Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D.
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 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 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).
Liang Wang, Ph.D.
Liang received his B. Sc. in Biotechnology and Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST, China). His graduate work in the lab of Dr. Zhihong Zhang focused on the dynamic properties and protein-protein interactions of proteins involved in endosomal compartments and autophagy, using quantitative/semi-quantitative fluorescence imaging approaches such FRAP, FRAPa, and FRET.
Now in the Jaqaman lab, Liang is employing single-molecule imaging approaches to elucidate the relationship between the interactions and signaling of β1-integrin and CD36 in endothelial cells.
Robel Yirdaw, Ph.D.
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.
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.