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PI: Jennifer Hurley

Dr. Jennifer Hurley
Dr. Jennifer Hurley received her B.S. from Juniata College in 2004 in molecular biology. She earned her Ph.D. at Rutgers/UMDNJ with Drs. Nancy Woychik and Masayori Inouye, studying the function of Toxin-Antitoxin modules in bacteria. Jennifer worked with Drs. Jay Dunlap and Jennifer Loros during her postdoctoral fellowship, investigating the relationship between the core proteins and the output of the circadian clock in Neurospora. Jennifer's research focuses both on the fundamental mechanisms as well as the output of the circadian clock.

Graduate Students

Emily Collins
Emily is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hurley Lab focusing on characterizing circadian regulation of inflammation and immune processes. Using high throughput transcriptome and proteome profiling approaches, her work aims to illuminate the molecular networking of circadian clock output in mammalian immune cells. She is currently supported as a trainee in RPI's NIH-NIGMS training program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. Prior to joining the Hurley Lab, Emily worked as a site clinical research coordinator at an esteemed endocrinology practice, managing clinical trial patients in several studies related to improving diabetes care and prevention. In her time pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Science at Marist College, she also co-authored several publications pertaining to her research on the evolution and speciation of cave-adapted organisms. She was awarded Marist College’s Excellence in Biology Baccalaureate Award for her research contributions and academic excellence. When Emily is not in the lab, she enjoys hiking, caving and equestrian.
Alex Mosier
Alexander Mosier is a Ph.D. student studying biology at RPI. In 2014, he earned his B.S. in Biology with a focus in the Cellular, Molecular, and Genetics specialization from Coastal Carolina University. Graduating from the Honors Program, he conducted research into the kleptoplastic process of foraminifera and became an author on a publication explaining this process as well as gained award recognition from the American Society of Microbiology. In the Hurley Lab, his research is focused on studying the interactions of key circadian clock proteins with non-clock proteins and this regulation on further cellular processes in Neurospora crassa. Outside of the lab, he is an advent reader, writer, and enjoys outdoor activities.
Hannah De Los Santos
Hannah De los Santos is currently a Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Department at RPI. She graduated with her B.S. in Applied Mathematics in 2016 from RPI, as part of the Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. Program. She has received several accolades, including the Max Hirsch Prize for Mathematics, the Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges, and the RPI Presidential Fellowship. Her research focuses primarily on data analytics, with previous work done in temporal analysis of differentiating pluripotent stem cells and tensor analysis of child development data. The former was presented at NIPS 2014, SemStats 2015, and the SIAM Conference on Computer Science and Engineering in 2015. In the Hurley Lab, she focuses on using data analytics techniques to identify and categorize circadian genes. In her free time, she participates in theatre through both acting and costume design, as well as dance, in the styles of ballet and jazz.
Zachary Chase
Zachary Chase is a Graduate Member of the Hurley Lab pursuing a major in Biochemistry and Biophysics, and a part of the School of Science Accelerated BS/PhD Program. He comes from New Jersey, graduating from Ridge High School with honors. His research in the Hurley lab focuses on the Interaction between the Circadian Protein FREQUENCY and a Kinase Ck1a. It is known that these two proteins interact but the exact mechanism of their interaction is unknown. In his free time he enjoys reading and writing Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Jackie Pelham
Jackie Pelham is a graduate student pursuing a PhD Biochemistry and Biophysics. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from RPI in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. She transferred to RPI as a junior from Hudson Valley Community College where she majored in Math and Science. There she was awarded for academic excellence in Biology and Chemistry. She also received the Who's Who Among College and University students for academic performance as well as leadership. During her undergraduate studies at RPI she received the Founders Award for Excellence. In addition, she was selected to participate in a summer undergraduate research fellowship supported the Marsh, Prince and Wait endowments by the School of Science to continue her investigations into the intrinsically disordered protein FREQUENCY. Her research in the Hurley Lab focuses on the conformational changes of the core clock proteins over the circadian day. She spends her spare time outdoors and tutoring students in science and mathematics.

Masters Students

Cate Mann
Cate Mann is a graduate student in the Hurley Lab pursuing a Master’s in Biology, concentrating specifically on Bioinformatics. She graduated from RPI in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology. She has received awards such as the Roland Walker Prize, was named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team, and was on the Dean’s List 4 times. She transferred into RPI her sophomore year, after completing her freshman year as an Honors Biological Sciences major at the University of Delaware. Her role in the lab includes data analytics, working with PhD student Emily Collins to transform data into understandable figures and to determine the biological relevance of their findings. Outside of the lab, she is a member of the RPI Varsity Women’s Soccer team, Sole Survivors Club, and works as part of the EMPAC Artist Services team.

Undergraduate Students

Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas is an undergraduate student studying Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology in the School of Science at RPI. He began working in Dr. Hurley’s lab with Jackie Pelham in the Fall of 2017, and has enjoyed the work and guidance the lab has provided in his education. Outside of research and class, Josh is involved in Class Council, Student Senate (as a class 2020 Senator), National Residence Hall Honorary, and RPI Ballroom. Josh has ambitions of graduate school hopefully working in a combination of developmental biology, stem cell biology, and genetic engineering.


Meaghan Jankowski
Meaghan Jankowski is a Research Specialist in Dr. Jen Hurley's lab. Meaghan earned her BSc. at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, Canada. With the award of an NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council) grant, she completed a MSc. in Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. Her studies focused on long-finned pilot whales, evaluating a newer Bayesian model of social structure. She also participated in other marine mammal studies off the Caribbean island of Dominica, off the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada, as well as a NOAA killer whale survey along the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Meaghan went on to work for two years as a marine mammal biologist for a consulting company operating in the waters off Alaska. Since moving to the States, she is now focused on how biology works at the molecular level and is very interested in environmental effects on an organism's circadian clock, and the circadian clock's effect on organism behavior.