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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.
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
First 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

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
First 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