Former Weiss Lab Members

Brenna Remick

Undergraduate Student,
Brenna is a Biological Sciences major in the class of 2019. She joined the Weiss lab in the fall of 2016 and intends to continue researching during her undergraduate years. After graduating from Cornell, she plans to go to graduate school to work toward a PhD in biochemistry.

Elizabeth Moore

Graduate Student and Lab Animal Veterinary Resident,
Elizabeth graduated with a B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Kentucky in 2008. She then completed a DVM at Cornell University in 2012 and is currently a veterinary resident in laboratory animal medicine with the Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education. She is concurrently pursuing a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

Darshil Patel

Graduate Student,
Darshil graduated with his B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UCLA in 2012 and decided to continue with his graduate education at Cornell University. He joined in the field of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and decided to continue research in Weiss Lab. His primary study in lab is focused on understanding the role of Hus1 and its protein interactions in regulating DNA damage repair. Currently, he is interested in elucidating the role of different 3’UTR isoforms of Hus1 and how they regulate its gene expression.

Yashira Negrón

Graduate Student,
Yashira received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus in 2012. Then, she began the graduate field of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University and on May 2013, joined Weiss lab. Her research is focused on studying the role of Sirtuins in cancer metabolism by using knockout mice.

Tim Pierpont

Graduate Student,
Tim graduated with a BS from Delaware State University in 2011 and began the Biochemical, Molecular, and Cellular Biology field degree program at Cornell University later the same year. After initial lab rotations he joined the Weiss lab in May of 2012. His work in the lab focuses on elucidating the role DNA damage response pathways and stemness properties play in the development and treatment sensitivity characteristics of testicular germ cell tumors.

Eric Zhang

Undergraduate Student,
Eric is a Human Biology, Health and Society major in the class of 2019. He joined the Weiss lab in the Fall of 2016. After graduating from Cornell, he hopes to attend dental school.

Qiming Jin

Graduate Student,
Qiming Jin graduated with a B.S in bioengineering (biotechnology) from UC San Diego in 2015 and began the Master of Engineering program of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University in 2016. He joined the Weiss lab in the August of 2016 and he focused on studying chemo sensitivity of testicular germ cell tumor. He believes that the underlying mechanism of unique chemo sensitivity in testicular germ cell tumor can be beneficial for understanding germ cell cancer.

Luca Fortuna

Veterinary Student
Luca is a veterinary student from the Royal Veterinary College in England, and he joined the Weiss Lab for the summer of 2017 to complete a research project as part of the Cornell Veterinary Leadership Program. He has an intercalated degree in comparative pathology, and after graduating he hopes to specialize in internal medicine.

Ellen Hong

Undergraduate Student,
Ellen is a Biological Sciences major in the class of 2017. She joined the Weiss lab in the fall of 2013 and intends to continue with research in her undergraduate years at Cornell. Although she is not sure of what she wants to do after Cornell, she is thinking of going to graduate school to work towards a PhD.

April Blong

Clinical Fellow,
April hails from Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University (go Cyclones!) with a BS in Animal Science & Dairy Science as well as a Microbiology minor. Having always wanted to be a veterinarian, she stayed at ISU to complete her DVM in 2009. From there she complete a rotating internship at North Carolina State University, followed by an emergency and critical care specialty internship at the University of Georgia. Her travels finally brought her to Cornell when she matched for a residency in small animal emergency and critical care medicine in 2011, and subsequently completed in 2014. That same year she joined the Weiss lab as a Cornell Clinical Fellow. During her fellowship she is planning on completing a second residency in nutrition while performing research on the role of Hus1 and p53 on metabolism.

Joanna Mleczko

Graduate Student,
Joanna Mleczko completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany in 2010 before joining the Weiss Lab in 2012. Joanna came to Cornell after completing the Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students in 2008, where she became interested in biomedical research. In the Weiss Lab, her focus is on studying the molecular interactions between non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) and the Fanconi-Anemia pathway with the ATR pathway. The ultimate goal of her project is to help elucidate potential cancer drug targets.

