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.
Kaitlin Johnson

Kaitlin Johnson

HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow
Lab member since 2019 B.A. Chemistry, Manchester University (2012) PhD Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (2019) Research interests: protein-nucleic acid interactions
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

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

Camila Sousa

Camila Sousa

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lab Member 2020 - Present Undergraduate Student: University of Colorado Boulder Double Major: BCHM and MCDB