Vincent "Vinnie" Tagliabracci, Ph.D.
Dr. Tagliabracci received his B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Indianapolis. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Indiana University, where he worked with Dr. Peter Roach. As a graduate student, Vinnie made several important contributions to understanding how elevated levels of glycogen phosphate cause Lafora disease, a deadly form of epilepsy.
In 2010, Vinnie joined the laboratory of Dr. Jack Dixon as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. There, he discovered a novel family of secreted kinases that phosphorylate proteins destined for secretion from the cell. As part of this work, he identified Fam20C as the bona fide Golgi casein kinase, an enzyme that escaped identification for many years.
In 2015, he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, where he is an Endowed Scholar in Medical Science.
Vinnie is the recipient of the Esther L. Kinsley dissertation award from Indiana University School of Medicine, a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from the National Institutes of Health, and Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member award.
Anju did her graduate work with Dr. Kim Orth in the department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern. As a graduate student, Anju discovered the mechanism by which the Vibrio parahaemolyticus effector protein, VopQ, manipulates host cell signaling. Her current research focuses on understanding the functional implications of secreted protein phosphorylation by Fam20C.
Greg is a joint lab manager/technician for the Jewell and Tagliabracci Labs. Greg has an AAS degree in biotechnology from Collin College. He has been at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2001.
Brenden "Kenny" Park
Kenny received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He did his undergraduate research in the laboratory of Jack E. Dixon at UCSD and in the laboratory of William Schief at The Scripps Research Institute.
Victor received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He did his undergraduate research in the laboratory of Antonio De Maio, where he studied the interaction of heat shock proteins with lipid bilayers.
Miles is an M.D./Ph.D. student whose research interests include atypical kinases, ADP-ribosyltransferases, and competing with Victor to grow the most luscious and distinguished beard. He earned his A.B. degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied metabolic pathways of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Outside of lab, Miles enjoys rock climbing and playing accordion in a mariachi band.
Adam received his engineering and Master's degrees in biotechnology from Lodz University of Technology, Poland. He wrote his M.Sc. thesis in Xuelian Luo's laboratory at UT Southwestern, working on protein-protein interactions in Hippo signaling as a participant in the Fulbright Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program.
Christine received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont with a major in biochemistry and a minor in French.
Ting-Sung received his B.S. degree in biology/math and M.S. degree in biochemistry from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and he did his Ph.D. work in Jen Liou lab at UTSW. Along the path, Ting-Sung used in vitro reconstitution and fluorescence imaging to study prokaryotic cytoskeletons and used super-resolution imaging to study autophagy and membrane contacts. Apart from science, Ting-Sung is an outdoor enthusiast. He has hiked 500+ miles in the U.S. national parks since he came to the U.S.