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Our team of interdisciplinary scientists

Charles Y. Lin - Assistant Professor - Principal Investigator - Co-Director THINC@BCM

Administrative

Briana Liberato - Administrative Assistant

Molecular Biology

Chemical Biology

Computational Biology

Profiles

Name: Elimelek Acuna Nickname: Eli Year joined BCM: 2019 Height: ≈6’ Position: Undergraduate Researcher Undergrad/Alma Matter: Rice University 22’ Hometown: Brownsville, TX Hobbies: Powerlifting, Miscellaneous Facts, Comedy Specials, Eating Favorite Drink: Champurrado Favorite Restaurant: Taquito Express, Mala Sichuan Bistro Secret Talent: Meme Connoisseur What you are working on: Genomic base editing of a single-nucleotide variant strongly associated with Chordoma.

Name: Elimelek Acuna
Nickname: Eli
Year joined BCM: 2019
Height: ≈6’
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Undergrad/Alma Matter: Rice University 22’
Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Hobbies: Powerlifting, Miscellaneous Facts, Comedy Specials, Eating
Favorite Drink: Champurrado
Favorite Restaurant: Taquito Express, Mala Sichuan Bistro
Secret Talent: Meme Connoisseur
What you are working on: Genomic base editing of a single-nucleotide variant strongly associated with Chordoma.

Name: Tanner Beck Nickname: Banner Tech Year joined BCM: 2016 Height: 6'5" Position: Senior Programmer/Analyst Undergrad/alma matter: University of Iowa Hometown: Ames, IA Hobbies: Reading? Favorite Drink: Lone Pint's Yellow Rose. Favorite Restaurant: King's Dumpling, Yitian Plaza, Shenzhen. Special Power (pokemon power): Beard. Resistance: Sleep. Secret Talent: Finding t-shirts with obscure references. Quote: I think the young people enjoy it when I "get down", verbally, don't you? What you are working on: Building a cluster.

Name: Tanner Beck
Nickname: Banner Tech
Year joined BCM: 2016
Height: 6'5"
Position: Senior Programmer/Analyst
Undergrad/alma matter: University of Iowa
Hometown: Ames, IA
Hobbies: Reading?
Favorite Drink: Lone Pint's Yellow Rose.
Favorite Restaurant: King's Dumpling, Yitian Plaza, Shenzhen.
Special Power (pokemon power): Beard.
Resistance: Sleep.
Secret Talent: Finding t-shirts with obscure references.
Quote: I think the young people enjoy it when I "get down", verbally, don't you?
What you are working on: Building a cluster.

Name: Kenneth Eagle Nickname: Ken,The Eagle Year joined BCM: 2016 Position: Grad student Undergrad/alma matter: BS Chemical Engineering SUNY Buffalo, MS Chemical Engineering Caltech, MBA Finance Cleveland State University Hometown: NY Hobbies: Running, biking, reading Favorite Drink: Water Favorite Restaurant: Vasco & Piero's What you are working on: Metabolism/cancer

Name: Kenneth Eagle
Nickname: Ken,The Eagle
Year joined BCM: 2016
Position: Grad student
Undergrad/alma matter: BS Chemical Engineering SUNY Buffalo, MS Chemical Engineering Caltech, MBA Finance Cleveland State University
Hometown: NY
Hobbies: Running, biking, reading
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Restaurant: Vasco & Piero's
What you are working on: Metabolism/cancer

Name: Selma Elsarrag  Year joined BCM: 2014, joined Lin lab in 2016  Height: 5’06” Position: Graduate student Undergrad/alma matter: Mary Baldwin College  Hometown: Don't have one Hobbies: olympic style weightlifting/fitness, cooking/baking, perusing the internet  Favorite Drink: Americano with an extra espresso shot and a little half and half  Favorite Restaurant: Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet Secret Talent: Has yet to reveal itself to me  Quote: Just Do It - Nike  What you are working on: Transcriptional regulation in cardiovascular disease

