Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group

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Current students

Karen Acosta (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 New Mexico State University, University Park (Biochemistry)

Laura Agosto(matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Cellular and Molecular Biology)

Ismail Ahmed (matriculated 2012)
B.S., City College of New York, 2011 (Biochemistry)
Understanding protein function and interactions using spectroscopic probes (Dr. Feng Gai)

Dirk Auman (matriculated 2014)
B.S., Miami University, Ohio, 2014 (Biochemistry)
Biophysical chemistry of flavin- and metalloporphyrin-containing redox proteins. (Dr. P. Leslie Dutton)

Eric Babiash (matriculated 2010)
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010 (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Structural intermediates in the biogenesis of spliceosomal snRNPs in minimal, model organisms (Dr. Gideon Dreyfuss)

Kiara Berrios (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedra (Chemistry)

Christopher Bialas (matriculated 2011)
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2010 (Molecular Biology)
The design of fully synthetic flavoproteins (Dr. P. Leslie Dutton)

Sarah Bond (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 University of Rochester (Biochemistry)
Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in disease (Kelly Jordan-Sciutto)

Thomas Campbell (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 St. Johns University, Jamaica (Physics)

Jeffrey Carey (VMD/PhD – matriculated Spring 2013)
MSEChE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007 (Chemical Engineering)
BMA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007 (Music Composition)
Bacterial two-component signal transduction and commensal host colonization (Dr. Mark Goulian)

Abigail Cember (matriculated 2013)
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2013 (Biochemistry)
Developing tools for biological imaging based on optical and magnetic phenomena not yet applied in that arena (Dr. Sergei Vinogradov)

Mariel Coradin (matriculated 2014)
B.S., University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 2014 (Biology)
Quantitative proteomics for characterization of histone proteolysis (Dr. Ben Garcia)

Caroline Davis (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 Rutgers University (Food Science)

Jamie DeNizio (matriculated 2013)
B.S., Haverford College, 2011 (Chemistry)
Iterative and processive oxidation of 5-methylcytosine by TET family oxygenases (Dr. Rahul Kohli)

Catherine DeBrosse (matriculated 2011)
B.S., Temple University, 2010 (Biophysics)
Application of novel MRI contrast agents in neurodegenerative and muscular disorders (Dr. Ravinder Reddy)

Dan DeHelian (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 Ursinus College (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Elizabeth (Higbee) Dempsey (matriculated 2012)
B.A., Syracuse University, 2009 (Music)
B.S., Syracuse University, 2009 (Biochemistry)
Synthesis of environmentally responsive materials for nanomedicine (Dr. Andrew Tsourkas)

Olivia Dickens (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 Howard University (Physics)

Valentina Dimitrova (matriculated 2012)
B.A., Agnes Scott College, 2009 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Comprehensive structure-function analysis of the ion channel polycystin-2 (Dr. Zhe Lu)

Nathan Ennist (matriculated 2009)
B.A., Emory University, 2009 (Physics,)
B.S., Emory University, 2009 (Chemistry)
Metal binding and photoactivatable electron transfer in a de novo-designed protein (Dr. P. Leslie Dutton)

Gozde Eskici (matriculated 2012)
B.S., Istanbul Technical University, 2008 (Molecular Biology and Genetics)
M.S., Koc University, 2010 (Computational Science and Engineering)
Understanding protein structure in reverse micelles (Dr. Paul Axelsen)

Charlotte Fare (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Biology)

Meilin Fernandez Garcia (matriculated 2012)
B.S., University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, 2012 (Chemistry)
Molecular mechanism of direct lineage reprogramming mediated by transcription factors (Dr. Kenneth Zaret)

Bryan Fry (matriculated 2009)
B.A., Pomona College, 1997 (Physics)
M.S., U. Wisconsin, Madison, 1999 (Mechanical Engineering)
Designed amphiphilic proteins for transmembrane electron transfer (Drs. P. Leslie Dutton and Cecilia Tommos)

