Judd Rice Laboratory
    at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Rice Lab

Michael Hitchler, post - doctoral researcher

Curriculum Vitae

B.S. 2000 Agricultural Biochemistry
Iowa State University Ames IA
M.S. 2003 Biochemistry
Iowa State University Ames IA
Ph.D. 2003-present
Radiation Oncology

University of Iowa Health Care Iowa City IA

Tanya M. Spektor, graduate student

Curriculum Vitae

A.A. 1999 Biological Sciences
Santa Monica Community College
B.S. 2002
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ph.D. 2003-present
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Southern California

I am a 5th year graduate student working toward my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. My graduate thesis projects are 1) to identify and characterize members of the PR-Set7 monomethyltransferase multi-protein complex and 2) to understand how these proteins play a role in PR-Set7 mediated Histone 4 Lysine 20 (H4K20) gene silencing pathway.

In addition to chromatin structure and the role of histone modifications in regulation of gene expression, I am interested in how signal transduction pathways and epigenetics intertwine to regulate signaling events leading to cancer.

Shumin Wu, graduate student

Curriculum Vitae

B.S. 2000 Biotechnology
Medical School of Soochow University, China
M.S. 2003 Biomedical Physics
Fudan University, China
Ph.D. 2005- present
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Southern California

My projects include:1. to characterize a novel human protein hSFMBT, which, based on my research, represses transcription of specific sets of genes involved in cell differentiation and cancer progression. I am currently trying to elucidate the mechanism of its biological function; 2. to elucidate the mechanism by which PR-SET7 functions as a transcription regulator, either by modification of itself or by binding to other proteins.

Lauren Marie Congdon , graduate student

Résumé

B.S. 2007, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
University of Arizona
Ph.D. 2007-present
Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Southern California

I am beginning my 2nd year as a PhD student in the Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology program. My project in the lab is to investigate the mechanisms by which the H3K9-H4K20 monomethyl trans-tail histone code silences gene expression.

Chendhore Sai Veerappan , graduate student

Résumé

B.S. 2004 Computer Science
University of Nebraska
M.S. 2007 Biology
University of Nebraska
Ph.D. 2007-present
Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Southern California

I am in the second year of my doctoral program in Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology. Broadly, I am interested in the balance of nature versus nurture and the role Epigenetics plays in evolution, development and disease. My current projects include, whole genome analysis of H4K20mono and H4K20tri methylation distribution and their regulation with respect to histone modifying enzymes in the trans-tail histone code background.

Former Team Members


Charlotte Pham
Research technician
2004 - 2006

Julian Desmond
Post-doctoral researcher
2005 - 2006

Sabrina Houston
Graduate student
2002 - 2007

Steve Beil
Research technician
2007

Jennifer K. Sims
Graduate student
2003 - 2008