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Current Lab Members

Craig Peterson, Ph.D.

Academic Background

Craig Peterson received his BS from the University of Washington in 1983 and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988. He was a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation postdoctoral fellow from 1988-1991, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1992, he joined the UMass Chan Medical School as a faculty member in the Program in Molecular Medicine.

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Shinya Watanabe, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor   

I am interested in studying the structure and function of ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes. My current research has focused on investigating how histone variant H2A.Z is regulated by the SWR1/INO80 family of chromatin remodeling enzymes in mammalian cells.

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Research Associate

Kimberly Crowley

Lab Technicians

Naoe Wantanabe

Yukiko Tanaka



Yonca Betul Karadeniz

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms that govern chromatin dynamics and how it mediates cellular organization and function. My research focuses on identifying the function and mechanism of SWR1C subunits Yaf9/Swc4 and deciphering how histone tails and DNA linkers regulate SWR1C dimer exchange activity.

Alexander Baier

 I’m interested in the mechanistic understanding and regulation of cellular machinery. Specifically, I’m seeking to better understand the dynamics of various chromatin remodeling enzymes using a wide variety of biochemistry and molecular biology tools.


Postdoctoral Fellows



Shalini Aricthota, Ph.D.

I am interested in understanding the mechanism of release of transcriptional buffering post S-phase. My studies aim to dissect the interplay of chromatin reassembly pathways and transcriptional complexes behind the replication forks. 

Chandra Shekhar Misra, Ph.D.

I am interested in understanding the mechanism behind transcriptional buffering during S phase.


Recent Graduates


Salih Topal, Ph.D. 

Nate Gioacchini, Ph.D.

Alysia Bryll, Ph.D.

Jiayi (Jason) Fan, Ph.D.