Rina Fujiwara (matriculated 2015)
B.A., 2014 Kalamazoo College (Chemistry)

Craig Gambogi (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Biochemistry)

Samuel Getchell (matriculated 2008)
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2005 (Chemistry)
M.S., Yale University., 2008 (Music)
Impact of hypoxia on tumor dormancy (Dr. Lewis Chodosh)

Alejandro Gozalo (matriculated 2014)
B.S., RIce University, 2014 (Biochemistry and Cell Biology)
Determining association of nuclear pore proteins with chromatin and their effect on chromatin remodeling and transcription (Dr. Maya Capelson)

Keerthana Gnanapradeepan (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2013 Tufts University (Biochemistry)

Lucie Guo (MD/PhD, matriculated 2012)
B.A., Harvard University, 2010 (Biochemical Sciences)
Mechanisms of centromere identity and inheritance (Dr. Ben Black)

Krystal Haislop (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2014 University of Southern Maine (Biochemistry)
Characterizing the structural determinants of function and regulation of the RNA-bending protein PSF (Kristen Lynch)

Martin Iwanicki (matriculated 2014)
B.S., St. Joseph's University, 2014 (Physics)
Engineering novel neuronal optical voltage-sensing probes using synthetic proteins (Dr. Sergei Vinogradov)

Kevin Janssen (matriculated 2014)
B.S., Lafayette College, 2012 (Biochemistry)
Detection of RNA modifications by MS at the nucleoside level and investigation of functional significance. (Ben Garcia)

Earl (Joe) Jordan (matriculated 2011)
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2011 (Biochemistry, Computational Mathematics)
Understanding cancer driver mutations (Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan)

Christine Jorge (matriculated 2011)
B.S., State University of New York at Albany, 2011 (Human Biology/Chemistry)
Measuring hydration dynamics of conserved networks in PDZ domains (Dr. A. Joshua Wand)

Kelly Karch (matriculated 2012)
B.S., Franklin and Marshall College, 2011 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Understanding histone function and dynamics using mass spectrometry (Dr. Benjamin Garcia)

Simon Kelow (matriculated 2014)
Northern Arizona University, 2013 (Physics and Astronomy)
Structural bioinformatics and protein structure prediction applied to computational antibody design (Dr. Roland Dunbrack)

Nicole Kerstetter (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 Penn State University (Biology)
Drug Targeting of K-Ras4B using Reverse Michelle NMR (Joshua Wand)

Yekaterina Kori (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 University of Massachusetts Amherst (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Functional characterization of novel histone H3 variants (Dr. Benjamin A. Garcia)

Sravya Kotaru (matriculated 2014)
B.Tech., Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil University, 2012 (Biotechnology) Biotechnology, Molecular Biology track, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
Studying protein dynamics in function- role and evolution (Dr. A. Joshua Wand)

Richard Lauman (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 San Francisco State University (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Huiguang Li (matriculated 2009)
B.S., Hebei University, 1993 (Biology)
M.S., Peking University, 1997 (Biophysics)
Structural and biochemical studies of the poxvirus resolvase (Dr. Gregory Van Duyne)

Enrique Lin Shiao (matriculated 2013)
B.S., University of Technology, Munich, 2011 (Engineering Physics)
M.S., University of Technology, Munich, 2013 (Biophysics)
Epigenetic signatures of p53 in health and disease (Dr. Shelley Berger)

Lisa Lippert (matriculated 2008)
B.S., University of Washington, 2007 (Biochemistry)
Single molecule studies of dynein force generation mechanism (Dr. Yale Goldman)

Monica Liu (M.D./Ph.D., matriculated 2013)
B.S., M.S., Yale University, 2011(Biology)
Biochemical regulation and genome-wide targeting of TET-catalyzed cytosine oxidation (Dr. Rahul Kohli)

Glennis Logsdon
(matriculated 2011)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2011 (Biochemistry)
Investigating centromere formation using human artificial chromosomes (Dr. Ben Black)

