Vanessa Mondol



B.S., Biology, Stony Brook Univeristy, 2005


Vanessa Mondol is a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. She earned her B.S. in Biology at Stony Brook University in 2005 and then worked as a research assistant and lab manager in Dr. Virginia Cornish’s lab in the Chemistry Department at Columbia University. At Columbia, Vanessa participated in the Bridge to Ph.D. Program in the Natural Sciences while working to develop an in vivo mutagenesis technique in yeast to improve current directed evolution methods. In early 2010, Vanessa joined Dr. Amy Pasquinelli’s lab where she is currently working toward understanding the role of splicing in primary let-7 processing. Vanessa was chosen as a Cell, Molecular and Genetics Training Grant trainee and has been awarded a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.


Mondol V, Ahn BC, Pasquinelli AE. (2015). Splicing remodels the let-7 primary microRNA to facilitate Drosha processing in Caenorhabditis elegans. RNA.

Bracht, J.R., Van Wynsberghe, P.M., Mondol, V. & Pasquinelli, A.E. Regulation of lin-4 miRNA expression, organismal growth and development by a conserved RNA binding protein in C. elegans. Developmental Biology 348, 210-221 (2010).

Massirer, K.B., Perez, S.G., Mondol, V. & Pasquinelli, A.E. The miR-35-41 Family of MicroRNAs Regulates RNAi Sensitivity in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS Genetics 8, e1002536 (2012).

Mondol, V. & Pasquinelli, A.E. Let's Make It Happen: The Role of let-7 MicroRNA in Development. in Current Topics in Developmental Biology, Vol. 99 (ed. Eran, H.) 1-30 (Academic Press, 2012).

Romanini, D.W., Peralta-Yahya, P., Mondol, V. & Cornish, V.W. A Heritable Recombination System for Synthetic Darwinian Evolution in Yeast. ACS Synthetic Biology 1, 602-609 (2012).