Illustration of the replicative helicase detecting a toxic DNA lesion and triggering its repair in frog egg extracts.

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Lab Updates

Welcome Jordan – our 2nd Rotation Student!!!

Jordan Valgardson - a first year student in our home department of Chemical and Systems Biology is now officially rotating in the lab. He's leveling up his Single-Molecule Skills already and we look forward to getting some science done together in the next 2 months. Read More »

We Welcome Our 1st Visiting Student – Travis!

Travis Lantz from Chemical and Systems Biology is starting a 2-month stint in our lab as a visiting student. He will be working with Linda to purify fluorescent proteins for some proof-of-principle experiments. In the meantime they are battling the cloning gremlins. Hang in there Travis! Read More »

Our First Rotation Student – Luke – is Here !!!

Luke Lynch from the Biochemistry PhD program will be spending the next 10 weeks studying how the replicative CMG helicase is regulated during replication stress - and we couldn't be more excited! Read More »

Joining The Lab

Our lab is using real-time single-molecule imaging to (i) study how eukaryotes replicate/repair their DNA; (ii) dissect molecular mechanisms involved in maintaining large/complex genomes; and (iii) understand how multi-subunit molecular machines like the replisome are regulated.

We are looking for curious and highly-motivated undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs to join our team. Since our lab operates at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and physics - we welcome people with very diverse backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, and training .

If you find our work exciting we encourage you to reach out by email at . If you are on campus you are always welcome to drop by the lab to chat.

Prospective Graduate Students
If you are applying to graduate programs at Stanford and are interested in our lab or department - pls contact us - it will be our pleasure to answer any of your questions.

Graduate Students
If you are a first year graduate student and are interested in a rotation - pls email us, or even better - visit our lab.

Postdoc Applicants
Postdoc applications are always welcome, pls reach out by email.

Contact Chistol Lab


Chistol Lab
Beckman Center B107, Mail Code 5345
Chemical and Systems Biology Department
Stanford School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305

Principal Investigator:
Gheorghe Chistol
Tel: 650-498-1429

Administrative Associate:
Taylor Crisologo
Tel: 650-725-0678