Principal Investigator

GRESHAM_2013-1_200w David Gresham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in adaptive evolution, cell growth regulation and mRNA degradation.

Lab Manager

Nathan2014_200w Nathan Brandt
I manage the Gresham lab, ensuring that all our yeast are kept happy and producing data. Besides maintaining a smooth running laboratory, I am also interested in the domestication of yeast, especially in its role as a fermentor.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Pieter Spealman
My research focus is on the evolution of post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression and the role these dynamic regulatory pathways play in adaptation.
Chris Jackson

Doctoral Students

SL-headshot-1_crop_200w Stephanie Lauer
I’m primarily interested in adaptive evolution and the molecular mechanisms that underlie genetic variation. I perform experimental evolution in nutrient-limited environments to understand how genetic changes imposed by selection affect fitness. I’m also exploring the dynamics of copy number variation (CNV) by investigating the effects of stress, chromosomal context, and transcriptional activity on the rate of spontaneous CNV formation.
Lab_pic Farah Abdul-Rahman
I am interested in the genetic and mechanistic determinants of mRNA degradation rates and their influence on gene expression. Specifically, I aim to untangle the relationship between mRNA synthesis and mRNA degradation and its role in mediating differential expression.
IMG_0882 Siyu Sun
I am interested in understanding the conserved mechanisms that regulating cellular quiescence in eukaryotes. My goal is to define the role of each gene in quiescence initiated by carbon, nitrogen or phosphate starvation with high-throughput sequencing (BAR-Seq), and elucidate the dynamics of translational regulation in different nutrient-limiting conditions induced quiescence by ribosome profiling (Ribo-Seq).
Grace Avecilla
I am interested in the generation, maintenance, and loss of genetic and phenotypic variation during evolution. In the lab I am investigating copy number variation and the fitness consequences of different types of CNVs in different environments and genetic backgrounds.

Masters Students

Fangrui Guo
I am interested in the genomic interaction during the cellular quiescence in eukaryotes​ and I am working under the mentorship of Siyu. Recently I am measuring the growth curve of a strain of yeast with GFP protein and nano particles genes which can be used as a model strain in the future.

Undergraduate Students

High School Students


Rodoniki Athanasiadou (Post Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2015) Currently Senior Researcher at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, NYU Courant Institute
Sam Diaz-Munoz (Faculty Fellow, 2015-2016) Currently Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UC Davis
Benjamin Samuel Neymotin (Doctoral Student, 2010-2015)
Naomi Ziv (Doctoral Student, 2010-2015) Currently Post Doctoral Fellow in the Johnson Lab at UCSF
Jungeui Hong (Doctoral Student, 2010-2015) Currently in the The Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Darach Miller (Doctoral Student, 2013-2018) Currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Levy Lab at Stanford
Tayebeh Bahmani (Masters Student, 2009-2011)
Gunjan Janak Sethia (Masters Student, 2015-2017)
Russell Durrett (Undergraduate Student, NYU iGEM team leader, 2010)
Bentley Shuster (Undergraduate Student, 2012) Currently a Doctoral Student in the Eichenberger at NYU
Alicia Mastrocco (Undergraduate Student, 2011-2012)
Victoria Ettore (Undergraduate Student, 2012-2014)
Sarah Choski (Undergraduate Student, 2013-2014)
Christina Nunez (Undergraduate Student, 2014-2015)
Saroj Gourkanti (Undergraduate Student, 2015-2017)
Yiwen Qin (Undergraduate Student, 2016-2017)
Alexander Ferrena (Undergraduate Student, 2016-2017)
Carla S Rodriguez Tirado (Undergraduate Student, SURP Summer 2016)
Daniel Pham (Undergraduate Student, SURP Summer 2017)
Lev Omelchenko (High School Student, 2010)
Anise Rau (High School Student, 2013-2015)
Wei Hou Wu (High School Student, 2013-2015)
Stephen Nyarko (High School Student, 2015-2016)