About Student Research

Current and past student researchers include:

  • David Tse (2017–present)
    DNA looping when proteins are involved
  • John Smestad (2015–present)
    How do "oncometabolites" cause cancer?
  • Lauren Mogil (2012–2016)
    How does DNA supercoiling in cells affect DNA looping?
  • Yeng Her (2011–2015)
    Understanding cancer caused by defects in energy metabolism
  • Estefania Mondragon (2011–2015)
    New research tools built from RNA and DNA
  • Justin Peters (2008–2012)
    Getting back to basics with DNA
  • John Paul Bida (2006–2011)
    Building transcription factors from RNA
  • Susan Wurster (2005–2009)
    Searching vast random libraries of small RNAs for new inhibitors
  • Emily Smith (2003–2008)
    Linking metabolic defects and cancer
  • Kasandra Jean-Louise Riley (2002–2007)
    Surprises from the "guardian of the genome"
  • Robert McDonald (2002–2006)
    Making new proteins that bend DNA
  • Tessa Davis (2002–2006)
    What are the functions of HMGB proteins within living cells?
  • Laura Cassiday (1999–2002)
    Structural and functional studies of RNA aptamers selected as transcription factor inhibitors
  • Phil Hardwidge (1998–2002)
    New methods and studies of DNA intrinsic curvature and protein-induced DNA bending by electrostatic effects
  • Paula Hoyne (1997–2001)
    Potential for unusual DNA structures in model systems and living bacteria
  • Eric Ross (1996–2001)
    Importance of DNA flexibility in promoter architecture
  • Nicole Becker (1995–1999)
    In vivo footprinting approaches to searching for unusual DNA structures in living mammalian cells
  • Lori Lebruska (1995–1999)
    In vitro selection of RNAs that bind and inhibit DNA-binding proteins
  • Julie Strauss-Soukup (1993–1997)
    Understanding the role of electrostatics in DNA structure and flexibility
  • Garrett Soukup (1993–1997)
    In vitro selection methods to identify RNAs that bind duplex DNA
  • Wendy Olivas (1992–1996)
    Tools for application of oligonucleotide-directed DNA triple helix formation in molecular biology