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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Mitchell O'Connell
Mitchell O'Connell, Ph.D.
MC 3-8836
Phone: (585) 276-3191
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Research Interest: Biochemical mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation; RNA-targeting CRISPR tool development


Bogdan Polevoda
Bogdan Polevoda, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
MC 3-6807
Phone: (585) 276-4107
Email Bogdan
Research Interest: The two cotranslational processes, cleavage of N-terminal methionine and N-terminal acetylation (N- acetylation).
Ning Tong
Ning Tong, B.M., Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
MC 3-7536
Phone: (585) 276-4107
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Research Staff

Kamel Awayda
Kamel Awayda
Lab Tech III
MC 3-7536
Phone: (585) 276-4107

Graduate Students

Brandon Davis
Research Interest: Elucidating guide-RNA design rules for efficient and highly specific Cas13 RNA-targeting in human cells
Arica VanderWal
Research Interest: The Role of Csx28 in CRISPR-Cas13b Anti-Phage Defense

Research Assistants

Jessica Nguy
Jessica Nguy
Undergraduate Student