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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 as 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.

About Colin

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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

About Natalie

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.

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Blair Schneider 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

PhD: Biomedical Sciences
     Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2023 
Bachelors of
     University of Delaware, 2017

About Blair

Blair studied the transcriptomic profile of different adipose deposits within broiler chickens in the lab of Carl Schmidt during her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware. She graduated with honors and a senior thesis in 2017. Blair went on to graduate school where she studied the role of transposons in aging in the Drosophila model system in the lab of Julie Secombe. She graduated in 2023 and is excited to study tRNA fragments (tRFs) in c. elegans and how they impact fertility and development in the Conine lab. Blair is also part of the PennPORT program and has an interest in teaching. Outside of lab Blair enjoys baking, spending time with friends and family, party planning and spoiling her cat, Juliet.  

Maddie Lamonica 

Research Technician

Bachelors of Science in Biology, Neuroscience 
   Penn State University, 2023.

About Maddie

Maddie graduated in 2023 from Penn State University with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Neuroscience and Psychology. During her undergraduate, Maddie worked in Dr. Yingwei Mao's Neurobiology lab where she studied the role of RNA-binding protein 8A (RMB8A) in Neural Progenitor Cells. She hopes to explore the field of reproductive biology and wants to pursue graduate school in the future. Outside of lab, Maddie enjoys yoga and spending time with her dogs!

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Kati Gross

Research Technician 

Bachelors of Art in Biology, 
   The University of Pennsylvania, 2023.

About Kati

Kati Gross graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2023. She joined the Conine Lab in 2021 as an undergraduate research assistant and now works full-time studying the biogenesis of small RNAs in C. Elegans. Kati hope to pursue a PhD in the future to further explore her interests in epigenetics and reproductive biology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and musical theater.


Nick Galambos

Graduate Student

Bachelors of Science in Biology
   West Chester University, 2016.

About Nick

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


About Grace

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.


Lexie Schneider

Graduate Student 

Bachelors of Science in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
   University of Maryland, 2020

About Lexie

 Lexie graduated in 2020 from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and spent a year before grad school doing a postbacc at NIH. Her past research was on the regulation of small noncoding RNAs by RNA binding proteins. Her research interests mainly include where RNA biology and epigenetics intersect. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading and exploring Philadelphia.


Graudate Student 

Taylor Miller-Ensminger

Bachelors of Science in Bioinformatics 
      Loyola University Chicago 

About Taylor

Taylor is PhD student in the Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology program within the Cell and Molecular Biology graduate group. She is co-advised and also works in the Jurado Lab. She is interested in the innate immune response in the context of Zika virus infection. 

Graudate Student 

Simon Zhou

Bachelors of Science  
       University of Santa Cruz, 2019

About Simon

Simon is a second year PhD student in the Immunology Graduate Group. He is co-advised and also works in the Kambayashi Lab. He is interested in immune cells and the mechanisms that drive their behavior and function during development. 

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In process: Bachelors of Science in Biology, 
    The University of Pennsylvania, 2025

Linda Chen


About Linda

Linda Chen is a current undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania where she is majoring in Biology. She is interested in IVF, assisted reproductive techniques, and ICSI, and hopes to pursue a career as a clinical embryologist. In her free time, she loves to learn new taekwondo moves, and binge watch good shows and tiktok videos late at night.

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