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Trainees

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Post-Doctoral Fellows and Students

Elizabeth Abshire, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Abshire Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Maquat Lab

Mohammed Ali,
Mohammed Ali
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating differential intron sensitivity to PUF60, a gene that is deleted or amplified in developmental syndromes and cancers

Uday Baliga,
Uday Baliga
Postdoctoral Associate
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

Development of gene delivery techniques to the lung using electroporation and modified nucleic acids

Alissa Beam,
Alissa Beam
Graduate Student
Wagner Lab

Research Interest:

The Effect of Integrator Subunit 11 Mutations on Integrator Function and Neuronal Development

Emily Berry,
Emily Berry
Graduate Student
Mello Lab

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

Lily Cisco, M.S.
Lily Cisco M.S.
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Research Interest:

Pathomechanism of skeletal muscle weakness and degeneration in Myotonic Dystrophy

Hannah Clary,
Hannah Clary
Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating the roles of the SF3B1 ULMs in recruiting protein phosphatases for pre-mRNA splicing

Ananya Das, PhD
Ananya Das PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Ermolenko Lab

Debojyoti Das, PhD
Debojyoti Das PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

Translational control and metabolism

Brandon Davis, MS
Brandon Davis MS
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

 Picking up the Pieces: The Fragmented Process of Cas13 Mediated RNA Cleavage in Human Cells

Katherine Edwards,
Katherine Edwards
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Dakarai Esgdaille,
Dakarai Esgdaille
Graduate Student
Mello Lab

Research Interest:

Understanding the mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing regulation by the long non-coding RNA Neat1.

Rhodalyn Essien,
Rhodalyn Essien
Graduate Student
Glading Lab

Research Interest:

Suppression of cerebral cavernous malformation nonsense mutation using anti-codon edited tRNAs 

Jeffrey Gabell,
Jeffrey Gabell
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Research Interest:

Development of tools and tRNA-based therapeutics for rescue of PTC-derived disease and improved target protein expression

Justin Galardi, PhD
Justin Galardi PhD
Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest:

A UHM-ULM interface contributes to the pre-mRNA splicing functions of U2AF2 and SF3B1

Martin Garcia,
Martin Garcia
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Coleman Goenner,
Coleman Goenner
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Evidence for a non-canonical mode of translation regulation by preQ1 riboswitches

Vijay Gondil, PhD
Vijay Gondil PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Dunman Lab

Research Interest:

mRNA degradosomes, tRNA processing and penicillin binding proteins-4 as targets to develop novel classes of  antibacterial drugs.

Leon Harvey,
Leon Harvey
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating the Role of RNA Helicases in Splicing Changes caused by Cancer Associated SF3B1 Mutations

MaryClaire Haseley,
MaryClaire Haseley
Graduate Student
Wagner Lab

Research Interest:

Identification and Characterization of Transcription Factors Associating with the Integrator Complex

Xueyang He, MS
Xueyang He MS
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Modeling the effects of cancer-associated spliceosome mutations and identifying driving intronic features using deep-learning neural networks

Christina Heil, Ph.D.
Christina Heil Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Lueck Lab

Molly Hulver, MS
Molly Hulver MS
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Modeling CDK12 and CDK13 Loss-of-Function to Investigate Their Roles in Alternative Polyadenylation and Neoantigen Expression

Aleksandr Ivanov, PhD
Aleksandr Ivanov PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Ermolenko Lab

Madeline Jensen,
Madeline Jensen
Graduate Student
Wagner Lab

Research Interest:

Cytoplasmic binding partners of Integrator endonuclease INTS11 and paralog CPSF73 are required for their nuclear function

Seth Jones,
Seth Jones
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

Structural Studies of Cas13b Accessory Protein Csx27

Daniil Kiliushik,
Daniil Kiliushik
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Structure and Function Analysis of a Type III PreQ1 Riboswitch from Escherichia coli

Christopher Kirchhoff,
Christopher Kirchhoff
Graduate Student
Kielkopf Lab

Research Interest:

Structural Investigation of Early Splicing Factor Complexes

Wooree Ko, M.S.
Wooree Ko M.S.
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

Mert Koka,
Mert Koka
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

Pulling the plug on bacteriophage infection: investigating the molecular mechanism of activation of CRISPR-Csx28

Matthew Law,
Matthew Law
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Structure and Function Analysis of a Spermidine-Sensing Bacterial Riboswitch

Sean Lindley,
Sean Lindley
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Abby Manning,
Abby Manning
Graduate Student
Wagner Lab

Research Interest:

Regulation of transcription machinery by phosphorylation

Nancy Mehra, PhD
Nancy Mehra PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Dunman Lab

Research Interest:

Targeting A. baumannii efflux pumps via small molecule inhibitors to improve existing antibiotic treatments' effectiveness and combat adaptive efflux-mediated drug resistance.

Megan Miaro,
Megan Miaro
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Predicting conserved non-canonical RNA interactions using sequence comparison

Abhinav Mittal, MS
Abhinav Mittal MS
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Inferring RNA Secondary Structure Using a Multiple Homologous Sequence Alignment

Julia Nicosia, MS
Julia Nicosia MS
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

The role of the Type VI CRISPR-Cas accessory protein Csx27 in CRISPR-Cas13 mediated anti-viral immunity

Thomas Ossevoort,
Thomas Ossevoort
Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest:

Defining the roles of 5’UTR length and secondary structure in eukaryotic translation initiation

Yi Pan, MS
Yi Pan MS
Graduate Student
Yu Lab

Research Interest:

Targeted tRNA pseudouridylation reveals a novel base interaction that facilitates nonsense suppression

Brandon Park,
Brandon Park
Graduate Student
Patrick Murphy Lab

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
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Research Interest:

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

Joseph Porter, Ph.D.
Joseph Porter Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Lueck Lab

Keegan Proctor,
Keegan Proctor
Graduate Student
Ermolenko Lab

Research Interest:

Developing a platform for experimental identification of genetic barriers to horizontal gene transfer in Staphylococcus aureus

Nabil Rahman,
Nabil Rahman
Graduate Student
Steiner Lab

Research Interest:

Elucidating the Epigenetic Mechanisms that Regulate stress and steady-state Erythropoiesis, with the overarching goal of ameliorating symptoms in hemoglobinopathies.

James Seuch,
James Seuch
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Clustering of RNA backbone conformations to define RNA ‘Suite’ conformers

Matthew Sipple, M.S.
Matthew Sipple M.S.
Graduate Student
Lueck Lab

Research Interest:

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

Yoshita Srivastava, PhD
Yoshita Srivastava PhD
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Structure and Function Analysis of Bacterial Riboswitches that Control Translation

Jennifer Twardowski, MS
Jennifer Twardowski MS
Graduate Student
Mello Lab

Research Interest:

Inhibition of Precancerous Transformation via Drug-Induced p53 Activation

Lindsey Wainwright,
Lindsey Wainwright
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

In Vitro Selection Identifies Cardiac Cell Targeting RNA Motifs/p>

Rui Zhang,
Rui Zhang
Graduate Student
Yu Lab