Devenport Lab Members

Devenport Lab

Principal Investigator

Danelle Devenport

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


Postdoctoral Researchers

Bradley Joyce

Maureen Cetera

Graduate Students



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.


Bryan Heck

Kim Box

Undergraduate Students

Colby Hyland '16


Yun Liang '16

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.

Faculty Assistant

Gail Huber