People


Thomas E. Curry, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair
East Carolina University, 1983

As with all experimental research endeavors, the contributions that we make to the understanding of basic scientific principles is accomplished by a team of unique individuals. Each individual brings their own set of skills and personalities to the laboratory. The attached pages attempt to show not the scientific aspects of the people in the laboratory, but rather the personalities and outside interests of these individuals. In these days of mission statements, long term objectives, and strategic plans; I believe that those associated with my laboratory work hard, play hard, and live life with inquiry, vigor, and wonderment each day. Myself, I enjoy the out of doors, putting a few miles on my bike, and torturing all around with my guitar playing.


Ketan Shrestha

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 2019

I joined the Curry lab in September 2019 after completing my Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. My Ph.D. research project entitles " Ovulation and corpus luteum formation: novel control mechanisms". With the use of bovine and human samples, my in-vitro work comprises siRNA mediated gene knockdown, miRNAs overexpression/ inhibition, gene expression and protein expression using qPCR, western blot, XTT assay. My research interest is endocrine function in female reproductive biology. Being in Dr. Curry’s lab have opened up a new platform for me to explore other possibilities in research area to be engaged. I am fascinated by the use of in-vivo and ex-vivo model of rat and mice follicle culture. Most importantly, the translation of this knowledge together with human sample studies concerning ovulation and corpus luteum, which focuses on the wellbeing of female fertility, persuaded me a lot. My wife, Asmita and I love travelling and explore the different part of the country especially the beaches. We enjoy movies and art.

Carole Bryant

Research Facility Manager

I am a research technician in the Curry lab. I originally started at the bench but have now moved to supervising and running the lab which performs all of the sex hormone assays for the Hospital along with running assays for the lab. I enjoy the outdoors and have been actively involved with the Kentucky Lab Rescue which tries to find homes for abandoned Labrador retrievers. Mattie (in the picture) came from the KY Lab Rescue as did Dr. Curry’s dog Maui.

Priscila Garcia

Lab Technician 
Berea College 2018

I joined the Curry lab just this year, 2019, and I have been learning a lot since then. I am originally from Mexico, Morocco, and Spain but I graduated from Berea College (USA) in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Agriculture. I like being part of Curry's lab because I have an interest in being a PA one day, specializing in women’s reproductive health. As a woman, it’s important to me to help women and I think this lab work is a great way to do that, as well as a great beginning for my career. In my free time, I enjoy writing, watching movies, listening to and playing music, traveling, running, and I love anything outdoors.

Katie Lynn Land

Lab Assistant-Undergraduate Student

I have been an undergraduate lab assistant in the Curry Lab since the summer of 2018. I am currently a junior at the University of Kentucky majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I am pre-med and interested in anesthesiology or OB/GYN as a specialty after medical school. I am an active member of the APO service fraternity and I am also involved in ASB at UK. Through them I participate in service trips overseas and in the states. I am from Georgetown, KY and love going to concerts and anything that involves coffee. I hope to attend medical school at UK and continue reproductive endocrinology and toxicology research for the rest of my time here.

Carlie Fugate

Lab Assistant-Undergraduate Student

Hello! I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Curry Lab. I am currently a Psychology major on the Pre-Physician’s Assistant track here, at the University of Kentucky. I am an active member in my sorority and am involved in other organizations on campus as well. When I’m not in the lab, I am most likely out driving with my windows down and my music playing.

Frances Miller

Lab Assistant-Undergraduate Student

Greetings! I have been an undergraduate lab assistant in the Curry Lab since the summer of 2019. I am a sophomore at the University of Kentucky where I am double majoring in Biology and Neuroscience, as well as minoring in Spanish on a pre-medical track. I fell in love with medicine at an early age, and I am ecstatic to continue my studies in hopes of attending medical school and becoming a surgeon. I am an active member in various organizations at UK, including Global Brigades, Chi Omega, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, UK Service Corps, Christian Student Fellowship, STEMCats, and more. I am from Carmel, Indiana, and when I am not studying, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, yoga, photography, guitar, and any activity involving dogs or coffee.

Ashley Roark

Research Coordinator
Northern Illinois University 2013

I am a native resident of Illinois, but the people, horses, and overall beauty of Kentucky captured a piece of my heart and relocation soon became my focus.  I have many interests which include traveling, boating, reading, and spending time outdoors with my cameras in hand.  I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Sciences and I am looking forward to continuing my studies at the University of Kentucky.  While our research team is hard at work in the lab, I support their efforts administratively as they continue striving for the deliverance of optimal care for women in Kentucky.

Josh Wills

Program Coordinator
University of KY, 2006

I graduated from UK with BBA degree in Finance and have been employed with the university for 10 years in Research Financial Services.  In April 2019, I joined the OB/GYN team with budgetary responsibilities and operations.  It is very rewarding seeing the research and passion invested and being able to help facilitate such matters.  Born and raised nearby in Winchester, Kentucky my family of two girls (Piper & Emersyn) and Wife (Courtney) are avid Wildcat fans and surely “bleed blue”.  I also enjoy outdoor adventures, soccer, and a big fan of movies and popcorn!