Yichen Hou and Zhongshi Wang officially join the Staley Lab

Two bright young graduate students, Yichen Hou and Zhongshi Wang, recently passed their preliminary exams and have become full members of the lab!

Prior to coming to UChicago, Yichen worked with Gaetan Burgio at the Australian National University's John Curtin School of Medical Research, where she worked to develop a CRISPR/Cas9 system to study malaria parasites and host-pathogen interactions. She also examined the histone variant H2A.B1 and its role in Hodgkin's lymphoma with David Tremethick, which sparked her desire to pursue graduate studies as a student in UChicago's Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology program.

Zhongshi Wang also studied histones and chromatin architecture at Peking University, where he studied histone chaperones and heterochromatin silencing. Prior to becoming a full-time graduate student in UChicago's Cell and Molecular Biology program, Zhongshi also spent a summer in the Staley Lab, where he worked on the molecular mechanism underlying spliceosome activation using yeast genetics under the supervision of Klaus Nielsen.