Lisa Lojek (Research Assistant I)

Center for RNA Molecular Biology, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Wood Bldg.  W113, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44106-4960, USA


P 216.368.0276

F 216.368.2010

Tenure: 2010 - 2012

Current Position: Graduate student and Vanderbilt University


Ohio University, Athens, OH September 2005 – March 2009 (B.S. in Biological Sciences)

Professional Experience

Assistant Chemist, Globe Metallurgical, Inc. Beverly, OH 2006, 2008

Honors and Awards

Received Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund award for the DNA extraction from chewing gum project (11/06)

Received American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Award from the Biochemistry and Chemistry department at Ohio University (5/07)

Received Student Enhancement Award for the DNA Extraction from chewing gum project (4/09)

Research project was presented at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists convention (5/09)


Geisler, S., Lojek, L., Khalil, A., Baker, K.E., and Coller, J., (2012) A decapping pathway for long non-coding RNAs regulates inducible genes. Mol Cell, 45(3): 279-291.


RNA and I have just recently been made acquainted. My previous research experience, in the Jackson Lab at Ohio University, was strictly with DNA, more specifically extracting it as a part of a project trying to determine the environmental effects that effect DNA degradation in a chewing gum sample. This experiment took a forensic perspective on the subject by asking the question if someone were to leave a chewed piece of gum at a crime scene would a DNA profile be able to be obtained. We initially focused on optimizing extraction procedures and moved into setting up environmental conditions to determine which would have the greatest effect on degrading the loci we were profiling. After receiving my BS in biological sciences from Ohio University I joined Dr. Jeff Coller’s lab at Case Western Reserve University because their research really intrigued me. Since being included in the Coller lab group I’ve been working on a project to determine if their is a connection between ncRNA creation with nearby gene silencing.