Barbara Mellone, Ph.D.
I am an Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and the head of the Genetics and Genomics Program in the MCB Department. Before UConn, I was a postdoctoral fellow with Gary Karpen at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and UC Berkeley. I did my PhD at the Medical Research Council, Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the laboratory of Robin Allshire. I developed a passion for chromosomes when I was an undergraduate at the University of Milan, Italy.
Jason received his B.S. from the Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He joined the Mellone lab in 2012 and is investigating the interplay between centromere dysfunction and genome instability in flies.
Papers: Chen et al, Dev Cell, 2015; Palladino and Mellone, Dev Cell 2016 (preview).
Ankita received her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Pune, and her Master from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai, India, studying S. cerevisiae centromeres. She joined the lab in Dec. 2015. She is interested in chromosome instability and centromere organization.