Elyse Donaubauer, PhD

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Postdoctoral Researcher


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I am originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin. From a young age, I have been interested in the sciences. From doing simple science experiments at home to visiting museums and science centers, I could not get enough. In high school I graduated with nearly double the required science credits, and I attended University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, earning BS degrees in both Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. During the summer of my sophomore year, I attended Cornell University Summer Intern Research Program, working for three months in the Klessig Lab. My undergraduate classes inspired me want to share science with others, and this research internship started my passion for research. I attended Washington State University, earning my PhD in the Hunzicker – Dunn Lab. There I studied reproductive signaling, specifically, the signaling that is required within the ovary in response to hormones that promote ovulation of the oocyte.

Current Research Activities

  • Studying the differential signaling of FOXA1 and FOXC1 between the different breast cancer subgroups.

Professional/Volunteer Activities

  • SSR Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund Travel Grant (2014)
  • CRB Travel Grant (2014)
  • SMB Gibbins Travel Grant (2014)
  • SMB NIGMS Training Grant Recipient (2013-2014)
  • SMB MBGSA Treasurer (2012-2013)
  • Jennings Elementary School Science Fair Judge, Colfax WA (2012-2013)
  • WSU SMB Excellence in Graduate Service and Teaching Award (2012)
  • SMB GPSA Representative (2011-2013)
  • SMB Travel Award (2011)
  • R.A. Nilan Graduate Fellowship (2009) 


  • E.M. Donaubauer and M. Hunzicker – Dunn. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)–dependent phosphorylation of Y-Box binding protein 1 (YB1) enhances gene expression in granulosa cells in response to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). J Biol Chem. 2016 Jun 3;291(23):12145-60
  • E.M Donaubauer, N.C. Law, M. Hunzicker - Dunn. Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Dependent Regulation of Extracellular Regulated Kinase (ERK) Phosphorylation by MAP kinase phosphatase MKP3. J Biol Chem (2016). DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M116.733972