Our team of interdisciplinary scientists

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

Administrative

Myriam Palmos-Garcia - Administrative Assistant

Molecular Biology

Chemical Biology

Computational Biology

Profiles

 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: Rohan Bhardwaj Nickname: Ro.B. Year joined BCM: 2015 Height: 5' 11'' Position: Undergraduate Researcher Undergrad/alma matter: Rice University Hometown: Saratoga, CA Hobbies: Soccer, Basketball, and Debate Favorite Restaurant: In n Out burger Special Power (pokemon power): Calm Wave What you are working on: Working on determining the mechanisms by which c-MYC regulates Pol 1 transcription

Name: Rohan Bhardwaj
Nickname: Ro.B.
Year joined BCM: 2015
Height: 5' 11''
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Undergrad/alma matter: Rice University
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Hobbies: Soccer, Basketball, and Debate
Favorite Restaurant: In n Out burger
Special Power (pokemon power): Calm Wave
What you are working on: Working on determining the mechanisms by which c-MYC regulates Pol 1 transcription

  Name:  Nikitha Cherayil  Nicknames:  Niki, Nikichikichoo  Year joined BCM:  2017  Height:  5'1.75"  Position:  research technician  Undergrad/alma matter:  Rice University  Hometown:  Media, PA  Hobbies:  exploring breweries and coffee shops, attempting to bake after being inspired by episodes of GBBO, spinning, yoga, binge-watching Netflix shows  Favorite Drink:  Belgian white beers  Favorite Restaurant:  The Burger Joint, Les Givral's, M&M Grill  Hogwarts House:  Slytherin  Secret Talent:  juggling three gala apple- shaped and sized objects  Quote:  "I hear the jury's still out on science" -GOB  What you are working on:  ChIPmentation collaborations

Name: Nikitha Cherayil
Nicknames: Niki, Nikichikichoo
Year joined BCM: 2017
Height: 5'1.75"
Position: research technician
Undergrad/alma matter: Rice University
Hometown: Media, PA
Hobbies: exploring breweries and coffee shops, attempting to bake after being inspired by episodes of GBBO, spinning, yoga, binge-watching Netflix shows
Favorite Drink: Belgian white beers
Favorite Restaurant: The Burger Joint, Les Givral's, M&M Grill
Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Secret Talent: juggling three gala apple- shaped and sized objects
Quote: "I hear the jury's still out on science" -GOB
What you are working on: ChIPmentation collaborations

 Name: Kenneth Eagle Nickname:  Ken 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
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: Rachel Hirsch Nickname: Rae, Rach, Hirsch Year joined BCM: 2016 Height: 5' tall - 6' short Position: Research Technician Undergrad/alma matter: BS Physics and BA Mathematics Texas Tech University 2013, Masters of Electrical Engineering University of Houston 2016 Hometown: Houston Hobbies: Reading, cycling, eating, cooking, searching for food too spicy even for me, playing video games, convincing stray animals into following me home Favorite Drink: Coffee Favorite Restaurant: This is too hard...new topic, restaurants everyone should try: Chapultapec, Kimson, Les Givrals, Hokkaido Sushi Special Power (pokemon power): Lamaze Breathing Resistance: V/I Secret Talent: Can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs Quote: "Meow?" What you are working on: Data analysis for various ChIP-Seq projects and creating publication quality figures

Name: Rachel Hirsch
Nickname: Rae, Rach, Hirsch
Year joined BCM: 2016
Height: 5' tall - 6' short
Position: Research Technician
Undergrad/alma matter: BS Physics and BA Mathematics Texas Tech University 2013, Masters of Electrical Engineering University of Houston 2016
Hometown: Houston
Hobbies: Reading, cycling, eating, cooking, searching for food too spicy even for me, playing video games, convincing stray animals into following me home
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Restaurant: This is too hard...new topic, restaurants everyone should try: Chapultapec, Kimson, Les Givrals, Hokkaido Sushi
Special Power (pokemon power): Lamaze Breathing
Resistance: V/I
Secret Talent: Can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs
Quote: "Meow?"
What you are working on: Data analysis for various ChIP-Seq projects and creating publication quality figures

 Name: Tong Liang Nickname: Spicy T Year joined BCM: 2015 Height: 5’02 Position: Graduate student/ Research assistant Undergrad/alma matter: Wuhan University Hometown: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China Hobbies: Running, eating, science Favorite Drink: Milk tea Favorite Restaurant: Nippon Special Power (pokemon power): stunned Resistance: Secret Talent: Meme pictures Quote: Don't give up due to tiredness, because the power generates from desire. What you are working on: I am working on the technology development by combining NanoString with bisulfite conversion, in order to detect genome-wide DNA methylation in high solution.

Name: Tong Liang
Nickname: Spicy T
Year joined BCM: 2015
Height: 5’02
Position: Graduate student/ Research assistant
Undergrad/alma matter: Wuhan University
Hometown: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
Hobbies: Running, eating, science
Favorite Drink: Milk tea
Favorite Restaurant: Nippon
Special Power (pokemon power): stunned
Resistance:
Secret Talent: Meme pictures
Quote: Don't give up due to tiredness, because the power generates from desire.
What you are working on: I am working on the technology development by combining NanoString with bisulfite conversion, in order to detect genome-wide DNA methylation in high solution.

  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.


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.

  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: 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: 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: Attempting to exercise Favorite Drink: Makers Mark and mineral water Favorite Restaurant: Peppermill Fireside Restaurant (NV) Special Power (pokemon power): Resistance: Caffeine What you are working on:  Targeting TLX transcriptional control of brain tumor stem cell state in glioblastoma multiforme The phenotypic consequences of TLX downregulation have been investigated in cancer stem cells and mouse models of GBM Defining a disease relevant TLX target gene signature is essential to continued efforts into targeting TLX activity. Here we will profile for the first time the genome wide occupancy of TLX and the chromatin and transcriptional consequences of its perturbation. We will leverage three dimensional organoid systems to more faithfully investigate TLX gene targets and investigate their relevance in high grade patient disease

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: Attempting to exercise
Favorite Drink: Makers Mark and mineral water
Favorite Restaurant: Peppermill Fireside Restaurant (NV)
Special Power (pokemon power):
Resistance: Caffeine
What you are working on:

Targeting TLX transcriptional control of brain tumor stem cell state in glioblastoma multiforme
The phenotypic consequences of TLX downregulation have been investigated in cancer stem cells and mouse models of GBM
Defining a disease relevant TLX target gene signature is essential to continued efforts into targeting TLX activity. Here we will profile for the first time the genome wide occupancy of TLX and the chromatin and transcriptional consequences of its perturbation. We will leverage three dimensional organoid systems to more faithfully investigate TLX gene targets and investigate their relevance in high grade patient disease

Alumni

Charles Danan - now at UPenn MSTP

Maricela Ramirez - with BCM MHG

Helen Wei - University of Chicago Medical School

 

 

Old lab photos

2016