at Princeton, now at University of Georgia, Athens), my work focuses on the neural tube of the developing mouse embryo. Through a concerted effort of many signaling pathways and cell movements this structure becomes the brain and spinal cord of the mouse. I am working to elucidate the connection between the Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway, the cell cycle and regulation of the primary cilium. My transition into the lab has been fantastic and I really enjoy doing science with such great people. I live with my husband and our fabulous dogs in Yardley, PA, where we try more home improvement projects than we're actually qualified for.


Rezma Shrestha

I am from Kathmandu, Nepal and have been here in New Jersey since I started my undergraduate study at Saint Peter's College. When I came to Princeton as a graduate student, I was fascinated by the idea of how cells are patterned and organized into specific tissues during development. Working in the Devenport lab has given me the chance to study polarization of cells in the epidermis, and how this polarity is maintained and propagated across the skin. Plus, all the lab members are so supportive and it just makes for a great place to do and learn great science! Currently, I am investigating the mechanisms that regulate the selective internalization of planar cell polarity proteins during mitosis. Also, I am taller than Wen.

Wen Yih Aw
I LOVE MALAYSIA... because I’m a Malaysian. Other than my Malaysian identity, I went to the University of Kansas for my undergraduate studies. Now I am a third year graduate student in the Mol Bio Graduate Program, so instead of watching tornados or the Wizard of Oz, I am interested in studying hair follicle orientation (they actually look like little tornadoes...ok maybe not) and deducing the global polarizing cues that initialize epidermal planar polarization. I am currently working with Clay to study the role of stromal organization in establishing epidermal planar polarity in skin. I am getting slowly assimilated into the Devenport Lab: I start to drink coffee and eat cheese.


This is Bryan when he's NOT in the lab.  Life is so meaningless.

Bryan Heck

Kim Box


Lab Manager

Katie Little

I graduated with a B.S. in Biotechnology from Rutgers University in 2008, and a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2011. As Lab Manager, I am in charge of ordering, making stock solutions, and keeping up with the general organization and maintenance of the lab, as well as my own research. I live in Middlesex, NJ with my husband and numerous houseplants. We are avid fans of various Rutgers and Baltimore sports teams and enjoy Geocaching when/wherever we can.

Lab Alumni

Breanna Breanna McMahon '14

Joseph Park Joseph Park '13

Princeton Molecular Biology undergraduate senior thesis student, Class of 2013

Currently pursuing a medical degree as of Fall 2013

Aashna Mago '13

High school research assistant from The Lawrenceville School, Class of 2013

Currently attending Stanford University as of Fall 2013