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.
Lauren Benoodt, M.S.
Research Interest: Extending Pathways for Mechanistic Predictions from Large Scale Data
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.
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
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.
Research Interest: Capturing the influence of solvent and local structure in a fixed-charge force field for RNA
Sai Chavali, M.S.
Research Interest: Arginine Forks Are a Widespread Motif to Recognize Phosphate Backbones and Guanine Nucleobases in the RNA Major Groove
Research Interest: Using STORM to Track the Neuroinvasive Potential of SARS-CoV-2 Through the Blood-Brain Barrier Mediated by a Bradykinin Storm
Research Interest: TNFα Induces Metabolic Reprogramming that is Essential for its Anti-Viral Activity
Research Interest: Distinguishing the role of a putative U2AF65 - SF3B1 complex in pre-mRNA splicing
Research Interest: Modeling the Effects of Cancer-Associated Spliceosome Mutations and Identifying Driving Intronic Features Using Deep-Learning Neural Networks
Research Interest: Understanding the role of the RNA secondary structure context in regulating upstream open reading frames
Lisa Houston, M.S.
Research Interest: A reading frame quality control system acts during ribosome collisions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Research Interest: Identification of intron-encoded neoantigens upregulated by cancer-associated CDK12/13 mutations
Research Interest: Histone H2A.X Phosphorylation Activates Caspase-Induced Chromatin Condensation in Late Stage Erythropoiesis
Research Interest: Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation
Lingfeng Luo, M.S.
Research Interest: Role of PDE10A in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hyperplasia and Pathological Vascular Remodeling
Research Interest: Structure and Function of the Disease-Relevant Pre-mRNA Splicing Factor U2AF2
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: The role of the Type VI CRISPR-Cas accessory protein Csx27 in the regulation of CRISPR-Cas13 mediated anti-viral immunity
Research Interest: Executable models of pathways built using single-cell RNA-seq data reveal atherosclerosis-associated signaling dysregulations
Research Interest: Exploring the potential role of U2 m6Am modification in branch site recognition during pre-mRNA splicing
Research Interest: Identifying vulnerabilities of β-coronaviruses using high-throughput drug screening
Research Interest: Cysteine Thioesters as a Potential Treatment for Opioid Overdose: Insights from Molecular Dynamics
Research Interest: Discovery of a PreQ1 Riboswitch with a Fundamentally Different Mode of Effector Recognition and Gene Regulation
Research Interest: Two riboswitches with identical binding pockets show different tolerances to equivalent mutations and varied promiscuities for cognate effector binding
Research Interest: tRNA modifications and quality control decay pathways in evolutionarily distant yeast species
Research Interest: Evaluating the Potential of Tumor Suppressor p53 to Preserve Pancreatic Acinar Cell Identity
Ethan Walker, B.S.
Research Interest: Proteome-wide Analysis of Temperature-Dependent Stability in Thermophilic Versus Mesophilic Bacteria
Research Interest: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms that Control Tissue Homeostasis and Somatic Stem Cells.