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Graduate Students



Bettinger, John

Interests: The biological roles of methionine oxidation


Cammarota, Christian

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

Castano, Maria Isabel

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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

  • First Year 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

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


Hua, Shan

  • 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

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Lee, Songeun

Interests: TBD

Lentini, Jenna

Interests: Identification of the damaged RNA transcriptome and surveillance pathways

Lindley, Sean

Interests: TBD

Lindsay, Matthew

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Liu, Xiaomi

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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


Neville, Kathryn

Interests: TBD


Phromsiri, Pakinee

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


Saleh Ziabari, Omid

Interests: The parallel evolution of wings in aphids

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

Swovick, Kyle

Interests: Protein turnover and aging


Tahir, Imran

Interests: TBD

Tan, Ruiyue

Interests: Analyze protein synthesis and translation pausing base on mass spectrometry

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

  • PhD Student

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: TBD

Wnuk, Hayley

Interests: Integration of metabolic and sexual state of the nervous system regulates behavior of C. elegans


Yang, Sifan

Interests: TBD


Zacher, Maxwell

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

Zhang, Jiarui

  • Master's 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