Mauro Calabrese, Ph.D.

Mauro Calabrese, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Mauro received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2001 and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007, where he studied small RNA-mediated gene regulation under Dr. Phillip Sharp. In 2008, he moved to UNC Chapel Hill to study mechanisms of epigenetic regulation by long noncoding RNA as a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Terry Magnuson's laboratory. He began as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at UNC in March of 2014.


David Lee, B.S.

David Lee, Graduate student

David received a B.S. in biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL in 2012. After working for a year as a research technician at The Ohio State University, he entered the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program (BBSP) at UNC Chapel Hill. He joined the Calabrese lab and the curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 2014 and is working to profile the chromatin state of the inactive X chromosome using mouse cell models and ChIP-Seq.


Megan Schertzer, Graduate student

Megan graduated in 2012 from Lee University in Cleveland, TN with a degree in biochemistry. During a year off, she spent three months doing research in the Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and six months volunteering at a rural medical clinic in Honduras. After completing her first year in BBSP at UNC, she joined the Calabrese lab and the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology in May of 2014. She is currently working to delete Kcnq1ot1 and Air lncRNAs in trophoblast stem cells to study their specific role in altering the chromatin state in their respective imprinted regions.


Jessime Kirk, Graduate student

Jessime is a graduate student in the Curriculum in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He joined the lab in May of 2015.