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.
Si Young Lee, Postdoc
Si Young received his M.S. and Ph.D in Molecular Microbiology at Seoul National University in S. Korea. His Ph.D. work focused on the gene expression and function of glutathione peroxidase (gpx1) in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. After completing his Ph.D, he then moved to TSRI, where he has been working on cell cycle regulation and DNA damage. Now he is working on heterochromatin function in fission yeast.
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 after being a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Zelia is interested in studying how polymorphic transposable elements in human populations can impact the risk to disease, in particular to mental illness. On her spare time, Zelia spends time with her family, and volunteers as the chair for Service and Outreach subcommittee for the NIH Fellows Committee.
Michael Lee Jr., Postbac
Michael graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas. He joined the Levin lab as a post-bac in the summer of 2016 and has been working on projects seeking to characterize the adaptive roles of the fission yeast retrotransposon Tf1 in promoting host fitness under environmental stress. He also studies the mechanisms of Tf1 integration site selection with an interest in characterizing host factors potentially involved in the targeting preferences of retroelements.
Oluwadamilola (Dharmmie) Bankole, Postbac
She was a member of Dr. Brian Kay phage display lab where she worked on engineering recombinant antibodies that recognize phosphor- specific targets, and compared them with commercially available ones.
Since joining the Levin lab in 2016, Dharmmie has focused on investigating two novel genes, which affect heterochromatin function in S.pombe.