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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

Kadijah Abston, M.S.
Kadijah Abston, M.S.

Graduate Student
Li Lab


Research Interest: Define the information carriers in semen underlying Pb-induced transgenerational behavioral alterations.
Mohammed Ali,
Mohammed Ali

Graduate Student
First Year

Sara Ali,
Sara Ali

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab


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

Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab

Research Interest: New Methods for the Delivery of RNA-Targeting Compounds: Application to HIV

Chen Bao,
Chen Bao

Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest: mRNA stem-loops can pause the ribosome by hindering A-site tRNA binding

Lauren Benoodt, M.S.
Lauren Benoodt, M.S.

Graduate Student
Thakar Lab

Research Interest: Extending Pathways for Mechanistic Predictions from Large Scale Data

Javeed Bhat, Ph.D.
Javeed Bhat, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab


Rachel Bonn-Breach,
Rachel Bonn-Breach

Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Structure and specificity of cyclic peptides in complex with HIV TAR provides insight into inhibitor development

Michael Bryan, M.S.
Michael Bryan, M.S.

Graduate Student
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.
Chapin Cavender, M.S.

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab


Research Interest: Capturing the Influence of Structural Context and Solvent in Fixed-charge Force Fields for RNA
Sai Chavali, M.S.
Sai Chavali, M.S.

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

Graduate Student
Krauss Lab


Hana Cho, Ph.D.
Hana Cho, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Jessica Ciesla,
Jessica Ciesla

Graduate Student
Munger Lab


Research Interest: TNFα Induces Metabolic Reprogramming that is Essential for its Anti-Viral Activity
Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis

Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: Elucidating guide-RNA design rules for efficient and highly specific Cas13 RNA-targeting in human cells

Thareendra (Teddy) De Zoysa, M.S.
Thareendra (Teddy) De Zoysa, M.S.

Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab


Research Interest: Similarities and differences in tRNA quality control decay pathways in evolutionarily distant yeast species
Diana Dunn, Ph.D.
Diana Dunn, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Munger Lab

Justin Galardi,
Justin Galardi

Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab


Research Interest: Distinguishing the roles of TatSF1 and U2AF65 paralogues in HIV vs. host gene expression
Fanfan Hao, M.S.
Fanfan Hao, M.S.

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Research Interest: Communication Between the Core Histone Tails and the H1 Carboxyl-Terminal Domain

Leon Harvey,
Leon Harvey

Graduate Student
First Year


Xueyang He,
Xueyang He

Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Omar Hedaya,
Omar Hedaya

Graduate Student
Yao Lab


Research Interest: Understanding the role of the RNA secondary structure context in regulating upstream open reading frames
Lisa Houston, M.S.
Lisa Houston, M.S.

Graduate Student
Grayhack Lab


Research Interest: Mechanisms Which Maintain the Reading Frame During Ribosome Stalls
Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver

Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Nazish Jeffery, M.S.
Nazish Jeffery, M.S.

Graduate Student
Bulger Lab


Research Interest: Histone H2A Variants are Required for Normal Erythroid Maturation
Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang

Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation

Gabrielle Kosoy,
Gabrielle Kosoy

Graduate Student
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.
Ashok Kumar, Ph.D.
Ashok Kumar, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hayes Lab

Ashwin Kumar,
Ashwin Kumar

Graduate Student
Topham Lab
Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging


Research Interest: Biological factors and genetic programs that drive differentiation and maintenance of Lung CD8+ Tissue Resident Memory cells
Lingfeng Luo, M.S.
Lingfeng Luo, M.S.

Graduate Student
Yan Lab

Research Interest: Role of PDE10A in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hyperplasia and Pathological Vascular Remodeling

Nicholas Macoretta,
Nicholas Macoretta

Graduate Student
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory


Research Interest: Mechanisms of Epigenetic Stability during Aging
Debanjana Maji,
Debanjana Maji

Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

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

Luke Marr, M.S.
Luke Marr, M.S.

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab


Research Interest: Probing Chromatin Structure Through Accessible Histone Surfaces
James McSally, Ph.D.
James McSally, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Mathews Lab

Abhinav Mittal,
Abhinav Mittal

Graduate Student
Mathews Lab


Research Interest: Identifying common features of piRNA precursors using computational and biophysical approaches
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas,
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas

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.

Graduate Student
Munger Lab


Research Interest: The Role of Enolase 2 During Human Cytomegalovirus Infection
Rina Nagao, Ph.D.
Rina Nagao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Mukta Palshikar,
Mukta Palshikar

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

Graduate Student
Yu Lab


Ashlin Poruthoor,
Ashlin Poruthoor

Graduate Student
Grossfield Lab

Research Interest: Tracking ultrafast protein dynamics of rhodopsin on photon activation

Xavier Rambout, Ph.D.
Xavier Rambout, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab


Matthew Raymonda,
Matthew Raymonda

Graduate Student
Munger Lab

Research Interest: Identifying vulnerabilities of β-coronaviruses using high-throughput drug screening

Nicholas Rugelis,
Nicholas Rugelis

Graduate Student
First Year

Griffin Schroeder,
Griffin Schroeder

Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Structural Analysis of a Riboswitch Reveals Long-Range Interaction Spine Bridging Distant Domains

James Seuch,
James Seuch

Graduate Student
First Year


Lucas Simpson,
Lucas Simpson

Graduate Student
First Year

Zachary Smith,
Zachary Smith

Graduate Student
First Year


Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava

Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Structure and effector-binding analysis of a PreQ1-III riboswitch suggests a fold that is tolerant to binding pocket mutations

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

Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab


Research Interest: Development of multi-use photonic sensors for Point-of-Care diagnostics
Monika Tasak,
Monika Tasak

Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

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

Jennifer Twardowski,
Jennifer Twardowski

Graduate Student
Mello Lab


Research Interest: Evaluating the Potential of Tumor Suppressor p53 to Preserve Pancreatic Acinar Cell Identity
Arica VanderWal,
Arica VanderWal

Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: The Role of Csx28 in CRISPR-Cas13b Anti-Bacteriophage Defense

Elinore Vangraafeiland,
Elinore Vangraafeiland

Graduate Student
Benjamin Miller Lab


Research Interest: Developing methods of targeting programmed ribosomal frameshifting in HIV and SARS-CoV-1
Nicole Waild,
Nicole Waild

Graduate Student
First Year

Ethan Walker,
Ethan Walker

Graduate Student
Ghaemmaghami Lab


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

Graduate Student
Pröschel Lab
Li Lab

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