Current Lab Members

Sarit Smolikove

Associate Professor

BSc, Biology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 1998
MSc, Molecular Microbiology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 2000
PhD, Molecular Microbiology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 2004
Post-Doc, Genetics, Harvard Medical School, MA 2009

As a biological scientist, I am fascinated by the complex and intricate cellular processes joining to form what we define as life. I am specifically interested in the vessel of the genetic material – the chromosomes. In recent years I’m focusing my research on understanding how chromosomes behave in the context of a dividing cell. For my research, genetics serves as one of the most powerful tools in decoding how basic biological processes unfold in living cells. I combine this classical research approach with innovative imaging technology to elucidate the pathways involved in meiotic chromosome segregation.

Note: Earlier publications under Smolikov Sarit

sarit-smolikove@uiowa.edu

Emily Koury

Research Assistant

Emily got her MS from Bryant Mcallister’s lab in our department.
Following working as an RA in a microbiology lab she joined ours.

Ben Alleva

Graduate Student

iBio program, PhD candidate

benjamin-alleva@uiowa.edu

Rachel Reichman

Graduate Student

Biology Graduate Program, PhD candidate

I study how meiotic proteins work together to process DNA double strand breaks and prepare a nucleus for homologous recombination. I specifically work with the MRN protein complex that is made up of three proteins: MRE-11, RAD-50, and NBS-1. This complex plays a part in DNA DSB formation and resection after it has been broken to create ssDNA ends ready for strand invasion. I conducted a yeast two-hybrid screen that lead to the identification of MRE-11 interacting proteins. I indent to analyze mutants for gene encoding for these proteins and identify their role in DSB repair.

rachel-harney@uiowa.edu

Richard (Rich) Bowman

Graduate Student

iBio program, MS candidate

Following graduation with bachelors degree in Biology from our department, Rich worked as a research assistant for a year studying Zebrafish development and then came back to our lab as MS student!

richard-bowman@uiowa.edu

Adam Hefel

Graduate Student

Genetics Program, PhD Candidate

Kailey Harrell

Graduate Student

iBio program, PhD candidate

kailey-harrell@uiowa.edu

Pooja Patel

Undergraduate Honors Student

Student of Biomedical Sciences BS (Primary), Human Physiology BS, and Psychology minor

Prince Morkeh

Undergraduate Researcher

Student of French BA on the Pre-Med track

Talitha Ford

Undergraduate Researcher

Student majoring in Biology (BA)

Dylan Cooke

Undergraduate Researcher

Student majoring in Biomedical Engineering