Current Members

Job Dekker 
Principal Investigator UMMS (2003 – Present),USA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (1998-2003),USA
PhD Utrecht University, 1997, The Netherlands
M.Sc Biology, Utrecht University, 1993, The Netherlands

Nicki Fox
Research Specialist II
PhD in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
BSc in Biochemistry, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA
Research Focus:  Molecular mechanisms of interphase-to-mitotic transition

Liyan Yang
Research Associate II


Ye Zhan
Research Scientist, Sr
MS in Biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA USA
Research Focus: Exploring the mechanisms of folding of the peculiar dinoflagellate chromosomes using genomic and imaging approaches

Johan Gibcus
Research Instructor
PhD in Medical Biology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Research Focus: DNA folding in early mitosis, Coordination of 4D nucleome project

Sergey Venev
Bioinformatics Specialist I
PhD in Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
MS in Physics of Condensed Matter, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Research Focus:  Development and maintenance of sequencing data processing pipelines for chromosome capture based methods.

Allana Schooley
Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in Biochemistry, University of Tübingen,Tübingen Germany
MS in Biochemistry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Canada
BSc in Biochemistry,
University of Western Ontario, London Canada
Research Focus: Nuclear positioning and chromosome conformation in dividing cells

Bastiaan Dekker
PhD Student
MS in Biomedical Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Research Focus: Understanding the spatial genome structure using chromosome conformation capture techniques

Denis Lafontaine
PhD Student
MS in Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
BS in Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Research Focus: Biophysical and dynamic properties of genome structure

Xiangru Huo

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in Biochemistry and molecular biology, Fudan University, China.
Research Focus: Inheritance and heterogeneity of genome folding
Jiangyuan Liu
PhD Student
MSc in Bioinformatics, Northeastern University, USA
BSc in Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
BSc in Biological Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Research Focus: Data analysis of dynamic changes in 3D genome organization during development

Nicola E Minchell

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in Genome Stability, University of Sussex, Brighton,UK
Research Focus: Sister chromatid conformation during S-phase

Emily Navarrete

Ph.D. Student, MIT Biology
Research Focus: Emily is studying the dynamics of euchromatin and heterochromatin organization during development. She is co-advised by Leonid Mirny at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yu Fu

PhD Student
BS in Biochemistry, UMass Amherst
BS in Computer Science, UMass Amherst
Research Focus: Role of cohesin in chromosome folding and gene regulation