Name: Selma Elsarrag
Year joined BCM: 2014, joined Lin lab in 2016
Height: 5’06”
Position: Graduate student
Undergrad/alma matter: Mary Baldwin College
Hometown: Don't have one
Hobbies: olympic style weightlifting/fitness, cooking/baking, perusing the internet
Favorite Drink: Americano with an extra espresso shot and a little half and half
Favorite Restaurant: Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet
Secret Talent: Has yet to reveal itself to me
Quote: Just Do It - Nike
What you are working on: Transcriptional regulation in cardiovascular disease

Name: Brian Ho Year joined BCM: 2016, joined Lin Lab: 2019 Height: 5'7" Position: Graduate Student Undergrad/alma matter: Rice University Hometown: Wilmington, DE Hobbies: Cooking, piano, League of Legends Favorite Drink: Yakult Favorite Restaurant: Shawarma Stop What you are working on: Characterizing changes in alternative splicing

Name: Brian Ho
Year joined BCM: 2016, joined Lin Lab: 2019
Height: 5'7"
Position: Graduate Student
Undergrad/alma matter: Rice University
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Hobbies: Cooking, piano, League of Legends
Favorite Drink: Yakult
Favorite Restaurant: Shawarma Stop
What you are working on: Characterizing changes in alternative splicing

Name: Jošt Vrabič Koren Nickname: Jost, Yost Year joined BCM: 2018 Height: 181 cm Position: Sr. Bioinformatician Analyst Undergrad/alma matter: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Hometown: Bistrica pri Tržiču, Slovenia What you are working on: Researching and putting together pipelines, making them usable, and then helping others use them. Also working with data when asked to.

Name: Jošt Vrabič Koren
Nickname: Jost, Yost
Year joined BCM: 2018
Height: 181 cm
Position: Sr. Bioinformatician Analyst
Undergrad/alma matter: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Hometown: Bistrica pri Tržiču, Slovenia
What you are working on: Researching and putting together pipelines, making them usable, and then helping others use them. Also working with data when asked to.

Name: Tong Liang Year joined BCM: 2015 Height: 5’02” Position: Graduate student/ Research assistant Undergrad/alma matter: Wuhan University Hometown: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China Hobbies: Playing with my cat Favorite Drink: Don’t really have one, as long as it has low calories Favorite Restaurant: Nippon Secret Talent: Meme pictures Quote: Don't give up due to tiredness, because the power generates from desire. What you are working on: How oncogenic Myc proteins interact with cellular lineages and can be targeted by small molecules

Name: Tong Liang
Year joined BCM: 2015
Height: 5’02”
Position: Graduate student/ Research assistant
Undergrad/alma matter: Wuhan University
Hometown: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
Hobbies: Playing with my cat
Favorite Drink: Don’t really have one, as long as it has low calories
Favorite Restaurant: Nippon
Secret Talent: Meme pictures
Quote: Don't give up due to tiredness, because the power generates from desire.
What you are working on: How oncogenic Myc proteins interact with cellular lineages and can be targeted by small molecules

Name: Charles Lin Nickname: Chuckles/Chas/z/Chazzie/Chuck Chuckleford CPA Year joined BCM: 2015 Height: 5'10" Alma Matter: Duke '06 BS Biology and Physics/ MIT ’12 Computational and Systems Biology Hometown: San Antonio, TX Hobbies: fly fishing, frisbee, mandolin pickin’ Special power: Subterfuge Favorite Drink: Negroni Favorite Restaurant: The Hungry Mother in Cambridge, MA (RIP) Secret Talent: Not giving away my secret talent like everyone else in lab Quote: “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” —Jacob Riis What you are working on: Assembling a great team of scientists to make myself obsolete as soon as possible (almost there!).


