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Rachel Ancar
RNA cleavage and processing in innate immunityB.A., Biology, B.S. History, Univ. of Colorado Denver, 2014Hesselberth, Jay R.
Raisa Bailon
The molecular genetics controlling vertebrate skeletal appendage formationB.S., Molecular Biology, Stetson University, 2017Nichols, James
Chloe Barrington-Ham
Chloe Barrington-Ham
Working towards enginerring nucleases to measure genome-wide diffusion dynamicsB.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Univ. of North Carolina, 2014Rissland, Olivia
Kathryn Bartholomay
B.A., North Dakota State Univ, 2019Mukherjee, Neelanjan
Danielle Bilodeau
Unique features of post-transcriptional regulation in Giardia lambliaB.Sc., Biology, Univ. of Sainte Anne, 2016Rissland, Olivia
Roberto Castro-Gutierrez
Evading the immune system: Designing pancreatic beta cells to treat autoimmune diabetes B.S., Cellular & Molecular Biochemistry, Univ. of Texas El Paso, 2017Russ, Holger
Julia Ceglowski
Determining the role of TTLL12 and the tubulin code during mitosisB.A., Biology, Colgate University, 2016Prekeris, Rytis
Tiffany Chan
First Year MOLB StudentB.S., Microbiology, Univ. of Massachusetts, 2017Rotating
Joseph Cleveland
Achieving Spatial and Temporal Control of Protein-Small Molecule LabelingB.S., Marine Biology, Texas A&M Univ., 2010; M.S., Biology/Genetics, California State Univ. Long Beach, 2014Tucker, Chandra L.
Ben Cooperman
Ben Cooperman
Polarization during sporulation and germination of budding yeast.B.A., Biology, California State Univ. - Northridge, 2015; M.S., Molecular Pharmacology and Technology, Univ. of Southern California, 2018McMurray, Michael
Kristin Dahl
mTOR regulation of oligodendrocyte cytoskeleton rearrangement during myelinationB.S., Zoology, Ohio State Univ., 2007Macklin, Wendy
Ashley Denney
Folding dynamics in dimerization and dominance of tumor-derived p53 mutants.B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State Univ., 2009McMurray, Michael A.
Arely Diaz
Arely Diaz
RNA-binding protein function in fat metabolism using Drosophila melanogaster B.S., Microbiology, Univ. Of Texas, El Paso, 2018Reis, Tania
Emily Duncan
Rab GTPase-mediated ubiquitylation in cell migration and invasion.B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington, 2013Prekeris, Rytis
Sara Espinosa
Spliceosomal structure and functionB.S., Biochemistry/Molecular biology, Loyola Univ. Chicago, 2009Zhao, Rui
Kaiah Fields
B.S., Biochemistry, Azusa Pacific Univ, 2017Ford, Heide
Marlie Fisher
ETV6 in megakaryopoesisB.A., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2014Di Paola, Jorge
Laura George
The role of ion channels in morphogenesisB.S. University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, 2017Bates, Emily
Claire Gillette
Custom diet as an intervention for genetic obesityB.A., MCDB, Biology and Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2014Reis, Tania
Raeann Goering
Regulation of dynamic RNA localization in intestinal epitheliaB.S., Biochemistry, Hamline Univ., 2017Taliaferro, Matthew
Katie Hoff
The regulation of microtubule networks in migrating neuronsB.S., Biochemistry, Hamline Univ., 2017Moore, Jeff
Eric Jaffe
Non-neural ectoderm and neural tube closureB.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Wisconsin Madison, 2010Niswander, Lee
Cayla Jewett
Membrane trafficking pathways in cell polarization and lumen formation.B.S. Biochemistry, Univ. of Denver, 2012Prekeris, Rytis
Rachel Jones
understanding the structural and biochemical properties of viral exoribonuclease-resistant RNA structures in distant FlavivirusesB.S. Univ. of Colorado DenverKieft, Jeffrey
Roy Khair
Interested in role of gut microbiome in inflammation of the intestinal mucosaB.S., State Univ. New York, Stony Brook, 2016Rotating
