Zach Faber, PhD

Zach graduated with a BA in biology from St. John’s University (MN) and received a Ph.D. from Tulane University in molecular and cellular biology. In his graduate work he focused on the control of retrotransposons by the cellular DNA repair machinery. During his postdoctoral work in the lab of Dr. James Downing at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Zach was a part of the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project and investigated the molecular pathology of acute leukemias. Currently, he is working to understand how changes in the enhancer landscape lead to disease. When not in the lab, Zach is a middle-of- the-pack runner and a BBQ aficionado.

Katreya Lovrenert

Katreya graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University in 2001. After working in IT in San Francisco for a number of years, she decided to make a career switch to biology. As part of City College of San Francisco’s stem cell technology program she did an internship in the laboratory of Dr. Benoit Bruneau at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in 2012 where she worked on cardiac differentiation of TBX5-haploinsufficient human iPS cell lines. She managed the Gladstone Institutes’ stem cell core facility from 2012 until 2016 when she joined the Scacheri lab. Currently, she is working on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in the context of cancer. Outside of lab, Katreya enjoys glass blowing, cooking, reading, and exploring new and interesting places.

Cynthia Florence Bartels

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 R Saiakhova

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.