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.
Hyo Won Ahn, Postdoc
Hyo Won graduated with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in 2018 from the University of Georgia. Hyo Won joined the Levin lab in spring 2019. Her project focuses on studying the impact of retrotransposons in neurological diseases in humans.
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.
Rakesh Pathak, Postdoc
Rakesh graduated in 2014 with a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the V.P. Chest Institute, Delhi University in India. Rakesh joined the Levin lab as a postdoctoral fellow in March 2018. His postdoctoral studies in the Levin lab focus on understanding the molecular mechanism involved in the genome-wide binding of LEDGF/p75, a chromatin binding factor that positions the integration of HIV1.
Szilvia Solyom, Postdoc
Szilvia Solyom received her MSc in Budapest, Hungary, in Genetics. She completed her PhD in the University of Oulu, Finland, on hereditary breast cancer. She did her first postdoc at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore) in Dr. Haig Kazazian’s lab, where she studied the impact of L1 retrotransposons on cancer. In the Levin lab, Szilvia is developing a double-reporter retrotransposition assay.
Angelique Ealy, Postbac
Angelique graduated in 2017 from Bowie State University with a B.S. in Biology. In 2018 she was accepted into the NIH Academy Enrichment Program and is currently working under the mentorship of Feng Li to investigate host factors in Schizosaccharomyces pombe for involvement in single strand gap repair during Tf1 integration.
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.