Postdoctoral Fellows

Rustam Ali

Rustam Ali

Hometown: Muzaffarpur, India
Undergrad: School of Biotechnology, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, DAVV, Indore, India (Biotechnology)
Graduate Program: Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (NMR/Biophysics)
Postdoc Mentor: Mike Rosen
Project: 1) NMR studies of actin monomer dynamics, and their roles in actin filament dynamics; 2) NMR studies of phase separated liquid droplets
Paper: “Methyl labeling and TROSY NMR spectroscopy of proteins expressed in the eukaryote Pichia pastoris”


Jose Moreno Beltran

Jose Moreno Beltran

Hometown: Sevilla, Spain
Undergrad: Faculty of Biology, University of Seville, Spain (Biochemistry)
Graduate Program: Advanced Studies in Chemistry on Structure Determination, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Seville, Spain (NMR/Biophysics)
Postdoc Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: Assembly of the neurotransmitter release machinery between two membranes
Paper: 
Coming soon!


Lindsay Case

Lindsay Case

Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
Undergrad: Franklin and Marshall College (Biology)
Graduate Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Cell and Developmental Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Mike Rosen
Project: Regulation of integrin clustering and macromolecular complex assembly on supported lipid bilayers
Paper: Coming Soon!


Luciana de Oliveira

Luciana de Oliveira

Hometown: Soledade, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Undergrad: Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Physics)
Graduate Program: Universita' di Bologna (Physics)
Postdoc Mentor: Khuloud Jaqaman
Project: Role of inter-receptor interactions in transmembrane signal transduction
Paper: “A simple stochastic model for the feedback circuit between p16INK4a and p53 mediated by p38MAPK: Implications for senescence and apoptosis.”


Jonathon Ditlev

Jonathon Ditlev

Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
Undergrad: Calvin College (Biomedical Sciences)
Graduate Program: University of Connecticut Health Center (Biomedical Sciences)
Postdoc Mentor: Mike Rosen
Project: Regulation of the dynamics and stability of supramolecular clusters on artificial membranes
Paper: Coming Soon!


Zhiqiang Hou

Zhiqiang Hou

Hometown: China
Undergrad: Liaoning University, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Biological Science)
Graduate Program: Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science. (Biophysics)
Postdoc Mentor: Hong Zhang
Project: Structure and function of circadian clock proteins
Paper: Coming Soon!


Soyeon Kim

Soyeon Kim

Hometown: South Korea
Undergrad: KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Biological Science & Mathematics
Graduate Program: UT Southwestern (Cell and Molecular Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Michael Rosen
Project: Characterization of membrane receptor clusters that move through actomyosin contraction
Paper: “Phase transition in the assembly of multivalent signaling proteins.”


Mark Kittisopikul

Mark Kittisopikul

Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois
Undergrad: University of Chicago (Biological Chemistry, Mathematics)
Graduate Program: UT Southwestern (Systems Microbiology)
Postdoc Mentor: Khuloud Jaqaman
Project: Ultrastructure of the nuclear lamins in the lamina and nucleoplasm
Paper: “Localized cell death focuses mechanical forces during 3D patterning in a biofilm”


Yuan Lin

Yuan Lin

Hometown: Heilongjiang, China
Undergrad: Peking University (Biology)
Graduate Program: UT Southwestern (Molecular Biophysics)
Postdoc Mentor: Michael Rosen
Project: Phase Separation of RNA-binding proteins
Paper: Coming soon!


Xiaoxia Liu

Xiaoxia Liu

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Undergrad: Xiamen University (Chemistry)
Graduate Program: Xiamen University (Chemical Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: Dissecting the multiple functions of Munc13 in synaptic vesicle fusion
Paper: “Prioritization of charge over geometry in transition state analogues of a dual specificity protein kinase”


Xiaoyan Liu

Xiaoyan Liu

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Undergrad: East China University of Science and Technology (Biochemistry)
Graduate Program: Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Hong Zhang
Project: Crystal Study of Brd4 and Circadian-related genes
Paper: Coming Soon!


Yun-zu Pan

Yun-zu Pan

Hometown: Chia-Yi, Taiwan
Undergrad: Institute of Food and Nutrition, Providence University (Science)
Graduate Program: Institute of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology, University of National Tsing-Hua University (Life Science)
Postdoc Mentor: Jose Rizo-Rey
Project: Use of pseudocontact shifts for NMR studies of the neurotransmitter release machinery
Paper: “NMR structure and calcium-binding properties of the tellurite resistance protein TerD from Klebsiella pneumonia”


Nagesh Peddada

Nagesh Peddada

Hometown: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Undergrad: Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India (Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry)
Graduate Program: Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India (Biotechnology)
Postdoc Mentor: Jan Erzberger
Project: Structural and Biochemical Characterization of Protein-RNA Complexes during Ribosome Biogenesis
Paper: “Global shapes of F-actin depolymerization-competent minimal gelsolins: insight into the role of g2-g3 linker in pH/Ca2+ insensitivity of the first half”


Dustin Schaffer

Dustin Schaeffer

Hometown: Antioch, California
Undergrad: UC San Diego (Molecular Biology)
Graduate Program: University of Washington (Bioengineering)
Postdoc Mentor: Nick Grishin
Project: Structural classification of protein domains from structures by automated sequences and structure comparison
Paper: Coming soon!


Zhenhua Shao

Zhenhua Shao

Hometown: Shandong province, China
Undergrad: Anhui University (Biological Science)
Graduate Program: University of Science and Technology of China (Structural Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Dan Rosenbaum
Project: Structure study of G-protein coupled receptor
Paper: Coming Soon!


Lijing Su

Lijing Su

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Undergrad: University of Science and Technology of China (Bioscience)
Graduate Program: UT Southwestern Medical Center (Integrative Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Hong Zhang and Bruce Beutler
Project: Structural Biology of Toll-like receptors with small molecule agonists
Paper: Coming Soon!


Jie Yin

Jie Yin

Hometown: Wuhan City, China
Undergrad institution: Wuhan University (Biology)
Graduate institution: Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Postdoc Mentor: Daniel Rosenbaum 
Project: G-Protein Coupled Receptor structural biology
Paper: “Crystal structure of the human OX2 orexin receptor bound to the insomnia drug suvorexant”