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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Jimena Giudice, Ph.D.

2016 March –


 LAB MANAGER
Eric Blue, M.Sc.

2016 May –


POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Adam J. Black, Ph.D.

2018 January –

Jessica L. Cote, Ph.D.

2021 October –


 GRADUATE STUDENTS
Emma R. Hinkle, B.Sc., B.A.

GMB curriculum

2018 February –

Hannah J. Wiedner, B.Sc.

GMB curriculum

2018 May –

Gabrielle M. Gentile, B.Sc.

GMB curriculum

2019 May –


PREVIOUS LAB MEMBERS
Postbac scholars (PREP)

Nicole Rivera. 7/2019 – 5/2020. Next position: Graduate student at Washington University at St. Louis, NSF-GRFP predoctoral fellow.

Honors and awards while in the lab:

  1. Predoctoral fellowship NSF-GRFP to carry with her to Graduate School

Jennifer Gamarra. 7/2018 -5/2019. Next position: Graduate student at Columbia University, NSF-GRFP predoctoral fellow

Publications:

  1. Gentile GM#, Gamarra JR#, Engels N#, Blue RE#, Hoerr I, Wiedner HJ, Hinkle ER, Cote JL, Leverence E, Mills A, Herring L, Tan X, Giudice J. (2022). The synaptosome-associated protein 23 (SNAP23) is necessary for proper myogenesis. FASEB Journal. In press. # co-first authors.
  2. Black AJ, Gamarra JR, Giudice J. (2019). More than a messenger: alternative splicing as a therapeutic target. BBA – Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 1862 (11-12): 194395. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2019.06.006.

Honors and awards while in the lab:

  1. Experimental Biology Meeting, abstract selected for a platform presentation, Orlando, 4/2019
  2. Women in Sciences Symposium, poster award, Chapel Hill, 4/2019
  3. ABRCMS 2018, outstanding poster award, Indianapolis, 11/2018

Ennessa Curry. 7/2017 – 5/2018. Next position: Graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill

Publications:

  1. Blue RE, Curry EG#, Engels NM#, Lee EY, Giudice J. (2018). How alternative splicing affects membrane trafficking. Journal of Cell Science 131 (10): pii: jcs216465. [#equal contribution]
  2. Smith JA#, Curry EG#, Blue RE#, Roden C, Dundon SER, Rodriguez-Vargas A, Jordan DC, Chen X, Lyons SM, Crutchley J, Anderson P, Horb M, Gladfelter AS*, Giudice J*. (2020). FXR1 splicing is important for muscle development and biomolecular condensates in muscle cells. Journal of Cell Biology, 219 (4): e201911129. [#equal contribution]
Undergraduate students with honors theses

Tasneem Essader. 5/2019– 5/2021. Next position: Associate Consultant at Beghou Consulting, Durham.

Honors thesis title: “Effects of alternative splicing of capping actin protein (CAPZB) on skeletal muscle cell proliferation and differentiation”. Grade: High Honors

Publications:

  1. Hinkle ER#, Essader TO#, Gentile GM, Giudice J. (2021). ViaFuse: Fiji macros to calculate skeletal muscle cell viability and fusion index. Skeletal Muscle, 11 (1): 28. doi: 10.1186/s13395-021-00284-3. # co-first authors

Hannah Cafaro. 8/2018 – 5/2020. Next position: Cognitive data reviewer for clinical trials at VeraSci, Durham.

Honors thesis title: “Alternative splicing is coordinated by RNA-binding proteins and impacts transcript stability during myogenesis”. Grade: High Honors

Undergraduate students doing research for credit courses

Micaela Jackson.  5/2018 – 6/2019. Next position: Medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Publications:

  1. Hinkle ER#, Wiedner HJ#, Torres E, Jackson M, Black AJ, Blue RE, Harris SE, Guzman BB, Gentile GM, Lee EY, Tsai Y-H , Parker J, Dominguez D, Giudice J. (2022). Alternative splicing regulation of membrane trafficking genes during myogenesis. RNA, 28 (4): 523-540. # co-first authors.

Eddie Torres.  5/2018 – 6/2019. Next position: Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia.

