Luis Batista

Principal Investigator

Luis received his PhD from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Menck), working in close collaboration with Dr. Bernd Kaina at the University of Mainz, Germany. After his postdoctoral training with Steve Artandi at Stanford, Luis joined Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor in 2014.

When not in lab Luis enjoys playing tennis, cooking, watching soccer and spending time with his daughter!

Barbara Soares

Postdoctoral Fellow

Barbara joined the lab in 2021, immediately after completing her PhD at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). During her PhD, Barbara focused on DNA damage and repair pathways, using yeast as a primary model system. Barbara is interested in understanding the impact of telomere shortening on DNA instability and its consequences during cellular replication.

Outside the lab, Barbara enjoys paddling, dancing and drinking with friends.

Ho-Chang Jeong

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hochang received his the Department of Oriental Medicine Biotechnology at Kyung Hee University in 201. He then moved to the Department of Life Science at Sogang University (under the supervision of Dr. Hyuk-Jin Cha) where he received hi PhD in 2017in 2017. Hochang joined the Batista Lab in 2018, where he interested in deciphering the role of telomerase and telomeres during hematopoietic and hepatic development.

Outside the lab, Hochang enjoys riding his bike and watching a movie with beer.

Michael Munroe

Postdoctoral Fellow

Michael graduated from Indiana University in 2011 and from there moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his PhD in 2018.  He joined the Batista Lab in July 2018, as a NIH-sponsored Postdoctoral fellow. Michael is adapting novel in vivo and in vitro models to be used for the study of telomerase and telomere maintenance. With novel technologies in hand, Michael plans to advance the field of telomere dysfunction induced disease and provide novel treatment options for patients afflicted with these syndromes

Outside the lab Michael enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their dog, playing golf, and enjoying good food!

Vincent Gillespie

Research Technician

Vincent graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2014 and from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a MBS in 2018. He joined the lab in 2020 as a Research Technician, where he both keeps the lab running and helps scientifically in different projects that aim to find novel therapies for patients with bone marrow failure. Vincent aspires to become a practicing physician with the goal of addressing the health disparities in marginalized communities, and help improve their access to adequate healthcare.

Outside of lab he likes to read fantasy novels, watch movies with his family, play chess and learn new magic card tricks.

Ethan Cordes

Undergraduate Trainee

Ethan is a current undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, but is originally from Colorado. His work focuses on identifying therapies for diseases caused by telomerase dysfunction, such as dyskeratosis congenita. Ethan is working to identify gene targets that when modulated can increase in vivo levels of TERC. Ethan’s goal is to eventually obtain a PhD and he is specifically interested in telomerase/telomeres, epigenetics/chromatin structure, transposable elements, and cancer.

For fun Ethan enjoys to read, cook, watch TV, and spend time in the mountains hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.


Alexandre Vessoni

Kirsten Brenner

Wilson Fok

Ed Zhu

Jason Colasanti

Evandro Niero

Leonardo Cruz

Marquet Minor

Gabriela (Gabby) Perez-Garcia