Korrie Mack (matriculated 2013)
B.S., Syracuse University, 2013 (Biochemistry)
Engineering substrate-specific Hsp104 variants to counter protein misfolding in neurodegeneration (Dr. Jim Shorter)

Robert Magin
(matriculated 2012)
B.A., Northwestern University, 2012 (Biology)
The molecular basis for ribosome-associated N-terminal acetylation (Dr. Ronen Marmorstein)

Joshua Mancini (matriculated 2011)
B.S., Wittenberg University, 2007 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Engineering synthetic proteins to perform light harvesting for novel in vivo function (Dr. P. Leslie Dutton)

Zachery March (matriculated 2014)
B.S., University of Delaware, 2014 (Chemistry)
Understanding the basis of Hsp104 substrate recognition (Dr. Jim Shorter)

Bryan Marques (matriculated 2011)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2011 (Biochemistry)
M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 2011 (Chemistry)
The relationship between hydration and protein function and dynamics (Dr. A. Joshua Wand)

Erin Masucci (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Biochemistry/Biophysics; Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics)
Molecular motors and the cytoskeleton (Mike Ostap/ Erika Holzbaur)

Emily Mattes (matriculated 2014)
B.S., Temple University, 2012 (Biochemistry)
Role of transient states of disordered proteins in protein-protein interactions (Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades)

Daniel McCracken (matriculated 2014)
B.S., Rutgers University, 2014 (Biochemistry)
Molecular interactions of the Twist1 transcriptional complex during regulation of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition. (Dr. Frank Rauscher)

Kristen McKibben (matriculated 2014)
B.S., Iowa State University, 2013 (Biochemistry)
Tow and microtubule assembly dynamics (Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades)

Mariel Grace Reyes Mendoza (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 California State University, Los Angeles (Biochemistry)

Leann Miles (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2014 Syracuse University (Biochemistry)

Charlie Ye Mo
(matriculated 2010)
B.A., Swarthmore College, 2010 (Biochemistry)
Understanding and targeting the diversity-generating enzyme, LexA, in pathogens (Dr. Rahul Kohli)

Evan O'Brien (matriculated 2012)
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2012 (Biochemistry and Chemistry)
The potential role of protein conformational entropy in allostery and drug design (Dr. A. Joshua Wand)

Mara Olenick (matriculated 2013)
B.S., Kings College, 2013 (Chemistry/Biology)
Regulation of Dynein-Dynactin by Hook proteins (Dr. Erika Holzbaur)

Lauren Paolella (matriculated 2014)
B.S., University of New Haven, 2013 (Biology, Forensic Science)
The role of adipocyte mTORC2 in lipid metabolism (Dr. Joseph Baur)

Nicholas Rego (matriculated 2014)
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2012 (Bioinformatics and Economics)
investigating the role of water on protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions (Dr. Amish Patel)

Jarrett Remsberg (matriculated 2011)
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011 (Chemical-Biological Engineering and Biology)
Role of histone deacetylase 3 in the nuclear receptor corepressor complex (Dr. Mitchell Lazar)

Cory Rice (matriculated 2011)
B.S., Oakland University, 2011 (Biochemistry)
Elucidating the role of human CTC1 at the telomeres (Dr. Emmanuel Skordalakes)

Hannah Richter (matriculated 2015)
B.A., 2015 Beloit College (Biochemistry and Philosophy)

Michael (Dan) Ricketts (matriculated 2010)
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010 (Chemistry/Biochemistry Option)
Investigating histone H3.3 deposition by the HIRA/UBN1/CABIN1/ASF1a (HUCA) histone chaperone complex (Dr. Ronen Marmorstein)

Jane Schulte (matriculated 2013)
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2011 (Biochemistry)
Function of a phosphatase SixA in E coli metabolism during nutritional deprivation (Dr. Mark Goulian)

Emily Schutsky (matriculated 2012)
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Elucidating the roles of AID/APOBEC-induced cytosine deamination in oncogenesis (Dr. Rahul Kohli)

