Elif Sarinay Cenik, Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas, Austin.

Stanford University, School of Medicine, Departments of Genetics and Pathology, Postdoc (2012-2019)

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, PhD (2006-2012) 

Bilkent University, Turkey, BS (2002-2006)


Agustian Surya, Graduate Student, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology

August is interested in cellular signaling that dictates growth and developmental arrest; and phenotypical alterations associated with ribosomal protein defects in C. elegans. He obtained BSPharm and Pharmacist registration at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; and MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition at University of Illinois. He enjoys a long walk in the park, singing in the choir, and especially discussing global history and politics.


Ryan Bockoven, Graduate Student, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology

Ryan is using next-generation sequencing and fluorescence microscopy to elucidate the impact of the nucleolus during C. elegans embryogenesis. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University, where he researched the infection mechanisms of siphophages and leviphages. In his spare time, he watches the Houston Rockets, plays with his Golden Retriever, and looks for new places to eat around campus.


Qiuxia Zhao, postdoctoral researcher

Qiuxia is interested in delineating how ribosome synthesis in specific tissue contributes to coordination of organismal growth in C. elegans. She got her PhD in Genetics from Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she worked on exploring the mechanisms of miRNA biogenesis in Arabidopsis. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, walking outside and trying some new things.


Rekha Rangan, Research Scientist.

Rekha got her Masters degree from UC Irvine and did her BS in California State University at Fresno. She is interested in nucleolar assembly and its consequences on cellular fitness. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, writing fiction and finding new hobbies to try.


Ajay Panda, undergraduate student at the UT Austin.

Ajay is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience along with a minor in Business Foundations. He is interested in using the CRISPR/Cas9 system to tag nucleolar proteins to get a better understanding of the role they play in the nucleolus. Ajay enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing basketball in his free time.


Pamela Nguyen, undergraduate at UT Austin, work-study researcher.

Pam is pursuing a BS degree in Physics at UT Austin. She interested in astronomy research and would like to be a patent lawyer in the future.