Amy Lyndaker

Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Amy (Hauser) Lyndaker graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2003 with Honors in Biological Sciences (B.A.) and a minor in Chemistry. She became interested in DNA repair while doing research at Goucher with Lesley Brown trying to develop a DNA mismatch repair assay in E. coli. She went on to complete a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology in Eric Alani’s laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University in February 2009, where she studied the role of the Slx4-Rad1-Rad10 complex and the Msh2-Msh3 and Sgs1 DNA repair proteins in double-strand break repair in yeast. Amy became interested in the interplay between DNA damage checkpoint signaling and DNA repair and came to do her postdoctoral work in the Weiss lab, studying both the roles of the 9-1-1 DNA damage checkpoint complex during mammalian meiosis and the role of the DNA damage response during testicular tumorigenesis in the mouse. She recently returned from a position as Assistant Professor of Genetics in the Department of Biology at Ithaca College, and is excited to return to the Weiss Lab.

Pei Xin Lim

Graduate Student,
Pei Xin received his B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 2009. Shortly after, he joined the graduate field of Genetics and Development at Cornell University and found his scientific dwelling in the Weiss lab. His research focuses on elucidating the molecular interactions of HUS1 with DNA repair factors with the ultimate goal of formulating novel antitumor therapeutics. Pei Xin plans to publish papers and defend his thesis in the near future. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in biomedical industry.

Jack Stupinski

Jack graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with BA in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences. Following graduation, he joined City Year New York as a Corps Member, spending a year as a full-time volunteer serving NYC’s underserved student populations. He returned to Ithaca in the Fall of 2011 and joined the Weiss Lab. Jack’s research focuses on mammalian sirtuins SirT5 and SirT2 as they relate to cancer progression, and he also contributes to ongoing studies of Hus1 and its role in lung tumorigenesis. In the Fall of 2013 Jack will pursue his MD at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC.

Minxing Li

Graduate Student,
Minxing graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Toronto in May 2007. She joined the field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB) at Cornell University for graduate study in August 2007. After one year rotation, she joined the Weiss lab in May 2008. Minxing works on the mammalian protein ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which is essential for organismal survival and the maintenance of genome integrity. She is interested in the cellular and physiological consequences of RNR deregulation. More specifically, she investigates the effect of RNR deregulation on redox homeostasis and the nucleotide pools in cells, as well as the mutagenic and tumorigenic effects of RNR deregulation in mice. Since leaving Weiss Lab, Minxing has taken a postdoc position at Rutgers University.

Claire Anderson

Claire graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Kenyon College in 2010. After graduation, she spent a year performing research in a human genomics lab while on a Fulbright Grant at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Claire joined the Weiss lab as a technician in July 2011, where her research now focuses on characterizing the genomic integrity of murine testicular tumors. Beginning in the Fall of 2013 Claire will pursue a graduate degree in genetic counseling at Johns Hopkins University.

Zanah Francis

Undergraduate Student,
Zanah is a biology major concentrating in Microbiology. She joined the Weiss Lab in the fall of 2013 and intends to pursue research throughout her undergraduate years. After graduating Zanah plans to continue to do research and eventually attain a PhD in Microbiology or Virology.

Charlton Tsai

Undergraduate Student,
Charlton is an undergraduate biology major in the Class of 2016 who hails from the small town of New Paltz, NY. He joined the Weiss Lab in the fall of 2013 and hopes to eventually begin a research project of his own. Following his time at Cornell, he hopes to obtain a medical degree and become a practicing physician.

Kelsey Poisson

Student Researcher,
Kelsey graduated from Cornell in 2013 concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After joining the Weiss lab in the fall of 2010, she began her independent research project in August 2011. Her research involves characterizing the roles of the checkpoint protein HUS1 in DNA repair at the molecular level. Kelsey will matriculate to Wake Forest School of Medicine to pursue her MD in the Fall of 2013.

