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Student Researchers


Alaa Ahmed
Alaa Ahmed

Research Interest:

Improving LAIV Efficacy and Understanding Methods Underlying HIV Silencing in Astrocytes

Emily Berry
Emily Berry

Research Interest:
Understanding the role of lncRNA Neat1 in maintaining cell identity.
Jamie Burchett
Jamie Burchett

Research Interest:

Understanding the role of the REV-ERB proteins in MYC-driven circadian disruption and cancer. 

Adam Cornwell
Adam Cornwell

Research Interest:
Leveraging genetic tools in model systems alongside computational tools to explore mechanisms of aging, toward understanding how we might promote healthier aging in humans.
Derek Crowe
Derek Crowe

Research Interest:
Commonalities between primary and recurrent tumors. Leveraging genetic and molecular similarities as shared vulnerabilities to reduce rates of recurrence.
Bachelard Dieujuste
Bachelard Dieujuste
Second Year


1st Year - Rotating in Labs

Dakarai Esgdaille
Dakarai Esgdaille

Research Interest:
Understanding the roles of lncRNA Neat1 in regulating gene expression and early oncogenesis.
McKayla Ford
McKayla Ford

Research Interest:

Regulation of the transcriptional pause and its role in breast cancer.

Riti Kamath
Riti Kamath
Second Year
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas
Adrian Moises Molina Vargas

Research Interest:
RNA biology, CRISPR-Cas systems. Understanding gRNA design rules for efficient and specific Cas13 RNA-binding in human cells.
Daxiang Na
Daxiang Na, M.S.

Research Interest:
The relationship between hearing loss and Alzheimer's Disease.
Thomas O'Connor
Thomas O'Connor

Research Interest:
Skeletal muscle cellular and molecular adaptations following exercise.
Jayme Olsen
Jayme Olsen

Research Interest:
Understanding human erythroid precursor self-renewal as part of the normal erythroid stress response and to improve the output of ex vivo culture red blood cells for cell based therapies.
Ludia Pack
Ludia Pack

Research Interest:

Restoring Redox/Fyn/c-Cbl (RFC) pathway function as a therapeutic target in non-small cell lung cancers and ovarian cancers, and using transcriptomic and proteomic data to predict additional cancer types of interest

Brandon Park
Brandon Park

Research Interest:

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

Jessica Perciaccante
Jessica Perciaccante

Research Interest:

The function of lncRNAs in heart development; optimizing techniques to identify direct protein interactions with lncRNAs.

Kira Taylor
Kira Taylor

Research Interest:

Virology, parasitology, and infectious diseases

Zachary Ward
Zachary Ward

Research Interest:

The role of SUMOylation of HSF1 in the coordination of the heat shock response

Xiaolu Wei
Xiaolu Wei

Research Interest:
How satellite DNA is regulated in the germline in Drosophila using functional genomics and cytogenetics.
Jingyi Wu
Jingyi Wu
Second Year
Li Xie
Li Xie

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

Research Interest:

The interplay between neuroimmune interactions and gestational insults on resulting neurodevelopmental sequelae and disease trajectories. 

Shen Zhou
Shen Zhou, M.S.

Research Interest:
Mechanisms of c-Cbl inhibition in basal-like breast cancer
Marco Zocchi
Marco Zocchi

Research Interest:

Cancer Metabolism and Cancer Microenvironment