Former Lab Members



  1. Francisco Oliveira, 2008 – 2014, Recipient of the Fleming Fellowship (Currently: Assistant Professor at State University of Rio de Janeiro)
  2. Jason MacGurn (co-mentored with Scott Emr in an NIH-K99) – 2010 – 2013 (Currently: Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University)
  3. Jose Renato Rosa Cussiol, 2012 – 2016 (Currently: Assistant Professor at Federal University of Sao Paulo)


Graduate students

  1. Patrice Ohouo, BMCB, 06/2009 – 05/2013 (Earned a PhD degree; currently a Forensic Toxicology Scientist at National Toxicology Center Testing Laboratory)
  2. Laura Nemeth, 06/2011 – 08/2013 (earned a Master’s degree)
  3. Carolyn Jablonowski, BMCB, 06/2011 – 12/2015 (Earned a PhD degree, currently a post-doc with Dr. Janet Partridge at St. Jude’s)
  4. Yi Liu, BMCB, 06/2010 – 07/2016. (Earned a PhD degree, currently a post-doc with Dr. Yang Shi at Harvard – Boston Children’s Hospital)
  5. Dongsung Kim, BMCB, 06/2013 – 08/2018. (Earned a PhD degree, currently a post-doc with Dr. Piro Lito at MSKCC)
  6. Michael Lanz, BMCB, 06/2014 – 04/2019. (Earned a PhD degree, currently a post-doc with Dr. Ian Skotheim at Stanford)


Visiting scientists

  1. Fulvia di Pillo (visiting student: 9/2017 – 2/2018)
  2. Giuliana Zuccoli (visiting student: 9/2017 – 12/2017)
  3. Arina Perez – Visiting fellow 2015-2016


Undergraduate students

  1. Jorge Dorantes, 2010
  2. Chu Jian Ma, 2009-2012
  3. Jaclyn Munoz, 2010-2013
  4. Odis Ponce2011-2013
  5. Min Cheol Jeong, 2012-2015
  6. Angel Joel Diaz Martinez, 2013, REU program
  7. Susannah Oberly, 2014-2018
  8. Jenna Nam, 2016-2018
  9. Ankit Rana, 2016-2019
  10. Austen Te, 2016-2019
  11. Kevin Feng, 2017-2019



Photos of former members



Francisco Oliveira




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Laura Jaramilo





Jacky MunozJacky-Munoz-small-optmz copy




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Frank Ma





Jose Cussiol




Arina Perez
Arina Perez




Jacob-Weiser-new-140wJacob Weiser




Jessica MendesJessica Mendes




Yi-Liu-small-optmzYi Liu




Giuliana da Silva ZuccoliGiuliana da Silva Zuccoli





Fulvia Di PilloFulvia Di Pillo





Jenna Nam

Jenna Nam




Susannah Oberly




Dongsung Kim




Michael Lanz




Ankit Rana




Austen Te




Kevin Feng




Marcus Smolka, PhD

Marcus Smolka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and a member of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. He received a Ph. D. in Brazil, at the State University of Campinas and worked as a visiting fellow with Dr. Ruedi Aebersold, at the Institute for Systems Biology (Seattle, WA). In 2003, Dr. Smolka moved to San Diego, CA for a post-doctorate at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, working with DNA damage checkpoint kinases and phosphoproteomics in the laboratory of Dr. Huilin Zhou. He joined Cornell in 2008.

Marcus B. Smolka, Ph.D
Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University
339 Weill Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7202

(607)255-0274 (Office)
(607)255-0174 (Lab)

Selected Publications

Annual Review of Biochemistry (2020) - Checkpoint Responses to DNA Double-Strand Breaks. David Waterman, James Haber, Marcus Smolka.

EMBO Journal (2019) - DNA damage kinase signaling: checkpoint and repair at 30 years. Mike Lanz, Diego Dibitetto, Marcus Smolka.

Preprint: BioRxiv (2019) - In-depth and 3-Dimensional Exploration of the Budding Yeast Phosphoproteome. Mike Lanz, Kumar Yugandhar, Shagun Gupta, Ethan Sanford, Vitor Faça, Stephanie Vega, Aaron Joiner, Chris Fromme, Haiyuan Yu, Marcus Smolka.

Genes & Development (2018) - Separable roles for Mec1/ATR in genome maintenance, DNA replication, and checkpoint signaling. Mike Lanz, Susannah Oberly, Etan Sanford,..., Marcus Smolka.

Nucleic Acids Research (2018) - ATR-mediated proteome remodeling is a major determinant of homologous recombination capacity in cancer cells. Dongsung Kim, Yi Liu, Susannah Oberly, Raimundo Freire and Marcus B Smolka.

J Cell Bio (2017) - TOPBP1/Dpb11 plays a conserved role in homologous recombination DNA repair through the coordinated recruitment of 53BP1/Rad9. Yi Liu, José Renato Cussiol, Jennie Rae Sims, …, Marcus Bustamante Smolka.
Commentary by the Gasser Lab: A game of musical chairs: Pro- and anti-resection factors compete for TOPBP1 binding after DNA damage.

J Cell Biol (2016) - TOPBP1 takes RADical command in recombinational DNA repair. Yi Liu and Marcus Smolka.

Mol Cell (2015) - Phosphoproteomics Reveals Distinct Modes of Mec1/ATR Signaling during DNA Replication. Francisco Bastos de Oliveira, Dongsung Kim, José Renato Cussiol, ... Marcus Smolka.

EMBO Journal (2015) - Dampening DNA damage checkpoint signalling via coordinated BRCT domain interactions. José R Cussiol, Carolyn M Jablonowski, Askar Yimit, Grant W Brown, Marcus B Smolka

Nature (2013) - DNA Repair Scaffolds Dampen Checkpoint Signaling by Counteracting the Rad9 Adaptor. Patrice Ohouo, Yi Liu, Francisco M Bastos de Oliveira and Chu Jian "Frank" Ma and Marcus Smolka.

Cell Cycle (2012) - The many roads to checkpoint activation. Patrice Ohouo and Marcus Smolka.

Cell Cycle (2012) - The checkpoint transcriptional response: Make sure to turn it off once you are satisfied. Marcus Smolka, Francisco Bastos de Oliveira, Michael Harris, and Robertus A M de Bruin.

EMBO Journal (2012) - Linking DNA replication checkpoint to MBF cell-cycle transcription reveals a distinct class of G1/S genes. Francisco Bastos de Oliveira, Michael Harris, Pijus Brazauskas, Robertus A M de Bruin and Marcus Smolka.

Cell (2011) - TORC1 regulates endocytosis via Npr1-mediated phosphoinhibition of a ubiquitin ligase adaptor. JA MacGurn, PC Hsu, Marcus Smolka and Scott Emr. 147(5):1104-17.

Cell Cycle (2011) - A touching moment for Smc5/6: from ssDNA binding to repair. Patrice Ohouo, Marcus Smolka, (April 2011) (comment on Roy MA, et al. Cell Cycle).

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