Members

Principal Investigator

Thomas R. Cech

Thomas R. Cech

Distinguished Professor • Director, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute • Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute • Principal Investigator, Cech Lab
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989 ​National Medal of Science, 1995

Administrative Assistant

Laura Konyha

Laura Konyha

(303) 492-5067
Joined 2011

Staff Scientists

Anne Gooding

Anne Gooding

Staff Scientist (HHMI Research Specialist)
Lab Member 1990-Present Research Interests: RNA crystallography
Butterfly on yellow flower

Karen Goodrich

Staff Scientist (HHMI Lab Manager)
Lab Member 1996-Present B.S.: Medical Technology, University of Scranton, 1986 Research Interests: Tetrahymena telomerase
Proteins

Arthur Zaug

Staff Scientist (HHMI Senior Scientist)
Lab Member 1978-Present Honorary Doctorate in Science, University of Colorado, 1992 B.S.: Biochemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1975 Research Interests: Yeast telomerase

Postdoctoral Fellows

Ci Ji Lim

Ci Ji Lim

HHMI Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lab Member 2014 to Present Ph.D.: Biophysics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2014 B.Sc. (Hons, 1st class): Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2010 Research Interests: Studying the regulation of telomere length by human shelterin proteins using biophysical and biochemical approaches.
Yicheng Long

Yicheng Long

HHMI Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lab Member 2015-Present Ph.D.: Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, 2015 B.Sc.: Biological Science, Tsinghua University, China 2009 Research Interests: Molecular mechanism of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) recruitment by long noncoding RNA
Joseph Parks

Joseph Parks

Cech Lab Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab Member 2016 to Present Ph.D.: Ph.D. Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California Santa Cruz, 2016. B.S. Biochemistry, University of Portland, 2010. Research Interests: Regulation of PRC2 recruitment by lncRNAs.
Jens Schmidt

Jens Schmidt

Merck Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Lab Member 2012-Present Ph.D.: Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012 Diplom in Biochemie: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2007 Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms of Telomerase.
Josh Stern

Josh Stern

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow Lab Member 2013-Present Ph.D.: University of Sydney (2012), The Children's Medical Research Institute Research Interest: molecular and cellular mechanisms affecting telomerase, telomeres, and associated human diseases

Graduate Students

Xueyin Wang

Xueyin Wang

Biochemistry Ph.D. Student
Lab Member: 2012-present B.S.: University of Toronto, 2010 Research Interests: Mammalian noncoding RNAs.
Dan Youmans

Dan Youmans

Biochemistry M.D./Ph.D. Student
Lab Member 2016-present B.S. Chemical Biology: University of California, Berkeley 2012 Research Interests: interplay between RNA and protein interactions during PRC2 mediated epigenetic silencing

Research Professors

Dave McKay

Dave McKay

Staff Scientist (HHMI Research Specialist)
Lab Member 2008-Present Research Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008 Ph.D.: Biophysics, University of Chicago, a Long Time Ago

Undergraduate Work Study or Part Time

Levi Ensign

Levi Ensign

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lab Member Fall 2013 - Present Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder Major: Integrative Physiology
Richard Paucek

Richard Paucek

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lab Member Summer 2015 - Present Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder Major: Biochemistry and MCDB