Divya Kolakada
Exploring Mechanisms That Limit Truncated Proteins In The CellB.S., Rollins College, 2017Jagannathan, Sujatha
Gabriella Li
Intrinsic control of microtubule dynamicsB.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Denver, 2015Moore, Jeff
Erik Linklater
Cell motilityB.S., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State Univ., 2010Prekeris, Rytis
Grant Lo
Grant Lo
Studies general mechanisms of RNA localization to the centrosome and how mislocalization contributes to cancerB.A., Washington Univ., 2015Taliaferro, Matt
Alyssa Margolis
First Year MOLB StudentB.S., Microbiology, Colorado State Univ, 2015Rotating
Johannes Menzel
DNA Re-replicationM.S., Anatomy and Cell Biology, Univ. of Saskatchewan, 2013Black, Joshua
Charlie Moffatt
First Year MOLB StudentB.A., Biology, Univ of California Santa Barbara, 2020Rotating
Evan Morrison
B.S., Chemistry, B.A., Philosophy, Metropolitan State Univ., 2016Rissland, Olivia
Catherine Nicholas
B.A., Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, CU Boulder, 2015Hesselberth, Jay
Katia Nino
B.S., Biological Sciences, California State Univ, Fullerton, 2019Pietras, Eric
Harry Park
Understanding molecular and metabolic mechanisms of bone marrow stromal cell mediated protection from killing effect of tyrosine kinase inhibitor-based therapy for leukemiaB.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Oregon, 2011DeGregori, James
Natasia Paukovich
B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Denver, 2015Vogeli, Beat
Stephan Ramos
A patient specific model of human thymus development and functionB.A., Biomedical Sciences, Northern Arizona Univ., 2016Russ, Holger
Deviyani Rao
B.A., CU Boulder, 2012Rissland, Olivia
Amanda Richer
Multiplexed measurement of DNA repair capacityB.A., Molecular Biology and Chemistry, Goshen College, 2011Hesselberth, Jay
Justin Roberts
m6A modifications that recruit long noncoding RNAs to chromatinM.S., Biology, Univ. of South Alabama, 2016Johnson, Aaron M.
Emmanuel Rosas
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 newB.S., Biology, Univ. of Texas Brownsville, 2015Richer, Jennifer K.
Dylan Sarbaugh
B.S., Biotechnology, City Univ. of New York, City College, 2017Sussel, Lori
Johnathon Schafer
Mechanism by which PD-L1 can affect signaling into stromal cells critical for immune system functionB.A., MCDB, Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, 2014Tamburini, Beth.
James Till
Mechanisms of Nitric Oxide-induced gentamicin tolerance in SalmonellaB.S., Biology/Pro-professional, Florida Gulf Coast Univ., 2016Vázquez-Torres, Andrés
Luuli Tran
B.S., Neuroscience, Indiana Univ., 2017Franco, Santos
Giovana Breda Veronezi
First Year MOLB StudentM.S., Cell Biology, Universidade Estuadual de Campinas, 2017Rotating
Ruth Wang
Understanding the role of the microbiota in intestinal mucosal homeostasis.B.S., Biology and Biochemistry, Univ. of New Mexico, 2014Colgan, Sean
Kimberly Wellman
RNA stability in human steroidogenesisB.S., Microbiology, Univ. of Washington, 2011Mukherjee, Neelanjan
Linnea Wethekam
Tubulin proteostasis in budding yeastB.S., Denison Univ., 2016Moore, Jeffrey
Laura White
RNA repair and translational regulationM.S., Biotechnology, John Hopkins Univ., 2013Hesselberth, Jay
Art Wolin
Investigating the role of Eya2 in brain cancersM.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Michigan, 2015Ford, Heide
Stephen Wu
piRNA driven heterochromatin formationB.S., Biochemistry, Northeastern Univ., 2014Johnson, Aaron
Randi Yeager
mating-type specification in sporesB.S., Biology, Franciscan Univ. Steubenville, 2015McMurray, Michael
Katie Yergert
Activity-dependent RNA stability and translation in oligodendrocytesM.A., Forensic DNA and Serology, Univ. of Florida, 2012Appel, Bruce H.


