Giraldez Lab People

Antonio studied Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Cadiz and the University Autonoma of Madrid. During undergraduate, he worked with Gines Morata at the CBM in Madrid. Antonio did his PhD with Stephen Cohen at the EMBL (Heidelberg) (1998-2002) and a post-doc with Alex Schier at the Skirball Institute (NYU) and Harvard (2003-2006). Antonio is currently a Professor in the Genetics Department at Yale University and is part of the Interdepartmental program in Developmental Biology (2007- ) . GiraldezBiosketch-2014-development.pdf  Giraldez CV 8-2014.pdf  Pubmed

PI: Antonio J. Giraldez Ph.D.

Daniel studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona. He did his PhD with Joan J. Guinovart at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Barcelona) (2000-2006). There he studied the mechanisms that control glycogen synthesis, their evolution and their misfunction in pathologies such as diabetes or Lafora disease. Daniel is currently a Postdoc Associate in the Giraldez Lab at the Genetics Department at Yale University (2008- ). Daniel is dissecting post-transcriptional regulation in embryogenesis by analyzing the global-protein RNA interactome using mass spectrometry and RNA seq. Daniel was awarded a K99/R00 and is now a faculty at Boston University

Post-doc: Daniel Cifuentes Buira, Ph.D.

Carter studied Antrhopology at the University of Albany (SUNY). He did his Master at Dartmouth School of Medicine with Kevin Peterson, studying metazoan evolution. Then he moved to Yashi Ahmed’s lab where he studied the role of APC1 and APC2 in the wingless signaling pathway. Carter Defended his PhD in Feb 2008 and started in the Giraldez Lab in sep 2008, where he is studying the mechanisms that regulate maternal mRNAs. Carter received the competitive NIH fellowship to undertake this research.

Post-doc: Carter Takacs, Ph.D.


Before coming to Yale, Donna worked Bayer Healthcare for 10 years as an Administrative Assistant for the VP of Drug Safety and The Research department. Donna now, takes care of all the paper work in the Giraldez Lab, and her role is vital for Antonio’s sanity.

Administrative Assistant: Donna Karpel

Tonnie studied Biology at Radboud University Nijmegen , the Netherlands (2004-2009), and obtained her PhD at Strasbourg University, France (2013), in the laboratory of Bertrand Séraphin at the IGBMC . Here she studied quality control pathways targeting RNAs that cause ribosomes to stall during translation and identified a new role in translation regulation for factors central to these pathways. Tonnie joined the lab in November 2013 and is currently studying suspended animation and how it affects translation in embryonic development. She was awarded a prestigious EMBO postdoctoral fellowship to undertake this research.

Post-doc: Tonnie Van Den Elzen, Ph.D.

Post-doc: Miler Lee, Ph.D.

Miler earned a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2000, and then an M.S. in computer science in 2002.  He earned his Ph.D. in 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania from the Genomics and Computational Biology program, where he worked with Junhyong Kim on describing modular characteristics of RNA structures.  He joined the Giraldez Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate in February 2011 and is investigating the roles of non-coding RNA in the maternal-to-zygotic transition in zebrafish. Miler received a prestigious NIH fellowship to undertake this research. Miler is now a Faculty at University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. Students
Post Docs

Ashley studied Biology at California State University, Channel Islands (2008-2011). She worked in the laboratory of Dr. Nitika Parmar, where her research focused on investigating the effects of RhebL1 silencing on the mTOR pathway. Ashley entered the BBS graduate program at Yale University in 2011 and joined the Giraldez Lab in May of 2012. She is currently studying genes important to early zebrafish development through a maternal and zygotic genetic screen.

Ph.D. Student: Ashley Bonneau

Valeria holds a dual undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley in Neurobiology and Psychology. After graduating in 2009, she took a Research Associate position in the laboratory of Deepak Srivastava at the J. David Gladstone Institutes in UCSF where she worked on understanding regulation of cardiac microRNAs.  She joined BBS graduate program at Yale University in 2011 where she is also a HHMI-NIH Medical Research Scholar. Valeria's research is focused on understanding mechanisms regulating maternal mRNA clearance during early zebrafish development. 

Ph.D. Student: Valeria Yartseva

Juan Pablo studied Genetics at the National University of Misiones, Argentina (2001-2006).  He did his PhD in Aybar's lab at the Superior Institute of Biological Research (INSIBIO, CONICET-UNT), Argentina identifying the role of hedgehog signaling pathway and different genes involved in the neural crest cells development in Xenopus. Juan joined Giraldez Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Genetics Department at Yale University in April 2013 and he is  studying human embryonic development.

Post-doc: Juan Pablo Fernandez Ph.D.

Kate earned a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of New England in 2011, where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Travis.  Kate’s undergraduate research focus was the effect of sea level rise on the genetic diversity of a dominant marsh plant, Spartina alterniflora.  After graduation, Kate was employed as an environmental lab technician at Normandeau Associates, Inc. in Bedford, New Hampshire where she studied the effect of nuclear power plants on varying fish populations in the Hudson River.  Kate came to the Giraldez Lab in August 2012.  Kate is studying the regulation of miR-430 expression.

