Cindy has a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan and an M.S in plant pathology from Michigan State University. She worked on studies of butyrylcholinesterase and acetylcholinesterase pharmacogenetics both in the University of Michigan’s Pharmacology department and then at the University of Nebraska Medical Center before coming to Case Western Reserve to work on the genetics of bone diseases. She has been with the Scacheri Lab since its beginning in 2006, developing and optimizing methods for DNA deep sequencing, cloning, and gene expression and regulation. Current work is focused on epigenomic profiling of regulatory elements in colon cancer and other common diseases. Outside interests include the growing of edible plants – the more bizarre the better – hiking/camping, puzzles and games, and reading.
Alina has a B.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Scacheri Lab in the summer of 2010, as a college senior, developing several computational tools for the analysis of high throughput DNA sequencing data prior to graduation. She then transitioned to her full-time position as an analyst programmer. Her primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting graduate students with the computational aspects of their projects, data management as well as statistical and bioinformatics analyses of genomic data. Her current work is focused on finding functionally relevant somatic mutations in regulatory elements in colon cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, indoor rock climbing, and exploring the outdoors.
Peter Scacheri graduated with a BS in Biology from Gettysburg College and earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh. His graduate work was focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying dominantly inherited forms of muscular dystrophy. His postdoctoral fellowship was in the lab of Francis Collins at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. There he combined mouse genetics and genomics to study a type of cancer that affects the endocrine organs. Peter won several awards during his postdoctoral fellowship, including the NHGRI Intramural Research Award for outstanding scientific achievement. In 2006, Peter joined the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, and he is a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Peter’s research program is focused on understanding the role of epigenetics and the histone code in human health and disease. He has been awarded several NIH grants and he has published more than 50 papers on a broad variety of topics related to genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. In 2013, Peter was promoted to the level of Associate Professor with tenure.