√ 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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√ 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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√ Rotation Student in Biophysics - Fall 2017
√ Born in China
√ Research: I am studying lipid transportation system on the membrane of chloroplast in Arabidopsis. I am also working on a harpoon-like invasion machinary used by a parasite called microsporidia.
√ Hobbies: staying at home and in the lab
√ 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
√ Rotation Student in Biophysics - Winter 2018
√ Home: Greater Los Angeles County
√ Research: Josh worked on characterizing the putative lipid transporter, YebST, by its reconstitution into a lipid nanodisc, and mutagenesis.
√ Hobbies: hiking, swimming, and trying out various cafes, drawing, learning a new skill, and going to music venues.
√ Rotation Student in Genome Integrity - Spring 2018
√ Home: Green Bay, Wisconsin
√ Research: My research is focused on identifying the functionally conserved regions of a lipid transporter by saturation mutagenesis
√ Hobbies: Golfing, brewing, pipetting, record collecting.
√ 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.
√ 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.
√ Rotation Student in Developmental Genetics - Spring 2018
√ Home: California
√ Research: I am working on characterizing a putative lipid transporter by reconstituting it into lipid nanodiscs, and on characterizing the cellular localization of bacterial lipid transporters.
√ Hobbies: camping, making up recipes, figure drawing
√ Born in Quito, Ecuador, raised in Jackson Heights, Queens
√ Research: My work covers two different projects: 1) studying the MCE lipid transporter protein family and 2) investigating the harpoon-like invasion machinery of parasitic Microsporidia
√ Hobbies: painting, clay sculpturing, road trips to high rated Yelp restaurants or food trucks, fostering stray cat and finding them happy homes.
√ 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.