People

Meet the team of the Wagner Lab, comprising postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, visiting researchers and learn more about their focus areas. You can also discover the pursuits of our alum members.

Current Members

Tomasz Bieluszewski

Tomasz Bieluszewski

Post-doctoral Researcher

bieltm@sas.upenn.edu

Shalini Yadav

Shalini Yadav

Post-doctoral Researcher

yshalini@sas.upenn.edu

Sandhan Prakash

Sandhan Prakash

Post-doctoral Researcher

sandhanp@sas.upenn.edu

Sarah Matar

Sarah Matar

Post-doctoral Researcher

matars@sas.upenn.edu

Xinwei Ma

Xinwei Ma

Research Specialist

xum91@sas.upenn.edu

Tian Huang

Tian Huang

Graduate Student

ht54@sas.upenn.edu

Peter Ishola

Peter Ishola

Graduate Student

pishola@sas.upenn.edu

Aditya Srinivasan

Aditya Srinivasan

Master Student

asrin@seas.upenn.edu

Reginald Kwarteng

Reginald Kwarteng

Undergraduate Researcher

regkw@sas.upenn.edu

Tony Le

Tony Le

Undergraduate Researcher

leton@sas.upenn.edu

Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr THOMAS ROULE

Characterizing of chromatin remodelers activity during abiotic stresses. Currently pursuing his passion in Computational Biology Research at the Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia

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Dr YANG ZHU

Identifying the upstream regulators of LEAFY. Currently Principal Investigator at Zhejiang University.

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Dr JIANQIANG SHEN

Understanding the role of Polycomb in various plant species. Currently Assistant Project Scientist  at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dr MIN WANG

Gene silencing by Polycomb in response to stress. Currently studing host pathogen interactions at the Sainsbury Lab in Norwich, UK.

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Dr JUN XIAO

Understanding the identification of polycomb response elements in Arabidopsis. Currently Associate Professor at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Dr YUHEE CHUNG

Analyzing the auxin regulation of primordium initiation. Currently at GenKOre, Daejeon, South Korea.

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Dr CHEOL WOONG JEONG

Studying the identification of upstream regulators of LEAFY Currently Strategy Planning Lead at Farmhannong in Seoul, South Korea

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Dr NOBUTOSHI YAMAGUCHI

Studying regulatory interactions that lead to the formation of the first flower in Arabidopsis. Currently Associate professor at NARA Institute of Science and Technology, Japan.

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Dr MIIN-FENG WU

Understanding the intersection between hormonal responses, plant development and chromatin remodeling. Currently Research Scientist at Monsanto/Bayer.

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Dr AYAKO YAMAGUCHI

Analyzing the induction of LEAFY by the mir156/SBP age-sensing pathway.  Assistant professor  at Koyto University, mom and homemaker.

 

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Dr YI SANG

Studying the role of SWI/SNF ATPases in development. Currently, data Scientist in the US.

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Dr STAVER BEZHANI

Characterizing transcriptional targets of SWI/SNF ATPases SPLAYED and BRAHMA in Arabidopsis. Currently Senior Lecturer UPenn Biology.

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Dr CHANG-SEOB KWON

Studying the role SWI/SNF ATPase SPLAYED in stem cell maintenance. Role of SWI/SNF ATPase BRAHMA in organ separation. Science education in South Korea.

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YANHUI SU research specialist

Characterizing the posttranslational Regulation of SWI/SNF ATPase SPLAYED activity. Nephrology Division Research Lab Manager, Medical University of South Carolina

 

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Graduate Students

Dr SAMANTHA KLASFELD

Developing a pipeline to improve signal enrichment in ChIP-seq in organisms outside of ENCODE. Currently Data Science postdoc with Pfizer.

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Dr RUN JIN

Chromatin remodeling and pioneer transcription factors. Currently Data Scientists at McKinsey.

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Dr UN-SA LEE

Understanding the epigenetic regulation of inflorescence and flower development.

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Dr SOON-KI HAN

Charachterizing the role of chromatin remodeling in stress and hormone responses. Currently Assistant Professor, Ajou University, South Korea.

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Dr CARA WINTER

Understanding the application of genome-wide approaches to identify direct LFY targets at two developmental stages. Currently Research associate, Philip Benfey Lab, Duke University.

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Dr JENNIFER PASTORE

Characterizing the regulation of flower primordium formation downstream of LEAFY. Currently at Pastore orchards, New Jersey.

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Dr MAXWELL REBACK

Studying the role of LEAFY in Biotic stimulus response, browse to display LEAFY genomewide binding. After Medical School now a Critical care physician and pulmologist in Hartford CT.

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Undergraduate Students

MODESOLA OLANIYI

Measuring transcriptional repressor activity. Now taking a gap year to do research.

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PRABH KAUR

Understanding the function of LEAFY.

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GABRIELA BLANDINO

Understanding the function and additional targets of TFL1. Received chair’s research prize in Biology. Currently attending medical school at BU.

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RENEE HASTINGS

Studying how the biophysical properties of disordered proteins coordinate stress responses. Currently Biophysics Graduate Student at Stanford University.

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ADAM KONKOL

Characterizing disordered proteins Currently Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge in Biological Physics.

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CECE CHEN

Learning about gene regulatory networks and plant immunity.

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ANDREA LIMPUANGTHIP

Analyzing the role of LMI2 MYB transcription factor downstream of LEAFY. MD U Maryland. Practising in Pennsylvania.

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LAUREN MALASPINA

Characterizing the role of direct LEAFY targets in the switch to flower formation. MD UCSD Albert Einstein College. Practising in California.

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LOUIS SADDIC

Studying the regulatory network downstream of LEAFY in the switch to flower formation. MD PhD Stanford. Practising In Cailifornia.

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DILUSHA WILIAM

Understanding genomewide identification of direct LFY targets.  MD UPenn, Practising in Minnesota.

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MARIYA KOSTIV

Undergraduate Researcher

 

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ALEXANDER GONZALEZ

Undergraduate Researcher

 

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JANA KRIEN

Undergraduate Researcher

 

 

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INDEARA COGDELL

Undergraduate Researcher

 

 

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Visiting Scholars & Technician

YESEUL KIM

Understanding the mechanism in which genes are regulated by upstream binding of LFY.

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SUJUAN CUI

Studying the role of chromatin remodeling in plant development and growth.

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ALFONSO MOURIZ VILLAR

Understanding the role of histone modifications and histone variants in reproductive development in Arabidopsis.

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