Welcome to the Gardner Lab

People

Stephanie Gardner

Stephanie Gardner

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Ph.D., Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Biology, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Email: sgardne@purdue.edu 

Link to the faculty page

Sharleen Flowers

Sharleen Flowers

Ph.D. Graduate Student
Email: sflower@purdue.edu 

B.S., Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

"I am a native Texan and loyal to my alma mater, OU. I love to watch college football, experiment in the kitchen, and play video games in my free time. I joined the Gardner lab in Fall 2017 and am currently investigating features of undergraduate biology students' knowledge of different biological processes. I hope to be a microbiology professor after I graduate!"

Anupriya Karippadath

Anupriya Karippadath

Ph.D. Graduate Student
Email: akarippa@purdue.edu

M.S., Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, United States
M.Sc., Biodiversity, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
B.Sc., Environmental Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India

"A genuine passion for science and a winding path through various sub-disciplines of biology have brought me to my work in Biology Education at Purdue. I am interested in exploring student and expert conceptions of various aspects of experimental design in science. I am currently working in the Gardner lab on a project aimed at understanding how students construct graphs based on scientific data."

Nouran Amin

Nouran Amin

Ph.D. Graduate Student
Email: neamin@purdue.edu 

M.S., Biology, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
B.S., Biology, IUPUI

"I spent my childhood in four different states but consider Indiana my home! I lived here for nearly a decade and attended IUPUI where I earned a BS/MS in Biology. During this time, I developed a growing passion for learning, teaching, and research. This guided me to the Gardner lab where my goal is to pursue a career in academia. In my free time, I enjoy watching period dramas and reading historical fiction."

Gabrielle Rump

Gabrielle Rump

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: grump@purdue.edu

"I am originally from Indiana and come from a family of five kids. With my three older sisters going to Indiana University, I decided to stir the pot and become a Boilermaker instead. I am currently pursuing a degree in Health and Disease in the College of Science. After graduation, I hope to further my education into medical school or into a research field where I can earn my Ph.D."

Aya Elhag

Aya Elhag

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: aelhag@purdue.edu 

"I grew up in Sudan for the first 10 years of my life before immigrating to a small town in Indiana and making it my second home! I’m the first from my family to come to Purdue University and I’m currently majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. My love for science has garnered me to join this research lab and further my knowledge. I’m looking forward to graduating with a Biology Degree and attending medical school one day."

Perion Sharp

Perion Sharp

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: pssharp@purdue.edu 

"I am from New Albany, Indiana which is about 10 minutes north of Louisville, Kentucky. I am a first-generation college student who is pursuing degrees in Biochemistry and Classical Studies, and eventually I plan on attending medical school. In my free time, I like to sing with the Purduettes."

Kal Holder

Kal Holder

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: holder9@purdue.edu 

"I am currently a biology major with a minor in psychology and creative writing with intentions of attending graduate school to pursue a career in higher education as a professor of biology! I joined the Gardner lab due to my passion for education and I am currently aiding in research investigating mechanistic thinking in biology students. In my free time, I like to craft, write, tutor, cuddle with my dogs (and my partner's cats), and go on adventures with my friends."

Alumni

Eryn Sale

Undergraduate Researcher Alumnus

Riley Stehr

Undergraduate Researcher Alumnus

Gazal Singh

Undergraduate Researcher Alumnus

Elizabeth Suazo-Flores

Postdoctoral Fellow Alumnus

Matthew Lira

Postdoctoral Fellow Alumnus

Aakanksha Angra

Ph.D. Graduate Student Alumnus

Mozhu Li

M.S. Graduate Student Alumnus

Present and Past Pet Members

Ash

Ash

Brothers Ash and Vince are Stephanie's kitties! Ash enjoys sitting in boxes and sticking his tongue out in his sleep. He loves posing for pictures since he knows he has the cutest face ever.
Vince

Vince

Brothers Ash and Vince are Stephanie's kitties! Vince likes to walk in front of the camera during Zoom calls and claim Stephanie's shoulder. He also enjoys cuddling with his brother and meowing for food.
Skylar

Skylar

The grumpiest, most adorable, talkative, and loudest purring cat ever. Passed on, but continues to be an inspiration to Sharleen!

Obi-cat Kenobi (aka His Highness Fluffytums)

Obi-cat Kenobi (aka His Highness Fluffytums)

Obi is Anupriya's 7 year old miniature panther who is also part dog. He likes to play fetch, nap, and eat treats. He is the master of giving affectionate head bumps and sitting on sleeping human heads at 3 am. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi

This is Obi-Wan Kenobi, feline friend of Gabrielle. He goes by Obi, and he is very fond of bowties and drinking out of toilets.
Mickey

Mickey

Mickey is Nouran's 3-year old people-shy cat. He enjoys long naps, window-watching, and predicting the weather!
Hobbs

Hobbs

This is Hobbs, Kal's partner's catto, as they are not yet so fortunate to have one of their own. Hobbs likes to stand on Kal's shoulder and will sit at their feet and wail until Kal picks him up.
Franklin

Franklin

He is the friendliest little man and always needs to say hi to everyone we see while walking around. He loves playing with his toys and sleeping on the couch!
Princess Luna Gump

Princess Luna Gump

Luna is Aakanksha’s beautiful domesticated miniature North American panther who enjoys fish cereal, fetching pipe cleaners, sitting under umbrellas, taming bearded dragons, and great art. Luna has inspired much of Aakanksha’s research, classroom, and outreach activities.