Meet the Postdocs

Working on an individual personalized project under the guidance of a qualified faculty mentor, VARI’s exceptional postdoctoral fellows make great contributions to the science conducted in the Institute’s laboratories. They play a crucial role in the intellectual development and management of research projects and contribute to a considerable share of the hands-on research activities in the laboratory.

VARI Fellows

DNA methylation modulation and epigenetic alterations in leukemogenesis

Center for Epigenetics

Single-cell and cell-free DNA methylation analysis in cancer

Epigenetic alterations that contribute to human disease

How chemical modifications on DNA and histone proteins influence the role of epigenetic regulatory proteins in development and cancer

Wei Cui, Ph.D.
Pfeifer Laboratory

Subtyping of ovarian cancer, with a focus on clear cell subtype, and comprehensive mapping of imprinting genes

Characterizing novel readers of histone modifications

Molecular mechanisms of DNA replication

Investigating the relationship between H2A.Z deposition and DNA methylation

DNA methylation and the role of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in cancer

Epigenetics of colorectal cancer

The role of UHRF1 in both normal and diseased states using mouse and colorectal cancer models

Epigenetic mechanisms and ion channels

The potential role of endogenous retrovirus for the activation of the immune system

Genome-wide localization of multivalent chromatin modifiers

Investigating chromatin conformational changes in leukemia

Investigating novel histone readers and their function in cancer

Histone reader and epigenetic modifications in cancer

Identifying and characterizing novel readers of histone modifications

Structural basis of DNA replication and the bacterial proteasome system using cryo-EM

The mechanisms of resetting genomic imprints in the male germline

Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Re-purposing anti-diabetic drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

The role of VPS35 in Parkinson’s disease

Functional interactions of genes that cause Parkinson’s disease

Neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s disease, depression and suicide

The role of lysosomal protein ATP13A2 in alpha-synuclein propagation

Investigating DNA methylation patterns that drive neuropathology in Parkinson’s disease patients

Computational analysis of epigenomics in neurodegenerative diseases

Immune therapy against prion disease

Dr. Lee Marshall

Epigenetic and transcriptional dysregulation in Parkinson’s disease

The role of synuclein prion strains in synucleinopathies and repurposing anti-diabetic drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy

Computational methods to identify genetic predispositions to breast cancer or Parkinson’s

Immunotherapy for minimizing alpha-synuclein propagation

Exploring the mechanisms implicating VPS35 in the neuropathology of Parkinson’s disease

How environmental pollutants facilitate cerebral synucleinopathies


Structure-function studies of membrane proteins

Structural and functional studies of membrane proteins using single particle electron cyro-microscopy.

Wnt signaling in craniofacial bone development

Ion channels, single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), electrophysiology

Payton Stevens

Wnt/Frizzled receptor signaling during pancreatic cancer progression

DNMT-nucleosome complexes and PRC2-nucleosome complex

Structures and mechanistic studies of AMP-activated protein kinase