Current Members


Stewart Barnes
Laboratory Administrator

Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates



Nazario Bosco

Ph.D. University of Rome/Sapienza
Thesis: Common fragile sites: structure, replication and their role in chromosome instability
Advisor: Franca Pelliccia

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
American-Italian Cancer Foundation 2011-2012

Research Interests:
The role of TRF1 is mediating telomere replication.

Nazario's Publications




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




Yi Gong
Research Associate

PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 2006

Thesis: Mechanistic dissection of Insig-1, a master regulator of cholesterol homeostasis.
Advisors: Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Joseph Goldstein

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2007-2009

Research interests:
DNA damage response.

Yi's Publications



Francisca Alessandra Lottersberger
Research Associate

PhD: University of Milano-Bicocca, 2008
Thesis: Functions of Saccharomyces cerevisiae 14-3-3 proteins in cell cycle regulation and DNA metabolism
Advisor: Dr. Maria PIa Longhese

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Women & Science Fellowship 2008-2009

Research Interests:
Identification of new factors involved in DNA damage response and telomere maintenance.

Francisca'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




John Maciejowski


Ph.D. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2013
Thesis: Chemical genetics reveals novel Mps1 functions and identifies substrates in mitosis
Advisor: Prasad V. Jallepalli

Research Interests:
How telomeres maintain genome stability.

John'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 PIKKs by Tel2

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

Hiro's Publications



Graduate Students



Zachary Mirman 
Graduate Fellow


BA in Biology and Spanish, Pomona College, Claremont, 2011

Zack's Publications



Leonid Timashev
Graduate Fellow

BSc in Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2004

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



Stewart Barnes Laboratory Administrator Stewart.Barnes@rockefeller.eduPostdoctoral Fellows and Associates  Nazario Bosco Postdoc Nazario.Bosco@rockefeller.eduPh.D. Universit