Graduate Student Profiles

Lindsay Clark Graduate Student

Lindsay Clark

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts (Biology)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Dan Rosenbaum
Project: Structure and function of membrane proteins involved in lipid homeostasis
Paper: Coming soon!
Notable: NSF predoctoral fellow


 

 
Qian Cong Graduate Student

Qian Cong

Hometown: Harbin, China
Undergrad: Peking University, Beijing (Biological Science)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Nick Grishin
Project: Sequence analysis, genome-wide structure, and function prediction
Paper: Cong Q, Grishin NV. (2012) MESSA: Meta-server for protein sequence analysis. BMC Biol. 10(1):82.
Notable: HHMI predoctoral fellow


 

Whitney Costello

Whitney Costello

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Undergrad: University of Oklahoma (Physics)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Kendra Frederick
Project: Structurally Characterizing Amyloid Proteins in the Cellular Environment
Paper: Coming soon!
Notable: NSF fellow


 

Michael Cotton

Michael Cotton

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Undergrad: Baylor University
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Michael Rosen
Project: Understanding the role low complexity linkers between multivalent domains in phase separated bodies
Paper: Coming soon!


 

Elisabeth Geyer

Elisabeth Geyer

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergrad: Canisius College (Biochemistry)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Luke Rice
Project: Mechanistic analysis of microtubule dynamics and regulation
Paper: “A tethered delivery mechanism explains the catalytic action of a microtubule polymerase." Ayaz, P.; Munyoki, S.; Geyer, E. A.; Piedra, F-A.; Vu, E. S.; Bromberg, R.; Otwinowski, Z.; Grishin, N. V.; Brautigam, C. A.; Rice, L. M. eLife. 2014; 3: e03069


 

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Tae Kim

Tae Kim

Hometown: Ambler, Pennsylvania
Undergrad: Swarthmore College
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Luke Rice
Project: Elucidation of molecular mechanism of microtubule dynamics
Paper: "GDP-to-GTP exchange on the microtubule end can contribute to the frequency of catastrophe." Piedra F-A, Kim T, Garza ES, et al.  Reck-Peterson S, ed. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 2016;27(22):3515-3525. doi:10.1091/mbc.E16-03-0199


 

Wenlin Li

Wenlin Li

Hometown: Guangxi, China
Undergrad: Tsinghua University (Biological Science)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Nick Grishin
Project: Protein family analysis, structure modeling, and bio-medical data mining
Paper: “ChSeq: A database of chameleon sequences." Li W, Kinch LN, Karplus PA, Grishin NV. Protein Sci. 2015 Jul;24(7):1075-86. doi: 10.1002/pro.2689. Epub 2015 Jun 16. Review.


 

Yuxing Liao

Yuxing Liao

Hometown: Shaanxi, China
Undergrad: University of Science and Technology of China (Bioscience)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Nick Grishin
Project: Evolutionary classification of protein domains
Paper: "An ancient autoproteolytic domain found in GAIN, ZU5 and Nucleoporin98." Y.Liao, J.Pei, H.Cheng and N.V.Grishin. J Mol Biol 2014 426(24): 3935-3945


 

Shreoshi Majumdar

Shreoshi Majumdar

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Undergrad: Dartmouth College (Biophysical Chemistry)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Luke Rice
Project: Structure and Biochemistry of a Microtubule Regulatory Protein
Paper: Coming soon!


 

Eric Prinslow

Eric Prinslow

Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Undergrad: Austin College (Biochemistry)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: Understand how complexin regulates neurotransmitter release at the molecular level
Paper: Coming soon!


 

Bradley Quade

Bradley Quade

Hometown: North Attleboro, Massachusetts
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: The role of Munc13 in synaptic vesicle fusion
Paper: Coming soon!
Notable: Biophysics T32 Training Grant


 

Allyson Rice

Allyson Rice

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergrad: UT Austin (Physics)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Michael Rosen
Project: Role of multivalency in cellular body assembly and recruitment
Paper: Coming soon!


 

Karolina Stepien

Karolina Stepien

Hometown: Gubin, Poland
Undergrad: Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland (Biotechnology)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: Mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and its regulation
Paper: Coming soon!
Notable: Fulbright Self-Placed Graduate Student Award 2016-2017


 

Rashmi Voleti

Rashmi Voleti

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Undergrad: Indian Institute of Technology (Bachelors of Technology in Biotechnology)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: Understanding the mechanism of Synaptotagmin-1 triggered neurotransmitter release
Paper:  "Exceptionally tight membrane-binding may explain the key role of the synaptotagmin-7 C2A domain in asynchronous neurotransmitter releasePNAS 2017." Rashmi Voleti, Diana R. Tomchick, Thomas C. Südhof, Josep Rizo. published ahead of print September 18, 2017, doi:10.1073/pnas.1710708114
Notable: HHMI International Student Research Fellowship


 

Wenmin Xing

Wenmin Xing

Hometown: Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Undergrad: Peking University (Biological Sciences)
Graduate program: Molecular Biophysics
Mentor: Michael Rosen
Project: Quantitative studies of chemical and physical properties of P body
Paper: Coming soon!