People

People

Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D.

Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
khuloud.jaqaman@utsouthwestern.edu

Khuloud joined the Department of Biophysics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in January 2013 and is excited about building her research program and contributing to the education and training of graduate students and postdocs.

Khuloud received her Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington, where she did research in molecular dynamics and protein folding. She then did her postdoctoral studies with Gaudenz Danuser at the Scripps Research Institute, where she got immersed in the fascinating world of investigating protein dynamics and function in living cells.

Before coming to UTSW, she was an Instructor in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. 


Sungsoo Lee, Ph.D.

Sungsoo Lee, Ph.D.

Lab director
sungsoo.lee@utsouthwestern.edu

Sungsoo has always been interested in how extracellular signals regulate cell behavior. He obtained his bachelor degree from Korea University in South Korea, after which he did his PhD studies at the University of Rhode Island with Dr. Gongqin Sun, and his postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center with Dr. Richard Anderson.

Now in the Jaqaman lab, he is taking the lead in managing the experimental branch of the lab, and is conducting research focusing on the interplay between VEGFR2 and CD36 in regulating angiogenic signaling.


Mark Kittisopikul, Ph.D.

Mark Kittisopikul, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow
mark.kittisopikul@utsouthwestern.edu

Mark received his B.S. in Biological Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Chicago working in the labs of Professors Ka Yee C. Lee and Aaron Dinner where he was initially introduced to the intricacies of the cell membrane. He earned his Ph.D. from UT Southwestern in the lab of Gurol Suel from the Molecular Biophysics program with an emphasis in Computational and Systems Biology. There he studied the dynamics of bacteria as single cells, in host-pathogen interactions, and in biofilm communities through image analysis and simulation.

In the Jaqaman Lab, Mark is studying the relationship between the function and distribution of nuclear lamins using computational analysis of structured-illumination microscopy image data (in collaboration with the Goldman Lab at Northwestern University).


Robel Yirdaw, Ph.D.

Robel Yirdaw, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow
robel.yirdaw@utsouthwestern.edu

Robel received his B.Sc. in computer science with a minor in physics from California State University, Northridge and a Ph.D. in physics from Vanderbilt University, working in the lab of Dr. Hassane Mchaourab. His dissertation research at Vanderbilt focused on the study of protein conformational dynamics by single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy.

As a member of the Jaqaman lab, Robel is developing a stochastic mathematical modeling framework to derive receptor interaction kinetics from single molecule imaging data.


Anthony Vega

Anthony Vega

Graduate student
anthony.vega@utsouthwestern.edu

Tony is a graduate student in the Molecular Biophysics program. He received his bachelor's degree in Biophysics from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.

Tony is interested in computational image analysis and will be developing tools for the quantitative analysis of molecular interactions from multi-channel light microscopy data.