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Burke Lab Group Photo - September 2023

PI:  Molly K. Burke


Dr. Burke was born and raised in the Los Angeles suburbs and earned her B.S. in Organismal Biology from UCLA in 2004.  She did her graduate research in evolutionary biology with Dr. Michael Rose at UC Irvine and earned her PhD in 2010.  She continued to work at UC Irvine as a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Tony Long from 2011-2014, and did a second postdoc at UCSD with Dr. Scott Rifkin from 2014-2015.  She started her lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University in the fall of 2015.  When she is not doing research or teaching, Dr. Burke enjoys the many outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer, such as hiking, kayaking, and Dungeness crab fishing.  But most of the time she's chasing after her 4-year-old.

Current lab members


Megan Sandoval-Powers, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar


Katie McHugh 

PhD candidate


Giovanni Crestani

PhD student


Brysyn Goodson

PhD student


Hannah Dugo

MS student

Lab Alumni

Mark Phillips: Postdoc, 2018-2021 

Ian Kutch: Postdoc, 2017-2019 

Chloe Hanson: Grad student, 2019-2021 (M.Sc.)

Kieslana Wing: Grad student, 2016-2019 (M.Sc.)

Ben Weeder: Grad student, 2016-2017 (MPH)

Ellery Shearman​: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2023

Nazrawit BerheUndergraduate Research Assistant, 2023

Julia Reinsch​: SURE Summer Scholar, 2021

Savannah Taggard​: URSA Engage, SURE, Honors College Thesis Student 2020-2021

Josh Zhou: Undergraduate Research Assistant 2019-2020

Ripu Briar: Undergraduate Research Assistant 2019-2020

Marcus Scaffo: Undergraduate Research Assistant 2019-2020

Leslie Horita: Undergraduate Research Volunteer 2018-2019

Andrew BakerSURE Summer Scholar, 2018

Andreea Gosman​: Honors College Thesis Student, 2017-2019

Amy Watson​: STEM Leader, 2016-2017

Douglas Holman​: Honors College Thesis Student, 2016-2018

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