Post-graduate student: Kate DiVito

Post-doc: Jean-Denis Beaudin, Ph.D.

Jean-Denis earned a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Université de Sherbrooke in 2006. In 2009, he completed his Master degree, and started his PhD both in the laboratory of Dr Jean-Pierre Perreault at Université de Sherbrooke in the Department of Biochemistry. He earned his PhD in 2013, where he worked to characterize the ability of the G-quadruplex structure to modulate RNA activities. He joined the Giraldez Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate in April 2013 and is studying how RNA structures regulate post-transcriptional events in the oocyte to embryo and maternal-to-zygotic transitions in zebrafish. JD has been awarded a prestigious Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé FRQS fellowship to undertake this research.

Charles studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Université Pierre et Marie (Paris, France), and then earned his Master at the Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France). He studied Evolution of transposable elements under the supervision of Prof Hadi Quesneville. His did his PhD with Prof Evgeny Zdobnov at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) working on miRNA target prediction. He joined the Giraldez Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate in March 2013, and he is using gene expression and ribosome footprinting to understand the mechanism that regulate translation during embryogenesis. Charles received a prestigious Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship to undertake this research.

Post-doc: Charles Vejnar, Ph.D.

Timothy holds a B.S. in Computational Biology from Brown University (2008-2012), where he worked in the lab of Sorin Istrail. His undergraduate research focused on cis-regulation, synthetic biology, and gene regulatory networks at the transcriptional level. Tim entered the Yale BBS graduate program in 2012 and in May 2013 he joined the Giraldez Lab, where he is investigating translation and translational regulation during zebrafish development.

Ph.D. Student: Tim Johnstone

Miguel studied Biology at the University of Seville. He did his PhD with Tahia Benitez at the Department of Genetics in the University of Seville (2000-2006). There he studied the ambient pH regulation in filamentous fungi. Then he joined Jose A. Pintor-Toro lab at CABIMER where he investigated transforming small RNAs in mammalian cells and the role of pttg1 gene in cancer (2007-2012). Miguel received a very competitive fellowship from the Andalusian Goverment (FPS)  to undertake this research. Miguel is working on CRISPR technology and lncRNAs related to the early zebrafish development.

Post-doc: Miguel Angel Moreno Mateos (More) Ph.D.

Marlon studied Biomedicine at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn, Germany. During his undergraduate, he worked in the Usheva lab at Harvard University. He did his PhD in the lab of Nikolaus Rajewsky at the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin, characterizing the oocyte-to-embryo transition in C. elegans. Being part of a MDC-NYU PhD exchange program, he was co-supervised by Fabio Piano at New York University. Marlon joined the Giraldez Lab in August 2013 to study post-transcriptional gene regulation at the oocyte-to-embryo transition in zebrafish. Marlon received the prestigios DFG fellowship to undertake this research

Post-doc: Marlon Stoeckius, Ph.D.

Hiba earned a B.S. in Biology from University of Houston in 2001 and Forensic Sciences at Northwestern University. Hiba has worked as a laboratory technician in several universities including McGill (2001-2003), Northwestern (2003-2006), Pittsburgh (2006-2010). In 2010 she joined Dr Harold Burgess laboratory at the NIH, with a focus on Locomotor behavior in zebrafish.  Hiba Joined the Giraldez Lab as a research associate in August of 2013.

Lab Manager: Hiba Codore

Ariel studied Biology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998-2003). Then he did his PhD in the Asurmendi’s lab in the biotechnology institute, INTA, Argenitna, where he studied plant virus infections, mechanisms to confer viral resistance and the role of microRNAs during viral infection. He defended his PhD in Nov 2007 at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He did a short post-doc in the same lab working in metabolic and microRNAs profiles during virus infection in plants. He joined the Giraldez Lab at the Genetics Department at Yale University in Feb 2010 where he is using rbosome footprinting to identify non-coding RNAs, micro-peptide encoding genes and dissect their function. Ariel received the prestigious Pew fellowship to undertake this research.

Post-doc: Ariel Bazzini, Ph.D.

Cassie studied Biochemistry at the University of Chicago (2008-2012). After graduation she worked in the lab of Aaron Turkewitz at UChicago (2012-2014), studying secretory granule formation, phagosome maturation, and exocytosis. She entered the BBS graduate program in 2014 and joined the Giraldez lab in April 2015, where she investigates the role of RNA binding proteins in post-transcriptional regulation during zebrafish development.

Ph.D. Student: Cassandra Kontur

Henry studied Biology and Biochemistry at University of Virginia. (2008-2012). He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Raymond Keller, where his research focused on investigating the molecular basis and cellular regulation of the morphogenetic process, convergence and extension during development.  After graduation, Henry was employed as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Ira Schulman at University of Virginia, investigating the role of BRCA1 in the regulation of cholesterol metabolism and inflammation. Henry entered the BBS graduate program at Yale University in 2014 and joined the Giraldez Lab in June of 2015. He is currently studying the role of zygotic gene activation on different cellular behaviors during Maternal zygotic transition. 

Ph.D. Student: Henry Shun Chan