Group Members

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Thomas R. Cech

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder

Director, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Principal Investigator, Cech Lab

 

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989

National Medal of Science, 1995

See Curriculum Vitae

 

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For more information, see the Biographical Sketch.

Administrative Assistant

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Laura Konyha

 Joined 2011

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Staff Scientists

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Arthur Zaug

Staff Scientist (HHMI Senior Scientist)

Lab Member 1978-Present

 

Honorary Doctorate in Science, University of Colorado, 1992

B.S.: Biochemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1975

 

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Research Interests: Yeast telomerase 

 

 

 

 

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Anne Gooding

Staff Scientist (HHMI Research Specialist)  

Lab Member 1990-Present

 

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Research Interests: RNA crystallography

 

 

 

 

 

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Elaine Podell

Staff Scientist (HHMI Research Specialist)  

Lab Member 1993-Present

 

M.S.: Physics, Colorado State University, 1989
B.A.: Mathematics, Psychology, Washington University, 1976

 

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Research Interests: RNA crystallography

 

 

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Karen Goodrich

Staff Scientist (HHMI Lab Manager) 

Lab Member 1996-Present

 

B.S.: Medical Technology, University of Scranton, 1986

 

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Research Interests: Tetrahymena telomerase

Research Scholars

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Mai Nakashima

 

HHMI Research Scholar

Lab member 2011-Present

 

M.D.: Kyushu University, 2008

Fellow of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, 2011

 

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Research Interest: Human telomerase, non-coding RNA of human mitochondria and

any medical-related study.

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Jennifer K. Hodges

 

Reproductive Scientist Development Program Scholar

Lab Member 2012-present

 

Ph.D.: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2004

M.D.: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2004

B.S.: Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, 1996

 

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Research Interests: Roles of noncoding RNAs in human placenta.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

  

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 Sumit Borah

 

HHMI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lab Member 2011 to Present

 

Ph.D.: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 2010

M.Phil.: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 2006

M.S.: Biochemistry, Tulane University, 2003

B.S.: Biology, Wake Forest University, 1998

 

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Research Interests: mitochondrial RNAs, noncoding RNAs, telomerase

 

 

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 Jacob C. Schwartz

NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lab Member 2010-Present

 

Ph.D.: Biophysics, University of Texas Southwestern Med Center, 2010

M.S.: Biology, University of North Texas, 2005

B.Sc.: Physics, University of North Texas, 2002

 

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Research Interests: Mammalian noncoding RNAs regulating transcription

 

 

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 Chen Davidovich

HHMI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rothschild Fellow 2010-2011

Machiah Foundation Fellow 2012-2013

Lab Member 2010-Present

 

Ph.D.: Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 2010

B.Sc.: Biotechnology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, 2004

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Research Interests: Studying the regulation of epigenetic silencing by long noncoding RNAs using structural biology and biochemical approaches.
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Jens Schmidt

 

Merck Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Lab Member 2012-Present

 

Ph.D.: Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012

Diplom in Biochemie: Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany, 2007

 

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Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms of Telomerase.

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

 

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 Andrew Dalby
 

Biochemistry Ph.D. Student

Lab Member 2010-Present

 

B.A.: University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003

 

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Research Interests: Understanding how proteins interact with ncRNAs to modulate their function.

 

 

 

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Kate Goldfarb

 

Biochemistry Ph.D. Student

Lab member 2011-present

 

B.Sci. Chemistry: University of California, Berkeley 2007

 

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Research Interests: regulatory mechanisms that enable ncRNAs to perform multiple and diverse

cellular functions.

 

 

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Linghe Xi

 

MCDB Ph.D. Student

Lab Member 2011-Present

 

B.Sc.: Fundamental Sciences (Chemistry and Biology), Tsinghua University, China, 2010

 

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Research Interests: Human Telomerase.

 

 

 

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Xueyin Wang

 

Biochemistry Ph.D. Student

Lab Member: 2012-present

 

B.S.: University of Toronto, 2010

 

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Research Interests: Mammalian noncoding RNAs.

Research Professors

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Dave McKay

 

Staff Scientist (HHMI Research Specialist)

Lab Member 2008-Present

 

Research Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008

Ph.D.: Biophysics, University of Chicago, a Long Time Ago

 

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Current Lab X-Ray Manager

Undergraduate, Work Study, or Part Time

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Natasha Powell

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lab Member Fall 2013 - Present

 

Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder

Triple Major:  MCDB, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience. 

 

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Levi Ensign

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lab Member Fall 2013 - Present

 

Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder

Major:  Integrative Physiology

 

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