Lab Members

Current Lab Members and Research Interests

Sharon DentPrincipal Investigator

Sharon Y. R. Dent, Ph.D. (formerly Sharon Y. Roth)

Originally from Garland, Texas
B.Sc. University of North Texas
Ph.D. Rice University
Research Interests: Functions and regulation of histone
modifying enzymes; epigenetics

Boyko AtanassovBoyko S. Atanassov, Ph.D.
Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria
M.S. Sofia University Biology School
Ph.D. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences/NIH
Research Interests: Chromosomal instability, chromatin
modifiers, DNA repair



Aimee FarriaAimee Farria
Graduate Research Assistant
Originally from New Orleans, LA
B.S. in Molecular Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Epigenetics; the role of histone-modifying enzymes in cancer

Qihuang Jin, Ph.D.
Originally from China
B.S. Wuhan University, Wuhan China
Ph.D. Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
Research Interests: Redundant functions of GCN5 and PCAF


Lia KoutelouEvangelia Koutelou, Ph.D.
Originally from Athens, Greece
B.S. University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
Ph.D. University of Crete, Heraklion – Stowers Institute
for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO
Research Interests: Chromatin remodeling complexes in
mouse development

Xianghong Kuang
Research Investigator
Originally from China
M.D. West China University of Medical Sciences
M.S. in Pharmacology, West China University of Medical Sciences
Research Interests: The role of histone modifying enzymes in cancer

Xianjiang Lan
Graduate Research Assistant
Originally from China
M.S. in Genetics, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Research Interests: PolyQ expansion disorders, function and regulation of chromatin remodeling complex in mouse



Wenqian (Vera) Li
Graduate Research Assistant
Originally from China
M.D. in Basic Biomedical Sciences, Peking University, China
Research Interests: Epigenetic profiling of breast cancer subtypes



Tim Macatee, B.S.Tim Macatee, B.S.
Research Investigator
Originally from Drexel Hill, PA 
B.S. In Marine Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Research Interests: Epigenetic control during development




Amanda Martin
Research Technician III
Originally from Bastrop, TX
Research Interests: Mouse husbandry, genotyping




Andrew Salinger
Laboratory Manager
Originally from Brownsville, TX
B.S. Texas A&M University, College Station
M.S. Texas A&M University, College Station

Andria SchiblerAndria Schibler
Graduate Research Assistant
Originally from Springfield, OH
B.S. Suffolk University - Biology, Boston, MA
Research Interests: Yeast

Li Wang
Graduate Research Assistant
Originally from China
B.S. in Pharmacology, Peking University, Beijing, China
Research Interests: Epigenetics, function and regulation of histone modifying enzymes in embryonic stem cells and development.


Former Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • James R. Bone, Ph.D.
  • Ping Bu, Ph.D.
  • Jill S. Butler, Ph.D.
  • Renée Chosed, Ph.D.
  • Judy Davie, Ph.D.
  • Diane Edmondson, Ph.D.
  • Calley Hirsch, Ph.D.
  • Yanjie Li, Ph.D.
  • Alejandra Loyola, Ph.D.
  • Yukio Makai, Ph.D.
  • Tania Malave, Ph.D.
  • Urszula (Ula) Polak, Ph.D.
  • Rod Weilbacher, Ph.D.
  • Marenda Wilson-Pham, Ph.D.
  • Shannon Wyszomierski, Ph.D.
  • Zhijing (Jay) Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Jenny Zhao, Ph.D.

Research Scientists/Assistant Professors

  • Marek Napierala, Ph.D.
  • Louis S. Ramagli, Ph.D.

Lab Managers

  • Madelene M. Coombes
  • Billy Hampton

Research Assistants

  • Suzanne Barzee
  • Cherie Coco
  • Rebecca Lewis
  • Elizabeth McIvor
  • Denise Woods

Graduate Students

  • Yi-Chun (EJ) Chen, Ph.D.
  • Yvonne A. Evrard, Ph.D.
  • Ling Huang, Ph.D.
  • Eun Ah Kim, Ph.D.
  • John Latham, Ph.D.
  • Wenchu Lin, Ph.D.
  • Huy Phan, Ph.D.
  • Brian A. Rowley, B.A., B.S.
  • Geri Srajer, Ph.D.
  • Tamara Tripic, Ph.D.
  • Anjanette Watson, Ph.D.
  • Wanting Xu, Ph.D.
  • Ke Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Wenzhen Zhang, Ph.D.