Team

 

We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive lab environment for all members to thrive and succeed.

Current lab members

Zhangli Su

Principle Investigator 

B.Sc. at Peking University

Ph.D. at UW-Madison (Lab of John Denu

PostDoc at University of Virginia/UAB (Lab of Anindya Dutta)

(NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awardee)

Personal interests: photography and travel, cute animals, food and baking

Email: zsu at uab.edu 

Evaluated manuscripts on Faculty Opinions

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Abigail Johnston

Researcher III (Lab manager)

B.Sc. in Chemistry at UAB

M.Sc. in Multidiciplinary Biomedical Science at UAB

Email: abij1 at uab.edu 

Nhi Nguyen

PhD student @ UAB

Nhi is in the GBS program, BSB (biochemistry and structural biology) theme.

Email: nnguyen3 at uab.edu 

Monima (Momo) Anam

MD/PhD student @UAB

Monima is a UAB MSTP graduate trainee in the GBS neuroscience theme with an interest in computational biology and transcriptomics as they relate to central nervous system disease and pathologic behavior.  She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from UAB in 2019, and now hopes to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. When not being a lab rat herself, Monima loves taking care of her many pet rodents and honing her creative skills through making art, music, and programming.

Email: monima25 at uab.edu 

Jayden Rhodes

Undergraduate Researcher @ UAB

Jayden is a Undergraduate Genetics and Genomics Sciences Major, Chemistry Minor, Biology Minor, as well as an ABM MBS student with a concentration in Genetics and Genomic Sciences.

Email: jarhodes at uab.edu 

Previous trainees

Felicia Kristiansen

(Visiting PhD Student)

Felicia visited us from Oslo University, Norway to learn more about small RNA-seq and RNA modifications. 

Afsane Esmaeili (esmaeili at uab.edu)

(PhD student @ UAB)

"I consider myself very lucky to have joined my current lab one year before Dr. Su leaving the lab, and even more fortunate to have had her sit at the bench behind me. I will always appreciate her guidance and kindness."

Briana Wilson, Ph.D. completed in 2022

(MD/PhD student @ UVA)

Bri completed her graduate work studying tRNA fragments stability, regulation and function. She was closely mentored by Dr. Su who trained her in critical RNA biology skills, including small RNA sequencing and Northern blotting.

Laine Marrah

(undergrad @UVA class of 2024)

Laine is an undergrad researcher interested in computational biology. She was mentored by Dr. Su on computational analysis of enriched pathways by tRF targets, which she co-authored in the tRForest manuscript. 

Furry friends

Ella

Kelly manager

Kelly

Chicken food quality inspector

Juniper

She uses litter box!