Name: Charles Lin
Nickname: Chuckles/Chas/z/Chazzie/Chuck Chuckleford CPA
Year joined BCM: 2015
Height: 5'10"
Alma Matter: Duke '06 BS Biology and Physics/ MIT ’12 Computational and Systems Biology
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Hobbies: fly fishing, frisbee, mandolin pickin’
Special power: Subterfuge
Favorite Drink: Negroni
Favorite Restaurant: The Hungry Mother in Cambridge, MA (RIP)
Secret Talent: Not giving away my secret talent like everyone else in lab
Quote: “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” —Jacob Riis
What you are working on: Assembling a great team of scientists to make myself obsolete as soon as possible (almost there!).

Name: Calla Olson Nickname: COCO, Cadley Sholson, Halla Olspherd Year joined BCM: 2018 Height: 5'11" Position: Group Leader of Chemical Biology at THINC@BCM Alma Matter: UNC Asheville ’08 BS Biology/ Brandeis University ’14 PhD Molecular Biology Hometown: Waterloo, IA Hobbies: My puppy pirate, mud races Special power: Vendor Whisperer Favorite Drink: French 75 Favorite Restaurant: La Famiglia Giorgio (Boston, MA) Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff Secret Talent: I can touch my tongue to my nose Quote: “Me want cookie” Cookie Monster What you are working on: Attempting to usurp Charles Lin to make him obsolete as soon as possible.

Name: Calla Olson
Nickname: COCO, Cadley Sholson, Halla Olspherd
Year joined BCM: 2018
Height: 5'11"
Position: Group Leader of Chemical Biology at THINC@BCM
Alma Matter: UNC Asheville ’08 BS Biology/ Brandeis University ’14 PhD Molecular Biology
Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Hobbies: My puppy pirate, mud races
Special power: Vendor Whisperer
Favorite Drink: French 75
Favorite Restaurant: La Famiglia Giorgio (Boston, MA)
Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff
Secret Talent: I can touch my tongue to my nose
Quote: “Me want cookie” Cookie Monster
What you are working on: Attempting to usurp Charles Lin to make him obsolete as soon as possible.

Name: Dan Park Nickname: Woojeezy, DanoString Year Joined BCM: 2017 Height: In reality I’m 5’8, stand on my money now I’m 5’8.5 Position: Graduate Student Alma Mater: Dartmouth College Hometown: Manhattan, KS Hobbies: Hearthstone, Tennis, Pup Fostering Special Power: Becoming the human version of the Grimace Face Emoji Favorite Drink: Tom Collins Favorite Restaurant: Korean Garden in Kansas Quote: “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna” – Weezy What you are working on: Utilizing small molecule inhibitors to decipher the transcriptional CDK axis and potentially develop novel cancer therapies

Name: Dan Park
Nickname: Woojeezy, DanoString
Year Joined BCM: 2017
Height: In reality I’m 5’8, stand on my money now I’m 5’8.5
Position: Graduate Student
Alma Mater: Dartmouth College
Hometown: Manhattan, KS
Hobbies: Hearthstone, Tennis, Pup Fostering
Special Power: Becoming the human version of the Grimace Face Emoji
Favorite Drink: Tom Collins
Favorite Restaurant: Korean Garden in Kansas
Quote: “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna” – Weezy
What you are working on: Utilizing small molecule inhibitors to decipher the transcriptional CDK axis and potentially develop novel cancer therapies

Name: Monika Perez Nickname: Mo Year joined BCM: 2017 Height: 5’4'“ Position: Research Technician Undergrad/alma matter: University of Tulsa 18’ BS Chemical Engineering Hometown: St. Louis, MO Hobbies: Bouldering, training my puppy, music festivals Favorite Drink: B&T frozen coffee Favorite Restaurant: B&T Cafe What you are working on: Characterizing the super-enhancer landscape of multiple cancer types and making publication quality figures

Name: Monika Perez
Nickname: Mo
Year joined BCM: 2017
Height: 5’4'“
Position: Research Technician
Undergrad/alma matter: University of Tulsa 18’ BS Chemical Engineering
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies: Bouldering, training my puppy, music festivals
Favorite Drink: B&T frozen coffee
Favorite Restaurant: B&T Cafe
What you are working on: Characterizing the super-enhancer landscape of multiple cancer types and making publication quality figures

