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May 2023

  • Congrats to Justin Engel for passing his qualifying exam! Way to go Justin!

  • Yu-Fen Lin's paper on how shattered chromosomes from micronuclei spatially cluster through the CIP2A-TOPBP1 complex is now published in Nature! This is the first research paper from the lab. Congrats Yu-Fen and team!

March 2023

  • Peter attended and presented at the Keystone Symposia on Genomic Instability and DNA Repair in Whistler, Canada.

  • Peter presents at the UT Health San Antonio, Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology Seminar Series. Thanks to Patrick Sung for the invitation!

January 2023

  • Peter presents at the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics Seminar Series. Thanks to Greg Ira for the invitation!


December 2022

  • The lab says farewell to postdoc Jacob Sanders, who is joining the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville as a lecturer. Good luck Jacob!

November 2022

  • Kidist Woldehawariat joins the lab as a Research Technician. Welcome Kidist!

  • Check out Yu-Fen and Qing's method paper on how to induce chromosome-specific micronuclei and chromothripsis, now out in Methods in Cell Biology

October 2022

  • The lab visited San Antonio for the inaugural Texas Conference on Genome Repair. Qing an​d Yu-Fen both presented beautiful posters!

September 2022

  • Peter presents at the FASEB Conference on The Consequences of Aneuploidy, which was held Southbridge, Massachusetts in honor of the pioneering contributions of the late Angelika Amon. 

August 2022

  • The lab received a 5-year NIGMS MIRA grant to study micronuclei-driven genomic instability and a 4-year Department of Defense award (as part of the Academy of Kidney Cancer Investigators) to study the development of clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Thanks for supporting our research!

  • The lab says farewell to Alison Guyer, who is heading off to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Good luck Alison!

July 2022

  • Yu-Fen's pre-print (and the first paper from the lab!) on how fragmented chromosomes from micronuclei cluster during mitosis is posted on bioRxiv

  • The lab received 1-year Development Research Program award from the UTSW Kidney SPORE. Thanks for the support!

  • Peter presents at the EMBO Dynamic Kinetochore Workshop in Oslo, Norway and the Gordon Research Conference on Genomic Instability at Ventura, California. 

June 2022

  • The lab received the 2022 Haberecht Wildhare-Idea Research Grant from UTSW. Thanks for the support!

May 2022

  • Lizz Maurais passed her qualifying exam! Congrats Lizz!

March 2022

  • The lab received a 1-year American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Grant from the UTSW Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

December 2021

  • Justin Engel joins the lab as a graduate student. Welcome Justin!

  • Peter presents at the UTSW Department of Pharmacology Seminar Series.

November 2021

  • Peter presents at MD Anderson Cancer Center as part of the Department of Genetics Research Exchange Series.

July 2021

  • Alice Mazzagatti joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Alice!

  • Lizz Maurais was selected as a recipient of the institutional CPRIT Training Grant. Congrats Lizz!

April 2021

  • The lab received a 3-year grant from The Welch Foundation to study mechanisms of DNA repair. Thank you for supporting our research!

  • Jacob Sanders was awarded funding from the NCI T32 Training Grant in Cancer Biology. Congrats Jacob!

  • Qing and Rashmi's review article on the origins of genome rearrangements in cancer was published in Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology. Congrats!

January 2021

  • The year kicks off with new lab members: Welcome to postdoc Jacob Sanders and grad student Lizz Maurais. Lizz is the first graduate student of the Ly Lab!

December 2020

  • Peter and Bill Earnshaw co-chairs the Chromosome Structure and Function Minisymposium at the virtual 2020 ASCB | EMBO Annual Meeting.

November 2020

  • Peter presents at the DNA Dynamics Webinar Series, Social DNAing sponsored by the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University.

August 2020

  • The lab says farewell to Lizz Maurais, who joins the Ph.D. graduate program at UT Southwestern. Good luck Lizz!

  • Alison Guyer joins the lab as a research technician. Welcome Alison!

July 2020

  • Peter virtually presents at the Genetics Branch Seminar Series of the NIH National Cancer Institute.

June 2020

  • Peter virtually presents at The Socially Distant Centromere Webinar Series and at the Osteosarcoma Biology Meeting of the NCI-supported Children's Oncology Group.

April 2020

March 2020

  • Yu-Fen Lin joins the lab as a senior research scientist. Welcome Yu-Fen!

January 2020

  • Qing and Lizz's review covering methods to study genomic rearrangements is published in Chromosome Research. Congrats!

December 2019

  • Peter attends the 2019 ASCB | EMBO Annual Meeting in Washington DC and presents in the "Maintenance of Genome Integrity in Health and Disease" Subgroup.

November 2019

  • Peter visits Baylor University and presents at the Department of Biology seminar series.

October 2019

  • Rashmi Dahiya joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Rashmi!

July 2019

  • Qing Hu joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow and Elizabeth Maurais joins the lab as a research technician. Welcome Qing and Lizz!

May 2019

  • Peter presents at the 2019 EMBO Workshop on Chromosome Segregation and Aneuploidy in Cascais, Portugal and the 2019 Forbeck Forum on 3D Chromosomal Architecture and Nuclear Topology in La Jolla, California.

March 2019

  • Our paper linking mitotic errors to diverse forms of genome rearrangements is published in Nature Genetics!

February 2019

  • The lab has officially opened at UTSW! 

January 2019

  • Our NIH R00 grant has been officially funded by the National Cancer Institute, providing three years of support for the lab.

  • Peter is selected as a Forbeck Scholar by the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation and the Scholars Program.

  • The Department of Pathology is well represented at the 2019 UTSW Cancer Biology Program Retreat with Esra Akbay and Peter delivering the opening keynote talks.

December 2018


  • A busy week of conferences before the winter holidays – Peter attends the 2018 ASCB | EMBO Annual Meeting in San Diego and the 4th SoCal Genome Stability Symposium at the City of Hope.

August 2018


  • The lab is awarded a CPRIT Scholar Recruitment Grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, providing five years of funding support. Click here for the official press release.

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