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Molecular Biology Program

Current PhD Students


Biniam Adane 
Biniam Adane
B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2013
Mechanisms controlled oxidative state of leukemia stem cells
Rachel Ancar 
​Rachel Ancar
B.A., Biology, B.S. History, Univ. of Colorado Denver, 2014
RNA cleavage and processing in nucleic acid immunity
Tessa Arends 
​Tessa Arends
B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Metropolitan State Univ., 2014
The role of alternative splicing in B cells
Margaret Balas 
​Margaret Balas
B.S., Biology, Metropolitan State college, 2011
Long noncoding RNAs and how they function in heterochromatin establishment and maintenance
Danielle Bilodeau 
Danielle Bilodeau
B.Sc., Biology, Univ. of Sainte Anne, 2016
Roberto Castro-Gutierrez 
Roberto Castro-Gutierrez
B.S., Cellular & Molecular Biochemistry, Univ. of Texas El Paso, 2017
​Patrick Cherry 
​Patrick Cherry
B.A., Hendrix College, 2013
RNA processing and repair, especially in the context of the unfolded protein response
Joseph Cleveland 
Joseph Cleveland
B.S., Marine Biology, Texas A&M Univ., 2010; M.S., Biology/Genetics, California State Univ. Long Beach, 2014
Michael Cortazar-Osorio 
​Michael Cortazar-Osorio
Chemistry, Valle State Univ., Columbia, 2011
Regulation of premature transcriptional termination
Kristin Dahl 
Kristin Dahl
B.S., Zoology, Ohio State Univ., 2007
I am interested in studying how mTOR contributes to cytoskeleton rearrangement in oligodendrocytes during Myelination
Ashley Denney 
Ashley Denney
B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State Univ., 2009
Impact of folding dynamics on the dimerization and dominance of tumor-derived p53 mutants.
Emily Duncan 
Emily Duncan
B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington, 2013
I am interested in elucidating the role of Rab GTPase mediated ubiquitination during cell migration and invasion.
Nina Elder 
Nina Elder
B.S., Biology, Univ. of St. Thomas, 2016
Sara Espinosa 
​Sara Espinosa
B.S., Biochemistry/Molecular biology, Loyola Univ. Chicago, 2009
Mentor: Zhao, Rui
I am interested in the structure and function of the spliceosome. In particular, I want to define the role of yeast U1 snRNP in 5’ss recognition and apply this knowledge to alternative splicing factors that have been linked to the human U1 snRNP.
Cassi Estrem 
Cassi Estrem
B.S., MCD Biology & Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2010
Works on dynein regulation by its microtubule track and its influence on microtubule dynamics to properly position the mitotic spindle in budding yeast.
Marlie Fisher 
Marlie Fisher
B.A., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2014
Understanding the role of ETV6 in megakaryopoesis
Claire Gillette 
Claire Gillette
B.A., MCDB, Biology and Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2014
Mentor: Reis, Tania
Raeann Goering 
Raeann Goering
B.S., Biochemistry, Hamline Univ., 2017
​Kelsey Hazegh 
​Kelsey Hazegh
B.S., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Univ. of Denver, 2012
Mentor: Reis, Tania
My research focuses on determining the method and mechanism by which split ends and alan shepard contribute to fat regulation in Drosophila and whether it has a conserved role in mammalian cells.
​Ariel Hernandez 
​Ariel Hernandez
B.S., Univ. of New Orleans, 2007
How Smad4 mutant HNSCC sense and respond to DNA damage induced by PARP inhibition
Eric Jaffe 
​Eric Jaffe
B.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Wisconsin Madison, 2010
I am currently doing research on neural tube closure focusing on another sheet of epithelial cells that lies adjacent to the neural plate called the non-neural ectoderm.
Cayla Jewett 
Cayla Jewett
B.S. Biochemistry, Univ. of Denver, 2012
I am interested in the roles of membrane trafficking pathways during cell polarization and lumen formation.
​Molly Kingsley 
​Molly Kingsley
B.S., Biochemistry, Nazareth College, 2013
The role of DOT1L in acute myeloid leukemia _x000d_ with IDH1/2 mutations
Gabriella Li 
​Gabriella Li
B.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Denver, 2015
Mentor: Moore, Jeff
Intrinsic control of microtubule dynamics
​Erik Linklater 
​Erik Linklater
B.S., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State Univ., 2010
The motility of both cancerous and non-cancerous cells requires the rearrangement of the cytoskeleton and the formation of actin-rich cellular protrusions.
​Johannes Menzel 
​Johannes Menzel
M.S., Anatomy and Cell Biology, Univ. of Saskatchewan, 2013
Harry Park 
Harry Park
B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Oregon, 2011
Juliana Phillips 
Juliana Phillips
B.A., Biology, Greenville College, 2017
Jennifer Rabe 
​Jennifer Rabe
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Colorado, 2012
Interests involve understanding molecular mechanisms through which cell-intrinsic and microenvironmental deregulations in hematopoiesis collaborate to drive the pathogenesis of blood cancers.
Stephan Ramos 
Stephan Ramos
B.A., Biomedical Sciences, Northern Arizona Univ., 2016
Mentor: Russ, Holger
Amanda Richer 
​Amanda Richer
B.A., Molecular Biology and Chemistry, Goshen College, 2011
Multiplexed measurement of DNA repair capacity
Justin Roberts 
Justin Roberts
M.S., Biology, Univ. of South Alabama, 2016
Role of m6a modifications in the recruitment of long noncoding RNAs to chromatin
Emmanuel Rosas 
Emmanuel Rosas
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Texas Brownsville, 2015
I am currently developing an unbiased synthetic nucleoside Bromodeoxyuridine incorporation technique that can enrich genomic regions that experience re-replication. We plan to employ genome wide high throughput sequencing to this technique to identify new regions of TSSG.
Johnathon Schafer 
Johnathon Schafer
B.A., MCDB, Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2014
​Ryan Sheridan 
​Ryan Sheridan
B.S., Univ. of Missouri St. Louis, 2012
The Role of RNA Polymerase II Elongation Control in Transcription Dynamics
James Till 
​James Till
B.S., Biology/Pro-professional, Florida Gulf Coast Univ., 2016
Deciphering the mechanisms of Nitric Oxide-induced gentamicin tolerance in Salmonella
Ruth Wang 
​Ruth Wang
B.S., Biology and Biochemistry, Univ. of New Mexico, 2014
Mentor: Colgan, Sean
Kimberly Wellman 
Kimberly Wellman
B.S., Microbiology, Univ. of Washington, 2011
​Laura White 
​Laura White
M.S., Biotechnology, John Hopkins Univ., 2013
RNA repair
Stephen Wu 
Stephen Wu
B.S., Biochemistry, Northeastern Univ., 2014
Katie Yergert 
​Katie Yergert
M.A., Forensic DNA and Serology, Univ. of Florida, 2012
Mechanisms of activity-dependent RNA stability and translation in oligodendrocytes
Alexis Zukowski 
​Alexis Zukowski
B.S., Biology - Cell and Molecular, San Diego State Univ., 2010
Sirtuin heterochromatin influence on DNA replication initiation