Name: Rosie Nickname: El dudereno Year joined BCM: 2016 Height: almost 5 ft. Position: Sr. Research Assistant Undergrad/alma matter: University of Houston Hometown: Houston Hobbies: Loving my Grumpa-lumps Favorite Drink: Makers Mark and mineral water Favorite Restaurant: Peppermill Fireside Restaurant (NV) What you are working on: Transcription factor control of glioblastoma subtypes and heterogeneity

Name: Rosie
Nickname: El dudereno
Year joined BCM: 2016
Height: almost 5 ft.
Position: Sr. Research Assistant
Undergrad/alma matter: University of Houston
Hometown: Houston
Hobbies: Loving my Grumpa-lumps
Favorite Drink: Makers Mark and mineral water
Favorite Restaurant: Peppermill Fireside Restaurant (NV)
What you are working on: Transcription factor control of glioblastoma subtypes and heterogeneity

Name: Hadley Sheppard  Nickname: Hads Year joined BCM: 2016 Height: 5'7 Position: Graduate Student Undergrad/alma matter: UC Davis Hometown: Palo Alto, CA Hobbies: Running, reading, horseback riding, cooking Favorite Drink: Double espresso over ice/bourbon with lime Favorite Restaurant: Samovar (San Francisco, CA) Special Power (pokemon power):/Hogwarts House: Slytherin  Resistance: Cats Secret Talent: Geography (not) Quote: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" Winnie the Pooh/A. A. Milne What you are working on: Investigating brachyury gene regulation in chordoma to identify novel therapeutic targets

Name: Hadley Sheppard
Nickname: Hads
Year joined BCM: 2016
Height: 5'7
Position: Graduate Student
Undergrad/alma matter: UC Davis
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Hobbies: Running, reading, horseback riding, cooking
Favorite Drink: Double espresso over ice/bourbon with lime
Favorite Restaurant: Samovar (San Francisco, CA)
Special Power (pokemon power):/Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Resistance: Cats
Secret Talent: Geography (not)
Quote: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" Winnie the Pooh/A. A. Milne
What you are working on: Investigating brachyury gene regulation in chordoma to identify novel therapeutic targets

Name: Irtisha Singh Year joined BCM: 2017 Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Grad/alma matter: Cornell University What you are working on: Computational approaches to learn transcriptional regulatory circuitries of heterogeneous tumor subtypes in glioblastoma and other cancers.

Name: Irtisha Singh
Year joined BCM: 2017
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Grad/alma matter: Cornell University
What you are working on: Computational approaches to learn transcriptional regulatory circuitries of heterogeneous tumor subtypes in glioblastoma and other cancers.

Name: Harrison E. Smith Nickname: Harry Year joined BCM: 2018 Height: 5’9” Position: Research Technician Undergrad/alma matter: University of Houston Hometown: NYC Hobbies: Running, drawing, and living my best life Favorite Drink: Martini Favorite Restaurant: Oishii What you are working on: Applying computational procedures for analyzing dynamic changes in genetic regulation across different cancers.

Name: Harrison E. Smith
Nickname: Harry
Year joined BCM: 2018
Height: 5’9”
Position: Research Technician
Undergrad/alma matter: University of Houston
Hometown: NYC
Hobbies: Running, drawing, and living my best life
Favorite Drink: Martini
Favorite Restaurant: Oishii
What you are working on: Applying computational procedures for analyzing dynamic changes in genetic regulation across different cancers.

 

Alumni

Charles Danan - now at UPenn MSTP

Maricela Ramirez - with BCM MHG

Helen Wei - University of Chicago Medical School

Stella Trout - Reed College

Jordan Kramer - Georgetown University

Rachel Hirsch - Flatiron School Data Science

Rohan Bhardwaj - Consulting!

Nikitha Cherayil - McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

 

 

Old lab photos

2016