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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 Associates/Fellows and Graduate Students

Elizabeth Abshire, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Abshire, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Maquat Lab

Mohammed Ali,
Mohammed Ali

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Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating differential intron sensitivity to core spliceosome factors that are amplified or deleted in developmental syndromes and cancer

Sara Ali,
Sara Ali

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Identifying structurally conserved motifs in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

FNU Anshuman, Ph.D.
Anshuman, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab

Gloria Asantewaa,
Gloria Asantewaa

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Graduate Student
Harris Lab

Research Interest:

Interplay Between Glutathione and Hepatic Lipid Metabolism

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,
Rachel Bonn

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Optimization of an HIV TAR-RNA-binding cyclic-peptide library for enhanced interactions and antiviral function

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 sensors to detect tendinopathic biomarkers in situ

Wesley Chiang,
Wesley Chiang

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Graduate Student
Krauss Lab

Research Interest:

Constructing a Quantum Dot Biomimetic of SARS-CoV-2 to Interrogate COVID-19 Associated Neuropathophysiology

Jessica Ciesla,
Jessica Ciesla

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Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest:

Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNFα) Induces Metabolic Reprogramming to Promote an Anti-viral Cell State

Hannah Clary,
Hannah Clary

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Graduate Student
First Year

Ananya Das, PhD
Ananya Das, PhD

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Postdoctoral Associate
Ermolenko Lab

Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

 Picking up the Pieces: The Fragmented Process of Cas13 Mediated RNA Cleavage in Human Cells

Diana Dunn, Ph.D.
Diana Dunn, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

Jeffrey Gabell,
Jeffrey Gabell

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Graduate Student
First Year

Justin Galardi,
Justin Galardi

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Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest:

A UHM-ULM interface contributes to the pre-mRNA splicing functions of U2AF2 and SF3B1

Coleman Goenner,
Coleman Goenner

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Graduate Student
First Year

Leon Harvey,
Leon Harvey

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Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating the Role of RNA Helicases in Splicing Changes caused by Cancer Associated SF3B1 Mutations

MaryClaire Haseley,
MaryClaire Haseley

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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 RNA Structures in Regulating Upstream Open Reading Frames

Eric Hillpot,
Eric Hillpot

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Graduate Student
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

Research Interest:

Structural Characterization of a SIRT6-Nucleosome Array Complex

Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver

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Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Modeling CDK12 and CDK13 loss-of-function (LOF) in prostate cancer cells to investigate their roles in alternative polyadenylation and neo-antigen expression

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

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rustchenko-Bulgac Lab

Madeline Jensen,
Madeline Jensen

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Graduate Student
Wagner Lab

Research Interest:

Identification and Structural Basis of a Novel Cellular Inhibitor of the Integrator Cleavage Module

Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang

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Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

Potential mRNA Translation-Related Function of RNA-Binding Protein PRRC2B

Daniil Kiliushik,
Daniil Kiliushik

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Graduate Student
First Year

Christopher Kirchhoff,
Christopher Kirchhoff

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Graduate Student
First Year

Mert Koka,
Mert Koka

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Graduate Student
First Year

Gabrielle Kosoy,
Gabrielle Kosoy

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Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest:

A biophysical approach to studying anti-influenza antibody affinity with respect to antigen presentation and context

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

Nicholas Macoretta, B.S.
Nicholas Macoretta, B.S.

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Graduate Student
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

Research Interest:

The Role of Histone Modifications and Variants in Longevity of Rodent Species

Abhinav Mittal,
Abhinav Mittal

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Inferring RNA Secondary Structure Using a Multiple Homologous 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

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

Thomas Ossevoort,
Thomas Ossevoort

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Graduate Student
First Year

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

Brandon Park,
Brandon Park

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Graduate Student
Patrick Murphy Lab
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

Nucleic Acid Biology, Epigenetics, and Development. My project is focused on the role of H2A.Z in epigenetic inheritance.

Ashlin Poruthoor,
Ashlin Poruthoor

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Research Interest:

Estimating the Free Energy Landscape of Phase Separation in Lipid Bilayers

Keegan Proctor,
Keegan Proctor

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Graduate Student
First Year

Matthew Raymonda,
Matthew Raymonda

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Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest:

Identifying the Mechanisms of UL38-Mediated Metabolic Rigidity

Masih Rezaee, M.D.
Masih Rezaee, M.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate
Yu Lab

Emily Robinson,
Emily Robinson

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Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Research Interest:

Application of Molecular Dynamics to Elucidate Key Binding Interactions for the Development of Therapeutics Against Opioid Overdose

Nicholas Rugelis,
Nicholas Rugelis

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Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Research Interest:

Understanding how H1s condense chromatin and contribute to regulating gene expression through investigating the H1-nucleosome binding mode

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:

A small RNA that cooperatively senses two stacked metabolites in one pocket for gene control

James Seuch,
James Seuch

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Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Seven-Dimensional Clustering of RNA Backbone Conformations to Define RNA ‘Suites’

Lucas Simpson,
Lucas Simpson

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Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest:

Defining the vulnerabilities of HCMV’s metabolic landscape

Zachary Smith,
Zachary Smith

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Graduate Student
Vertino Lab

Research Interest:

Regulation of transcription by histone demethylase KDM5B in breast cancer

Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava

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Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Optimization of an HIV TAR-RNA-binding cyclic-peptide library for enhanced interactions and antiviral function

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:

Inhibition of Precancerous Transformation via Drug-Induced p53 Activation

Arica VanderWal,
Arica VanderWal

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Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

Accessory to the Crime: The Pore Behavior of CRISPR-Csx28

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
Munger Lab

Research Interest:

CRISPR-mediated Functional Dissection of the HCMV Interactome

Ethan Walker, B.S.
Ethan Walker, B.S.

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Graduate Student
Ghaemmaghami Lab

Research Interest:

The Impact of Protein Stability on Methionine Oxidation Rates in Folded Proteins

Ruoqiao Wang,
Ruoqiao Wang

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Graduate Student
First Year

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.