Lab Members

 Head shots/portraits for faculty and staff in the College of Science at Virginia Tech.

Silke studied medicine, but then discovered that research was more exciting. She joined Jan-Michael Peters' lab at the IMP in Vienna, and then Yoshinori Watanabe's lab at the University of Tokyo. From 2005 on, she had her own group at the Max Planck Institutes in Tuebingen, from where the lab moved to Virginia Tech in 2014. Apart from being passionate about research, Silke enjoys beautiful design, modern dance and Japanese culture. 



Drisya joined the lab after her PhD at the Indian Institute of Science where she studied pre-mRNA splicing using fission yeast as the model. She is currently working on understanding the mechanisms which regulate the temporal co-ordination between different mitotic events. She likes reading about historical civilizations and now invests free time in improving her cooking skills.

Drisya Vijayakumari



Varun Gopala Krishna




Varun finished his undergraduate degree in Bangalore (India) and completed his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Nottingham. His PhD project involved the purification and characterisation of a novel ubiquitin modification. He has recently joined the Hauf lab and seeks to better understand the ubiquitination of APC/C substrates and the consequences with respect to regulation of sister chromatid separation and mitotic exit. In addition, Varun is a recovering Cricket (the sport, not the insect) addict and spends a lot of his time observing the local wildlife at the nearest Walmart.


Tatiana Boluarte

Lab Manager / Research Specialist


Tatiana is from Cusco, Peru - right where Machu Picchu is! She studied Agronomy and has a Masters in Plant Breeding and Genetics. She worked at the International Potato Center and the University of Oklahoma before getting her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at Virginia Tech. She taught genetics a EARTH University in Costa Rica, and has worked with several plant molecular genetics research groups at Virginia Tech. She has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of Horticulture. She joined our lab in August 2014. As good Peruvian, she loves potatoes, and enjoys plants, music, drawing and painting. 

Doug joined the lab in 2017 after completing a M.Sc. degree at the University of Miami, and having worked as an Editor for the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology. He has lived all over the US, and abroad, and is an amazing molecular biologist with super attention to detail.  

Douglas Weidemann

Research Specialist




Haoyun Yang

Research Assistant


Haoyun is from Shandong province in China,  has studied Biochemistry at Virginia Tech, and has been doing undergraduate research in the lab before his graduation in spring 2017. We are very happy that he is now back for a little while before starting graduate school. Haoyun is also a true soccer enthusiast, and a fan of Shandong Luneng Taishan. 

Undergraduate Student Researchers



Eric Esposito

Eric is studying biological sciences with a minor in chemistry, and is currently having fun in the lab studying the mitotic checkpoint. He also enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. After graduation, he plans to go into an M.D./Ph.D. program. 


Saahil Golia

Saahil is studying biological sciences (biomedical option), and is exploring the molecular basis of synchronous ana-phase. Along with the goal of becoming a physician, he enjoys reading, sports, and is a big fan of Star Wars.

Kenrick Cameron

Group pictures and lab outings