Kim Callahan
Investigating the RNA binding protein, TRUB1, that negatively regulates human steroidogenesis Mukherjee, Neelanjan2020
Casey Simoes
Developing a method to block protein-peptide interactions using a small moleculeTucker, Chandra L2020
Tessa Arends
The role of alternative splicing in B cellsHagman, James R.2019Postdoctoral Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Center
Patrick Cherry
RNA processing regulates the Unfolded Protein ResponseHesselberth, Jay R.2019Scientist 1, Zymergen
Ariel Hernandez
Smad4 mutantion in small-cell carcinomaWang, Xiao-Jing2019Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Further Training
Molly Kingsley
The role of DOT1L in acute myeloid leukemia _x005F  with IDH1/2 mutationsBernt, Kathrin2019Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOPs (Philadelphia)
Jennifer Rabe
Interests involve understanding molecular mechanisms through which cell-intrinsic and microenvironmental deregulations in hematopoiesis collaborate to drive the pathogenesis of blood cancers.Pietras, Eric2019
Ryan Sheridan
The Role of RNA Polymerase II Elongation Control in Transcription DynamicsBentley, David L.2019Postdoctoral Fellow, Rbi Informatics Fellow, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Margaret Balas
Long noncoding RNAs in heterochromatin establishment and maintenanceJohnson, Aaron M.2018Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Michael Cortazar-Osorio
Regulation of premature transcriptional terminationBentley, David L.2018Postdoctoral Researcher, Jagannathan Lab, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Cassi Estrem
Dynein regulation by its microtubule track and its influence on microtubule dynamics to properly position the mitotic spindle in budding yeast.Moore, Jeffrey2018Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Further Training
Alexis Zukowski
Sirtuin heterochromatin influence on DNA replication initiationJohnson, Aaron M.2018Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Biniam Adane
Mechanisms controlled oxidative state of leukemia stem cellsJordan, Craig T.2017Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Further Training
Kelsey Hazegh
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.Reis, Tania2017Research Associate, Vitalant Research Institute, Research Related
Anthony Mangan
The role of cingulin in apical lumen formation in epithelial cellsPrekeris, Rytis2017Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Eric Nguyen
The role of long noncoding RNAs in epigenetic gene silencingJohnson, Aaron M.2017Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Further Training
Daniel Rossbach
Cdc7 Kinase regulationSclafani, Robert A.2017Forensic Scientist 1, Minn Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Hannah Scarborough
Targeting lung cancersDeGregori, James V.2017Medical Student, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Further Training
Timothy Tapscott
Regulation of RNA polymerase by oxidized DksA in Salmonella pathogenesisVazquez-Torres, Andres2017Product Development Scientist, Integrated DNA Technologies, Research Intensive
Rebecca Vartuli
Examining the role of Eyas in controlling immune responses, and their relationship to breast tumorigenesisFord, Heide L.2017Senior Research Associate, Gates Biomanufacturing Facility (Uni of Colorado), Research Intensive
Leon Zheng
The function of G protein receptors in colon epithelial cells and whether they are regulated by hypoxia in Dr. Sean Colgan's labColgan, Sean P.2017Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Further Training
Alexandra Antonioli
Determining the roles of factor H-Related proteins in Complement RegulationHolers, V. Michael2016Medical Student, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Further Training
Louis Cicchini
Innate Host Immune Recognition during Human Papillomavirus InfectionPyeon, Dohun2016Cell Separation and Immunology Specialist, STEMCELL Technologies, Research Intensive
Lydia Heasley
Septin Dynamics and Functions During Meiosis in Saccharomyces CerevisiaeMcMurray, Michael A.2016Postdoctoral Trainee, Colorado State University, Further Training
Abitha Jacob
Targeting of MMPs to the invadapodia during breast cancer cell invasionPrekeris, Rytis2016Cell Therapy Process DeVelopment Scientist, PACT Pharma, Research Related
