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Lab Members

Current Lab Members and Research Interests

Michelle C. Barton, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
Hometown: Franklin, IL
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
Post-Doc Gene Regulation, Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA)
Research interests: p53, transcription, and chromatin regulation

Kendra Allton, M.S.
Research Investigator
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
B.S. Biology, Truman State University
(Kirksville, MO)
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, UT GSBS/MD Anderson
(Houston, TX)
Research interests: p53 interacting proteins

Srikanth Appikonda, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
B.S. Microbiology, Osmania University (India)
M.S. Microbiology, Osmania University (India)
Ph.D. Molecular Biology, UTHSC
(San Antonio, TX)
Research interests: Basic biology of stem cells,
regeneration and TRIM24-mediated ubiquitination

Aundrietta DeVan Duncan, M.S.
Graduate Student
Hometown: Lafayette, LA
B.S. Biology, Howard University (Washington, DC)
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, GSBS UT-MD Anderson
Research interests: p53, stem cell biology

Abhinav K. Jain, Ph.D.
Hometown: Sikandrabad, UP, India
B.Pharm, Nagpur University (India)
M.E. Biotechnology, BITS-Pilani (India)
Ph.D. Pharmacology, Baylor College of
Medicine (Houston, TX)
Research interests: Role of p53 in human embryonic
stem cells and TRIM24-p53 regulatory networks

Shiming Jiang, Ph.D.
Hometown: Shandong, China
B.S. Biology, Shandong Normal University (China)
M.S. Cell Biology, Shandong Normal University (China)
Ph.D. Biomedical Science, Heidelberg University
Research interests: Nuclear receptor co-regulators,
breast cancer carcinogenesis and metastasis

Jing LiJing Li, M.S.
Graduate Student
Hometown: Anhui, China
B.Med. Bengbu Medical College (Anhui, China)
M.S. Biological Science, Marshall University 
(Huntington, WV)
Research interests: Epigenetics, nuclear receptors, 
carcinogenesis, cancer metastasis

Ryan L. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Ketchum, ID
B.S. Mathematical Biology, Harvey Mudd College 
(Claremont, CA)
Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Research interests: p53, stem cell differentiation 
and epigenetics

Lalit Patel, M.S.
Graduate student
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University 
(New York, NY)
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Research interests: Genomics, epigenetics and transcriptomes in cancer

Sabrina Stratton, B.S.
Research Lab Manager
Hometown: Conway, AR
B.S. Marine Biology, Texas A&M University
(Galveston, TX)
Research interests: Chromatin regulation and
protein function

Kaushik ThakkarKaushik Thakkar, M.S.
Graduate Student
Hometown: Pune, Maharashtra, India
B.S. Microbiology, University of Pune (India)
M.S. Microbiology, University of Pune (India)
Research interests: TRIM24 post-translational 
modifications and protein partners interacting 
with TRIM24

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