2018 Lab Members
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Professor of Biology
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Viktor Hamburger Professor Emerita in Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
Chromatin structure and gene expression in Drosophila; chromosomal proteins; heterochromatin/euchromatin; dot chromosome; RNAi in heterochromatin formation.
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Ph.D. Genetics, Cornell University
Identification and characterization of HP2, a chromosomal protein that interacts with HP1; dot chromosome.
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Ph.D. Molecular Genetics, Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Medros, St. Louis
Designing a genetic screen for enhancers and suppressors of GAGA factor activity; role of RNAi in heterochromatin formation; VIG2.
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B.A. in Biology, Washington University.
Computational analysis of the dot chromosome of D. melanogaster and D. virilis.
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B.S. Economics, St. Louis University
Organization of chromosome four; Drosophila stock-keeper.
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Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists (current or last known position)
Graduate students (current or last known position):
Former Lab Technicians
Undergraduates in the Elgin lab (>90 engaged in research)
Summer 2019: Jennifer Ferry, Louis Gordon, Prasheil Mandava & Jared Moxley received BioSURF awards to participate in Drosophila genomics.
Lab assistance 18-19: Kevin Doan, Aidan Flynn, Isabelle Palmer Lillian Williams
Ariel Feng, Drosophila genomics summer 2018, continuing AY 18-19.
Amy Kwan, Drosophila genomics summer 2018, continuing AY 18-19.
Caelan Miller, Drosophila genomics summer 2018, continuing AY 18-19.
Muhammad Mousa, Drosophila genomics summer 2018
Alice Herrman, Drosophila genomics summer 2018, continuing AY 18-19.
Lab assistance 2017-18: Kevin Doan, Aidan Flynn, Isabelle Palmer.
Jon Zilke, Drosophila genomics summer 17, continuing on TSS AY 17-18.
Kendra Wooodruff, Drosophila genomics summer 17; research on repeats summer/fall 18, senior thesis 19.
Frank Chen, Drosophila genomics summer 17, AY 17-18.
Kelly Hartigan, Drosophila genomics summer 17; phage, fall 17.
Mitchell Grinwald, Drosophila genomics summer 17, summer 18.
Margaret Gaggioli, Drosophila genomics summer 17, fall 17.
Lab assistance, 16-17: Kevin Doan, Mikayla Johnson
Emily Chi, Drosophila genomics summer 2016; continued AY 16-17, senior thesis 2017.
Monica Perumattam, Drosophila genomics summer 2016.
Jacob Cantrell, Drosophila genomics summer 2016; fourth chromosome research, AY and summers 17, 18; BioSURF 2017; received WU support to attend Drosophila Research Conference, presented poster 18, 19; senior thesis 2019.
Guanlan Dong, Drosophila genomics summer 2016
Ben French. Drosophila genomics summers 16-18, AY; BioSURF 2017; received WU support to attend Drosophila Research Conference, presented poster 19; senior thesis 2019/
Mikayla Johnson, lab assistance fall 15 – spring 17; Drosophila genomics summer 2017, AY fall 17- spring 19.
Lab assistance 15-16: Mikayla Johnson, Casey Mason
Thomas Pranzatelli, reconciliation summer 2015 & senior thesis, sp 2016; grad school
Sarah Swiezy, work on finishing D. elegans, 4 wks summer 2015
Daniel Cui Zhou; reconciliation of gene models, part-time summer 2015
Sukruth Shashikumar, GAA-induced silencing 15-16; SURF summer 2016, senior thesis; med school WU
Lab assistance 14-15: Daniel Jung, Sukruth Shashikumar
Elizabeth Chen, Drosophila genomics, summer 2014; med school
Thomas Quisenberry, Drosophila genomics, summer 2014; senior thesis, sp 2015
Lab assistance fall 2013: Gary Huang, Jason Kunisaki
Michael Lee, lab asst 12-13; T Gu project fall 13; SURF with A Bauer summer 2014; SURF with E Gracheva, summer 2015 (NSF-REU); senior thesis sp 2016.
Sarah Doan, lab asst 12-13; genetics research 13-14
David Xiong, summer 2012, Bio 500 – Drosophila genomics
Paul Lee: summer 2012 Drosophila genomics; capstone in Computer Science.
Lab assistance fall 11: George Rizik, Nishanth Uli, Delia Shen
Kevin Ko, 11-12 – HP1a domains on polytenes; GEP, summer 2013; poster and senior thesis on D. ananassae.
George Rizik, summer 2011, Prefreshman (HP1a/polytenes/new species)
Rebecca Mandt, Grinnell College, summer 2011 (MedRap); HP1a studies w/ D Mendez
William Barshop, summer 2011; GEP; grad school UCLA.
Lab assistance 2010-2011: Viktor Panfil, Ran Annie Wang, Rita Chen, Kevin Ko
Han Yuan summer 2010 – annotation; summer 2011 SURF
Matt DeVries; summer 2010- population cages
Ruth Nan, 08 – 12; analysis of Y chromosome
Hien Nguyen, fall 09 maintenance; HP2 Y2H screen summer 10.
Jeannette Wong, summer 2009- May 11; annotation/genomics; MA Public Health
Anita Hoong, 08-09; screen for good “landing pad” sites
Hao Yang, 07-11; screen for good “landing pad” sites, characterization Invader4; SURF 2010, travel award (to Drosophila meeting); thesis/magna; med school Indiana
Patrick Ng, 09-12: screen for good “landing pad” sites; Y2H screen; SURF 2011; grad school Texas.
Micaela Blank, 08, 09, 10 summer: lab support, genetic test of RNAi lines, screen.
Michelle Wang, 07-08: lab support, genetic test of RNAi lines; genetic screen.
Lab assistance 2007-2008: Cara Kantor, Nikale Pettie, Jacob Vineberg, Sarah Rasmussen.
Greg Gandenberg, summer 07, 08, 09: lab support, genetic test of RNAi lines, screen.
Andrew Nylander, GEP
William Dirkes, 07-09; analysis of dot chromosomes (bioinformatics approach). Senior thesis: Computational prediction of sequence-specific genomic elements influencing heterochromatin formation in D. melanogaster. Medical school.
Perry Morroco, 07-11; WU/HHMI Prefreshman Fellow; evolution of heterochromatin proteins; testing RNAi lines; Pc investigation WU/HHMI Fellowship 2010, travel award (Drosophila); thesis/summa; med school Northwestern.
Hongwei (David) Liu, 07-08, lab support, testing RNAi lines.
Elizabeth Messer, 07-09. Expression of fourth chromosome genes. WU/HHMI Fellowship summer 08. Senior thesis: To what degree do P element reporters reflect the expression state of the genes near their insertion site? Medical school.
Mathew Dorthager, 06-09. Analysis of 1360 variegating lines; chromosome 4 genomics (GEP). WU/HHMI Fellowship 08. Technician Univ Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, then med school (Carribean)
Albert Wu, 06-08. Lab support, screen and analysis of 1360 variegating lines.
Iboro Umana, 06-07; WU/HHMI Prefreshman Fellow; evolution of heterochromatin proteins.
Stephen McDaniel, 06-08; (WU/HHMI Fellowship ’07) role of 1360 in heterochromatin; tech then grad school UNC.
Shachar Shimonovich, 05-08; (WU/HHMI Fellowship ’07) screen to analyze 1360 role; tech, then med school Tel Aviv Sackler Am Prog.
Alejandra Figueroa-Clarevega, 05-07; role of 1360 in heterochromatin. Tech at the Stowers Institute; planning grad school thereafter; Gilliam Fellowship, HHMI, 2008. PhD student, UC Berkeley.
Wilson Leung, ’05-present; analysis of Drosophila dot chromosomes.
Michelle Itano, 05-06: sequencing & analysis of D. virilis dot chromosome (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’05). Ph.D. student, University of North Carolina.
Amy Wu, 04-07; screen to analyze 1360 role. Attending law school 9/07.
Miriam Wiegand, 04-06: heterochromatin elements on chromosome 4 (screen).
Kelli Grim, 04-06: heterochromatin elements on chromosome 4 (screen); mutation in VIG2 (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’05). MD student at Baylor.
Gladys Mensah, 03-06: heterochromatin elements on chromosome 4 (screen, DNA analysis) (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’05). Post-bac studies, University of Houston.
Kwame Adu-Wusu, 03-05: Analysis of mutations in HP2 (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’04). MD student at Case-Western Reserve.
Laila Saied, 03-05: Analysis of RNAi components affecting heterochromatin formation in tissue culture cells (Biomed Eng NIH fellowship, ’04). MD student at Indiana (Internal Medicine).
Adrian Baudy, summer 03; participation in screen, 4th chromosome.
Alissa Anderson, 02- 03 : Screen for GAGA factor-interacting loci (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’02). Lab Technician with Doug Chalker; PhD program, Chicago
Rachel Shevchek, 02- 04: Comparison of dot chromosome sequences (Biomed Eng NIH fellowship, ’02). MD from Baylor.
Noelle Holmes, summer 02: impact of HP2 mutations on chromosome morphology (WU/HHMI Prefreshman Fellow).
Laura Ruhl, 00 – 01: HP2 of Drosophila virilis; current year in Africa, then to medical school.
Ann Beckert, summer 00, 01, 02: Screening for new insertions into chromosome 4; environmental sciences, Tulane.
Elizabeth Slawson, 99 – 03: Mutations in HP2; HP2 of Drosophila virilis (WU/HHMI Fellow ’02; travel award). Technician and TA, Elgin lab, 03-05; PhD program at UC Berkeley.
Cory Simpson, 99 -03: Organization of chromosome 4, mutations in HP2 (WU/HHMI Fellow ’02; travel award; senior thesis, Spector Prize). MD/PhD student, Northwestern University.
Brandi Thompson*, 98-02: Mutations in HP2 (WU/HHMI Fellow ’00); PhD student, University of Michigan.
William Wooten, summer 99: Interaction of HP1 and HP2 in Drosophila (WU/HHMI Prefreshman Fellow).
Liza Colclazier, summers 98, 99: Screening for new insertions into chromosome 4.
Shinkai Hakimi, spring 98: Characterization of the trl gene in D. virilis.
John Bernat, 95-99: Interactions of chromosomal proteins in gene silencing: towards a test of spatial organization in the Drosophila nucleus (Stalker Prize, ’99; WU/HHMI Fellow ’98; WU/HHMI Prefreshman Fellow, ’95); MD/PhD, U Michigan.
Peter Weitzel, summers 96-99: Mapping chromatin domains in the fourth chromosome of D. melanogaster (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’99); high school teacher.
Dora Basu, summer 96: Interactions between heterochromatin proteins (WU/HHMI Prefreshman Fellow).
Matt Cuaycong, 95-99 (BA/MA): Chromatin structure of silenced genes (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’96); MD program, UMDNJ- The New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Levi Funches*, 95-98: HP1-HP2 interactions tested in yeast (NIH Minority Supplement, WU/HHMI Fellow ’97); MD, Johns Hopkins; resident in pediatrics in Chicago.
Deepti Talwar, 94-95: Yeast two-hybrid screen for proteins interacting with HP1; Technician, Baylor
Vamsi Guntur, 93-95: Characterization of variegating transgenes in Drosophila; St. George’s University School of Medicine
Jon Gibbons, summer 1993: Screen for variegating transgenic lines; MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 1999.
Mara Wilderspin, 92-94: Mutations in HP1 (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’94).
Lisa Rosman, 92-94: Characterization of variegating transgenes in Drosophila; MD from Rush Medical College, Chicago, 2000.
Andrea Holmes, 92-94: GAGA factor binding and DNA bending (WU/HHMI Fellow, ’93); Outreach Director, Human Genome Project, WU
Sandeep Pulim (91-95): Characterization of the regulatory region of the hsp26 gene in D. virilis; St. George’e University School of Medicine
Kevin Mitchell, summer 91: Constructing mutations in hsp26; PhD program, Biology, Stanford.
Otobia Dimson*, 90-92: Distribution studies of HP1 (NSF REU; WU/HHMI Fellow); Medical College of Wisconsin.
Benjamin Abella, 90-91: Drosophila telomeres; MD, Johns Hopkins.
Tim Wescott, 89-91: Purification of Drosophila H2AvD (NSF REU); PhD program, Chemistry, Rutgers.
Audrey Hobson, summer 88: Distribution of HP1; PhD program, Genetics, Trinity, Dublin
Scott Fretzin, 88- 89: Cloning of the H3.3 gene of D. melanogaster; MD program, U Chicago
Christina Lee, 85-86: Investigations of Drosophila histone H1; PhD program, UCSF.
Santa Suryaraman, 84-86: Sites of topoisomerase II activity and matrix attachment at the 67B1 l ocus of D. melanogaster. MD from UCSF.
Jorge Giraldo, 84-85.
Jacalyn Weissman, 84-85: S1 sensitive site in Drosophila locus 67B; entered medical school.
Fred Gross, 83-84: Bleomycin as a probe for DNA sequence organization and chromatin structure.
Abram Gabriel, 76-77: On the relationship between chromosomal proteins and gene expression.
Thomas Ashley, 75-76: The role of histones in transcription.
Flora C. Wu, 72-73: Comparative studies of nonhistone chromosomal proteins; currently practicing MD.
James Garrels, 70-71: A histone protease of rat liver chromatin; received PhD; Incyte Genomics.
Todd Reynales*, summer ’71: Template activity of chromatin.
Robin Dore, summer ’70: Chromatin fractionation.
Jeffrey Selzer, summer ’69: Nonhistone chromosomal proteins of chick liver and erythrocyte.
High school students and teachers (8)
Elmer Kellman, summer 2003, 2004: cloning from the dot chromosome of Drosophila littoralis (teacher, Parkway)
Karman Mak, summer 95, AY 95-96: analysis of chromosomal proteins on polytene chromosomes (student, Parkway Central High School)
Todd Gienke, summer 95 (teacher, Whittfield High School)
Kathy Moreno, summer 94 (teacher, Wentzville High School)
Isey White*, AY 93-94 (student, Rosati Kain High School)
Tara Killebrew, summers 92, 93: distribution of HP1 in different Drosophila species (student, University City High School)
Michael Roberson*, summer (student, University City High School)
Mara Wilderspin, summer ’91 (student, University City High School)