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Lamia Wahba

Head of Lab

Lamia did her graduate work at the Carnegie Institute's Dept of Embryology, located on the Hopkins campus. There she worked on R-loops in budding yeast under the mentorship of Douglas Koshland. For her postdoc she moved to Andy Fire's lab at Stanford to study small RNA systems in the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. She joined Rockefeller as an assistant professor in 2023.     

On weekends Lamia has been walking 20k steps a day exploring NYC. She has also made it a mission to pick a new bakery every week for Lab Meeting Pastries. 

Yakshi Dabas

Graduate Student (joined Aug 2023)

Yakshi first made her way to research as an undergraduate at DTU in Delhi, India. While there she worked on sequencing pediatric genetic disorders. This inspired her to do a Masters in Human Genetics  at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After that, she joined Rockefeller as a Research Assistant in David Allis' lab, where she studied Cancer Epigenetic. In the Wahba Lab Yakshi has made a full transition to basic science research, studying the role of small RNAs in DNA damage and repair. 

Outside of lab Yakshi can be found in the kitchen trying to replicate her mom's Indian cooking.


Kimberly Elicker

Research Assistant (joined Nov 2022)

Kimberly is a founding member of the Wahba lab, showing up at Rockefeller even before Lamia did! Kimberly is an expert teacher, having spent the last decade teaching math and science to middle and high school students in the NYC public school system. The COVID era re-ignited her passion for research, which she had gotten a taste of while an undergraduate at Williams College, studying heat shock proteins in zebrafish. In the Wahba Lab she is exploring small RNA pathways in non-C. elegans nematodes. 

On the weekends you can find Kimberly running tours of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the  oldest surviving house in Manhattan!   

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Gabriel Hatto

Research Assistant (joined Aug 2023)

Gabe graduated from Cornell University in 2023 with a degree in molecular biology. There, he worked on defining the gene regulatory architecture of color patterning in butterfly and moth wings with Bob Reed. In the Wahba Lab, he is working to quantitatively understand the evolutionary dynamics and long-term implications of endogenous siRNA-mediated gene silencing via RNA sequencing experiments and statistical data analysis. He is leaving to start a PhD in Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago in September 2024.

Outside of work, he is learning data structures in C, writing grad school applications, and working on creative projects. More information can be found at

Interested in what we do? We are recruiting grad students and postdocs!

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