Lab Members

Blaine Bartholomew, PhD











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



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




Soumyadipta Kundu, Graduate Student
B.Tech. in Biotechnology (2009, West Bengal University of Technology)
Research interests: Mapping chromatin 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. In vitro and in vivo roles of distinct domains in the catalytic subunit of SWI/SNF (Snf2).



Solomon G Hailu, Graduate Student 
Originally from Eritrea, 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 (SWI/SNF and ISWI) and how they regulate transcription in vivo using biochemical, genetic, genomic and bioinformatic approaches.
Other 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.





Alessandra Di Lorenzo, Postdoctoral Fellow
Originally from Italy
Master's in Biology, University of Naples Frederico II
Ph.D. in Molecular Carcinogenesis, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Research interests: Understanding the role of aberrant SWI/SNF complexes in cancer (in vivo studies with mouse models and mouse ES cells.
Other interests: Reading, cooking, salsa dancing and gardening.




 Somnath Paul, Postdoctoral Fellow
Originally from India
B.Sc. (Hons) in Physiology from Presidency College, Calcutta
M.Sc. in Genetics from Calcutta University, Kolkata, India
Ph.D. (Jadavpur University) in Life Science and Biotech from CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata
Research interest: To understand the regulation of higher order chromatin remodeling by principles of epigenetics.



Ngbuo Mzwanele, Postdoctoral Fellow
B.Sc. in Microbial Biotechnology, University of the Free State
M.Sc. in Biotechnology, University of the Free State
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of the Free State 

Huan Meng, Postdoctoral Fellow

Jim Persinger, Jr,  Research Laboratory Manager

Related Programs

  • Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis Ph.D. Program