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
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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

Linnea Jansson-Fritzberg

Linnea Jansson-Fritzberg

NIH National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab Member since 2018 B.S. in Neuroscience from UC Santa Cruz 2013 Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and developmental Biology from UC. Santa Cruz 2018 Research interests: Mechanism of RNA/protein interactions involved in regulation of DNA methylation.
Ci Ji Lim

Ci Ji Lim

HHMI Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral 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
Teisha Rowland

Teisha Rowland

Cech Lab Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab Member 2017 to Present Ph.D.: University of California Santa Barbara, 2011 B.S.: University of Colorado Boulder, 2005 Research Interests: Regulation of telomerase expression in cancer and stem cells.
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

Research Assistants

Rachel Burdorf

Rachel Burdorf

Lab Member 2018 to present B.A.: Molecular Biology, Colorado College 2018 Research Interests: Effect of RNA binding on Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) methylation and automethylation activity.
Hee Jin Kim

Hee Jin Kim

Lab Member 2017 to Present. Ph.D.: Microbiology, Colorado State University. Research Interests: structural and functional relationship of human shelterin proteins.

Graduate Students

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

Undergraduate Work Study or Part Time

Kyla Foster

Kyla Foster

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lab Member Fall 2016 - Present Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder Double Major: Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Grace Hibshman

Grace Hibshman

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lab Member 2017 - Present Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder Major: MCDB
Allison McKay

Allison McKay

Part Time
Lab Member Fall 2018 - Present Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder Major: CHBE