Lab Members

Principle Investigator

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Prashanth Rangan, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

prangan@albany.edu

Prash got his undergraduate engeneering degree in Industrial Biotechnology in India. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he spent a summer rotation working in a virology lab which left an indelible mark. His work that summer focused on understanding the contribution of RNA structures to retroviral infections. He decided to pursue graduate studies working on viruses and RNA. But while attending graduate school, he was introduced to the book "The RNA World." Reading that book completely opened his eyes to the role of RNA in the origin of life and broadened his perspective. For his PhD., he studied how RNA folds to attain its final structure an important determinant for its function. For his Post-Doctorate fellowship, he chose to work on the germline, where it is known that RNA regulation plays a pivotal role. Prash's long-term goal for his lab is to bring together the two fields of RNA structural biology and developmental genetics. In his free time he love to cook elaborate dinners. One day he hopes to write a cookbook or open a small 5 table restaurant.

Lab Manager

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Tatyana Singh

B.S. in Biology from SUNY Albany
Email: Tasingh@albany.edu

Tatyana Singh joined the lab in 2018 as a volunteer and transitioned into her spot as lab manager. She is interested in the effect of nuclear pore complex proteins on germline development. She intends to pursue an MD/PhD and eventually specialize in pediatrics. Outside of the lab she can be found reading a book, trying recipes, or visiting family.

 
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Jennifer Wong-deyrup

PhD University at Iowa

Jen graduated as a biophysical chemist from the University of Iowa and was a postdoctoral associate at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University. When she is not in lab, she enjoys outdoor activities, such as disc golfing, ice skating, hiking and traveling. She recently embarked on a one-year trip to Hong Kong where she is performing research.

 
 
 
 

current graduate students

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Alicia McCarthy

B.S. in Biology from SUNY Albany
Email: amccarthy2@albany.edu

Alicia joined the Rangan Lab in the summer of 2014 with the desire to understand how the environment shapes gene expression. Currently, her research focus is on post-translational modifications on histone tails and the role of histone modifying complexes on germline development. Aside from her dedication to science, she enjoys working out, hanging out with cats, and eating fruit.

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Kahini Sarkar

M.S. in Microbiology from University of Culcutta, India
Email: ksarkar@albany.edu

Kahini has joined the Rangan Lab in Spring 2018 as a first year graduate student. She is studying germline stem cell differentiation in Drosophila. Apart from singing and painting, she loves to read story books and watch animations. Sheldon, Hosseini, Larsson and Ray are among her favorites. One day she hopes to have her own library.

 
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Elliot Martin

B.S. in Biochem from SUNY Geneseo
Email: etmartin@albany.edu

Elliot Martin is a graduate student in the MCDN program who joined the Rangan lab and the Fuchs lab in 2016. He completed his undergraduate Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree at SUNY Geneseo. He is working to understand the role of ribosomes in stem cell maintenance and differentiation. Elliot is passionate about roasting coffee, cooking, and computers.

 
 
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Patrick Blatt

B.S. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo
Email: pblatt@albany.edu

Patrick Blatt is a graduate student in the MCDN program and joined the Rangan lab in 2015. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at SUNY Geneseo. His research focuses mRNA control and surveillance mechanisms in the germ line. Patrick enjoys workers' rights, reading papers and the NBA.

 
 
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Shane Breznak

B.S. in Biology from St. John Fisher
Email: sbreznak@albany.edu

Shane is a graduate student in the MCDN program who joined the Rangan lab in 2017. He completed his undergraduate Biology Bachelor's Degree at St. John Fisher College. He is currently working to understand the role of KDM5 in the germarium. Shane enjoys running half marathons, playing soccer, and watching the Red Sox.

 

Current Undergrad Students

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justin camacho

Majors: Biology
Minor: Russian

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Angela Ngo

Majors: Biology and Psychology

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Catherine Ramos

Major: Biology

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Hugo Stern

Major: Biochemistry

 
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Grace hren

Major: Biology & Psychology

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ian Rapisarda

Major: Human Biology

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Eric Cavanna

Major: Biology

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Ayman iqbal

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 

Post-Doctoral Alumni

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Katarina Tlucková

Post-doc @ Institute of Science and Technology Austria’s Bernecky Lab

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Ryan palumbo

Post-doc @ State University of New York Upstate Medical University’s Hanes Lab

 
 

Graduate Student Alumni

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pooja flora

Post-doc @ Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai’s Ezhkova Lab

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Maitreyi upadhyay

Post-doc @ Harvard University’s Extavour Lab

 
 

undergrad student alumni

Lab Mascots

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