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Molecular Biology Program
 

Molecular Biology Program

Current PhD Students


 
Biniam Adane
B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2013
Mechanisms controlled oxidative state of leukemia stem cells
 
​Rachel Ancar
B.A., Biology, B.S. History, Univ. of Colorado Denver, 2014
 
Alexandra Antonioli
B.S., Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Yale Univ., 2007
Determining the roles of factor H-Related proteins in Complement Regulation
 
​Tessa Arends
B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Metropolitan State Univ., 2014
I am interested in investigating the roles of Serine-Arginine Specific Protein Kinase 3 (SRPK3) in the development and function of B cells. Specifically, its regulatory role in alternative splicing in the maturation and survival of mIg+ B cells.
 
​Margaret Balas
B.S., Biology, Metropolitan State college, 2011
Long noncoding RNAs and how they function in heterochromatin establishment and maintenance
 
​Patrick Cherry
B.A., Hendrix College, 2013
The mechanism and substrates of no-go mRNA decay, a form of co-translational mRNA surveillance
 
Joseph Cleveland
B.S., Marine Biology, Texas A&M Univ., 2010; M.S., Biology/Genetics, California State Univ. Long Beach, 2014
 
​Michael Cortazar-Osorio
Chemistry, Valle State Univ., Columbia, 2011
Regulation of premature transcriptional termination
 
Kristin Dahl
B.S., Zoology, Ohio State Univ., 2007
 
Ashley Denney
B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State Univ., 2009
Impact of folding dynamics on the dimerization and dominance of tumor-derived p53 mutants.
 
​Sara Espinosa
B.S., Biochemistry/Molecular biology, Loyola Univ. Chicago, 2009
Mentor: Zhao, Rui
 
Cassi Estrem
B.S., MCD Biology & Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2010
 
​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
B.S., Univ. of New Orleans, 2007
How Smad4 mutant HNSCC sense and respond to DNA damage induced by PARP inhibition
 
​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
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
B.S., Biochemistry, Nazareth College, 2013
The role of DOT1L in acute myeloid leukemia _x000d_ with IDH1/2 mutations
 
​Gabriella Li
B.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Denver, 2015
 
​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
M.S., Anatomy and Cell Biology, Univ. of Saskatchewan, 2013
 
​Aya Murakami
B.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Wyoming, 2010
The Role of PBRM1 Mutation in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinomas
 
​Juliette Petersen
M.S., Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Univ. of California Berkley, 2005
Gene-enrionment interactions influence on the risk for neural tube defect
 
​Jennifer Rabe
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Colorado, 2012
Leukemia-Cell Calcineurin Mediates Immune System Evasion in Acute Leukemia
 
Stephan Ramos
B.A., Biomedical Sciences, Northern Arizona Univ., 2016
 
​Amanda Richer
B.A., Molecular Biology and Chemistry, Goshen College, 2011
 
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.
 
​Daniel Rossbach
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Marquette Univ., 2009
Cdc7 Kinase regulation
 
​Hannah Scarborough
B.A., Physics, Agnes Scott College, 2007
Targeting lung cancers
 
​Ryan Sheridan
B.S., Univ. of Missouri St. Louis, 2012
The Role of RNA Polymerase II Elongation Control in Transcription Dynamics
 
​Timothy Tapscott
B.S., Microbiology, California Polytechnic State Univ., 2011
Regulation of RNA polymerase by oxidized DksA in Salmonella pathogenesis
 
​James Till
B.S., Biology/Pro-professional, Florida Gulf Coast Univ., 2016
 
​Rebecca Vartuli
B.A., Molecular Cellular Biology, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2009
Examining the role of Eyas in controlling immune responses, and their relationship to breast tumorigenesis
 
​Ruth Wang
B.S., Biology and Biochemistry, Univ. of New Mexico, 2014
 
​Laura White
M.S., Biotechnology, John Hopkins Univ., 2013
RNA repair
 
Stephen Wu
B.S., Biochemistry, Northeastern Univ., 2014
 
​Katie Yergert
M.A., Forensic DNA and Serology, Univ. of Florida, 2012
Mechanisms of activity-dependent RNA stability and translation in oligodendrocytes
 
Leon Zheng
B.S., Carnegie Mellon Univ., 2009
The function of G protein receptors in colon epithelial cells and whether they are regulated by hypoxia in Dr. Sean Colgan's lab
 
​Alexis Zukowski
B.S., Biology - Cell and Molecular, San Diego State Univ., 2010
Sirtuin heterochromatin influence on DNA replication initiation