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. 


Bruno da Rocha Azevedo, Ph.D.

Bruno da Rocha Azevedo, Ph.D.

Lab director
bruno.darocha-azevedo@utsouthwestern.edu

Bruno is interested in how cells interact with the extracellular environment, and now in the Jaqaman lab he wants to take his studies to the single-molecule scale. For his Ph.D., Bruno studied the interaction between pathogens and the mammalian host. During his postdoctoral trainings at Virginia Commonwealth University and UT Southwestern, and as a Young Talent Research Fellow at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, he then studied the interaction between mammalian cells and 3D extracellular matrices.

Bruno is the director of the experimental branch of the lab, mentoring and collaborating with students and fellows in order to obtain amazing data! His research project is focused on the link between the dynamics, interactions and signaling of VEGFR2 on the endothelial cell surface.


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).


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.


Magdalena Woszczek

Magdalena Woszczek, M.Sc. eng.

Visiting junior researcher
magdalena.woszczek@utsouthwestern.edu

Magda received her engineering and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland. She was engaged in biological systems research at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology in Cracow and at Vall d’Hebron Research Institute in Barcelona.

In the Jaqaman lab, she is investigating the impact of the mechanical microenvironment on cell surface receptor organization and signaling.

 


Lab Alumni and Previous Rotation Students

 

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Sungsoo Lee, Ph.D.

Lab director

Research assistant professor, University of Korea

Robel Yirdaw, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Software programmer

Lauren Baron

STARS intern

Senior, Greenhill School

Paul Blazek

Rotation student

Medical School Yr 2

Tae Kim

Rotation student

Medical School Yr 2

Andrew Schober

Rotation student

Reynolds Lab