Caiti Smukowski Heil, PhD

Asst. Professor, NC State University

Prior to my gig as a new Assistant Professor at NC State, I was a PhD student at Duke University with Mohamed Noor and a postdoc at the University of Washington with Maitreya Dunham. Outside of the lab, you can find me hanging out with my family and my cats, Monkey & Business. I like listening to podcasts, sampling from local breweries, and exploring the great outdoors.


Nathan Brandt

Lab Manager


Enrique Schwarzkopf, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Enrique is a dry lab biologist interested in the role of recombination in the evolutionary process. Before joining the Heil lab, he was a PhD student at Washington State University in Omar Cornejo's lab.


Lauren Bailey

PhD Student, Functional Genomics

Lauren is studying speciation in Saccharomyces uvarum



Margot Ruffieux

PhD Student, Functional Genomics

Margot is studying mito-nuclear incompatabilities in Saccharomyces 


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Former Lab Members

Anna Cormack, Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-21

Amilcar Rodriguez, Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-21

Caiti Lahue, Technician in Dunn and Heil labs, 2019-21

Musa Malik, Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-20