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Erica Korb, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Erica Korb runs a lab in the Department of Genetics and is a member of the Penn Epigenetics Institute. Erica received her B.S. from Yale University in Molecular Biology and worked as a research assistant at both Yale and the NIH. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco in neuroscience where she worked with Dr. Steve Finkbeiner. She then went on to the Rockefeller University for her postdoctoral training under Dr. C. David Allis. She has won several awards for her work over the years including the Klingenstein-Simons young investigator award, the NIH Pathway to Independence Award, and the F32 and F31 Fellowship Awards. Outside of the lab, Erica enjoys playing an eclectic mix of sports including cycling, ultimate Frisbee, and fencing.

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Kate Palozola, Ph.D.

Postdoc

Kate Palozola received her B.S. in Biology from Denison University and then worked as a research specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania where she worked with Dr. Ken Zaret. Kate was awarded the 2018 Tom Kadesch Prize from the Genetics Department for excellence in research and leadership during her graduate studies. She then went on to work for Dr. Jean Bennett at the Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics where her work was funded by the Brody Family Medical Trust Fund Fellowship for Incurable Diseases. Outside of the lab, Kate enjoys pottery, traveling, and playing with her dog, Charlie.

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Sean Louzon, B.S.

Graduate Student

Sean received his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. In the lab, he is interested in aging-related disorders including neurodegeneration and how they relate to the field of epigenetics. Outside of lab, he enjoys going out for all-you-can-eat sushi and playing sports including soccer and volleyball.

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Melissa Barton, B.S.

Graduate Student

Melissa received her B.S. in Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience from Rochester Institute of Technology and did bacteriophage research while in undergrad. In lab, she is interested in epigenetic modifications and how they relate to neurodevelopmental disorders. Outside of the lab, Melissa enjoys cooking and playing board games with friends.

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Sam Thudium, B.S.

Research Assistant

Sam received his B.S. from the University of California, San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and worked in the neurobiology department of The Scripps Research Institute as an undergrad. In lab, he is interested in exploring the mechanisms behind neurological disorders. Outside of lab, he enjoys all things outdoors, especially climbing and running.

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John Kee, B.S.

Research Assistant

John received his B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College (‘19). In his undergraduate research, he conducted research in Fragile X Syndrome, social behavior, and maternal programming. He is interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of intellectual and developmental disability and pursuing a career in pediatric neurology. Outside of lab, John likes music and volunteering with individuals with IDD.