About Us

Current Lab Members

Ivan D'Orso

Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator 

ivan.dorso@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Curtis Bacon


Curtis Bacon

Graduate Student, Biological Chemistry
2015 – Present
curtis.bacon@utsouthwestern.edu
Curtis focuses on the mechanisms that govern transcriptional regulation in normal and disease states, such as cancer. Read more about his research.

 
Ashwini Challa


Ashwini Challa

Research Assistant
2017 – Present
ashwini.challa@utsouthwestern.edu
Ashwini is working towards completing a global comparative analysis of RNA polymerase II elongation complexes in eukaryotic cells.

 
Usman Hyder

Usman Hyder

Undergraduate student, UT Dallas
2017 – Present
usman.hyder@utsouthwestern.edu
Usman is working towards determining how the transcription elongation factor KAP1 recognizes chromatin at target gene promoters to exert transcription activation.

 
Emily Cruz-Lorenzo

Emily Cruz-Lorenzo
Lab Manager
2016 – Present
emily.cruz-lorenzo@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Zheng Ma

Zheng Ma. Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
2015 – Present
zheng.ma@utsouthwestern.edu
Zheng is interested in defining how KAP1 coordinates the recruitment of elongation factors to chromatin to promote transcription and pre-mRNA processing.

 
Chi Pak

Chi Pak, Ph.D.
Research Associate
2016 – Present
chi.pak@utsouthwestern.edu
Chi is interested in determining cis-positioning effects on HIV proviral fate (active or silent transcription leading to pathogenic or non-pathogenic states, respectively)

Nora Ramirez


Nora-Guadalupe Ramirez 

Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology
2014 – Present
nora-guadalupe.ramirez@utsouthwestern.edu
Nora is interested in defining new pathways that control the establishment and maintenance of HIV proviral latency in CD4 T cells using an unbiased gain-of-function approach with human cDNAs.

Jinli Wang, Ph.D.


Jinli Wang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
2017 – Present
Jinli.Wang@utsouthwestern.edu
Jinli is interested in elucidating how the ARF tumor suppressor cooperates with transcription elongation factors to control cell fate and prevent cancer development

Ashutosh Shukla, Ph.D.

Ashutosh Shukla, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
2018 – Present
Ashutosh.Shukla@utsouthwestern.edu

 
Keyera Randolph


Keyera Randolph

Graduate Student
2018 – Present
Keyera.Randolph@utsouthwestern.edu