Ariel Bazzini

Assistant Investigator

Ariel Bazzini, Ph.D., cannot recall a time when he did not play soccer during his childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I started kicking the ball as soon as I learned how to walk,” he says. “Like most kids in Argentina, I dreamed of playing for the national team.” At the age of 15, he began having another dream -- about becoming a scientist. His interest in science was sparked by his middle school biology teacher’s lectures about the Human Genome Project. “I love genes and studying how they work, and how their functions impact life,” says Bazzini, who received a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 2007 at the University of Buenos Aires. For his doctoral dissertation, he studied plant genetics in the laboratory of Sebastian Asurmendi, Ph.D., at the Institute of Biotechnology in Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). Prior to joining Stowers as an assistant investigator in 2016, Dr. Bazzini was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently an associate research scientist in the laboratory of Antonio J. Giraldez, Ph.D., in the Department of Genetics at Yale University. Dr. Bazzini’s current focus on the regulation of gene expression in vertebrates originated during his time at Yale, but with the Institute’s physical resources and the expertise of the scientific staff, he has the flexibility to choose the most fitting model organism, from self-generating flatworms to zebrafish to mice, for his particular research questions. And he looks forward to jumping into projects he has yet to imagine. You may contact him at

Luciana Castellano

Graduate Researcher

Luciana Castellano grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since she was a little girl she was attracted by science; she conducted home experiments with her sister and her cousins. She studied Biotechnology at the National University of General San Martin, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degree after working in Reproductive Physiology. In order to discover new paths to do research, she enthusiastically joined the Bazzini Lab. “I’m passionate about cell biology. I love studying the mechanisms that regulate gene expression and cell fate. I’m very excited to be a part of the Bazzini Lab and this amazing Institute!” In her free time, Luli enjoys playing sports and spending time with her family and friends. You may contact her at

Michelle DeVore

Research Technician II

Michelle DeVore is a Research Technician in the Bazzini Lab who came to the Institute from KU Medical Center, where she studied molecular biotechnology and clinical laboratory science. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t passionate about all aspects of science—from cosmology to medicine—but she’s especially interested in the processes which define life and make one cell different from the next. She is very excited to be a part of the Bazzini Lab where she has the opportunity to be involved in diverse and fascinating research. She enjoys working at the Stowers Institute because there are so many different resources and an immense number of opportunities to learn from scientists and experts across a variety of fields. Michelle has two brilliant teenage daughters and three dogs at home, as well as a wonderful family who have been incredibly supportive of her desire to pursue a career in science. Outside of family and the lab, her greatest loves are nature and animals of all kinds. You may contact her at

Santiago Medina

Undergrad Researcher

Santiago Medina is an undergraduate student in genomics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He first joined the Zeitlinger Lab as a Summer Scholar and began working on transcriptional regulation. After completing another internship at the Zeitlinger Lab, Santiago decided to join the Bazzini Lab where he is finishing his undergraduate thesis. These experiences raised Santiago’s interest in computational biology. He aims to answer biological problems about translational regulation using computational and statistical methods. He enjoys horseback riding, writing code, and reading books. You may contact him at

Qiushuang Wu

Predoctoral Researcher

Qiushuang (Q) is the first predoctoral student in Bazzini lab from the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute. She earned her B.S. in biology from Wuhan University in China, 2016. With strong interest in gene expression regulation, she is very happy to join the lab after rotation. The lab is small but active; she really enjoys the atmosphere to do science here. She wants to explore the beauty of basic science, and focus on translation efficiency and mRNA stability in our lab. During her free time, she takes great pleasure in cooking, especially Chinese dishes. She finds the creativity in cooking similar to conducting scientific experiments.You may contact her at

Matthew Wright

Graduate Researcher

Bio coming soon

Gopal Kushawah

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Gopal Kushawah is a postdoctoral research associate in Bazzini lab. He did his PhD from Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), India. During his PhD, he has explored evolutionary developmental biology in the context of noncoding genome using different mammalian cell lines and zebrafish. At present, In Bazzini lab, he is trying to understand, whether the noncoding part of the genome plays a regulatory role in determining the fate of early embryonic development in different model organisms.


He always gets fascinated by observing the fine balance maintained by the nature among different forms of lives. He also likes to spend time in cooking, playing cricket, volleyball and other outdoor games.

Michay Diez

Graduate Researcher

Michay Diez has always had a keen interest in the natural world, and since he was little people could guess he would become a scientist. It was a combination of his curiosity, creativity and his eagerness for facing tough challenges. In Argentina, his native country, Michay got an engineering degree in agricultural biotechnology and worked on research for two years in the National Institute of Agriculture Technology. He is also passionate about teaching, which led him to a TA position that he held for 3 years in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at the National University of San Martín. He chose Stowers because he wanted to work with cutting edge science using the latest techniques. “It was thrilling when I read about codon optimality, and I immediately knew that I wanted to do research at the Bazzini lab”. Currently, he works on identifying novel RNA binding proteins employing biochemistry and proteomics. In his free time, Michay loves baking Argentinian pastries and dancing tango. You may contact him at