LugerKarolinKarolin Luger, Ph.D. PI, and Chief Lab Wrangler

Training: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Basel in Switzerland; postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zuerich.
Main research interest: Structural biology of chromatin



Elizabeth Kasney, Admin Coordinator, Luger Lab





Pamela Dyer, Lab Manager II

Luger Lab Manager since May 2001
BS Science, Oregon State University
Horticulture (fruit and vegetable production and genetics)
Specialist in Molecular Biology certificate 2000

Jack of all trades in the lab: Reagent prep, Equipment maintenance, Lab Ordering, Research projects, Resource Management, Organization, Therapist/Life coach, Lab Mom.

Hobbies: Gardening, Tennis, Hiking, Camping


Alison White, Professional Research Assistant

Alison is a Colorado native who began her education with desire to become a zookeeper. As an undergraduate at Colorado State University she worked in a biochemistry lab on the construction of 12 recombinant organelle targeted adenoviruses encoding GFP labeled sphingomyelinase. Alison found herself torn between her love of animals and her new found love of cellular activity assays. As such, Alison did a zoo-keeping internship at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the summer of 2004 and while a wonderful experience, she ultimately decided to go to graduate school. Alison completed two Bachelor of Science degrees (in Zoology and Biological Sciences) in 2005 from CSU. She went on to complete her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology with Karolin as her PI in 2007 from CSU. She continued in Karolin’s lab working on Linker Histone H1 specificity as her main project. She has had several side projects including work with RTT109 acetylation, VPS/NAP1 tail swaps and is currently working with Archaea histones, making DNA for lab consumption and maintaining several pieces of equipment (Atomic Force Microscope, AKTA’s, Centrifuges, and Prep Cell). When not hard at work in the lab, Alison enjoys nature photography, knitting, volunteering and gardening.



  • A quantitative investigation of linker histone interactions with nucleosomes and chromatin.
    White AE, Hieb AR, Luger K. Sci Rep. 2016 Jan 11;6:19122.
    PMID: 26750377
  • Fluorescence strategies for high-throughput quantification of protein interactions.
    Hieb AR, D’Arcy S, Kramer MA, White AE, Luger K. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Mar;40(5):e33.
    PMID: 22121211