Kodey Silknitter


  • University of Maine, 2020, B.S. in Biochemistry
  • University of Maine, 2020, B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Brief Biography

Kodey is a PhD candidate co-advised by Clarissa Henry and Ben King. Growing up, Kodey moved around the United States as a child in a military family before attending the University of Maine in 2016. Kodey graduated in 2020 and immediately joined the GSBSE program. He is currently utilizing the zebrafish model to characterize the molecular mechanisms of muscular dystrophy. Specifically, he in focusing on the relationship between the neural and muscle cells during development in zebrafish models of muscular dystrophy.


  • Elisabeth A Kilroy, Amanda C Ignacz, Kaylee L Brann, Claire E Schaffer, Devon Varney, Sarah S Alrowaished, Kodey J Silknitter, Jordan N Miner, Ahmed Almaghasilah, Tashawna L Spellen, Alexandra D Lewis, Karissa Tilbury, Benjamin L King, Joshua B Kelley, Clarissa A Henry (2022) Beneficial impacts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on muscle structure and function in the zebrafish model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy eLife 11:e62760 https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.62760

Dissertation Mentors

Benjamin King

Clarissa Henry