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Current BMB Student Composite 

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Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali

Research Interest:

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

Gloria Asantewaa
Gloria Asantewaa, MS

Research Interest:

Interplay Between Glutathione and Hepatic Lipid Metabolism

Alissa Beam
Alissa Beam
First Year
Rachel Bonn
Rachel Bonn, MS

Research Interest:

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

Jessica Ciesla
Jessica Ciesla, MS

Research Interest:

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

Brandon Davis
Brandon Davis, MS

Research Interest:

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

Justin Galardi
Justin Galardi, MS

Research Interest:

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

Leon Harvey
Leon Harvey

Research Interest:

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

Omar Hedaya
Omar Hedaya, MS

Research Interest:

Understanding the Role of RNA Structures in Regulating Upstream Open Reading Frames

Eric Hillpot
Eric Hillpot, MS

Research Interest:

Structural Characterization of a SIRT6-Nucleosome Array Complex

Molly Hulver
Molly Hulver, MS

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

Madeline Jensen
Madeline Jensen

Research Interest:

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

Feng Jiang
Feng Jiang, MS

Research Interest:

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

Rahiim Lake
Rahiim Lake
First Year
Matthew Law
Matthew Law
First Year
Nicholas Macoretta
Nicholas Macoretta, MS

Research Interest:

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

Isreal Moreno
Isreal Moreno, M.S.

Research Interest:

The Role of Enolase 2 During Human Cytomegalovirus Infection

Julia Nicosia
Julia Nicosia, MS

Research Interest:

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

Yi Pan
Yi Pan, MS

Research Interest:

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

Matthew Raymonda
Matthew Raymonda, MS

Research Interest:

Identifying the Mechanisms of UL38-Mediated Metabolic Rigidity

Tiana Rohe
Tiana Rohe
First Year
Griffin Schroeder
Griffin Schroeder, MS

Research Interest:

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

Lucas Simpson
Lucas Simpson

Research Interest:

Defining the vulnerabilities of HCMV’s metabolic landscape

Zachary Smith
Zachary Smith

Research Interest:

Regulation of transcription by histone demethylase KDM5B in breast cancer

Monika Tasak
Monika Tasak, MS

Research Interest:

tRNA Modifications and Quality Control Decay Pathways in Evolutionarily Distant Yeast Species

Jennifer Twardowski
Jennifer Twardowski, MS

Research Interest:

Inhibition of Precancerous Transformation via Drug-Induced p53 Activation

Elinore Vangraafeiland
Elinore Vangraafeiland, MS

Research Interest:

Targeting programmed ribosomal frameshifting in SARS-CoV-2 with a resin-bound dynamic combinatorial library

Nicole Waild
Nicole Waild

Research Interest:

CRISPR-mediated Functional Dissection of the HCMV Interactome

Ethan Walker
Ethan Walker, MS

Research Interest:

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