Cole Townsend


College / University

University of Oklahoma

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry




Lab Experience

Western blotting, bacterial and animal cell culture, cloning, immunofluorescence microscopy, RT-PCR, IR spectroscopy, agarose gel electrophoresis, DNA/RNA isolation, flow cytometry, UV spectrophotometry.

Projects / Research

  • 07/2014 – 05/2016: “Single-cell mass spectrometry reveals a possible mechanism of sphingolipid-driven apoptosis.” Burgett Research Group, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • 06/2015 – 08/2015: “The Tumor Microenvironment and Phenotypic Plasticity.” Egeblad Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Research Program, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • 05/2014 – 07/2014: “MicroRNA-200c restores chemo- and radiosensitivity to triple-negative breast cancer.” Munshi Lab, Stephenson Cancer Center, Undergraduate Research Program, Oklahoma City, OK

Scholarships / Awards

2016 – 2017: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2016: Carl Albert Award from the University of Oklahoma (highest award given to one student in the College of Arts and Sciences)
2015: Outstanding Senior Award at the University of Oklahoma
2015: Robert H. P. Olney Fellowship from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research Program
2014 – 2015: Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the University of Oklahoma
2012: Gygi and von Wyss Foundation Scholarship


I am interested in working at the intersection of structural and molecular biology, and in applying techniques from these disciplines to outstanding questions in neuroscience. Specifically, I am fascinated by ion channels and SNARE complexes that act in intercellular transport within neurons. My ultimate goal is to lead a lab that fuses knowledge of the single cell with emerging insights into cellular networks in the brain.