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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

2015-2020: Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley (Tjian and Darzacq Lab)

2009-2013: PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Quantitative Light Imaging Lab, Gabriel Popescu)

email: mirm at chop.edu

Bio

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Staff

Puttachai "Net" Ratchasanmuang
Research Associate

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Research Interests: Transcription regulation, embryo patterning

2021-: Research Associate, Mir Lab

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

2012: M.Sc., Molecular Biology & Genetics, University of Delaware

2008: B.Sc, Biology, Dickinson College

Email: ratchasanp at chop.edu

Mattisen C. Dimler
Research Technician

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Research Interests: Supporting the labs projects

2022-: Research Technician, Mir Lab

2022: B.S. Developmental Biology and Genetics, The Pennsylvania State University

Email: dimlerm at chop.edu

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

Postdocs

Apratim Mukherjee
Postdoc

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Research Interests: Mechotransduction of transcription, light-sheet microscopy

2021-: Postdoc, Mir Lab

2016-2020: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, (STEP Lab)

2010-2014: B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Lafayette College

Email: mukherjea1 at chop.edu

Santosh Adhikari
Postdoc

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Research Interests: Single-molecule tracking, super-resolution imaging

2022-: Postdoc, Mir Lab

2014-2022: PhD, Biophysics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, (Puchner Lab)

2010-2012: B.S., Physics, Southern Methodist University

Email:  adhikaris2 at chop.edu

Graduate Students

Kaeli Mathias
Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Genetics T32 Fellow

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Research Interests: Chromatin, cancer, nuclear organization, single molecule tracking

2020-Present: Graduate Student (co-mentored with Liling Wan's Lab in Cancer Biology), Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

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

2014-2018 BA Chemistry, Amherst College

Email: kaelim at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Alan Boka
Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, SBMB T32 Fellow

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Research Interests: Transcriptional dynamics during early embryogenesis; intrinsically disordered proteins and nuclear organization; single-particle microscopy and quantitative biophysical modelling.

2020-Present: Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

2016-2020: B.S. Biochemistry, University of Rochester

2017-2020: Laboratory Assistant, Lab of Dr. Wei Hsu, University of Rochester Medical Center

Email: bokaa at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Samantha "S" Fallacaro
Graduate Student, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

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Research Interests: Mechanotransduction of gene regulation, tissue patterning, morphogenesis, transcriptional dynamics.

 

2021-Present: Graduate Student, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

2017-2021: B.Sc. Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Email: samantha.fallacaro at pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Gabriela Hayward-Lara
Graduate Student, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

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Research Interests: Nuclear Organization, transcription regulation, repression

2021-Present: Graduate Student, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

2017-2021: B.A. Molecular Biology, Princeton University

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

Sena Sarıkaya (Rotation Student)
Graduate Student, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

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Research Interests: Push the limits of in vivo imaging in early embryogenesis

 

2022-Present: Graduate Student, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

2020-2022: Post-bac Dan Dickinson lab @ UT Austin

2017-2020: Undergraduate Researcher John Wallingford lab @UT Austin

2016-2020: B.S. Cell and Molecular Biology; B.A. Anthropology, UT Austin

Past Research:

-Studied convergent extension in vertebrates for 3 years,

-lead development of single cell biochemistry approach to study binding kinetics of protein-protein interactions

Email: sena.sarikaya@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Undergraduate Researchers

Ernesto Gamauf
Undergraduate Researcher

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January 2022-Present: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Undergraduate Student in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania since 2020

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Kareena Shankta
Undergraduate Researcher

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November 2022-Present: Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

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Alumni

Staff

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

Graduate 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

Anna Crow - 06/2022-09/2022. Last known position:  Undergraduate student at IISER Mohali, India

Sapna Krishnakumar - 07/2022-08/2022. Last known position:  Undergraduate student at Univ. Leicester, UK

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