Angela Atwood-Moore, Lab Manager
Soon after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Reed College, Angela moved to the Washington DC area, to join the Levin Lab, where she has been the Lab Manager since 1993. She is currently focused on the S. pombe Sap1 protein, attempting to better characterize its tight association with the Tf1 Integrase protein, and to identify other S. pombe proteins that might be in complex at preferred Tf1 integration sites.
Caroline Esnault, Postdoc
Caroline graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular Evolution in 2008 from the University of Lyon in France. Her postdoctoral studies in the Levin lab focus on understanding the role of retrotransposons in the survival of host cells under environmental stresses. She has been working on characterizing how the fission yeast retrotransposon Tf1 can rewire stress response networks in response to cobalt and improve the fitness of the host cells.
Zelia Worman, Postdoc
Zelia graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics, and Evolution both from the University of Porto in Portugal. Zelia joined the Levin lab as a postdoctoral fellow in the summer of 2016. Zelia is interested in studying retrotransposons and their impact in disease, in particular to mental illness. She also studying the interaction of HIV-1 integration and human host protein LEDGF/p75. Zelia is passionate for service, demonstrated by her appointments as former chair of service and outreach for the NIH Fellows Committee (FELCOM), interning at the NHGRI Education and Community Involvement Branch; and mentoring of multiple trainees at various levels.
Feng Li, Postdoc
Feng Li received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry at Wuhan University in China. He focused on the function of histone demethylase Rhp1 in DNA damage response in budding yeast. Feng joined the Levin Lab as a postdoc in the summer of 2017 and has been working on identifying and investigating DNA repair factors responsible for the gap repair after Tf1 integration in fission yeast.
Arianna Lechsinska , Postbac
Arianna graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She has been working on two projects since joining the lab in August 2017: she investigates the role of transposable elements in neurological disorders and the impact of transcription coactivator PSIP1 on splicing, transcription, and HIV-1 integration. She is currently applying to graduate programs in molecular biology for fall 2019 admission.
Lauren Tracy, Postbac
Lauren graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2018. Since joining the Levin lab in the summer of 2018, she has been investigating the role of human zinc-finger proteins in complex diseases, under the mentorship of Zelia Worman (Levin Lab) and Todd Macfarlan (Macfarlan Lab, NICHD).
Katie Wendover, Postbac
Katie Wendover graduated from Hendrix College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Katie is from Colorado and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and exploring new hiking spots. Currently, Katie is working on characterizing the precise mechanism and function of Tf1 integration in the S. pombe genome under the mentorship of Caroline Esnault in the Levin lab.