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Lab Members

Current Lab Members and Research Interests

Principal Investigator
Michelle C. Barton, Ph.D.

Professor
Dean, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
mbarton@mdanderson.org
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

Zeynep H. CobanZeynep Coban Akdemir, B.S., A.M.
Graduate Student
zhcoban@mdanderson.org
Hometown: Izmir, Turkey
A.M. Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public 
Health (Boston, MA)
B.S. Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, 
Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Research interests: Bioinformatics and p53 transcriptional 
regulation in mouse liver regeneration

Kendra Allton, M.S.
Research Investigator
kallton@mdanderson.org
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
SAppikonda@mdanderson.org
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
ADDuncan@mdanderson.org
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.
Instructor
ajain@mdanderson.org
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.
Instructor
sjiang2@mdanderson.org
Hometown: Shandong, China
B.S. Biology, Shandong Normal University (China)
M.S. Cell Biology, Shandong Normal University (China)
Ph.D. Biomedical Science, Heidelberg University
(Germany)
Research interests: Nuclear receptor co-regulators,
breast cancer carcinogenesis and metastasis

Jing LiJing Li, M.S.
Graduate Student
jli13@mdanderson.org
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
rlmccarthy@mdanderson.org
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


Lindsey Cauthen Minter, B.S., B.A.
Graduate Student
lnunnally@mdanderson.org
Hometown: Beaumont, TX
B.S. Biology, Lamar University (Beaumont, TX)
B.A. Music, Lamar University (Beaumont, TX)
Research interests: p53, liver regeneration,
stem cell biology



Sabrina Stratton, B.S.
Research Lab Manager

sastratt@mdanderson.org
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
knthakkar@mdanderson.org
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


Hui Wei
Research Assistant II
hwei1@mdanderson.org
Hometown: Shanghai, China
B.S. Biology, Shanghai University (China)
Research interests: Nuclear receptor co-regulators, 
breast cancer carcinogenesis and metastasis





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