Christopher J. Phiel Lab Personnel :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital


We are a group of graduate students and laboratory technicians interested in investigating this thing called science. The current members of our lab include:

Christopher PhielChristopher Phiel, PI

Education: University of Pennsylvania, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Postdoctoral fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University, PhD
Ursinus College, BS

Hometown: Columbia, PA


  • Food - The Philly cuisine trifecta - cheesesteaks (chesse wiz, wit), soft pretzels, and Tastykakes
  • TV - Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, House, M.D., 30 Rock, Nova, Nova ScienceNow
  • Sports – Phillies, Eagles
  • Books – Sherlock Holmes collection, John Adams, The Glory of Their Times, The Pillars of the Earth, To Kill a Mockingbird, Frankenstein, A Walk in the Woods, Into Thin Air, Miss Rumphius
  • Albums – Running On Empty, James Taylor – Greatest Hits, Aja, Legend, August and Everything After, Kind of Blue, Corinne Bailey Rae, Wildflowers, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, Eric Clapton – Unplugged, Automatic for the People, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Sublime, Parachutes, Play, Shaking the Tree, The Wind
  • NPR
  • My 22-year-old receiver and CD player

Anthony Popkie, Phiel LabAnthony Popkie

Education: B.A. Case Western Reserve University 1997
M.S. The Ohio State University 2003
Hometown: Canal Winchester, Ohio










Leigh Zeidner, Phiel LabLeigh Zeidner

Education: Otterbein College, BS

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio


  • Twitter - Microblogging at its finest
  • Slashdot Science - News for nerds. Stuff that matters
  • Wide Open Mind - A video podcast about technology and science.


Tony D'Ippolito, Phiel LabTony D'Ippolito
Email: Anthony.D'

Education: High School Diploma, Grove City High School
Currently enrolled at The Ohio State University

Hometown: Grove City, Ohio


  • Loves science fiction and Cane's Chicken



Jessica, Phiel LabJessica Buescher
Education: OSU IBGP Graduate Program, graduate

Hometown: Ottowa, Ohio

Currently working as a postdoc in the Duncan Lab at Washington University







Ashley Hammac, Phiel LabAshley Hammac
Education: Denison University, BS

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Currently attending the Ohio State University to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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