Gira bhabha

√ Assistant Professor, Skirball Institute, Dept. Cell Biology
√ Home: San Francisco
√ Bio: Gira completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, where she had the best time ever, and surprisingly discovered that she loved doing research. Her undergraduate thesis in Elizabeth McNally’s lab focused on using drosophila as a model system for understanding muscular dystrophy. As a graduate student in Peter Wright’s lab at the Scripps Research Institute, she used NMR and X-ray crystallography to probe the role of protein dynamics in enzyme catalysis. During her postdoc with Ron Vale and Yifan Cheng, she worked on understanding the mechanism of motility in the motor protein dynein, and on a family of lipid transporters called the MCE proteins.
√ Hobbies: any dog-related activity, hiking, backpacking, the symphony, creative (vegetarian) food and cocktails, yoga
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√ Assistant Professor, Skirball Institute Depts. Cell Biology and Microbiology
√ Where I am from: East China Township, Michigan, USA
√ I am interested in understanding how pathogens interact with the host, and how our immune system in turn recognizes these pathogens and fights back.  I am particularly interested in diseases of global importance that lack effective vaccines and therapies, such as tuberculosis and malaria.
√ Hobbies: Hiking (better with dogs), Brewing beer, Making bread
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Alberta CHAN

√ Administrative Coordinator
√ Alberta helps with lab organization, processing grants, and so much more...
√ Hobbies: arts & craft, cafes, traveling, eating, dogs, playing sports
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Nicolas coudray

√ Scientist
√ Home: What do you mean by home? Place where I was born (France), place where I sleep (Harlem), or place where I spend most time (NYU)?
√ Research: Image processing of EM data
√ Hobbies: any form of Art



georgia isom

√ Post-Doctoral Fellow
√ Home: Warwickshire, UK
√ Research: I spent my PhD in Professor Ian Henderson’s lab at the University of Birmingham, studying the MCE proteins. I decided I couldn’t get enough of these proteins, so moved to the Bhabha/Ekiert labs to take on a structural approach.
√ Hobbies: Dancing, movies, Nintendo, exploring



pattana (Michael) Jaroenlak

√ Post-Doctoral Fellow
√ Home: Bangkok, Thailand
√ Research:  My research aims to elucidate the ultrastructure of the microsporidial polar tube (the harpoon-like invasion organelle) using advanced techniques in electron microscopy (EM).
√  Hobbies: Traveling and eating.



ljuvica kolich

√ Technician
√ From Lima, Peru; Home: South San Francisco, CA
√ Research: I am investigating the structure and function of proteins in the Mla system of the bacterial outer membrane. I specifically focus on the interactions between proteins of the Mla pathway.
√ Hobbies: Ballet, pandas, Harry Potter.




√ MSTP MD/Ph.D. Student
√ Home:  Massapequa, New York
√ Research: Looking into the structure-function relationship of the native mammalian cell entry (mce) system in Mycobacterium tuberculosis through biochemical and structural techniques.
√ Hobbies:  Playing classical and jazz guitar, tennis and volleyball.



√ Lab clown
√ German Shorthaired Pointer Adopted from German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of the Bay Area
√ Hobbies: getting petted, chasing squirrels, cuddling with humans, K9 nosework



√ Lab overachiever
√ American Pit Bull Terrier (mix) Adopted from California Pit Bull Rescue
√ Hobbies: Playing tug, playing any interactive game, learning new tricks, K9 nose work



evelyn teran

√ Position in the lab (2017-2018): Technician
√ Research done: 1) studied the MCE lipid transporter protein family and 2) investigated the harpoon-like invasion machinery of parasitic Microsporidia
√ Next step: Associated Scientist at Pfizer