Deborah Shroder (matriculated 2010)
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2010 (Biochemistry)
Single molecule studies linking conformation to motility in myosin classes (Dr. Yale Goldman)

Carrie Sims (matriculated 2011)
B.A., Stanford University, 1990 (Human Biology)
M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1993 (Health and Medical Science)
M.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1995
The impact of sirtuin function on sepsis-induced mitochondrial dysfunction (Dr. Joseph Baur)

Shufei (Sophie) Song (matriculated 2012)
B.S., China Agricultural University, 2010 (Biological Sciences)
B.S., Purdue University, 2012 (Biochemistry)
The interplay of Rapi, telomeres and chromatin marks at senecence (Dr. Brad Johnson)

Michael Soo (matriculated 2009)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2007 (Chemistry and Political Science)
Defining the Hsp104 folding reservoir: novel prions and toxic, intrinsically aggregation-prone proteins (Dr. James Shorter)

Matthew Stetz (matriculated 2009)
B.S., Haverford College, 2008 (Chemistry)
Protein dynamics and allostery (Dr. A. Joshua Wand)

Daniel (Miklos) Szantai-Kis (matriculated 2013)
Diploma in Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2012
(Dr. James Petersson)

Katherine Szigety (MD/PhD - matriculated 2014)
B.S.,Yale University, 2012 (Molecular Biophysics)
M.S., Yale University, 2012 (Molecular Biophysics)
Roles of Wnt signaling and epigenetic mechanisms in coordinating interactions of distinct cell populations in the skin and related epithelia. (Dr. Sarah E. Millar)

Matthew Thompson (matriculated 2013)
B.S., Kent State University, 2012 (Biotechnology)
Alternative splicing regulatory properties of hnRMDK and N57-BP (Dr. Kristen Lynch)

Eduardo Torre (MD/PhD, matriculated 2015)
B.S., M.S., 2011 Emory University (Biology)

James Townsend (matriculated 2012)
B.A., University of Chicago, 2012 (Biology)
Structure and Evolution of jellyfish mesoglea (Dr. Alison Sweeney)

Bengi Turegun (matriculated 2010)
B.S., Queen's University, 2010 (Biochemistry)
Biophysical studies of nuclear actin-related proteins (Dr. Roberto Dominguez)

Trevor van Eeuwen (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 Fairleigh Dickinson University (Biochemistry)

Ashley Viera-Ortiz (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (Industrial Biotechnology)

Henry Wang
B.A., M.S. 2013 University of Pennsylvania(Biochemistry/Physics)
Engineering antibodies for intracellular targeting (Andrew Tsourkas)

Robert Warneford-Thomson (matriculated 2014)
B.S., Washington and Lee University, 2012 (Biology)
Regulation of gene expression and cell identity by noncoding RNAs (Dr. Roberto Bonasio)

Sarah Welsh (matriculated 2013)
B.S., Westminster College, 2013 (Biochemistry)
Role and regulation of DNA methylation in the brain (Dr. Zhaolan Zhou)

Samuel Wein (matriculated 2012)
B.A., Earlham College, 2011 (Biology and Computer Science
Discovery of miRNA modifications by mass spectroscopy (Dr. Ben Garcia)

Sanjula Wickramasinghe (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2015 (Biological Sciences/Chemistry) Cornell University
Studying Tau aggregation using single molecule FRET (Elizabeth Rhoades)

Michael Woody (matriculated 2012)
B.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2010 (Physics)
Development of optical trapping methods for studying the myosin powerstroke (Drs. Yale Goldman and Michael Ostap)

Delaine Zayas-Bazan Burgos (matriculated 2016)
B.S., 2016 Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey (Biology)

Zhenyu Zhao (matriculated 2011)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2011 (Biochemistry)
M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 2011 (Chemistry)
Design and optimization of a charge-separating device using maquette platform (Dr. P. Leslie Dutton)

Austin Zimmet (matriculated 2015)
B.S., 2014 Franklin and Marshall College (Chemistry)