Research Interests:

The Van Houten lab uses a single molecule approach to study how DNA is repaired via the nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathway. The XPA protein plays a critical, yet poorly understood, part in both transcription-coupled and global genomic NER. My research aims to characterize the role and detailed behavior of XPA by directly observing its interaction with DNA and other NER partners. I use a combination of biochemistry, single molecule fluorescence microscopy, and atomic force microscopy.




B.A. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Colby College, 2010

PhD Advisor:  Dr. Ben Van Houten

Lab Address:

Hillman Cancer Center Research Pavilion Lab 2.1
5117 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

email: beckwitt[AT]