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Trainees

The following lists represents graduate students and post-doctoral fellows within departmental laboratories. For students in our graduate programs please see:

Students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program

Students in the Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology Ph.D. Program

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Post-Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Students

Elizabeth Abshire, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Abshire, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Maquat Lab

Kadijah Abston, M.S.
Kadijah Abston, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Li Lab

Research Interest: Define the information carriers in semen underlying Pb-induced transgenerational behavioral alterations.

Sara Ali,
Sara Ali

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Graduate Student
First Year

Viktoriya  Anokhina, M.S.
Viktoriya  Anokhina, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: New Methods for the Delivery of RNA-Targeting Compounds: Application to HIV

Gloria Asantewaa,
Gloria Asantewaa

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Graduate Student
First Year

Chen Bao,
Chen Bao

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Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest: mRNA stem-loops can pause the ribosome by hindering A-site tRNA binding

Margarita Belinite, Ph.D.
Margarita Belinite, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Ermolenko Lab

Lauren Benoodt, M.S.
Lauren Benoodt, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Research Interest: Extending Pathways for Mechanistic Predictions from Large Scale Data

Javeed Bhat, Ph.D.
Javeed Bhat, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab

Rachel Bonn-Breach,
Rachel Bonn-Breach

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Michael Bryan, M.S.
Michael Bryan, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Integration of Silicon Nitride Photonic Microring Resonators for Sensing and Spectrometry to Detect Biologically Relevant Protein Targets

Joseph Bucukovski,
Joseph Bucukovski

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Chapin Cavender, M.S.
Chapin Cavender, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Capturing the Influence of Structural Context and Solvent in Fixed-charge Force Fields for RNA

Sai Chavali, M.S.
Sai Chavali, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: HIV TAR RNA Recognition by Multiple Lab-Evolved Proteins Provides Insight into Cyclic-Peptide Inhibitor Design

Wesley Chiang,
Wesley Chiang

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Graduate Student
First Year

Hana Cho, Ph.D.
Hana Cho, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Jessica Ciesla,
Jessica Ciesla

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Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest: Elucidating the Role of Viral Tegument Protein UL26 in Human Cytomegalovirus Infection

Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: Elucidating guide-RNA design rules for efficient and highly specific Cas13 RNA-targeting in human cells

Meemanage  De Zoysa, M.S.
Meemanage  De Zoysa, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Yu Lab

Research Interest: The Effect of U2 snRNA Pseudouridylation on Pre-mRNA Splicing in S. cerevisiae

Thareendra De Zoysa, M.S.
Thareendra De Zoysa, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

Research Interest: Similarities and differences in tRNA quality control decay pathways in evolutionarily distant yeast species

Diana Dunn, Ph.D.
Diana Dunn, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

Sierra Fox, M.S.
Sierra Fox, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Bulger Lab

Research Interest: Dissecting the Function of Domain-Forming Transcriptional Enhancers

Justin Galardi,
Justin Galardi

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Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest: Distinguishing the roles of TatSF1 and U2AF65 paralogues in HIV vs. host gene expression

Fanfan Hao, M.S.
Fanfan Hao, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Research Interest: Communication Between the Core Histone Tails and the H1 Carboxyl-Terminal Domain

Xueyang He,
Xueyang He

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Graduate Student
First Year

Omar Hedaya,
Omar Hedaya

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Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: The Role of DDX3X in the Translation of Cardiomyocyte Transcription Factors

Eric Hillpot,
Eric Hillpot

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Graduate Student
First Year

Lisa Houston, M.S.
Lisa Houston, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Grayhack Lab

Research Interest: Mechanisms Which Maintain the Reading Frame During Ribosome Stalls

Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver

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Graduate Student
First Year

Amjad Islam, Ph.D.
Amjad Islam, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab

Nazish Jeffery, M.S.
Nazish Jeffery, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Bulger Lab

Research Interest: Histone H2A Variants are Required for Normal Erythroid Maturation

Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang

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Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation

Gabrielle Kosoy,
Gabrielle Kosoy

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Using sensor arrays to understand the immune response to flu: The human immune system response to influenza virus is complex and thus not well understood. I am using Arrayed Imaging Reflectometry (AIR) technology to create arrays of flu surface proteins as well as arrays of whole virus to understand the antibody response to antigen presented in a three-dimensional context.

