Lab Alumni

We are proud to celebrate the past and present achievements of our lab alumni!

Please keep in touch. We love to hear from you.

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Dave was a postdoc in our lab from 2012 to 2016.

 

He discovered the ability of disordered proteins to generate steric pressure and drive membrane remodeling.

Dave is now a Senior Scientist at Merck & Co. in New Jersey where he works on the development of biologic therapeutics.

Dr. David Busch

Dr. Avinash Gadok

Dr. Avinash Gadok

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Avi was a graduate student in our lab from 2012 to 2017.

 

She developed liposomes that use the connexin pathway to deliver chemotherapeutics to the cellular cytoplasm.

Avi worked as a Staff Scientist at Flagship Pioneering (Boston, MA) and is now a consultant with Boston Consulting Group.

Dr. Wilton Snead

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Wilton was a graduate student in our lab from 2013 to 2018.

 

He discovered the ability of steric pressure among membrane-bound proteins to drive membrane fission.

Wilton is now a Postdoc in the lab of Amy Gladfelter at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Zachary Imam

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Zach was a graduate student in our lab from 2014 to 2018.

 

He developed liposomes that use the membrane phase separation to trigger membrane fusion, driving molecular delivery to the cytoplasm.

Zach is now a Postdoc at Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Chi (Aimee) Zhao

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Aimee was a graduate student in our lab from 2014 to 2019.

 

She characterized the impact of receptor-receptor binding interactions on endocytosis, and developed novel, cell-derived targeted drug delivery particles.

Aimee is now a staff scientist at 10X Genomics, in the SF Bay Area.

Dr. Andre DeGroot

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Andre was a graduate student in our lab from 2015 to 2020.

 

He developed simple, equilibrium thermodynamic models that can accurately predict partitioning of receptors into endocytic structures.

Andre is now a staff scientist at Sana Biotech in Boston.

Dr. Wade Zeno

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Wade was a postdoc in our lab from 2016 to 2020.

 

He discovered the ability of intrinsically disordered proteins and protein networks to sense membrane curvature.

Wade is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Andrea Trementozzi

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Andrea was a graduate student in our lab from 2017 to 2021.

 

She developed novel vesicle-based vehicles for the delivery or drugs, genes, and polymers to cells.

Andrea is now a staff scientist in an Austin area biotech startup.

Dr. Kasey Day

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Kasey was a postdoc in our lab from 2018 to 2021.

 

She discovered the role of protein liquid phase separation in the catalysis of clathrin-

mediated endocytosis.

Kasey is taking some time away from her tremendously successful scientific career to raise her young family.

Undergraduate Alumni

Our lab is proud to have worked with many talented undergraduates over the years. They enrich our research with their hard work, enthusiasm, and fresh perspectives.

  1. Gabriel Ortiz, NSF REU Summer Student (Summer 2021), undergraduate at Harvard University

  2. Beverly Red, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2019 – Spring 2020)

  3. Ajay Thatte, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2018-Spring 2021), now a graduate student at UPenn, NSF Fellow

  4. Jacob Hochfelder, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2019-Spring 2021), now a graduate student at MIT

  5. Sybrina Kerr, NSF REU Summer Student (Summer 2019), undergraduate at Claflin University

  6. Kolby Killion, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2018-Summer 2019), now working in biotech

  7. Daria Bentley, NSF REU Summer Student (Summer 2017), now attending graduate school

  8. Minhao (Mike) Wu, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2017-May 2019), now working in the biotech industry

  9. Meghan LaMonica, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2017-Present), now a grad student with UT Austin BME, Yankeelov Lab

  10. Morgan Mendecino, Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2016-Summer 2018) – now at UT Law student

  11. Ryan Perkins, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2016-May 2018)

  12. Amanda Merriwether, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2016-Summer 2018) – now a UC Berkeley grad student, NSF Fellow

  13. Natalie Miroballi, Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2015-Summer 2017) - now working in biotech

  14. Hisham Ali, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2015-May 2019) – now in medical school at UT San Antonio

  15. Aaron Alpar, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2015-Summer 2018) – now a graduate student at U Chicago

  16. Laura Kenyon, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2015-May 2018) – graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School

  17. Belle Parizot, Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2015-Summer 2016) - now in medical school

  18. Fatema Nagib, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2015-Summer 2016) - now in the biotech industry

  19. Grant Ashby, NSF REU Summer Student (Summer 2016) – now a graduate student at UT Austin

  20. Stefan Bordovsky, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2015-Spring 2016) - now working in industry

  21. Sydney Wendt, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2016-Fall 2016)

  22. Brian Li, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2014-Summer 2016) – now a graduate student at UC Berkeley, NSF Fellow

  23. Connor Vershel, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2014-Spring 2016) – now a medical student at UT Houston

  24. Sean Thomas, NSF REU Summer Student (Summer 2015)

  25. Michael Bonahoom, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2015)

  26. Varun Bora, Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2013-Spring 2015)

  27. Katherine Ha, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2014-Spring 2015) – Currently working at Smith and Nephew

  28. Noor Momin, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2012-Present) – graduated with her PhD from MIT, NSF Fellow

  29. Mansi Raythatha, Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2013-Spring 2014) – Currently working for Merck Inc.

  30. Saad Jafri, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2013-Spring 2014) – Currently a medical student at UNT Health Science Center

  31. Isac Lee, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2013-Spring 2014) – Currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins

  32. Justin Houser, Biomedical Engineering (Summer 2012-Summer 2014) – Now a graduate student in our group

  33. David Aguilar, Biochemistry (Fall 2012)

  34. Jerin Jose, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2012-Summer 2013) – Graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School

  35. Jacob Sacks, Biomedical Engineering (Fall 2012-Spring 2013) – Currently a graduate student at the University of Washington

  36. Ansel George, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2012-Spring 2013) – Currently a research assistant at Weill Cornell Medical College

  37. Paul Gonzales, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2012-Spring 2013) – Currently working as a nurse practitioner