Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Steve got his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1984. His PhD thesis on the RNA polymerase II initiation complex was done in the lab of Phil Sharp at MIT.  In 1990, he established his own lab as a Fellow at the Whitehead Institute.  He moved to Harvard Medical School in 1994, where he has been a full professor since 2002.  When not doing science, he enjoys playing and listening to music, gardening, and traveling.

Graduate Student

Inwha completed her undergraduate and master’s studies at Seoul National University, graduating summa cum laude. She is a PhD student in the BBS program at HMS and is working on single molecule studies of RNA Polymerase II transcription. Outside of lab she likes to watch Netflix and play boardgames. She also likes to travel whenever she has time.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Urmi earned her PhD from Rutgers University. Her current project is titled 'Regulation of transcription by the mRNA cap methyltransferase'. She enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music, and teaching science.

Robin Buratowski
Lab Manager

Robin did her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins, and earned her PhD from MIT where she studied learning and memory in Drosophila.

Gabriela Giordano
Lab Technician

Gabby joined the lab as a research technician after graduating from Brandeis University in 2021.  She's planning to apply for grad and/or med school after taking some time to do research.  When not doing science, she's a singer and musician.

Jongcheol Jeon
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jongcheol did his PhD at KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea. He is generally interested in molecular mechanisms in eukaryotic transcription and is now working on transcription activator-coactivator dynamics in transcription. And he likes to play almost all board games!

Deepash Kothiwal
Postdoctoral Fellow

Deepash earned his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science in India on the Cohesin complex. His current project uses mass spectrometry to study CTD phosphorylation. In his free time, he enjoys films and playing cricket.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sarah did her PhD at Monash University in Australia, working on the general transcription factor TFIID. In the Buratowski lab, she is using single molecule microscopy to study transcription initiation. She has a passion for savory donuts and all things fermentation!

Nathan Weber
Lab Technician

Nathan joined the lab in 2021 after getting his degree in Biophysics from Brandeis University.  He's working as a research technician supporting our single molecule microscopy team, and plans to apply for PhD programs after gaining more lab experience.  Like several of our other lab members, he's also musician, but the only one that plays the tuba!