Lab Members



Sathyan Kizhakke Mattada join the Guertin lab as a Research Scientist in January 2017. Sathyan earned his Ph.D. in 2007 in cancer biology from the University of Kerala. Sathyan specialized in centromere and chromatin biology. He received DOD Visionary Postdoctoral Fellowship. Currently he is using genome-editing tools to tag transcription factors endogenously to study their roles in the transcriptional response to estrogen signaling in breast cancers.


Arun Dutta is an MSTP student who joined the Guertin lab as a Biomedical Sciences PhD student in April 2018. Arun’s project interrogates the mechanism by which transcriptional cofactors are recruited to DNA.


Tommy Scott is an MSTP student who joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics as a graduate student in April 2019. He is studying how transcription is regulated by the estrogen receptor and other transcription factors in breast cancer.


Anna Cetnarowska is a Visiting Student Researcher from the Fulbright program who joined the Guertin lab in July 2019. Anna is studying the transcriptional response of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells after glucocorticoid treatment. Additionally, Anna is studying the role of BACH2 in autoimmune disease.


Bao Nguyen is an undergraduate student in the lab, collaborating with Arun Dutta to study the molecular mechanism of HDACi in CTCL cells. His current project involves using RNA-seq and computational methods to examine changes to mRNA levels upon HDACi treatment.

UVA graduate students are encouraged to contact Mike by email to discuss opportunities to rotate within the lab.

The Guertin lab is also seeking candidates for postdoctoral positions. Our lab is at the interface of molecular biology and computational biology; we develop and adopt experimental techniques and software to study basic mechanisms of transcription and chromatin function within the context of cancer biology. The group is looking to fill two openings: 1) an experimental biologist who will generate genomics data to address fundamental questions about cancer biology and transcriptional regulation; 2) a computational scientist who will development novel methods for interpreting genomics data in the context of transcriptional regulatory networks. Explore the appropriate link above for details.