Lab Members

Principal Investigator

David Gresham
Associate Professor of Biology

I am a geneticist interested in adaptive evolution, cell growth regulation and mRNA degradation.

Lab Manager

Angela Hickey

As lab manager, I keep the lab running smoothly to ensure that we can be producing the best possible research. I also have interests in understanding the mechanisms behind adaptive evolution and how using yeast as a model system can provide insight for a variety of processes.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Pieter Spealman

Pieter’s research is focused on the evolution of post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression and the role these dynamic regulatory pathways play in adaptation.

Chris Jackson

Chris is studying gene regulatory networks using single cell RNAseq in yeast. Chris is co-mentored by Rich Bonneau.




Emily Adney

Co-mentored by Elodie Ghedin, the research I do focuses on influenza. I am fascinated by viral evolution and the improvement of vaccination against the flu. 



Ying Xie

Co-mentored by Liam Holt from NYU medical school, I am interested in cellular crowding and proteomic remodeling when cells enter quiescent state in response of nutrient starvation.

Doctoral Students

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.

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.

Marissa Knoll

I am interested in the evolution of rapidly-mutating viruses and their consequences on human health. In the lab, I use next generation sequencing to characterize the effect of host obesity on the response to influenza infections, as well as the diversity and evolutionary dynamics of the viral populations within and between hosts.

Lab Technician

Charles Miller

I am interested in understanding how the molecular machinery involved in genetic processes influences evolutionary dynamics. Specifically, I am investigating different types of CNV’s and their associated fitness costs in varying environments and genetic backgrounds.

Undergraduate Students

Miles Tran


Lab Managers

Nathan Brandt (2010-2019)

Currently lab manager in the Heil Lab at NCSU

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Rodoniki Athanasiadou (2011-2015) 

Currently Senior Researcher at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, NYU Courant Institute

Doctoral Students

Siyu Sun (2015-2020) 

Siyu studied the conserved mechanisms that regulating cellular quiescence in eukaryotes. She defined 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). Siyu is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

Stephanie Lauer (2014-2018) 

Steff studied the dynamics of copy number variation in evolving populations.  In the lab, she pioneered the use of a fluorescent reporter to detect CNVs. Read Steff’s PhD thesis. Steff is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Boeke Lab at NYU Langone Health

Darach Miller (2013-2018)

Currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Levy Lab at Stanford

Jungeui Hong (2010-2015)

Currently in the The Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Naomi Ziv (2010-2015) 

Currently Post Doctoral Fellow in the Johnson Lab at UCSF

Benjamin Samuel Neymotin (2010-2015) 

Currently Assistant Director, Office of Biotechnology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Visiting Doctoral Students

Carolina Oliveira de Santana

I am interested in learning more about analysis of genomic data generated from massive sequencing to interpret environmental samples and correlate the structure of the microbial sediment community with their performance in the kinetics of nitrogen transformation.

Masters Students

Gunjan Janak Sethia (2015-2017)

Tayebeh Bahmani (2009-2011) 

Currently in Global Supply Chain Management at Illumina

Undergraduate Students

Janelle Womak (2019)

Juli Miller (2018)

Erika Levine

Lauren Brown (2018)

Currently an undergraduate student at Spelman College

Daniel Pham (2017)

Carla S Rodriguez Tirado (2016)

Alexander Ferrena (2016-2017)

Yiwen Qin (2016-2017)

Saroj Gourkanti (2015-2017) 

Currently a Research Technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Christina Nunez (2014-2015)

Sarah Choski (2013-2014)

Victoria Ettore (2012-2014) 

Currently a Medical Student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alicia Mastrocco (2011-2012)

Bentley Shuster (2012-2013)

Currently a Doctoral Student in the Eichenberger at NYU

Russell Durrett (NYU iGEM team leader, 2010)

High School Students

Kent Dong (2018)

Stephen Nyarko (2015-2016) 

Currently an undergraduate student at Harvard University.

Wei Hou Wu (2013-2015) 

Currently an undergraduate student at MIT.

Anise Rau (2013-2015) 

Currently an undergraduate student at Caltech.

Yvette Pollack (2012) 

Currently an undergraduate student at Boston University

Lev Omelchenko (2010)

Currently a Film Director for Future Boston.