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Lab Members

Blaine Bartholomew, PhD
Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saurabh K. Bhardwaj, Graduate Student
Originally from India
Education:
B.Sc (Biotechnology), Panjab University, India
M.Sc (Biotechnology), Panjab University, India
Current research: To study the mechanism of chromatin remodeling by ISWI family of remodelers in yeast, which includes ISW1a, ISW1b and ISW2.
Other interests: Playing cricket, chess and tennis.

 

 

Sandipan Brahma, Graduate Student
Originally from Kolkata (Calcutta), India 
Education:
B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Microbiology from the University of Calcutta.
Current research: Using chemical biology approaches to understand how different remodeling complexes interact with DNA in the context of nucleosomes. I also utilize other biochemical approaches to decipher the ISWI mechanism of remodeling.
Other interests: I am a musician and passionate about food and cooking!

 

Rashmi Prasad, Graduate Student
Originally from India
Education:
B.Sc (Honours) Physiology, Presidency College, Kolkata, India
M.Sc Biophysics and Molecular Biology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
Current research: To understand the role of histone chaperone Nap1 in regulating chromatin remodeling and disassembly by the SWI/SNF family of remodelers.

 

Yuan-Chi Lin, MS, Graduate Student
Education:  
M.S. in Molecular Biology, University of Southern Mississippi
Research interests: Roles of yeast ISW2 catalytic subunit C-terminus domains in nucleosome remodeling

 

 

  

Soumyadipta Kundu, Graduate Student
Education:
B.Tech in Biotechnology (2009, West Bengal University of Technology)
Research interests: I am currently mapping Remodeler–nucleosome interactions by conjugating photocrosslinkers to specific residues on the exposed octamer surface in order to identify remodeler subunits that interact with the octamer. I am also interested in the properties of several domains in the catalytic subunit of SWI/SNF (Snf2) and their roles in SWI/SNF remodeling from both in-vitro and in-vivo perspectives.

Solomon G Hailu, Graduate Student 
Originally from Eritrean, East Africa
Education:
B.Sc. in Biology (Graduated with Distinction), University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea
M.Sc. in Zoology (Population Genetics), Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms governing chromatin remodeling complexes and how they regulate transcription in vivo. 
Personal interests: Latin music and salsa dancing, architecture and computer programming.

 

Arjan Hada, Graduate Research Assistant
Originally from Nepal
Education:
B.tech in Biotechnology, Kathmandu University, Nepal
Research interests: Mechanism of nucleosome remodeling by ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers


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