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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

Kadijah Abston,
Kadijah Abston

Graduate Student
Li Lab

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

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

Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Increasing Efficacy of RNA-targeted anti-HIV Compounds via Nanoparticle Formulation

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Chen Bao,
Chen Bao

Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Elucidating the Mechanism of Ribosome Pausing Mediated by mRNA Secondary Structures

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

Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Extending Pathways for Mechanistic Predictions from Large Scale Data

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Javeed Bhat, Ph.D.
Javeed Bhat, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab

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Rachel Bonn-Breach,
Rachel Bonn-Breach

Graduate Student
First Year

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

Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Development of Silicon Nitride Photonic Microring Resonator Arrays as a Biosensing Platform for Multiplex Setection of Biologically Relevant Protein Targets

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

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Capturing the Influence of Solvent in Quantum Chemistry Calculations of RNAs

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Sai Chavali,
Sai Chavali

Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Structural Characterization of Multiple Lab-Evolved Proteins Reveals Signature Sequences in HIV-1 TAR RNA Recognition

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Hana Cho, Ph.D.
Hana Cho, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

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Jessica Ciesla,
Jessica Ciesla

Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Elucidating the Role of UL26 in Human Cytomegalovirus Infection and Proliferation

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Lily Cisco,
Lily Cisco

Graduate Student
First Year

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Tyler Couch, M.S.
Tyler Couch, M.S.

Graduate Student
Steiner Lab

Human Erythroblasts with c-Kit Activating Mutations Have Reduced Cell Culture Costs and Remain Capable of Terminal Maturation and Enucleation

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Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis

Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Elucidating Guide-RNA Design Rules for Efficient and Highly Specific Cas13 RNA-targeting in Human Cells

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

Graduate Student
Yu Lab

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

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

Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

tRNA Quality Control Pathways in Evolutionarily Distant Yeasts

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Diana Dunn, Ph.D.
Diana Dunn, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

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Debapratim Dutta, M.S.
Debapratim Dutta, M.S.

Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Elucidating Signal Transduction Pathways in RNA Mediated Gene Regulation

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Sierra Fox, M.S.
Sierra Fox, M.S.

Graduate Student
Bulger Lab

Dissecting the Function of Domain-Forming Transcriptional Enhancers

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Justin Galardi,
Justin Galardi

Graduate Student
First Year

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Kahina Ghanem, Ph.D.
Kahina Ghanem, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Li Lab

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Dalia Ghoneim,
Dalia Ghoneim

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

RNA secondary structure prediction

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Christopher Goodwin, M.S.
Christopher Goodwin, M.S.

Graduate Student
Munger Lab

HCMV and NFκB Signaling: Viral Modulation of Host Cell Inflammatory Signaling During Infection

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Fanfan Hao, M.S.
Fanfan Hao, M.S.

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

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

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Omar Hedaya,
Omar Hedaya

Graduate Student
Yao Lab

The Role of DDX3X in the Translation of Cardiomyocyte Transcription Factors

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Lisa Houston, M.S.
Lisa Houston, M.S.

Graduate Student
Grayhack Lab

Dissecting Mechanisms by which Particular Codon Pairs Regulate Translation

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

Graduate Student
Bulger Lab

H2A.X Loss Results in Defective Erythroid Terminal Maturation

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Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang

Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation

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Mohammad Kayedkhordeh, M.S.
Mohammad Kayedkhordeh, M.S.

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Monte Carlo: A New Approach to Predict RNA Secondary Structures Including Pseudoknots

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Gabrielle Kosoy,
Gabrielle Kosoy

Graduate Student
First Year

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Ashwin Kumar,
Ashwin Kumar

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Mapping Inter-Nucleosomal Interactions in Model Nucleosomal Arrays

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Wan-Jung Lai, M.S.
Wan-Jung Lai, M.S.

Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

The Role of the Intrinsic Closeness of mRNA Ends in Translation

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Justin Leach,
Justin Leach

Graduate Student
Topham Lab

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Elinore Loch,
Elinore Loch

Graduate Student
First Year

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Lingfeng Luo, M.S.
Lingfeng Luo, M.S.

Graduate Student
Yan Lab

The Roles of PDE10A and PDE1A in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells and Pathological Vascular Remodeling

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Nicholas Macoretta,
Nicholas Macoretta

Graduate Student
Gorbunova Lab

The Role of Histone Variants and Modifications in Aging

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Debanjana Maji,
Debanjana Maji

Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Structure and Function of Cancer-Relevant Pre-mRNA Splicing Factors

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Luke Marr, M.S.
Luke Marr, M.S.

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Probing Chromatin Structure through Accessible Histone Surfaces

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Rajyalakshmi Meduri, Ph.D.
Rajyalakshmi Meduri, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Li Lab

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Abhinav Mittal,
Abhinav Mittal

Graduate Student
First Year

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

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

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

Graduate Student
Munger Lab

The Role of Enolase 2 during HCMV Infection

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Yuliya Muradova, M.S.
Yuliya Muradova, M.S.

Graduate Student
Perkins / Zhang Lab

Secondary Structure Clues About Function of Leukemic Protein PRDM3

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Rina Nagao, Ph.D.
Rina Nagao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

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Rohith Palli, M.S.
Rohith Palli, M.S.

Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Executable Models for Pathway Analysis

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Mukta Palshikar,
Mukta Palshikar

Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Single-cell RNAseq Analysis Reveals Immune Cell Heterogeneity in people with HIV+ and Atherosclerosis

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Ashlin Poruthoor,
Ashlin Poruthoor

Graduate Student
First Year

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

Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

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Matthew Raymonda,
Matthew Raymonda

Graduate Student
Munger Lab

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Irene Rodriguez-Sanchez, M.S.
Irene Rodriguez-Sanchez, M.S.

Graduate Student
Munger Lab

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

Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Study of Ultra-fast Rhodopsin Activation Dynamics with Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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Griffin Schroeder,
Griffin Schroeder

Graduate Student
First Year

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Louis Smith, M.S.
Louis Smith, M.S.

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Do Simulations of RNA Need Explicitly Modeled Hydrogen Bond Energies to be Accurate?

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Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava

Graduate Student
First Year

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

Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Optical Sensing Using Silicon and Polymer Photonics

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Hongying Sun,
Hongying Sun

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

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Sreyoshi Sur,
Sreyoshi Sur

Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

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Monika Tasak,
Monika Tasak

Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

Biology of 2'-O-methylation in the Anticodon Loop of Yeast tRNAs

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Jennifer Twardowski,
Jennifer Twardowski

Graduate Student
Mello Lab

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Arica VanderWal,
Arica VanderWal

Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Determining the Mechanism by which Accessory Protein Csx28 Enhances RNA-Targeting of CRISPR-Cas13b

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Ethan Walker,
Ethan Walker

Graduate Student
Ghaemmaghami Lab

Investigation of Proteome-Wide Trends in Protein Stability using Mass Spectrometry

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Jiyu Wang, M.S.
Jiyu Wang, M.S.

Graduate Student
Grayhack Lab

Stalled Ribosomes Maintain the Reading Frame Due to the Multi-protein Bridging Factor 1(Mbf1), Rps3 and Asc1

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Chandani Warnasooriya, Ph.D.
Chandani Warnasooriya, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Wedekind Lab
Kielkopf Lab

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Li Xie,
Li Xie

Graduate Student
Pröschel Lab
Li Lab

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!

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Hong Zhu, M.S.
Hong Zhu, M.S.

Graduate Student
Dumont Lab

Yeast Cell Surface Display of HIV Envelope Glycoprotein for Vaccine Development

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Jeffrey Zuber, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Zuber, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Mathews Lab

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