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OUR  GROUP

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Principle Investigator

Assistant Professor

sarah.hainer[at]pitt.edu

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.

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Graduate Student

dck28[at]pitt.edu

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.

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Graduate Student

bjp86[at]pitt.edu

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.

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Graduate Student

sat143[at]pitt.edu

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.

  

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Research Technician

eeb74[at]pitt.edu

Emmy joined the lab in August of 2020. Emmy graduated in 2020 from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Microbiology, a minor in Chemistry, and a certificate in Global Health. Outside of lab, she loves cycling, exploring the Pittsburgh vegan food scene, backpacking, gardening, and enjoying live music. She is using her time as a technician in the Hainer lab to help narrow her academic interests before pursuing a PhD.

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Research Technician

sml111[at]pitt.edu

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.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

brauliobonilla[at]pitt.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

cej31[at]pitt.edu

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.

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Masters Student

jsd64[at]pitt.edu

Jasmine started her rotation in March 2021 and officially joined the lab in April 2021. Jasmine graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2017 with a B.S. in biomolecular engineering and a minor in bioinformatics. She spent two and a half years working in the biotech industry prior to pursuing her master's degree. She is currently researching the epigenomic landscape of ulcerative colitis in patients to determine key histone marks that regulate transcription factors and downstream genes. In her free time Jasmine enjoys playing guitar, watercolor painting, and baking. Her silly lab talent is she can write absurdly tiny and neat on the caps of Eppendorf tubes.

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Braulio joined the lab in January of 2021, as the first postdoctoral researcher to join the group. Braulio graduated from States University, Uruguay in 2008 with a BS in Biological Sciences and obtained a Masters degree in Biological Sciences from the same institution in 2013, working on miRNA regulation of CHD5. He continued in this lab as a technician for two years before obtaining a Fulbright scholarship for Graduate Studies. Braulio chose to perform his PhD research at the University of Pittsburgh in the Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program with Dr. Kara Bernstein. During this time, Braulio studied DNA repair in S. cerevisiae, describing the role of the Shu complex in promoting error-free bypass of abasic sites and 3-methylcytosines. 

CAILIN  JORDAN (she/her)

PREVIOUS  LAB  MEMBERS

Lisa Coe, Undergraduate Research (January 2018 - August 2020) Currently a research specialist in Abu Dahbi
Dominic Hendrickson, Undergraduate Researcher (February 2018 - August 2020) Currently pursuing MS at Pitt
Kris Troy, Research Technician (April 2018 - August 2020) Currently pursuing PhD at UC MERCED
Caleb Kim, Undergraduate Researcher (February 2018 - July 2018)