OUR TEAM

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Peter Ly, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology

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Qing 'Emily' Hu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Qing received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences studying meiotic DNA double-strand break repair. After joining the lab in 2019 as a postdoc, she is currently investigating how the DNA damage response shapes the chromosomal rearrangement landscape of cancer genomes. Qing's favorite movie is Amélie.

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Rashmi Dahiya, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Rashmi received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University studying transcriptional regulation in budding yeast and joined the lab in 2019 as a postdoc. Her project focuses on the evolution of genomic rearrangements during kidney cancer progression. In her free time, Rashmi loves watching The Big Bang Theory.

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Jacob Sanders, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Jacob received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, where he studied how 3D genome architecture changes in response to stress with Dr. Rachel McCord. He joined the lab in 2021 as a postdoc with an interest in understanding how complex genomic rearrangements arise during cancer development. Jacob enjoys watching The Walking Dead and the Harry Potter series.

Alice Mazzagatti, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Alice received her Ph.D. in Genetics, Molecular, & Cellular Biology from the University of Pavia, where she studied mammalian neocentromere evolution. She then trained with Dr. Sarah McClelland at the Barts Cancer Institute in London, UK on chromosomal instability and DNA replication stress. Alice joined the lab in 2021 with an interest in understanding how DNA replication stress acts as a source of mutagenesis in cancer genomes. In her spare time, Alice pretends to learn to play the electric guitar.

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Elizabeth 'Lizz' Maurais, B.S.

Ph.D. Graduate Student | Genetics, Development, and Disease Program

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Lizz received her B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and conducted research as an Amgen Scholar at Caltech. She first joined the lab as a research tech in 2019 and then as a Ph.D. graduate student in 2020. Lizz is currently studying the biological consequences of cytoplasmic DNA derived from mitotic errors. She loves spending time with her 3 lb. Chihuahua, Trudy, while watching The Office.

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Justin Engel, B.S.

Ph.D. Graduate Student | Cancer Biology Program

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Justin received his B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida where he studied the response to DNA replication stress. He then joined Tango Therapeutics and conducted genome-wide CRISPR screens to identify synthetic lethal targets for cancer therapeutics. Justin is currently interrogating genomic rearrangements in cancer using unbiased genetic and proteomic approaches. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with his dog, Sully.

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Yu-Fen Lin, Ph.D.

Sr. Research Scientist

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Yu-Fen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from National Taiwan University. She then worked with David Chen and Benjamin Chen at UT Southwestern to study how the DNA damage response is linked to replication stress. Yu-Fen joined the lab in 2020 with an interest in understanding the dynamics and kinetics of DNA repair across the cell cycle. She enjoys watching Harry Potter movies and spending time with her 75 lb. Labrador/Boxer mix.

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Alison Guyer, B.S.

Research Technician / Lab Manager

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Alison received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Creighton University. As an undergraduate, she studied the impact of genomic instability and aneuploidy on drug resistance using the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. She then joined the lab in 2020 as a research tech and lab manager. Her project is focused on understanding how DNA replication stress can generate chromosomal alterations. Alison's favorite TV show is New Girls.