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Keith defends his doctoral thesis and becomes Dr. Berggren!
July 8, 2024

Say hello to Dr. Keith Berggren! Keith successfully defended his doctoral thesis on "Epitranscriptomic Modification in Liver Biology and Disease" at his final public oral last Tuesday, with Alex as his doctoral mentor. His work focused on epitranscriptomic modifications, such as N6-methyl-adenosine (m6A) and 5-methyl-cytosine (m5c), their…

Welcome to Muj, Sreya, and Jianche!
June 11, 2024

The lab is getting additional new faces in the lab for the summer and next academic year! Please meet Mujtuba (Muj) Yousufi, Sreya Sanyal, and Jianche Liu!

Muj is our new undergraduate student joining Fariha and RJ. These three undergraduate students will be working diligently with their mentors to complete their theses.

Sreya is…

Congrats to our graduating seniors, Heidi and Sydney!
May 13, 2024

Our senior undergraduate students, Heidi Temple and Sydney Mullin, are graduating from Princeton University! We will celebrate their achievements at our yearly summer lab barbecue.

Heidi's thesis is titled "Novel methods for recombinantly producing hepadnaviral relaxed circular and covalently closed circular DNA." Her work focused on…

Stephanie defends her doctoral thesis and becomes Dr. Maya!
May 3, 2024

The newly minted Dr. Stephanie Maya successfully defended her doctoral thesis on "Characterizing the mechanism of hepatitis B and delta virus host tropism in mice" at her final public oral today. Her work focused on elucidating the species-specific differences in HBV infection in order to overcome the restriction barrier towards HBV in mouse…

Congratulations to Alex who was elected as a 2023 AAAS Fellow!
April 26, 2024

On April 18, 2024, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced its list of 2023 AAAS Fellows, and Alex was elected one of their Medical Sciences Section Fellows!

The AAAS elects distinguished individuals with the lifetime honorific of AAAS Fellow for their scientific excellence and achievement. 

Welcome to our newest postdoc, Melina!
April 15, 2024

Welcome Melina Winkler to our lab! Melina completed her doctoral training at Twincore, the Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research in Hannover, Germany. While there, she studied virus host interactions of different RNA viruses with the main focus on the species tropism of a mouse-adapted hepatitis C virus. She will continue her…

Welcome to our new undergrads!
Jan. 22, 2024

Welcome to Ronald Anglade and Fariha Begum who will be joining our lab to conduct their undergraduate thesis research. They will soon begin hammering away at their junior proposals and collecting data for their senior theses. Alot of interesting data will definitely be on the way!

Yongzhen invited to speak at the Blumberg Institute!
Jan. 11, 2024

Yongzhen was honored with an invitation to speak at the Outstanding Young Scientist Seminar at the Blumberg Institute! He gave a talk on all of the research he has conducted here including the generation of the clones from different HBV infectious genotypes and his discovery that marmosets can be used for HBV and woolly monkey HBV infections…

Keith publishes review on epitranscriptomic modifications and liver disease!
Jan. 10, 2024

Congratulations to Keith who published his review "The impact of epitranscriptomic modifications on liver disease"! Delve into how RNA modifications affect the liver and how they can be used as prognostic markers for liver disease. Great job Keith!

When Serrano Hams Fly... at Andoni's housewarming party!
Jan. 5, 2024

Serrano Ham leg imported directly from Spain... this is what we munched on at Andoni's house warming party! We had a blast figuring out how to correctly slice the ham and pair it with cheese and wine (but not Italian wine!). We enjoyed the Spanish feast that Andoni cooked for us to ring in his new apartment here in Princeton. I think we will…