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.

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!

Charlotte Reed
Lab Technician

Charlotte graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College in 2019 as a premed Spanish major. In the Buratowski lab she extends her love of organic chemistry to biological systems. She is also passionate about sewing and is vegan.

Adam Volanakis
Postdoctoral Fellow

Adam is from Greece and studied at the University of Crete. He then moved to Oxford University, where he did his Master's degree with (former Buratowski lab member) Lidia Vasilieva and his PhD with Nick Proudfoot.  In the Buratowski lab he is using single molecule microscopy to study transcription elongation and termination. Adam is supported by and EMBO Long Term Fellowship.