|Randy Blanda, B.S.
|Thomas (Randy) is a 2018 graduate from the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He studied Biomedical Engineering as an undergraduate with a focus on biochemical applications. His responsibilities include maintaining yeast cell lines under various stress conditions, preparing yeast chromatin for ChIP-exo assays, and performing ChIP-exo on sonicated chromatin.
|Prashant Kumar Kuntala, M.S.
|Mr. Kuntala is a graduate from Ohio University. He is cross trained in Computer Science and Bioinformatics. His responsibilities include developing open-source bioinformatics software and research applications. Designing and identifying requirements for interactive database applications and programming novel methods of analysis. Primarily working on epigenomic data derived from next-generation sequencing.|
|Josh Mairose, B.S.
|Mr. Mairose is a 2018 graduate of Penn State University trained in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His responsibilities as a Research Technologist 1 are growing yeast and mammalian cell lines, and preparing cell pellets and sonicated cell extracts for the Yeast Epigenome Project. He is also responsible for logging large amounts of metadata during processing.|
Undergraduate Student Staff
Computational Lab Assistant
|Hedgie Jo is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University studying computer science. She primarily works in supporting Pugh Labs YEP project. Hedjie uses Planemo to ensure our Galaxy tools meet required specifications, and writes XML wrappers for our bioinformatic tools to be included in the Galaxy Toolshed. She will also be setting up a testing matrix for the new YEP website and checking features across browsers to verify functionality and reporting bugs in our lab's Git repository. Hedgie is working towards having a fully functioning local test instance for Galaxy/PEGR and providing support for Galaxy tools as needed for Pugh Labs YEP project.
Computational Lab Assistant
|Pierce Chaffin is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University studying computer science. Pierce primarily works providing support for the lab's core sequencing services database and web platform infrastructure, PEGR (Platform for Eukaryotic Gene Regulation). This provides the automated pipeline infrastructure that a number of our grant projects rely upon. He will focus on updates to the PEGR user interface and setting up a testing matrix for the new PEGR website to verify the functionality of its features across browsers, reporting bugs in Git, and noting issues as needed.|
|Anna is a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University studying biotechnology, the clinical laboratory scientist option. Anna participates in general laboratory maintenance, upkeep of laboratory reagents and media stocks, and provides support for research of staff, post docs and graduate students in the lab of Dr. Frank Pugh. Laboratory assistants are integral in the efficient workflow of the lab.|
|Katherine is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University studying molecular biology and minoring in human development and family studies. Katherine participates in general laboratory maintenance, upkeep of laboratory reagents and media stocks, and provides support for research of staff, post docs and graduate students in the lab of Dr. Frank Pugh. Katherine is interested in Pugh Lab projects dedicated to studying the mechanisms by which transcription is regulated and hopes to work on projects pertaining to this subject in the future.|