Laboratory Staff

Josh Mairose, B.S.
Research Technologist
Email: jdm5872@psu.edu
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.
Abeer Almutairy, M.S.
Computational Biologist
Email: axa677@psu.edu
Almutairy is a 2017 graduate of University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Her responsibilities include developing open-source software, building and maintaining bioinformatics pipelines, and developing database-driven web applications for large epigenomic projects. She also supports custom and open-source bioinformatics software used by our lab members
Prashant Kumar Kuntala, M.S.
Computational Biologist
Email: pxk284@psu.edu
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.
Hedjie Jo
Computational Lab Assistant
Email: hyc5135@psu.edu
Hedjie 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.
Pierce Chaffin
Computational Lab Assistant
Email: pjc5479@psu.edu
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 Byland
Laboratory Assistant
Email: amb7934@psu.edu
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 Winner
Laboratory Assistant
Email: kew34@psu.edu
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.