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Lab Members

Blaine Bartholomew, PhD









Saurabh K. Bhardwaj, Graduate Student
Originally from India
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 
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
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
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
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
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: in Biotechnology, Kathmandu University, Nepal
Research interests: Mechanism of nucleosome remodeling by ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers

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