Welcome to the Yatsunyk Lab!

Welcome to the Yatsunyk Lab!

Deondre, Sayed, Barrett, Amber, and Liliya enjoying the College's Rose Garden in full bloom.

Our laboratory investigates how water-soluble porphyrins and other small molecule ligands interact with non-canonical tetrastranded DNA structures, quadruplexes, from telomeres and oncogenes promoters in a specific manner, leading to cancer inhibition. We want to understand the mechanism of these interactions as well as the structural details of quadruplexes alone and in complex with porphyrins. This knowledge will pave a way for new and selective anticancer treatments. Our favorite techniques include X-ray crystallography, UV-vis, circular dichroism (CD), fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), NMR, gel electrophoresis, and synthetic work. Most of the research is done by Swarthmore undergraduate students. We have strong collaborations with researchers from UPenn, NIST, University of Louisville and from the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology in France.

Lab News 2016

Liliya receives Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for her work titled: Deciphering the Structure and Dynamics of Quadruplex DNA and DNA-ligand complexes

In September the lab welcomes two new group member, Letitia Ho '19 and Allan Gao '19.

In September  Barrett, Irene, Sayed and Deondre presented their research at Swarthmore Sigma Xi poster session at Swarthmore as well as at Undergraduate Science Research Symposium at Haverford.

In August Liliya, Barrett, Irene, Sayed and Deondre went to the 252nd ACS National meeting. Liliya and Barrett gave oral presentations while Sayed, Irene, and Deondre presented posters. 

In July the whole lab (Liliya, Amber, Barrett, Deondre, and Sayed) went to Louisville to meet the lab of Brad Chaires. We had two  exciting and wonderful days of intense research collaborations. We learned how to run AUC, ITC, Stop-flow, and computer modeling, and got excellent data. Read more about our Louisville trip here.

Liliya, Amber, Barrett, Deondre, and Sayed began ten weeks of summer research in the Yatsunyk lab on May 31.

Our lab attended the third Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium (PIC-3) on March 19 at the U. of Delaware (http://sites.temple.edu/picsite).  Thomas Ruan presented a poster titled: "Interactions Between G-Quadruplex DNA and Porphyrin Ligands"; Alice, Sayed, and Barrett presented their poster titled: "Interactions Between Non-canonical DNA and Ligands".

Congratulation to Liliya on her recent publication of "Blending quadruplexes and Bordeaux: a Grand Cru! The 5th International Meeting on Quadruplex Nucleic Acids, Bordeaux (France)" in Cell Chemical Biology (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chembiol.2016.02.011


Access our News Archives...