Graduate Students


Bellomio, Philip

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD


Cammarota, Christian

Interests: Biological physics and the role of mechanics in tissue development and cell processes

Castano, Maria Isabel

Interests: Behavioral ecology and speciation of Neotropical birds

Cefaloni, Eric

Interests: Epigenetic mechanisms driving breast cancer and epithelial to mesenchymal transition


Dao, Thao Kim

Interests: The roles of retinoic acid in shell and embryonic development in the mollusc Ilyanassa

Dawney, Nicole

Interests: TBD

Deng, Chenghong

  • PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Driscoll, Rose


Interests: Evolutionary genetics of phenotypic plasticity in aphids


Gigas, Jonathan

Interests: Biochemistry and function of human Sirtuin-6 in cancer and aging

Gona, Ram

Interests: TBD

Gregory, Lauren

Interests: Investigation of the proximate basis of the aphid wing polyphenism

Gu, Ningyang

Interests: Using microinjection, FISH, and single-particle tracking to understand the intranuclear movement of plasmids


Hamazaki, Sakura

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

He, Luying (Louise)

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

Hillpot, Eric

Interests: TBD

Hua, Shan

Interests: Investigating the role of H2A.Z and ANP32E on regulating gene expression


Irvin, Joseph

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD


Kilwein, Marcus

Interests: Embryonic lipid utilization in Drosophila

Kovelakuntla, Vamsi


Interests: Bacterially-mediated fabrication of artificial nacre


Lee, Minseon

Interests: The role of SIRT6 in rejuvenating the epigenome and maintaining heterochromatin stability in aged cells

Lentini, Jenna

Interests: Identification of the damaged RNA transcriptome and surveillance pathways

Leo, Cailyn

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Lindley, Sean

Interests: RNA trans-splicing in cells

Lindsay, Matthew

Interests: Evolutionary Genetics of Gene Drives and Repetitive DNA in Drosophila melanogaster

Liu, Xiaomi

Interests: Wing plasticity in aphids, with a focus on a computational approach

Longan, Emery

Interests: Genetic constraints on adaptation and their role in the evolution of domestication associated traits in the Saccharomyces yeasts


Macoretta, Nicholas

Interests: TBD

Marti, Emiliano

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Meadow, Michael

Interests: TBD


Neville, Kathryn

Interests: Directed cell division and polarity maintenance in epithelial tissues


Ocampo, Diego

Interests: TBD


Park, Jaeyoung (Jay)

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

Phromsiri, Pakinee

Interests: Mechanisms and consequences of histone buffering in the early Drosophila embryo


Romero, Felisha

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD


Saleh Ziabari, Omid

Interests: The parallel evolution of wings in aphids

Seymour, Marete

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Shipley, Alicia

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Sidor, Lynn

Interests: TBD

Summers, Jeremy

Interests: The demographic and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation and degradation on the Florida Scrub-Jay

Sun, Yu

Interests: Define RNA regulation for next generation using both dry and wet approaches


Tahir, Imran

Interests: Studying endothelial barrier dysfunction in the context of acute lung injury

Tan, Ruiyue

Interests: snRNA modification and its role in the pre-mRNA splicing

Thomas, Cheyenne

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Tolibzoda, Fara

Interests: Investigation of biochemical contributors of health in long-living animals and their role in aging associated neurodegeneration


Walker, Ethan

Interests: Interrogation of protein folding and homeostasis using high-throughput methodology

Walker, Tyler

Interests: TBD

Walunjkar, Nilima

Interests: Causes and consequences of thermal divergence in Saccharomyces species

Wei, Xiaolu

Interests: Molecular mechanism of Segregation Distorter in Drosophila melanogaster using a combination of genomic, cytological, and molecular approaches

White, Roger

Interests: The role fatty acid trafficking and usage during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis

Wnuk, Hayley

Interests: The influence of emotional well-being on Alzheimer's Disease progression


Yang, Sifan

Interests: Role of SUMOylation and NEDDylation in aging and proteostasis


Zacher, Maxwell

Interests: Genetic mechanisms underlying longevity and cancer resistance in the bowhead whale

Zhang, Jiarui

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Kejia

Interests: Molecular functions of tRNA methyltransferase in neuronal development

Zhang, Rui

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Zhihui

Interests: Anti-aging and anti-cancer effects of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid

Zhu, Mingyi

Interests: RNA secondary structure prediction