Join our team to work on creative projects focused on telomere biology, autophagy, and innate immune signaling.

Joe Nassour, PhD

Principal Investigator

PhD: Pasteur Institute - University of Lille, France
Postdoc: Salk Institute for Biological Studies, CA, US
Research interests: Telomere functions in aging and cancer
Other interests: Hiking, camping, and exploring new breweries

Abigail Gillespie, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD: University of California San Diego, CA, US
Research interests: DNA damage signaling pathways at telomeres and replicative aging
Other interests: Science outreach, running, reading, and going to the farmers' market

Rachid Boutoual, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD: University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Morocco and the Principe Felipe Research Center, Spain
Postdoc: The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, CA, US
Research interests: Telomere-mitochondrial crosstalk and innate immunity
Other interests: Soccer, hiking, and exploring new places

Remington Hoerr, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD: Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, US
Research interests: TERRA signaling and functions in aging and cancer
Other interests: Big Brother, embroidery, podcasts, and coffee shops

Christopher Boone


B.S.: Dartmouth College, NH, US
Research interests: Dual role of autophagy in cancer
Other interests: Basketball, golf, and grilling

Richard Wang


B.S.: Emory University, GA, US
Research interests: Telomere dynamics and inflammation
Other interests: Running, climbing, impromptu road trips, piano, and folk music

Selena Martinez

Rotation student - Biomedical Sciences Program

B.S.: Michigan State University, MI, US
Research interests: Mitochondrial signaling in cancer
Other interests: Cooking, hiking, paddle boarding, live music, volunteering

Alexander Beacom

Rotation student - Cancer Biology Program

B.S.: University of Notre Dame, IN, US
Research interests:   Key signaling differences between anti- and pro-tumor autophagy
Other interests: Hiking, snowboarding, and cooking/baking