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



Margot Ruffieux

PhD Student, Functional Genomics

Margot is studying mito-nuclear incompatabilities in Saccharomyces 


Lauren Bailey

PhD Student, Functional Genomics

Lauren is studying speciation in Saccharomyces uvarum


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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