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
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.
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
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas
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Research Interest: RNA biology, CRISPR-Cas systems. Understanding gRNA design rules for efficient and specific Cas13 RNA-binding in human cells.
Isreal Moreno, M.S.
Research Interest: The role of Enolase 2 during Human Cytomegalovirus infection
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: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms that Control Tissue Homeostasis and Somatic Stem Cells.