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
Post-Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Students
Kadijah Abston, M.S.
Research Interest: Define the information carriers in semen underlying Pb-induced transgenerational behavioral alterations.
Research Interest: mRNA stem-loops can pause the ribosome by hindering A-site tRNA binding
Lauren Benoodt, M.S.
Research Interest: Extending Pathways for Mechanistic Predictions from Large Scale Data
Michael Bryan, M.S.
Benjamin Miller Lab
Research Interest: Integration of Silicon Nitride Photonic Microring Resonators for Sensing and Spectrometry to Detect Biologically Relevant Protein Targets
Chapin Cavender, M.S.
Research Interest: Capturing the Influence of Structural Context and Solvent in Fixed-charge Force Fields for RNA
Sai Chavali, M.S.
Research Interest: HIV TAR RNA Recognition by Multiple Lab-Evolved Proteins Provides Insight into Cyclic-Peptide Inhibitor Design
Research Interest: Elucidating the Role of Viral Tegument Protein UL26 in Human Cytomegalovirus Infection
Research Interest: Elucidating guide-RNA design rules for efficient and highly specific Cas13 RNA-targeting in human cells
Meemanage De Zoysa, M.S.
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Research Interest: The Effect of U2 snRNA Pseudouridylation on Pre-mRNA Splicing in S. cerevisiae
Thareendra De Zoysa, M.S.
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Research Interest: Similarities and differences in tRNA quality control decay pathways in evolutionarily distant yeast species
Sierra Fox, M.S.
Research Interest: Dissecting the Function of Domain-Forming Transcriptional Enhancers
Research Interest: Distinguishing the roles of TatSF1 and U2AF65 paralogues in HIV vs. host gene expression
Fanfan Hao, M.S.
Research Interest: Communication Between the Core Histone Tails and the H1 Carboxyl-Terminal Domain
Research Interest: The Role of DDX3X in the Translation of Cardiomyocyte Transcription Factors
Lisa Houston, M.S.
Research Interest: Mechanisms Which Maintain the Reading Frame During Ribosome Stalls
Nazish Jeffery, M.S.
Research Interest: Histone H2A Variants are Required for Normal Erythroid Maturation
Research Interest: Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation
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.
Research Interest: Biological factors and genetic programs that drive differentiation and maintenance of Lung CD8+ Tissue Resident Memory cells
Lingfeng Luo, M.S.
Research Interest: Role of PDE10A in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hyperplasia and Pathological Vascular Remodeling
Research Interest: Cancer-associated mutations of the pre-mRNA splicing factor U2AF2 alter splice site signal recognition
Luke Marr, M.S.
Research Interest: Probing Chromatin Structure Through Accessible Histone Surfaces
Research Interest: Identifying common features of piRNA precursors using computational and biophysical approaches
Isreal Moreno, M.S.
Research Interest: The role of Enolase 2 during Human Cytomegalovirus infection
Rohith Palli, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Executable models of signaling pathways and application to HIV
Research Interest: Executable models of pathways built using single-cell RNAseq data reveal immune cell heterogeneity in people living with HIV and atherosclerosis
Research Interest: Identifying the Mechanisms of UL38 Mediated Metabolic Activation and their Contribution to Human Cytomegalovirus Infection
Research Interest: Structural Analysis of a Riboswitch Reveals Long-Range Interaction Spine Bridging Distant Domains
Research Interest: Structure and effector-binding analysis of a PreQ1-III riboswitch suggests a fold that is tolerant to binding pocket mutations
Research Interest: Evaluating the Potential of Tumor Suppressor p53 to Preserve Pancreatic Acinar Cell Identity
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.
Research Interest: Yeast Cell Surface Display of HIV Envelope Glycoprotein for Vaccine Development