Our Research Team

We are a diverse group of scientists studying cell surface receptors and their downstream signaling networks.


Ferguson Lab — Members


Kate Ferguson, Ph.D.

Dr. Ferguson’s research focuses on extracellular control of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), aberrant activation of which can drive cancer and other diseases.  Dr. Ferguson obtained her Ph.D. from Yale in 1996, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  She transitioned to an independent faculty position in the Department of Physiology at UPenn in 2003, returning to Connecticut in 2015 to join the Yale Cancer Biology Institute and Department of Pharmacology.


Jerry Madukwe, Ph.D.

Jerry is a postdoctoral associate investigating the mechanisms of activation of the Tie family of receptor tyrosine kinases. Email Jerry at jerry.madukwe[at]yale.edu.


Pouyan Rahmani

Pouyan is the Institute Coordinator of the lab spaces for the Cancer Biology Institute. He earned his master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Quinnipiac University, and before joining YCBI he was at the department of Ophthalmology as a Postgrad Associate.  In his free time he enjoys traveling and hiking. Email Pouyan at pouyan.rahmani[at]yale.edu.


Chrystal Starbird, Ph.D.

Chrystal is a postdoctoral associate interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying macromolecular assemblies. Her current project is focused on understanding how interactions of TAM 'ligand' with membrane lipids facilitate receptor activation in TAM receptors, a unique family of receptor tyrosine kinases. When she isn't trying to determine her next structure, she enjoys searching for waterfalls and doing fun science experiments with her family. Email Chrystal at chrystal.starbird[at]yale.edu.

Lab Alumni

Atrish Bagchi / Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Toronto
Ryan Emptage / Biochemist/Enzymologist, FMC Corporation
Yu-San Huoh / Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital
Shawn Li / Partner, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLC
David (Chun-Chi) Lin / Purification Scientist, Endo Pharmaceuticals
Judith Kikhney (Schmiedel)/ CEO, MoKi Analytic; Research Associate, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Jason Moore / Scientist, Janssen, Inc.
Karl Schmitz / Assistant Professor, University of Delaware