Emily Wheeler, PhD
Emily is a postdoctoral fellow in the Tothova lab. She completed her PhD in Gene Yeo's lab at UC San Diego studying the role of cancer-associated point mutations in splicing factor proteins on RNA recognition and alternative splicing. Additionally, she developed a technology (CRaft-ID) utilizing microraft arrays with high-throughput imaging to perform a CRISPR-screen for regulators of cytoplasmic protein-RNA assemblies in cells. As a graduate student, Emily was trained in both wet and dry lab techniques to develop a hybrid skill set between bioinformatics and bench work in the lab. In the Tothova lab, she is interested in studying the cross-talk between RNA splicing and cohesin function in various cell line and animal models of MDS and AML. Outside the lab, Emily loves to stay active with soccer (pre-pandemic times), rock climbing, cycling, and skiing. Emily was awarded the F32 postdoctoral fellowship to support her work in the Tothova Lab.