Mentorship - Stice

Dr. Steven Stice awarded the highest scholastic faculty award; The D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professorship. This award for excellence in teaching was initiated in 1981, to recognize faculty members who made outstanding contributions to the college’s teaching mission.

Stice is also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar endowed chair, and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center at The University of Georgia. His credits include producing the world's first cloned rabbit, the world's first cloned calves and the first pigs cloned from adult cells. He has over 30 years of research and development experience in biotechnology and is a co-founder of five biotechnology companies.

He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine for three years in a row. (2010, 2011, 2012).

Stice’s academic and industry labs have focused on the use of neural stem cells to further drug discovery and toxicology in representative stem cell populations.

The Stice lab fluctuates from between 10 and 15 people — comprised of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and a few technicians and visiting scientist. Over the years Stice has mentored more than 51 graduate students and 18 postdoctoral-scholars.

UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Early Career Faculty Award for guidance of undergraduate students in research activities was presented to Stice in 2007.

The lab has mentored on average 4-6 undergraduates a semester and has helped to produce Goldwater Scholarship winners, as well as Gates and Udall winners, and several prestigious nominees. In 2016 alone, two nominees and one winner; one Goldwater winner and two Goldwater/Truman nominees — were Stice lab undergraduates.

Stice still serves as a member to the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Advisory board since 2001, the same year he was named for outstanding service to the University of Georgia Young scholars program. A program designed to attract under represented High School students to the University of Georgia to gain experience in a laboratory environment during the summers. To-date the Stice lab has been host to more than 30 summer students. To bring together human and veterinary medicine researchers, Stice often mentors DVM students participating in Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP).

Our Team

Raymond Swetenburg

Graduate Student

BS, University of the South (Sewanee), 2002. Doctoral student. Raymond's interest are in the emergence of tunable neural circuits from stem cells.

Forrest Goodfellow

Graduate Student

UGA grad, 2013. Now studies in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program. Stice Lab focus; understanding endocrine disrupting compounds and their effect on neural development.

Seth Henry Andrews

Graduate Student

B.S./ M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. Currently earning his PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UGA. Focus; tissue engineering systems.

Brian Jurgielewicz

Graduate Student

B.S. Animal Science/B.S. Biological Sciences Cornell University. Currently earning his Masters in CAES. Focus: exosomes to creating in vitro models of angiogenesis.

Austin Passaro

Graduate Student

B.S. Biological Sciences VT. Working on Master’s degree. Stice lab; neural stem cells, modeling neurovascular interactions, and therapeutic uses of stem cell-derived exosomes.

Sam Spellicy

Graduate Student

B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland. Now earning a PhD in Neuroscience from UGA and a M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. Focus in exosomes; neurological disease.

Christina Elling

Lab Tech

Christina graduated from UGA with a B.S. in Genetics. At the Stice lab, she will provide technical support in addition to assisting with cell culture and research.

Francisca Burnley

Administrative Associate II

Francisca plays an integral role in driving key business decisions, supporting operations, and maintaining complex accounting systems for several partnerships of the Stice Lab. Prior to that she worked for UGA College of Pharmacy.

Charlene Betourney

Marketing and Development Associate

Charlene works closely with senior leadership to increase awareness of the depth and breadth of research at the Stice Lab and the RBC, both internally and externally through content marketing, public relations, internal communications, and social media.

Michael Bowler


Michael is an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and psychology with a neuroscience emphasis. His focus in the Stice lab is investigating the role of exosomes in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Tarun Daniel


Tarun is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Stice Lab focus; to study the formation of neural networks using the micro-electrode array system. Future plans to attend med school.

Catherine Mahala Callaway


"Cali" Callaway is a first-year Foundation Fellow studying Cognitive Science and Latin on the pre-medicine track. Having worked in laboratories since the age of 16, she completed a study on robotic neuro-rehabilitation at Shepherd Spinal Center. Cali aims to use her passion for neuroscience to further investigate traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.

Marie McKenzie

Doctoral Student

BS, Medical University of South Carolina Occupational Therapy, MS Georgia State University in Physical Therapy. Primary interests are toxic effects on the developing nervous system, prevention of birth defects and use of neural stem cells as an alternative testing platform.