Liana Tellez, B.A.
Liana was a research associate in the Broad Genomics Scholar program. She received her BA in biological sciences from Northwestern University, where she worked on elucidating mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the context of C9orf72 and NEK1 mutations using iPSC-derived motor neurons. In the Tothova lab, Liana performed super-resolution microscopy of cohesin complexes.
Mounica Vallurupalli, MD
Mounica was a hematology/oncology fellow in the Tothova lab prior to her chief medical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Mounica's work in the lab was focused on understanding the role of DNA damage repair as a therapeutic vulnerability in cohesin-mutant cancers. She was instrumental in the development of new models of cohesin-mutant MDS and AML using syngeneic transplants and patient-derived xenografts.
Ben was a Williams-Whitehead fellow during the summer and winter of 2019-2020. He is a rising senior at Williams College majoring in biology and mathematics, where he also studies the role of ASAP1 in regulating integrin adhesion complex dynamics. His project in the Tothova lab focused on understanding the effect of cohesin complex mutations on nascent transcription. Ben is originally from Sudbury, MA. In his spare time, he is an on-call firefighter in Williamstown, plays the viola, and enjoys hikes and long distance running.