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Post-Doctoral Fellows and Students

Elizabeth Abshire, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Abshire Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Maquat Lab

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.

Sara Ali,
Sara Ali
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Identifying Distant Homologs of the ncRNA Lep5

Kelly Anderson, Ph.D.
Kelly Anderson Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Anderson Lab

Chen Bao,
Chen Bao
Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest: How do mRNA Stem-Loops Induce Ribosome Pausing?

Margarita Belinite, Ph.D.
Margarita Belinite Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Ermolenko Lab

Emily Berry,
Emily Berry
Graduate Student
Mello Lab

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

Rachel Bonn-Breach,
Rachel Bonn-Breach
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: A cyclic peptide library that targets HIV TAR RNA reveals key roles for cyclization linkers and peptide sequences in antiviral function

Chapin Cavender, M.S.
Chapin Cavender M.S.
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Capturing the influence of solvent and local structure in a fixed-charge force field 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

Hana Cho, Ph.D.
Hana Cho Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Michaelle Chojnacki, Ph.D.
Michaelle Chojnacki Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dunman Lab

Lily Cisco,
Lily Cisco
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Research Interest: Pathomechanism of skeletal muscle weakness and degeneration in Myotonic Dystrophy

Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest: Understanding Rules for Cas13 Mediated 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

Dakarai Esgdaille,
Dakarai Esgdaille
Graduate Student
Mello Lab

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

Justin Galardi,
Justin Galardi
Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest: Distinguishing the role of a putative U2AF65 - SF3B1 complex in pre-mRNA splicing

Xueyang He,
Xueyang He
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest: Modeling the Effects of Cancer-Associated Spliceosome Mutations and Identifying Driving Intronic Features Using Deep-Learning Neural Networks

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

Christina Heil, Ph.D.
Christina Heil Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lueck Lab

Lisa Houston, M.S.
Lisa Houston M.S.
Graduate Student
Grayhack Lab

Research Interest: A reading frame quality control system acts during ribosome collisions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest: Identification of intron-encoded neoantigens upregulated by cancer-associated CDK12/13 mutations

Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation

Eng Soon Khor, Ph.D.
Eng Soon Khor Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Yao Lab

Wooree Ko,
Wooree Ko
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Research Interest: Exploring the use of suppressor tRNAs for suppression of nonsense mutations in the CFTR gene as a potential treatment for cystic fibrosis

Sean Lindley,
Sean Lindley
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Debanjana Maji,
Debanjana Maji
Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

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

James McSally, Ph.D.
James McSally Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Mathews Lab

Bryan Meyer,
Bryan Meyer
Graduate Student
Dunman Lab

Abhinav Mittal,
Abhinav Mittal
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest: Inferring RNA Secondary Structure from Multiple Sequence Alignment

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.

Rina Nagao, Ph.D.
Rina Nagao Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Julia Nicosia,
Julia Nicosia
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

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
Graduate Student
Yu Lab

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

Pornthida Poosala, Ph.D.
Pornthida Poosala Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Anderson Lab

Joseph Porter, Ph.D.
Joseph Porter Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lueck Lab

Xavier Rambout, Ph.D.
Xavier Rambout Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Maquat Lab

Griffin Schroeder,
Griffin Schroeder
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Discovery of a PreQ1 Riboswitch with a Fundamentally Different Mode of Effector Recognition and Gene Regulation

Matthew Sipple,
Matthew Sipple
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Research Interest: Characterizing the molecular underpinnings of muscle excitability in Myotonic Dystrophy and the development of potential therapeutics

Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Two riboswitches with identical binding pockets show different tolerances to equivalent mutations and varied promiscuities for cognate effector binding

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

Li Xie,
Li Xie
Graduate Student
Li Lab

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

Mikaeel Young, Ph.D.
Mikaeel Young Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dunman Lab