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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

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

Chen Bao,
Chen Bao
Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest: mRNA stem-loops can pause the ribosome by hindering A-site tRNA binding

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

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

Research Interest: Capturing the Influence of Structural Context and Solvent in Fixed-charge Force Fields for RNA

Sai Chavali, M.S.
Sai Chavali M.S.
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: HIV TAR RNA Recognition by Multiple Lab-Evolved Proteins Provides Insight into Cyclic-Peptide Inhibitor Design

Kadiam Venkata Chinna, Ph.D.
Kadiam Venkata Chinna Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Yao Lab

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: Elucidating guide-RNA design rules for efficient and highly specific Cas13 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 roles of TatSF1 and U2AF65 paralogues in HIV vs. host gene expression

Xueyang He,
Xueyang He
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Omar Hedaya,
Omar Hedaya
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: The Role of DDX3X in the Translation of Cardiomyocyte Transcription Factors

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: Mechanisms Which Maintain the Reading Frame During Ribosome Stalls

Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest: Cracking the Function of PRRC2B in Translation Initiation

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: Cancer-associated mutations of the pre-mRNA splicing factor U2AF2 alter splice site signal recognition

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: Identifying common features of piRNA precursors using computational and biophysical approaches

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

Yi Pan,
Yi Pan
Graduate Student
Yu Lab

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: Structural Analysis of a Riboswitch Reveals Long-Range Interaction Spine Bridging Distant Domains

Goutham Shankar, Ph.D.
Goutham Shankar Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Li Lab

Matthew Sipple,
Matthew Sipple
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Yoshita Srivastava,
Yoshita Srivastava
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest: Structure and effector-binding analysis of a PreQ1-III riboswitch suggests a fold that is tolerant to binding pocket mutations

Monika Tasak,
Monika Tasak
Graduate Student
Phizicky Lab

Research Interest: Biology of 2'-O-methylation in the anticodon loop of yeast tRNAs

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-Phage Defense

Jiangbin Wu, Ph.D.
Jiangbin Wu Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Yao Lab

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