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Mustafa Mir
Principal Investigator

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Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania 

Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Core Member, Penn Epigenetics Institute

Member, Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Graduate Group Affiliations: CAMB, BE, BMB

 

HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar (2023 -Present)

NIH Directors New Innovator Award Recipient (2021)

Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley (Tjian and Darzacq Lab)

PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Quantitative Light Imaging Lab, Gabriel Popescu)

email: mirm at chop.edu

Bio

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Research Staff

Puttachai "Net" Ratchasanmuang
Research Associate

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M.Sc., Molecular Biology & Genetics, University of Delaware

B.Sc, Biology, Dickinson College

2016-2021: Research Specialist, Shawn Little's Lab, Univ. of Pennsylvania

2014-2016: Research Specialist, Thomas Gregor's Lab, Princeton University

2012-2014: Research Technician, Erica M. Selva's Lab, University of Delaware

email: ratchasanp at chop.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

How do transcription factor hubs facilitate target search and occupancy?

Yara Haloush
Research Technician

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M.Sc. Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
B.Sc. Biotechnology and genetic engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology

 

email: Haloushy at chop.edu

Postdocs

Apratim Mukherjee
Postdoc

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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, (STEP Lab)

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Lafayette College

email: mukherjea1 at chop.edu

Google Scholar

 

Projects (click on each to read more):

Nuclear compartmentalization  and dynamics during Zygotic Genome Activation

How do transcription factor hubs facilitate target search and occupancy?

Santosh Adhikari
Postdoc

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PhD, Biophysics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, (Puchner Lab)

B.S., Physics, Southern Methodist University

 

email:  adhikaris2 at chop.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Molecular kinetics of transcriptional regulators and machinery

Matthew Fischer
Postdoc

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PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Maryland, (Dr. Leslie Pick's Lab)

B.S., Cell/Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Delaware

email: fischerm2 at chop.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Coming soon!

Graduate Students

Kaeli Mathias
PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (co-mentored by Dr. Liling Wan)
NCI F31 Predoctoral Fellow (2023-Present), Genetics T32 Fellow (2021-2023)

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BA Chemistry, Amherst College

2018-2020 Research Technician in Dr. Charles Roberts Lab, St. Jude Children's Hospital

email: kaelim at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Oncogenic transcription factor hub formation and function

Samantha "S" Fallacaro
PhD Candidate, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
NSF GRFP Fellow (2023-Present)

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B.Sc. Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

email: samantha.fallacaro at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Transcription factor hub formation, function, and dynamics

How do transcription factor hubs facilitate target search and occupancy?

Gabriela Hayward-Lara
PhD Candidate, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology 
NSF
GRFP Fellow (2023-Present)

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B.A. Molecular Biology, Princeton University

 

email: gabriela.hayward-lara at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Transcriptional repression and chromatin dynamics

Sena Sarıkaya
PhD Student, D
evelopmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology 
(co-mentored by Dr. Ken Zaret
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B.S. Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin

B.A Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

email: sena.sarikaya at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Coming soon!

Raymond Carter
PhD Student, B
iochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (co-mentored by Dr. Gerd Blobel)

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B.S. Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University

email: Raymond.carter at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Coming soon!

Kyle Ferguson
PhD Student, Bioengineering

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M.S. Medical Physics, Duke University

B.S. Biophysics, Bucknell University.

email: fergusonks  at chop.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Coming soon!

Manya Kapoor
PhD Student, Bioengineering

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B.S. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University.

email: manyak at seas.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Coming soon!

Alexandria Adigun
MD PHD Student, D
evelopmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

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B.S. Biology, Howard University

email: alexandria.adigun at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Projects (click on each to read more):

Coming soon!

Undergraduate Researchers

Ernesto Gamauf
Undergraduate Researcher

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Undergraduate Student in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania since 2020

Kareena Shankta
Undergraduate Researcher

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Undergraduate Student in Vagelos Life Sciences and Management and in Computational Biology and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2022

Derene Darkwah- FERBS Scholar
Undergraduate Researcher

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Undergraduate Student in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania since 2023

Administrative Staff

Samantha Jaworski
CCGM Office Manager

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Samantha Jaworski is the Office Manager for the Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a BS in Biobehavioral Health and academic minors in Health Policy and Administration and Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, Main. She earned her MBA from Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in 2019. She has been working at CHOP since 2016 and provides administrative support for the Center.

Email: colest at .chop.edu

Allison Fantauzzi
CCGM Administrative Director

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Allison Fantauzzi is the Administrative Director for the Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine. She holds an Executive MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from Centenary University. She has worked in business administration, finance, and operations for 25 years, and has been with CHOP for 2 years.


Email: fantauzzia  at chop.edu

Alumni

Staff

Joe Zinski, PhD - Bioinformatician 07/2022-01/2024. Last known position:  Senior Research Investigator at the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory · University of Pennsylvania

Mattisen Dimler - Research Technician 07/2022-03/2023. Last known position:  Scientist at Parexel (Merck)

Nicholas Gattone - Research Technician 01/2021-09/2021. Last known position:  Scientist at Spark Therapeutics

Graduate Students 

Alan Boka - BMB Student 04/2021-04/2023. (did not complete PhD with us). Last known position:  BMB PhD student @Penn

Rotation Students 

Adam Jabak - BMB Rotation Student 04/2021-06/2021. Last known position:  BMB PhD student @Penn

Post-baccalaureate Researchers

Guzel Naik- 05/2021-06/2022. Last known position:  Biology Graduate Student at University of Virginia

Undergraduate Researchers

Sarah O'Konski - 10/2021-05/2022. Last known position:  Chemistry Undergraduate student @Penn

Cody Eskandarian - 06/2021-04/2022. Last known position:  Biochemistry and Biophysics Undergraduate student @Penn

Summer Interns

Siani Elliot (OER student) -06/2023-08/2023

Anna Crow - 06/2022-09/2022. Last known position:  Undergraduate student at Univ. Leicester, UK

Sapna Krishnakumar - 07/2022-08/2022. Last known position:  Undergraduate student at IISER Mohali, India

Patrick Samaha - 05/2021-08/2021. Last known position:  Undergraduate student at UToronto, Canada

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