Current Members


Stewart Barnes
Laboratory Administrator

Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates



Sally Dewhurst

Ph.D. London Research Institute
Thesis: Whole genome doubling propagates chromosomal instability and accelerates cancer genome evolution
Advisor: Charles Swanton

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018

Research Interests:
The role of telomeres in protecting genomic integrity

Sally's Publications




Courtney Lovejoy
Research Associate

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, 2009
Thesis: Replication Dependent Mechanisms of Genome Maintenance
Advisor: Dr. David Cortez

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010-2011
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2011-2014

Research Interests:
Telomeric inhibition of DNA damage response signaling.

Courtney's Publications




Logan Myler

Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
Thesis: Single-molecule studies reveal mechanisms of human DNA double-strand break repair
Advisor: Tanya Paull and Ilya Finkelstein

Research Interests:
Mechanisms of telomeric end protection and genomic instability in cancer.

Logan's Publications




Nanda Sasi


Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2016
Thesis: Investigating the apoptotic pathway and DNA damage induced by blocking Dbf4-dependent kinase (DDK) in tumor cells
Advisor: Michael Weinreich

Research Interests:
DNA repair, replication, and recombination, cell cycle, genome instability.

Nanda's Publications




Isabelle Schmutz


Ph.D. University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2010
Thesis: Molecular functions of the mammalian clock component PERIOD2
Advisor: Urs Albrecht

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship, 2011-2012

Research Interests:
Regulation of PARP1 activity at telomeres.

Isabelle's Publications




Hiro Takai
Research Assistant Professor

PhD: The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science, 1995

Thesis: Studies on the regulatory mechanisms for the initiation of sperm motility in marine and freshwater teleosts.
Advisor: Dr. Masaaki Morisawa

Research interests:
Regulation of telomere end processing

Post Doctoral Fellowships/Awards:
Charles H. Revson Fellowship 2002-2003

Hiro's Publications




John Zinder

Ph.D. Weill Cornell Medicine
Thesis: Structure and Activities of the Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Nuclear RNA Exosome
Advisor: Christopher D. Lima

Research Interests:

Structural aspects of telomere maturation and protection.

John's Publications



Graduate Students



Zachary Mirman 
Graduate Fellow


B.A. in Biology and Spanish, Pomona College, Claremont, 2011

Zack's Publications




Charles Kinzig 
M.D./Ph.D. student


B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 2016

Charles' Publications




Alexander Stuart
Graduate Fellow

B.S. in Biology, University of Michigan, 2017

Alex's Publications




Leonid Timashev
Graduate Fellow

B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2014

Leonid's Publications




Zhe Yang 
Graduate Fellow


B.Sc. in Life Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2015

Zhe's Publications



Research Assistants


Adriana Garzon
Lab Manager


M.A., City College of New York, 2008
B.Sc., Universidad de los Andes, 2001



Rosaura Mejia
Lab Helper



Kaori Takai
Research Assistant


M.S., Hunter College of the City University of New York, 2006

Kaori's Publications



Devon White
Animal Technician II



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