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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


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 postdoctoral fellow, she is currently investigating how the DNA damage response shapes the chromosomal rearrangement landscape in cancer genomes. Qing's favorite movie is Amélie.

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 postdoctoral fellow. Her project focuses on the evolution of genomic rearrangements during kidney cancer progression. In her free time, Rashmi loves watching The Big Bang Theory.

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. He joined the lab in 2021 as a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in understanding how complex genomic rearrangements arise during cancer development. Jacob enjoys watching The Walking Dead and the Harry Potter series.

Elizabeth 'Lizz' Maurais, B.S.

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


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.

Yu-Fen Lin, Ph.D.

Sr. Research Scientist


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 UTSW 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.

Alison Guyer, B.S.

Research Technician / Lab Manager


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.