Lab Members

Current Lab Members

Karen Zima-Boulware, B.S.
Research Investigator, Laboratory Manager

Matthew Yousefzadeh, B.S., M.S.
Graduate Student

Junya Tomida, B.S., Ph.D.

Kei-ichi Takata, B.S., Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Shelley Reh, B.S., M.S.
Senior Research Assistant

Mandira Manandhar, B.S., M.S.
Graduate Student

Megan Lowery, B.S.
Research Laboratory Coordinator

Sarita Bhetawal, B.S., M.S.
Research Assistant II


Former Trainees and Lab Members

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees listed below were supported by competitive grants to come to our laboratory from NIH Training Grants, the Human Frontiers Science Program, EMBO, Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, the University of Pittsburgh Competitive Medical Research Fund, and NRSA Ruth Kirschstein funding from the NIH.

Pre-Doctoral Trainees

Prior Degrees
ProjectCurrent Position
Sofia Araújo
ICRF, B.S.Interactions and function of nucleotide excision repair complexesAssistant Professor, Institut de Recerca Biomedica (IRB) Barcelona, Spain
Dawn Batty
ICRF, B.S.The XPC-RAD23B complex and nucleotide excision repair of DNAMedical Writer, Bioscript Stirling Ltd, Macclesfield, UK
Maureen Biggerstaff
ICRF, B.S., M.S.DNA repair defects in ERCC1, ERCC4, and XPF mutantsSenior Research Officer, Cancer Research UK
Dawn Coverley
ICRF, B.S.Proteins involved in human DNA excision repairReader (Associate  Professor), Department of Biology, University of York, UK
Gregory Gan
University of Pittsburgh, B.S.Function of Rev3LM.D./Ph.D. Medical Resident, University of Colorado, Denver
Jonathan Moggs
ICRF, B.S.Incision mechanism during human nucleotide excision repairGlobal Head  of Molecular Toxicology, Novartis, Pharma, Basel, CH
Anne O’Donovan Jones
ICRF, B.S.The xeroderma pigmentosum group G DNA repair proteinVice President and General Manager, Agilent Chemistries Division, New York
Mahmud Shivji
ICRF, B.S.Nucleotide excision repair of DNA: Dissection and Reconstitution in vitroGroup Research Manager, Hutchison/MRC Research Center, Cambridge, UK

Post-Doctoral Trainees

Prior Degrees
ProjectCurrent Position
Abdelilah Aboussekhra1992-1996ICRF, Ph.D.Reconstitution of human NER with purified proteinsProfessor, University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Rafael Ariza
ICRF, Ph.D.Cloning of the human XPF geneProfessor, University of Córdoba, Spain
Hiroshi Asahina
ICRF, Ph.D.The swi10-rad16 nucleaseAnalytical Biotechnologist, Sumika Chemical Analysis Service, Osaka, Japan
Elizabeth Evans
ICRF, Ph.D.The pre-incision opening reaction during human NERProject Manager, SAP AG (Enterprise Software)
Pierre-Henri Gaillard
ICRF, Ph.D.The ERCC1-XPF nucleaseGroup Leader, CNRS, Marseille, France
Daniela Gunz
ICRF, Ph.D.DNA repair functions of XPG proteinClinical Research Associate, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Switzerland
Johan Hansson
ICRF, M.D.Human XPA proteinStaff Oncologist, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
Christopher Jones
ICRF, Ph.D.Nucleotide excision repair of DNA: Dissection and Reconstitution in vitroMedical Writer, Pharmawrite LLC, Princeton, NJ
Nayun Kim
ICRF & University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.A novel human DNA polymeraseAssistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  
Beate Köberle
ICRF & University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.Cisplatin sensitivity and nucleotide excision repairInstitute of Applied Biosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Isao Kuraoka
ICRF, Ph.D.Repair of DNA crosslinks and cyclopurine adductsAssociate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Japan
Sabine Lange 2009-2014B.S., Ph.D.The Impact of DNA damage responses on energy metabolism and proteostasisToxicologist, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Austin, TX
Federica Marini
ICRF & University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.New DNA polymerase and helicases for crosslink repairResearch Group Leader, University of Milan, Italy
Mineaki Seki
ICRF & University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.Function of DNA polymerase QAssistant Professor, Osaka University, Japan
David Szymkowski
ICRF, Ph.D.Repair of single, specific DNA lesionsSenior Director, Biotherapeutics, Xencor, Monrovia CA
Birgitte Wittschieben
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.Recognition and repair of DNA lesions in chromatinDepartment Manager, Human Health & Nutrition Analytics, Chr. Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark
John Wittschieben
ICRF & University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.Function of the mouse Rev3L geneNovo Nordisk Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Other Members 

Prior Degrees
Current Position
K. Leslie Powell 2012-2014B.S.Retired
David Trono