Deepika Neelakantan
Non-cell autonomous role of six1 in crosstalk between metastatic and non-metastatic cells in breast cancerFord, Heide L.2016Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oklahoma HSC, Further Training
Sally Peach
Legends of the Hidden Terminus: Analysis of RNAs with 5´-hydroxyl termini and their degradation by kinase-mediated decayHesselberth, Jay R.2016Pediatrics Resident, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Related
Juliette Petersen
Gene-enrionment interactions influence on the risk for neural tube defectNiswander, Lee2016Aaas Science & Technology Fellow, Osd Health Readiness Policy & Oversight, U.S. Department of Defense, Research Related
Christina Towers
The Six1 oncoprotein represses translation of p53 via concomitant regulation of RPL26 and microRNA-27aFord, Heide L.2016Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Seth Welsh
The functions of Early B Cell Factor 1 (EBF1) in transcriptional repression and human leukemiaHagman, James R.2016Postdoctoral Fellow, DePt. of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Arizona, Further Training
Debra Bryan
Genome-wide mapping of the DNA modification uracil and its mechanism of incorporation into DNAHesselberth, Jay R.2015Scientist 2, Illumina, Research Related
Becky Fusby
The role of human SPT6 in transcription regulation by RNA polymerase IIBentley, David L.2015Biosafety Scientist, NAMSA, Research Related
Yumeng Hao
Biophysical and Functional Studies of pRNA: A Self-Associating RNAKieft, Jeffrey S.2015Postdoctoral Researcher, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University, Further Training
Michael Holliday
Allosteric Communication Networks and Enzymatic Regulation as Mediated by Conformational Dynamics in the Cyclophilin Family of Peptidyl-Prolyl IsomerasesEisenmesser, Elan Z.2015Postdoctoral Fellow, Genentech Inc., Further Training
Laura Hudish
microRNA Control Of Neural Progenitor Maintenance And SpecificationAppel, Bruce H.2015Postdoctoral Trainee, Lori Sussel Lab, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Marisa Ruehle
Exploring the dynamic mechanism of IGR IRES-driven translation using single-molecule FRETKieft, Jeffrey S.2015Postdoctoral Fellow, Pearson Lab, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Further Training
Julie Woodman
The role of phosphorylation in regulating the Scc2 cohesin deposition factorMegee, Paul C.2015Assistant Professor, Colorado Christian University, Research Related
Kristopher Brannan
Molecular analysis of transcriptional termination by human RNA polymerase IIBentley, David L.2014Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Gene Yeo, University of California, San Diego, Further Training
David Drasin
MicroRNA-424 promotes a mesenchymal-like phenotype while inhibiting breast cancer stem cell-like propertiesFord, Heide L.2014Senior Manager, Amgen, Inc., Research Related
Laura Harmacek
Epigenetic Proteins Function in Neural Tube Closure and Neural Tube DefectsNiswander, Lee A.2014Laboratory Researcher, National Jewish Health, Research Related
Justin Holt
Metastasis Selects for Tumor Cell Sensitivity to the Autophagy Inhibitor ChloroquineThorburn, Andrew M.2014Resident Physician, Oregon Health & Science University, Research Intensive
Terra-Dawn Plank
The mechanisms of translation initiation by the leader of HIV-1Kieft, Jeffrey S.2014Postdoctoral Scholar, Miles Wilkinsen Lab, University of California, San Diego, Further Training
Tyler Robin
Novel mechanisms of chemoresistance and oncogensis in Ewing's sarcoma.Ford, Heide L.2014Resident Physician, Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Research Related
Melanie Scully
Determining the effects of estrogen signaling on the endometrial microenvironment.Jackson, Twila2014Scientist, Thrive Bioscience, Research Related
Johnny Sena
Development of an HRE-GFP reporter system for the identification of HIF regulatory effectors.Hu, Cheng-Jun2014Laboratory Coordinator, National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR), Research Intensive
Myrriah Tomar
Chromatin Dynamics and Genomic Instability during Replicative AgingTyler, Jessica K.2014Director, Office of Science & Technology, New Mexico Economic Development Department

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