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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 core spliceosome factors that are amplified or deleted in developmental syndromes and cancer

Sara Ali,
Sara Ali
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Identifying structurally conserved motifs in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Emily Berry,
Emily Berry
Graduate Student
Mello Lab

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

Rachel Bonn,
Rachel Bonn
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Optimization of an HIV TAR-RNA-binding cyclic-peptide library for enhanced interactions and antiviral function

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

Research Interest:

Pathomechanism of skeletal muscle weakness and degeneration in Myotonic Dystrophy

Ananya Das, PhD
Ananya Das PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Ermolenko Lab

Brandon Davis,
Brandon Davis
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

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

Cameron Dobrotka,
Cameron Dobrotka
Graduate Student
Dunman Lab

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:

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

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

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 RNA Structures in Regulating Upstream Open Reading Frames

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

Molly Hulver,
Molly Hulver
Graduate Student
Boutz Lab

Research Interest:

Modeling CDK12 and CDK13 loss-of-function (LOF) in prostate cancer cells to investigate their roles in alternative polyadenylation and neo-antigen expression

Madeline Jensen,
Madeline Jensen
Graduate Student
Wagner Lab

Research Interest:

Identification and Structural Basis of a Novel Cellular Inhibitor of the Integrator Cleavage Module

Feng Jiang,
Feng Jiang
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

Potential mRNA Translation-Related Function of RNA-Binding Protein PRRC2B

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

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

Sean Lindley,
Sean Lindley
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Bryan Meyer,
Bryan Meyer
Graduate Student
Dunman Lab

Abhinav Mittal,
Abhinav Mittal
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Inferring RNA Secondary Structure Using a Multiple Homologous 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.

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

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

Masih Rezaee, M.D.
Masih Rezaee M.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Yu Lab

Griffin Schroeder,
Griffin Schroeder
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

A small RNA that cooperatively senses two stacked metabolites in one pocket for gene control

James Seuch,
James Seuch
Graduate Student
Mathews Lab

Research Interest:

Seven-Dimensional Clustering of RNA Backbone Conformations to Define RNA ‘Suites’

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,
Yoshita Srivastava
Graduate Student
Wedekind Lab

Research Interest:

Optimization of an HIV TAR-RNA-binding cyclic-peptide library for enhanced interactions and antiviral function

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:

Inhibition of Precancerous Transformation via Drug-Induced p53 Activation

Arica VanderWal,
Arica VanderWal
Graduate Student
O'Connell Lab

Research Interest:

Accessory to the Crime: The Pore Behavior of CRISPR-Csx28

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.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dunman Lab