Lab Members

Francesca Cole, Principal Investigator
B.A., in Biological Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University
Research interests: Homologous recombination and germ line mutagenesis
Other Interests: Snorkeling
Favorite PCR machine: Medusa





Yunfu Lin, Assistant Professor
B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Biochemistry Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Ph.D. in Genetics, Fudan Unversity, Shanghai, China
Research interests: Double-strand break repair and mutagenesis mechanisms
Other interests:
Favorite PCR machine:





Maciej (Maciek) Zelazowski, Postdoctoral Fellow
M.S. in Plant Biotechnology, University of Lodz, Poland
Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
Research interests:
Crossover and noncrossover pathways in mouse meiosis
Other interests:
Favorite PCR machine:




Holly Hamilton, Postdoctoral Fellow
B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collings, CO
Ph.D. in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Research interests: DNA helicases and exonucleases in meiotic recombination
Other interests:
River tubing
Favorite PCR machine:





Rhea Kang, UT GSB PhD Student
Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis Program
B.A. in Biology, B.S. in Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Research Interests:
Temporal and molecular mechanisms of homologous recombination
Other interests:
Live theatre
Favorite PCR machine:





Maria L. Sandoval , Senior Research Assistant/Lab Manager
B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Research interests:
Homologous recombination mechanisms, hybrid sterility, mouse spermatocyte development
Other interests:
Favorite PCR machine:






Lakshmi Paniker, Senior Research Assistant
B.S. and M.S. in Zoology, University of Kerala, India
M.S. in Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, India
Research interests: 
Double-strand break repair and meiotic hot spot characterization
Other interests:
Favorite PCR machine:



April Weiss, Lab Technician III 
Research interests: Mouse husbandry and genotyping
Other interests:
Favorite PCR machine: Athena









Laura Denton, Administrative Assistant 
Research interests:  Grant and fellowship submission and compliance  
Other interests:  Dancing  
Favorite PCR machine: Venus








Former Members:

Andrew Gage Chance
High School Fellow
Went on to: Junior year and band, Saxophone

Linda Odentha-Hesse
Odyssey Postdoctoral Fellow
Went on to: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Diethard Tautz at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

Related Programs

  • Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis Ph.D. Program