Lab Members


Colin Conine Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

PhD: Molecular Biology And Genetics. 
   University Of Massachusetts, Medical School, 2014.
Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry
   University Of Rochester, 2007.

Colin Conine is an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Division of Neonatology), as well a a faculty member of the Penn Epigenetics Institute and Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health. Colin completed his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Craig Mello at UMass Medical School where he worked on the function of endogenous small RNA pathways regulating thermotolerant male fertility in C. elegans. Colin went on to complete his postdoctoral training in Oliver Rando’s lab also at UMass Medical where he was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow. During this time he demonstrated that sperm transmitted small RNAs in mice are able to regulate embryonic gene expression and development in offspring. In the process he found that small RNAs are shipped from the epididymis to maturing sperm via exosomes, establishing a novel soma-to-germline transfer of epigenetic information in mammals

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Natalie Trigg  Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow 

PhD: Biological Sciences
   University Of Newcastle 2021.
Bachelors of Biotechnology 
   The University Of Newcastle, 2016

Natalie Trigg received her Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) (2016) and PhD (2021) from the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive

Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Natalie completed her PhD in the laboratory of Professor Brett Nixon where she investigated the impact of paternal environmental exposure on the sperm small RNA profile. Specifically, her research investigated the impact of exposure to the xenobiotic, acrylamide during epididymal transit, on the sperm small RNA profile and how exposure mediates changes in the sperm small RNA profile and the consequences of delivering an altered small RNA profile to the oocyte.


Rachel Bartlett

Laboratory Manager

Bachelors of Science in Biology, Genetics Emphasis
   The Pennsylvania State University, 2020.

Rachel Bartlett is a recent graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Genetics in 2020. While at Penn State she conducted research in the Kamen's Lab in the Department of Biobehavioral Health which focused heavily on the addiction of drugs and alcohol in mice. She received an Ericson Grant and conducted an independent study on The Influence of Adolescent Social Stress on Opioids. She ultimately hopes to pursue a career in Research Field. In her free time she likes to cook, ski, and travel as much as she can.


Olivia Crocker

Reseach Technician

Bachelors of Arts in Biology
   University of Pennsylvania, 2020.

Olivia Crocker is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2020. During her undergraduate tenure at Penn, she conducted research in the Joyce Lab and gained an interest in the epigenetic regulation of the Drosophila melanogaster genome. Her previous research projects in the Joyce Lab included an investigation of factors that impact heterochromatin clustering and the role of condensin II in modulating translocation frequency. She ultimately hopes to pursue a biomedical PhD and continue her investigation of epigenetic phenomenon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and visiting art museums and restaurants around Philadelphia.


Nick Galambos

Graduate Student

Bachelors of Science in Biology
   West Chester University, 2016.

Nick Galambos is the first graduate student in the Conine lab. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, from West Chester University as a Biology major and Chemistry minor. Nick is very interested in RNA biology and ultimately wants to obtain a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate university. Outside of lab, Nick enjoys gardening, fly fishing, and spending time with his family.


Grace Lee

Graduate Student 

Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry
   Trinity University, 2016

Grace is a PhD student from the Pharmacology Graduate Group interested in the role of small RNAs in early development and epigenetic inheritance. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Trinity University in 2019. Outside of the lab, Grace enjoys nature, playing guitar, and spending time with friends.

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Katrin Gross


In Process: Bachelors of Art in Biology, 
   The University of Pennsylvania, 2023.

Katrin Gross is a current undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania where she is majoring in Biology. She is interested in development, epigenetics, and reproductive biology, and she ultimately hopes to pursue a PhD to further explore these fields. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and musical theater.