Graduate Students

Name Background/Interests

Rewatee Gokhale

Rewatee Gokhale

Email:
gokhaler@msu.edu

I am a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I received a MS in Biochemistry from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. My work involves rewiring the Insulin receptor pathway in Drosophila.

I use methods from developmental biology and physiology to understand how perturbations in the cis-regulatory elements of this gene affect growth and development. In my spare time, I enjoy science-writing, running, and music.

Kurtulus Kok

Kurtulus Kok

Email:
kokkurtu@msu.edu

I am a graduate student in the Genetics Program. I received my BS in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. I joined the Arnosti Lab in 2009. I am interested in learning how transcriptional repression mechanisms affect chromatin on a global level in Drosophila embryo. My recent studies have revealed an unexpected level of chromatin dynamics propagated by the HES family transcription factor Hairy; we propose in our "shotgun model" for remodeling that apparent off-target activity of transcriptional regulators can provide a pervasive and accessible entry point for evolution of novel gene regulatory switches.  

Rima Mouawad

Rima Mouawad

Email:
mouawadr@msu.edu
I am a student in the Cell and Molecular Biology program, and joined the Arnosti laboratory in 2014. My studies have shown that mutant forms of the Rbf1 tumor suppress protein can have either pro- or anti-apoptotic effects, depending on the type of changes in these proteins' C-terminal "instability element". I actually volunteered to TA in Dr. Arnosti's BMB 801course, which was a rewarding experience.

Anne Sonnenschein

Anne Sonnenschein

Email:
sonnens2@msu.edu

I am a Ph.D. student in the Genetics program, being co-advised by Dr. Ian Dworkin in Zoology.  I received my bachelors degree from Arizona State University in 2010.  At MSU I am studying how of variation in cis-regulatory architecture impacts adult phenotype.  

Yiliang Wei

Yiliang Wei

Email:
weiyilia@msu.edu

I am graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department. I completed my B.S. in biological science at Beijing Normal University in China, and came to MSU in 2010, joining the Arnosti lab in 2011. In genome-wide studies of the retinoblastoma proteins Rbf1 and Rbf2 in Drosophila, I discovered that the evolutionarily derived Rbf2 protein plays an important role in regulation of ribosomal protein synthesis, suggesting a conserved role for this class of protein in growth control, as well as cell cycle regulation. I am also working on deciphering the ;cis-regulatory code for the InR gene in Drosophila, to understand how transcriptional inputs for this key regulator of growth and nutritional homeostasis regulate signaling.