Gabriel “Gabi” Balmus

Postdoctoral Researcher,
Gabi completed his baccalaureate degree at Stefan cel Mare National College and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Agricultural Studies and Veterinary Medicine Ion Ionescu de la Brad in his native Romania before joining the Weiss Lab in 2006. Gabi briefly worked as a postdoctoral associate before pursuing a PhD in the Field of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at Cornell University. He completed his degree in the Spring of 2012. Gabi is interested in the DNA damage response, focusing particularly on interactions between the DNA damage checkpoint pathways directed by Atm and Atr. Gabi recently joined the laboratory of Prof. Steve Jackson at the University of Cambridge.

Erin Daugherity

Clinical Fellow,
Erin graduated with a B.S in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1997. After spending 2 years working as a research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, McArdle Labortaory for Cancer Research, she attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her DVM in 2007. She then returned to Cornell University to complete a residency in laboratory animal medicine with the Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE). As a resident, she joined the Weiss Lab and completed a Clinical Fellowship in October 2012. Her research focuses on fatty liver disease and its progression to hepatocellular carcinoma. Erin is now a full-time Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian at Cornell, with continued work in the Weiss Lab.

Kelly Hume

Assistant Professor,
See Kelly’s Clinical Sciences page

Nedra Holmes

Clinical Fellow,
Nedra received her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1996. She spent two years in clinical cytogenetics at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and four years in molecular biology research at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Princeton University before she received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 2006. Nedra completed her small animal rotating internship at the Cape Animal Referral and Emergency in MA, and worked as a staff veterinarian at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, OR before returning to Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA), where she completed her Imaging residency in July 2012. She joins the Weiss laboratory for a two-year Clinical Fellowship. Her interest lies in molecular imaging, particularly PET/CT.

Cindy Luan

Undergraduate Student
Cindy is a junior biology major concentrating in Genetics and Development. She joined Weiss Lab in Fall 2012 and is investigating interactions between the NHEJ and FA pathways involved in DNA damage repair. After pursuing undergraduate research, she hopes to attend medical school and specialize in neonatology.

Sharon Guzman

Student Researcher

Aaron Oswald

Undergraduate Student
Aaron is an undergraduate Biology major in the class of 2014. He joined the Weiss Lab in the summer of 2011 and has been investigating the response of the checkpoint proteins Hus1 and ATM to genotoxic stress. Aaron plans to continue in research and to go to medical school, with the goal of practicing primary care.

David Karambizi

Undergraduate Student
David is a bio major in the class of 2014. He was born in Rwanda, grew up in the Ivory Coast, and emmigrated to the United States at the age of 13. His research focuses on the involvement of the DNA damage response protein ATM and how it is involved in cancer progression, specifically in the liver and pancreas. He aspires to attain an MD or MD/PhD and hopes to practice medicine in underdeveloped countries around the world.

Christina Jeon

Undergraduate Student
Christina is a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences at Cornell. She joined the Weiss lab in August 2011 and intends to start a project when she returns in Spring 2013. After graduating, she may spend more time in research before applying for medical school to become a pediatric surgeon.

Peter Westcott

Undergraduate Student
(Cornell Hughes Summer Scholar)- Graduated May 2008, with high honors.

Rinti Mukherjee

Undergraduate Student
(Cornell Presidential Scholar) – Graduated May 2009, with honors.

Young Lu

Undergraduate Student
(Cornell Presidential Scholar) – Graduated May 2009.

Ja Ryung Cho

Undergraduate Student
Graduated Class of 2010.

Kathy Miller

Research Support Specialist

Yoonjung Lee


Chris Bennett

Administrative Assistant

Huizi Chen

Undergraduate Student

Graduated May 2005

Min Zhu

Graduate Student

Awarded Ph.D. in January 2007 in Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences for her work on “Essential roles for the mouse checkpoint protein Hus1 in the maintenance of genomic integrity and DNA damage responses.”

Peter Levitt

Undergraduate Student

(Cornell Hughes Summer Scholar)- Graduated May 2005, with highest honors.

Scott Millman

Undergraduate Student

(Cornell Presidential Scholar)- Graduated May 2007.

Kelly Ong

Undergraduate Student

Exchange student, University of West England Third Year Placement Program.

Amy Cassano

Veterinary Student

Cornell University (Cornell University Veterinary Investigator Program).