Sarah performed her postdoctoral work with Tom Fazzio at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in January 2018.
Sarah is interested in learning how basic biological processes, such as transcription and chromatin dynamics, regulate cell fate decisions.
Bench work is one of the best parts of our jobs and so we are mentioning our "silly skill" that makes us unique. Sarah's silly lab talent is reusing gloves.
Dave started his rotation in February 2018 and joined the lab officially in April 2018. He studies the roles of chromatin remodeling factors in mES cells and human leukemogenesis. He received his B.S. in Biology and Religion from Furman University in 2017. Dave enjoys playing guitar, roasting and brewing coffee, and watching baseball. His silly lab talent is eyeballing the right amount of agarose for a gel.
Ben joined the lab in April 2019, after spending his second rotation with us. Ben graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in December 2016 with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He spent a year and half working in the R&D side of a major biotechnology company focused on the development of genetically modified organisms. He is currently researching how chromatin factors called remodelers influence the expression of noncoding RNAs at enhancers and promoters in mammalian systems. Ben's claim to fame is that he met Bill Nye (once). His silly lab talent is that he can shoot pipette tips into the waste buck from all the way across the bench.
Sarah started her rotation in February 2019 and officially joined the lab in April 2019, co-mentored with Karen Arndt. She studies the chromatin remodeler Chd1 and how it is co-transcriptionally recruited to chromatin. Sarah graduated from the University of Dallas in 2018 with a B.S. in Biology and a Concentration in French. She enjoys traveling as often and she can, reading a wide variety of classic and contemporary literature, and going to concerts. Her silly lab talent is that she can pipette ambidextrously.
Kris joined the lab in April 2018. Kris graduated in 2016 from Allegheny College with a BS in Biology and a minor in Studio Art. She has worked in a variety of lab environments, and is using her time as a technician in the Hainer lab to help narrow her academic interests before pursing a PhD. She has been studying martial arts for nine years, loves bad movies, and would volunteer to go to space without hesitation. Her silly lab talent is being able to pour three stacks of LBAmp plates from a single liter of medium.
Santana joined the group in June 2018. She graduated in April 2018 from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and she plans to continue her education in a graduate program in the future. She has a passion for community service and volunteering, and spends her free time painting, writing poetry, and being a loving cat mom. Her silly lab talent is shearing the caps of of Eppendorf tubes in the microcentrifuge.
Lisa joined the lab in January 2018. She is a current fourth-year undergraduate student studying Microbiology, Chemistry, and American Sign Language. She also dives on the Varsity Women's Swimming and Diving Team. Outside of the lab and the pool, she enjoys rock climbing, doing acroyoga, and slacklining - Pittsburgh weather permitting. Upon completion of her Bachelor's Degree, Lisa plans to go to graduate school and earn a PhD, with intentions of pursuing a career in academia. Her silly lab talent is estimating the volume of gel fragments.
Dominic joined the lab in January 2018. He is a Biology and Psychology double major entering his senior year. Dominic is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Rowing Team and Ruckus Improv Comedy. In addition to this, he works at the University’s Advising Center. Dominic’s silly lab talent is making cells float without killing them.
Cailin joined the lab in May 2019. She is entering her junior year and is studying Molecular Biology with minors in Computer Science and Studio Art. She plays water polo with the Pitt Women’s Water Polo team, and enjoys hiking and playing guitar in her free time.