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

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Lab Updates

Gheorghe Receives the NSF CAREER Award

01-Feb-2022: Gheorghe has received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award - our lab's first federal grant! It supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. This grant will support our lab's efforts to dissect the mysterious process or replication initiation in vertebrates. This project will also provide biotechnology training opportunities for high school teachers and students. Read More »

Emma Joins the Lab as the New Admin

We are really delighted to welcome Emma Hammock - our new admin. Read More »

New Microscope Room!

The Chistol lab is celebrating another exciting milestone! Following our successful move to the CCSR building, we finished setting up our new microscope room. 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
We are currently accepting applications for postdocs. Please see our Contact page for details on how to submit your application.

Contact Chistol Lab


Chistol Lab
CCSR 3130, Mail Code 5174
Chemical and Systems Biology Department
Stanford School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305

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

Administrative Associate:
Emma Atul
Tel: 650-725-0678