Current Lab Members



Craig Peterson

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 University of Massachusetts Medical School as a faculty member in the Program in Molecular Medicine.

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Kimberly Crowley

Officially I am the lab manager, but unofficially I am the Lab Mother! I do my best to help everyone in the lab with duties that range from pouring plates, making media and placing orders to helping purify proteins and many other things. I am also in charge of, and run, our Beckman XLI Analytical Ultracentrifuge.

Current Students

Salih Topal

Salih Topal

I am interested in how transcriptional activity of RNA Pol II is regulated by chromatin dynamics. Specifically, I work on H3K56 acetylation and dissecting down the mechanism behind H3K56 acetylation to regulate RNA Pol II occupancy.

Nate Gioacchini

Nate Gioacchini

I am interested in how histone modifications and ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling enzymes influence the structure of chromosome interaction domains (CIDs). My work utilizes biochemical approaches coupled with genome-wide chromatin confirmation (3C) assays.

Jiayi Fan (Jason)

Jiayi (Jason) Fan

I’m interested in dissecting the function of INO80 family chromatin remodelers biochemically and biophysically. My research project involves using fluorescence-based techniques to probe in details the mechanism of SWR1 and INO80 complexes.


Current Postdocs