Ashok Kumar, Ph.D.
Ashok Kumar, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab

Ashwin Kumar,
Ashwin Kumar

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Graduate Student
Topham Lab

Research Interest: Biological factors and genetic programs that drive differentiation and maintenance of Lung CD8+ Tissue Resident Memory cells

Lingfeng Luo, M.S.
Lingfeng Luo, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Yan Lab

Research Interest: Role of PDE10A in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hyperplasia and Pathological Vascular Remodeling

Nicholas Macoretta,
Nicholas Macoretta

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Graduate Student
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

Research Interest: Mechanisms of Epigenetic Stability during Aging

Debanjana Maji,
Debanjana Maji

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Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest: Cancer-associated mutations of the pre-mRNA splicing factor U2AF2 alter splice site signal recognition

Luke Marr, M.S.
Luke Marr, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Research Interest: Probing Chromatin Structure Through Accessible Histone Surfaces

James McSally, Ph.D.
James McSally, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate
Mathews Lab

Abhinav Mittal,
Abhinav Mittal

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Graduate Student
Li Lab

Research Interest: Identifying common features of piRNA precursors using computational and biophysical approaches

Adrian Moises Molina Vargas,
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Morgan Monaghan, Ph.D.
Morgan Monaghan, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

Isreal Moreno, M.S.
Isreal Moreno, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest: The role of Enolase 2 during Human Cytomegalovirus infection

Rina Nagao, Ph.D.
Rina Nagao, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Julia Nicosia,
Julia Nicosia

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Graduate Student
First Year

Rohith Palli, Ph.D.
Rohith Palli, Ph.D.

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Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Research Interest: Executable models of signaling pathways and application to HIV

Mukta Palshikar,
Mukta Palshikar

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Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Research Interest: Executable models of pathways built using single-cell RNAseq data reveal immune cell heterogeneity in people living with HIV and atherosclerosis

Yi Pan,
Yi Pan

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Graduate Student
First Year

Ashlin Poruthoor,
Ashlin Poruthoor

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Xavier Rambout, Ph.D.
Xavier Rambout, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Matthew Raymonda,
Matthew Raymonda

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Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest: Identifying the Mechanisms of UL38 Mediated Metabolic Activation and their Contribution to Human Cytomegalovirus Infection

Emily Robinson,
Emily Robinson

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Graduate Student
First Year

Sudisht Sah, Ph.D.
Sudisht Sah, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab

Letty Salas Estrada, M.S.
Letty Salas Estrada, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Research Interest: Study of Ultra-fast Rhodopsin Activation Dynamics with Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Griffin Schroeder,
Griffin Schroeder

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Structural Analysis of a Riboswitch Reveals Long-Range Interaction Spine Bridging Distant Domains

Goutham Shankar, Ph.D.
Goutham Shankar, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Li Lab

Louis Smith, M.S.
Louis Smith, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Hydrogen Bond Model Selection for RNA Force Fields

Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Structure and effector-binding analysis of a PreQ1-III riboswitch suggests a fold that is tolerant to binding pocket mutations

Daniel Steiner, M.S.
Daniel Steiner, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Development of multi-use photonic sensors for Point-of-Care diagnostics

Sreyoshi Sur,
Sreyoshi Sur

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Monika Tasak,
Monika Tasak

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Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

Research Interest: Biology of 2'-O-methylation in the anticodon loop of yeast tRNAs

Jennifer Twardowski,
Jennifer Twardowski

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Graduate Student
Mello Lab

Research Interest: Evaluating the Potential of Tumor Suppressor p53 to Preserve Pancreatic Acinar Cell Identity

Arica VanderWal,
Arica VanderWal

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: The Role of Csx28 in CRISPR-Cas13b Anti-Phage Defense

Elinore Vangraafeiland,
Elinore Vangraafeiland

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Developing methods of targeting programmed ribosomal frameshifting in HIV and SARS-CoV-1

Ethan Walker,
Ethan Walker

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Graduate Student
Ghaemmaghami Lab

Research Interest: Proteome-wide Analysis of the Mechanisms of Thermotolerance

Li Xie,
Li Xie

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Graduate Student
Pröschel Lab
Li Lab

Research Interest: Lie Xi joined the Proschel Lab in 2016, and is currently applying his extensive molecular skill towards analyzing the effects of EIF2B mutations in VWM disease on astrocyte function. He also collaborates with the spinal cord research team on investigating the effects of new pharmacological treatments on the Immune response in acute SCI. Lie Xi also became a proud father this year!

Hong Zhu, M.S.
Hong Zhu, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Dumont Lab

Research Interest: Yeast Cell Surface Display of HIV Envelope Glycoprotein for Vaccine Development