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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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Postdoctoral 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.

Mohammed Ali,
Mohammed Ali

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Graduate Student
First Year

Sara Ali,
Sara Ali

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Identifying Distant Homologs of the ncRNA Lep5

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

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Methods for the improvement of bioavailability of RNA-Targeting Compounds: Application to HIV

Gloria Asantewaa,
Gloria Asantewaa

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Graduate Student
Harris Lab

Research Interest: Interplay of Glutathione and Lipid Metabolism

Chen Bao, B.S.
Chen Bao, B.S.

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Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest: How do mRNA Stem-Loops Induce Ribosome Pausing?

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

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Postdoctoral 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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Postdoctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab

Rachel Bonn-Breach,
Rachel Bonn-Breach

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: A cyclic peptide library that targets HIV TAR RNA reveals key roles for cyclization linkers and peptide sequences in antiviral function

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 with On-chip Spectrometry to Detect Biologically Relevant Protein Targets in Serum

Joseph Bucukovski,
Joseph Bucukovski

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Developing a tendon-on-a-chip model with integrated photonic biosensors to detect inflammatory biomarkers in situ

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

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Capturing the influence of solvent and local structure in a fixed-charge force field for RNA

Sai Chavali, M.S.
Sai Chavali, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Arginine Forks Are a Widespread Motif to Recognize Phosphate Backbones and Guanine Nucleobases in the RNA Major Groove

Wesley Chiang,
Wesley Chiang

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Graduate Student
Krauss Lab

Research Interest: Using STORM to Track the Neuroinvasive Potential of SARS-CoV-2 Through the Blood-Brain Barrier Mediated by a Bradykinin Storm

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: TNFα Induces Metabolic Reprogramming that is Essential for its Anti-Viral Activity

Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: Understanding Rules for Cas13 Mediated RNA Targeting in Human Cells

Diana Dunn, Ph.D.
Diana Dunn, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

Justin Galardi,
Justin Galardi

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Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest: Distinguishing the role of a putative U2AF65 - SF3B1 complex in pre-mRNA splicing

Leon Harvey,
Leon Harvey

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Graduate Student
First Year

Xueyang He,
Xueyang He

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Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest: Modeling the Effects of Cancer-Associated Spliceosome Mutations and Identifying Driving Intronic Features Using Deep-Learning Neural Networks

Omar Hedaya,
Omar Hedaya

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Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: Understanding the role of the RNA secondary structure context in regulating upstream open reading frames

Eric Hillpot,
Eric Hillpot

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Graduate Student
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

Research Interest: Identifying and Characterizing SIRT6 Interaction Partners

Lisa Houston, M.S.
Lisa Houston, M.S.

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Graduate Student
Grayhack Lab

Research Interest: A reading frame quality control system acts during ribosome collisions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver

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Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest: Identification of intron-encoded neoantigens upregulated by cancer-associated CDK12/13 mutations

Farha Husain, Ph.D.
Farha Husain, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab

Nazish Jeffery,
Nazish Jeffery

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Graduate Student
Bulger Lab

Research Interest: Histone H2A.X Phosphorylation Activates Caspase-Induced Chromatin Condensation in Late Stage Erythropoiesis

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: Whole virus versus surface protein, what is the antigenicity?

Ashok Kumar, Ph.D.
Ashok Kumar, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab

Ashwin Kumar,
Ashwin Kumar

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Graduate Student
Topham Lab
Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Research Interest:

Biological factors and genetic programs that govern maintenance and effector function 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, B.S.
Nicholas Macoretta, B.S.

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Graduate Student
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

Research Interest: The Role Histone Modifications and Variants in Longevity of Rodent Species

Debanjana Maji,
Debanjana Maji

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Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest: Structure and Function of the Disease-Relevant Pre-mRNA Splicing Factor U2AF2

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
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Inferring RNA Secondary Structure from Multiple Sequence Alignment

Adrian Moises Molina Vargas,
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

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.
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
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: The role of the Type VI CRISPR-Cas accessory protein Csx27 in the regulation of CRISPR-Cas13 mediated anti-viral immunity

Mukta Palshikar,
Mukta Palshikar

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Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Research Interest: Executable models of pathways built using single-cell RNA-seq data reveal atherosclerosis-associated signaling dysregulations

Yi Pan,
Yi Pan

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Graduate Student
Yu Lab

Research Interest: Exploring the potential role of U2 m6Am modification in branch site recognition during pre-mRNA splicing

Ashlin Poruthoor,
Ashlin Poruthoor

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Research Interest: Estimating free energy landscape of phase separation in the lipid bilayer

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 vulnerabilities of β-coronaviruses using high-throughput drug screening

Emily Robinson,
Emily Robinson

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Research Interest: Cysteine Thioesters as a Potential Treatment for Opioid Overdose: Insights from Molecular Dynamics

Nicholas Rugelis,
Nicholas Rugelis

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Graduate Student
First Year

Sudisht Sah, Ph.D.
Sudisht Sah, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab

Griffin Schroeder,
Griffin Schroeder

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Discovery of a PreQ1 Riboswitch with a Fundamentally Different Mode of Effector Recognition and Gene Regulation

James Seuch,
James Seuch

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Graduate Student
First Year

Lucas Simpson,
Lucas Simpson

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Graduate Student
First Year

Zachary Smith,
Zachary Smith

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Graduate Student
First Year

Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Two riboswitches with identical binding pockets show different tolerances to equivalent mutations and varied promiscuities for cognate effector binding

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

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Antigen Microarrays: Entering the COVID Fray

Monika Tasak,
Monika Tasak

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Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

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

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-Bacteriophage Defense

Elinore Vangraafeiland,
Elinore Vangraafeiland

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: Targeting Programmed Ribosomal Frameshifting in SARS-CoV-2 with a Resin-Bound Dynamic Combinatorial Library

Nicole Waild,
Nicole Waild

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Graduate Student
First Year

Ethan Walker, B.S.
Ethan Walker, B.S.

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Graduate Student
Ghaemmaghami Lab

Research Interest: Proteome-wide Analysis of Temperature-Dependent Stability in Thermophilic Versus Mesophilic Bacteria

Li Xie,
Li Xie

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Graduate Student
Li Lab
Pröschel Lab

Research Interest: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms that Control Tissue Homeostasis and Somatic Stem Cells.

Anshuman Yadav, Ph.D.
Anshuman Yadav, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab