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Aaron Fleming

Research Associate Professor

Education:    B.S. Biochemistry, Adams State College

                         Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Utah

Project:          Study chemistry and biology of guanine oxidation products

Interests:       Running, reading, hiking


Megan Browning

Graduate Student

Education:    B.S. Biochemistry, Brigham Young University

                        M.S. Biochemistry, Brigham Young University

Project:          Use α-hemolysin to sense modifications and damage in RNA

Interests:      Writing, teaching, hiking, Shakespeare


Sam Redstone

Graduate Student

Education:     B.A. Chemistry-Biochemistry, Colby College

Project:          Investigate the chemical and biological consequences of OG formation

Interests:       Deserts, mountains, canyons, bikes, books


Shereen Howpay Manage

Graduate Student

Education:     B.S. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Colombo

Project:          Evaluate the impact of G-quadruplex structures in DNA on BER activity

Interests:       Reading, cooking, crafts


Ngoc Luong Bao (Angie) Nguyen

Graduate Student

Education:     B.S. Biochemistry, University of Mississippi

Project:          Investigate the interplay between G-quadruplex structures and m6A modifications

Interests:       Baking, trying different cuisines

michaelchabot        Michael Chabot

Graduate Student

Education:     B.S. Biochemistry, California State Polytechnic University

Project:          Study the lesion 5-carboxamido-5-formamido-2-iminohydantoin (d2Ih)

Interests:       Skiing, hiking, camping, sports


Nicole Mathewson

Graduate Student

Education:     B.S. Medical Biology with a minor in Chemistry, University of New England

Project:          Evaluate guanine oxidation products in RNA

Interests:       Hiking, backpacking, volleyball, traveling, concerts

judyzhu        Judy Zhu

Graduate Student

Education:     B.S. Chemistry, University of Utah

Project:           Study guanine oxidation with genomic sequencing

Interests:       Baking, reading

manueljaraespejo       Manuel Jara-Espejo

Visiting Graduate Student

Education:     B.S. Dentistry, San Luis Gonzaga National University

                         M.S. Oral Biology, University of Campinas

Project:           Assess the role of G-quadruplex as epigenetic and epitranscriptomic regulators.

Interests:       Reading, cooking, traveling

dayelprzybyla       Dayel Przybyla

Undergraduate Student

Education:     B.S. Chemistry

                         B.S. Biology

Project:          Study oxidation in G-quadruplexes.

Interests:       Reading, running, hiking, strategy games 

pengyuezhang       Pengyue (Benjamin) Zhang

Undergraduate Student

Education:     B.S. Chemistry

Project:          Study chemistry of the modified nucleoside pseudouridine.

Interests:       Hiking, international travel, watching movies

Recent Former Members

Yun Ding, Post Doc

Tao Zeng, Post Doc

Jan Riedl, Post Doc

Anton Alenko, Graduate Student

Jingwei Ma, Graduate Student

Carla Omaga, Graduate Student

Aaron Rogers, Graduate Student

Andrew Vinyard, Graduate Student

Helen Donelick, REU Student

Madeline Meyer, REU Student

Kayla Stewart, Undergraduate Student

Joshua Visser, Undergraduate Student

Julia Zhu, Undergraduate Student

Tyler Ball, High School Student

Gabriela Eyring, High School Student

Selma Esders, Visiting Student

Last Updated: 7/14/20