Our Lab


Principal Investigator


Laura banaszynski, ph.d. 

Assistant Professor
Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences
Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern

Laura obtained her PhD with Tom Wandless at Stanford University. She was a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow with David Allis at The Rockefeller University. She joined the faculty at UTSW in 2015.

Current Lab Members


Dina Abdulla

B.S. in Neuroscience
UT Dallas

Research Technician
2019 -


Shilpa Dhar

B.S. in Chemistry and Biology
Valparaiso University

Graduate Student
2019 -


Haitao Mao, Ph.D.     

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Postdoctoral Fellow
2016 -


Sara Martire, Ph.D.  

Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Sapienza University, Rome

American-Italian Cancer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
2015 -                            


Ryan O’Hara

B.S. in Molecular Biology
UT Dallas

Graduate Student
2019 -


Aishwarya Sundaresan

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
UT Dallas

Computational Biologist
2018 -

Amanuel Tafessu 

B.A. in Biology
Reed College

Graduate Student
2017 -

Yu-Ching Teng, Ph.d. 

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
National Yang-Ming University and Academia Sinica

Taiwan MOST Postdoctoral Research Abroad Fellow
2015 -