Fellows 2016-2017

The University at Albany announces the second cohort of RNA Fellows for the Ph.D. training program in RNA science. The Office of Graduate Education and the Departments of Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Chemistry, in collaboration with the RNA Institute, provide the resources to train exceptional students in RNA Science relating to health and disease. These fellows will take an RNA-centric curriculum of courses and colloquia. They will also have the option to collaborate with the School of Business and the Writers Institute, to gain experience in entrepreneurship and science writing, respectively. We are happy to announce our second cohort of trainees who will start in the training program beginning in the fall of 2016.

  • Marissa Louis

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    Mentor: Cara Pager

    Project: Characterizing Zika virus subversion of cellular RNA granules

  • Botros Toro

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    Mentor: Pan Li

    Project: Examinaton of the physical basis of nucleic acid interactons

  • Justin Waldern

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    Mentor: Marlene Belfort

    Project: Mobility of group II introns in their native hosts

  • Carlos Andino

    CHEMISTRY

    Mentor: Alan Chen (interim)

    Project: Chemistry of RNA structure and function (Details forthcoming)

  • Ryan McDowell

    BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

    Mentor: Kathleen McDonough

    Project: Non-canonical roles for M. tuberculosis phospodiesterase, Rv0805

  • Casey Warszycki

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    Mentor: Kathleen McDonough

    Project: 5'-UTR regulation of dormancy-associated genes in M. tuberculosis