Adasia (Daisy) Ritenour is currently in the process of completing her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has joined the lab for a summer internship in which she will be an assistant recruiter for Dr. Rajkovic’s currently ongoing studies.
Olivia Sniezek is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology at Westminster College with plans of pursuing a Ph.D. in Human or Molecular Genetics. She has joined the lab for a summer internship in which she will be utilizing Omicia Opal for variant annotation analysis of whole exome sequencing data from oncology and primary ovarian failure patients. The use of Omicia Opal aids in the identification of novel or potentially pathogenic variants in the exomes of patients. Currently, whole exome sequencing technology is being integrated into clinical use for prenatal or postnatal diagnosis and oncology panels.
Elizabeth (Liz) Rusiewicz, is a graduate of the. Liz joined the Rajkovic lab in May 2017 as a patient recruiter. While here, she will be working on many ongoing projects focusing on identifying genetic causes of premature ovarian failure, fetal cell isolation among others.
Jyoti Goad, PhD., Postdoctoral associate, obtained her PhD in Medical Biochemistry from University of Newcastle, Australia. Her PhD focused on studying the role of Wnt signaling in the uterine homeostasis and endometrial cancer. Now in the Rajkovic lab, she aims to study the mechanisms of Med12 in uterine leiomyomas.
Mainpal Rana, Ph.D., Postdoctoral associate, earned his PhD in Developmental Biology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India where he worked on early germ cell development in Caenorhabditis elegans. Since joining the lab in 2017, his main focus is to examine and study the early oocyte development with respect to premature ovarian failure.
Dana Marcinkowski, M.S., is a 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. In 2014 she earned her Master of Science in Public Health specializing in Environmental Health Science, also from The Ohio State University. Dana joined the Rajkovic lab in May 2017 as a research manager. While here, she has been working on isolating fetal cells from maternal cervical swabs. She also assists with many ongoing projects focusing on identifying genetic causes of premature ovarian failure in humans as well as functional studies and mouse models to evaluate phenotypic consequences of mutations identified in humans.
Huaiyang Jiang graduated from University of Houston (Houston, TX), where he earned his Master of Computer Science degree in 2003. He worked as a Bioinformatics Programmer and a Senior Scientific Programmer in the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine from 2002 to 2012. When he was at Baylor, he took part in bovine, rat, and several bacteria whole genome assembly projects. He also did annotation on the genomes of several insects and bacteria. He began working in the OB/GYN-RS department of MWRI in November 2012 as a Senior Scientific Programmer. Since joining the lab, he has developed a variant calling pipeline for exome data using BWA, GATK, and ANNOVAR, which we continue to use in our studies. He has also used the introduced a pipeline for the analysis of RNAseq alignment and transcript assembly using Tophat and Cufflinks.
Yonghyun Shin, Ph.D.
Han Zhao (Pre-doctoral)
Yingying Qin (Pre-doctoral)
Jelena Matic, B.S.
Kayla Golnoski, M.S.
Xinye (Emma) Wang
Ren Yu, PhD
Swapna Desai, PhD