Current Lab Members

Dr. M. Todd Washington- the Big Man (Creator of the Washington Lab in 2003)

  • Hometown: Hubbard, Ohio
  • Education: 
    • Bachelor- BA in Philosophy and BS in Biology at Ohio State
    • PhD- Biochemistry at Ohio State
    • Postdoc- University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) 
  • Hobbies, Activities, and Interests: Reading, Star Wars, D&D, films, classical music, and playing the piano 
  • Random Factoids: He dreams of committing the rest of his life to learning more about the Star Wars universe.




Dr. Christine Kondratick- Research Scientist (Joined 2003)

  • Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
  • Education: 
    • Bachelors- Biochemistry at North Carolina State 
    • PhD- Cellular Biology at Ohio State
    • Postdoc- University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)  
  • Hobbies, Activities, and Interests: Scrapbooking and investing in her daughter and her dancing





Melissa Gildenberg- MSTP Student (joined Summer 2014)

  • Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Education: BS in Biochemistry at the University of Michigan
  • Research Interests: DNA damage bypass and structural biology of pathological proteins
  • Hobbies, Activities, and Interests: Working as a head tutor for the Medical School, her dog Stella, rowing, and hanging out with friends and family   
  • Random factoids: She has been commissioned to paint murals for several different groups including her high school and she has been a kayak instructor
  • Future Goals: Faculty position at an R1 university



Brittany Ripley- Graduate Student (joined Spring 2015).

  • Hometown: Medford, Oregon
  • Bachelors degree: BS in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from Southern Oregon University
  • Research interests: Structure and function of ubiquitin ligases, specifically the complex Rad6-18 which is involved in the initiation of Translesion Synthesis by monoubiquitylation of PCNA.
  • Hobbies, Activities, and Interests: A variety of outdoor activities, staying fit, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
  • Random factoids: Grew up in a family of 9 and was home schooled all the way through high school
  • ​Future Goals: Faculty position at a liberal arts university



Devin Reusch- Graduate student (joined Fall 2019)
  • Hometown: Burlington, IA
  • Education: AA from Kirkwood Community College, BS in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa
  • Research Interests: DNA replication and repair mechanisms. 
  • Hobbies and Interests: All things family, traveling, coin collecting, cars, gaming
  • Random factoids: Served in the U.S. Army under four consecutive presidents (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obama). Been to over a dozen countries. Completed his undergraduate at the University of Iowa working full time and raising a family.
  • For more info see the following webpage



Justin Ling- Graduate student (joined Fall 2019)

  • Hometown: Williamsburg, IA
  • Education: BS in Biochemistry and Genetics from Iowa State University
  • Research Interests: DNA-Protein interactions, DNA replication and DNA repair mechanisms
  • Hobbies and Interests: Sports, music, movies, and spending time with family
  • Random factoids: I dream of taking a long vacation across Europe to see all of the historical sites! (Rome would be my first stop)




Previous Lab Members

Kyle Powers
  • Current Position: Postdoc in Dr. Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel's lab at University of Bristol
Elizabeth Boehm
  • Current Position: Patent Agent with Wolf Greenfield
Lynne Dieckman
John Pryor
  • Current Position: Postdoc at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Bret Freudenthal
Karissa Carlson