Italo Tempera

Associate Professor

Italo received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Italy. In 2007, he moved to Philadelphia to start his post-doctoral research at the Wistar Institute, working in the laboratory for Dr. Paul Lieberman. In 2012, Italo joined the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at Temple University as Assistant Professor. In July 2018, Italo was promoted to Associate Professor.

Lisa Beatrice Caruso

Post-doctoral Fellow
Lisa received her Ph.D from La Sapienza University of Rome, where she worked in Alfredo Colosimo’s lab on the use of topological networks in the study of protein structure dynamics and function. After her Ph.D she worked as a Volunteer Researcher in the Department of  Biochemical Sciences of La Sapienza University of Rome, on a predictive study, through network analysis, of amino acidic residues relevant from a structural and functional point of view in the Protein disulfide isomerase family. She joined the Tempera’s lab in October 2016 and she is currently working on several projects, among those, the identification and characterization of viral DNA-NL interactions during EBV latency and the determination of the relationship between NL association and EBV gene expression.

Sarah Johnson

Ph.D. Student

Sarah earned her B.S. in Biology at Loyola University Maryland and conducted her undergraduate research in vaccine development against CCHFV. Her current research is focused on identifying key viral and host proteins involved in epigenetic modifications during latent EBV infection and their possible dynamic interactions.

Sarah Boyle

Research Technician

Sarah received her MSc in Biology at the University of Texas. Then spent 10 years in Michael Edidin’s lab at Johns Hopkins University studying protein trafficking in T cells using biophysical methods. Sarah then spent 7 years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia working on ER stress proteins in a biochemistry lab. She has also spent a year in Gene Therapy Program at UPENN studying gene therapy methods on various disease models. Sarah joined Tempera lab in August of 2018 and is focused on working on characterizing various EBV associated protein interactions using immunofluorescence microscopy and gene editing.


Kayla Martin
PhD 2012-2015

Lena Lupey – Green
PhD 2012-2017

Michael Hulse
PhD 2014-2019