Publications:

  1. Wiedner HJ, Torres EV, Blue RE, Tsai YH, Parker J, Giudice J. (2022). SET domain containing 2 (SETD2) influences metabolism and alternative splicing during myogenesis. FEBS Journal. In press.
  2. Hinkle ER#, Wiedner HJ#, Torres EV, Jackson M, Black AJ, Blue RE, Harris SE, Guzman BB, Gentile GM, Lee EY, Tsai Y-H , Parker J, Dominguez D, Giudice J. (2022). Alternative splicing regulation of membrane trafficking genes during myogenesis. RNA, 28 (4): 523-540. # co-first authors.

Isabel Hoerr.  1/2017 – 5/2019. Next position: Marketing Coordinator North America at VOCO America Inc.

Publications:

  1. Gentile GM#, Gamarra JR#, Engels N#, Blue RE#, Hoerr I, Wiedner HJ, Hinkle ER, Cote JL, Leverence E, Mills A, Herring L, Tan X, Giudice J. (2022). The synaptosome-associated protein 23 (SNAP23) is necessary for proper myogenesis. FASEB Journal. In press. # co-first authors.

Xiaomin (Becky) Chen. 9/2016 – 5/2019. Next position: Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital

Publications:

  1. Smith JA#, Curry EG#, Blue RE#, Roden C, Dundon SER, Rodriguez-Vargas A, Jordan DC, Chen X, Lyons SM, Crutchley J, Anderson P, Horb M, Gladfelter AS*, Giudice J*. (2020). FXR1 splicing is important for muscle development and biomolecular condensates in muscle cells. Journal of Cell Biology, 219 (4): e201911129. Link

Jacquelyn N. Davi. 8/2018 – 5/2019.

Marvin Meza Jarquin. 1/2018 – 5/2018. Next/current position: Medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill..

Jessica Harrison. 8/2017 – 5/2018. Next position: Graduate student at Washington University at St. Louis

Undergraduate work-study students

Matheus Sadovsky. 8/2021 – 5/2022. Next position: Undergraduate student in our lab (credits for courses).

Elise King. 9/2019 – 4/2020. Next position: Laboratory technician at Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jacquelyn N. Davi. 8/2017 – 5/2018. Next position: Undergraduate student in our lab (credits for courses).

Marvin Meza Jarquin. 8/2017 – 1/2018. Next position: Undergraduate student in our lab (credits for courses).

James Alex Lothspeich. 8/2016 – 5/2017.

Susan Ngo. 10/2016 – 8/2017. Next position: Graduate student at the School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill

Mazin Nohur Ahmed. 1/2017 – 5/2017.

Research technicians

Nichlas Engels. 1/2017 – 6/2019. Next position: Ph.D. Student at University of Arizona. American Heart Association predoctoral fellow.

Publications:

  1. Gentile GM#, Gamarra JR#, Engels NM#, Blue RE#, Hoerr I, Wiedner HJ, Hinkle ER, Cote JL, Leverence E, Mills A, Herring L, Tan X, Giudice J. (2022). The synaptosome-associated protein 23 (SNAP23) is necessary for proper myogenesis. FASEB Journal. In press. # co-first authors.
  2. Blue RE, Curry EG#, Engels NM#, Lee EY, Giudice J. (2018). How alternative splicing affects membrane trafficking. Journal of Cell Science 131 (10): pii: jcs216465. [#equal contribution]
  3. Blue RE, Koushik A, Engels NM, Wiedner HJ, Cooper TA, Giudice J. (2018). Modulation of alternative splicing of trafficking genes by genome editing reveals functional consequences in muscle biology. International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology  pii: S1357-2725(18)30227-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2018.10.004.

Eunice Y. Lee. 8/2016 – 6/2018. Next position: Student at Duke’s Accelerated Bachelors in Nursing Program.

Publications:

  1. Hinkle ER#, Wiedner HJ#, Torres E, Jackson M, Black AJ, Blue RE, Harris SE, Guzman BB, Gentile GM, Lee EY, Tsai Y-H , Parker J, Dominguez D, Giudice J. (2022). Alternative splicing regulation of membrane trafficking genes during myogenesis. RNA, 28 (4): 523-540. # co-first authors.
  2. Blue RE, Curry EG#, Engels NM#, Lee EY, Giudice J. (2018). How alternative splicing affects membrane trafficking. Journal of Cell Science 131 (10): pii: jcs216465. [#equal contribution]
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