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Yieyie Yang, J.D., Ph.D. (Ph.D. 2005, Lundquist lab) has accepted a position as lawyer and associate at the internationally-renowned intellectual property law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, DC
Jamie Dyer, Ph.D. (Ph.D., 2010, Lundquist lab) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position starting in Fall 2015 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO
Name: Jose Olucha
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
PhD Mentor: Audrey Lamb
PhD year: 2012
Dissertation title: Structural, Functional and Computational Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Siderophore Biosynthetic Pathway Accessory Proteins PchB and PvdA.
Current position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Dr. Benjamin Cravatt's Lab, The Scripps Research Institute
Current project: My project in the Cravatt lab, funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH/NIDA National Service Award Fellowship, is the biochemical and biophysical characterization of diacylglycerol lipases, a joint effort with the lab of Dr. Raymond Stevens. DAG Lipases are four-pass transmembrane serine hydrolases responsible for the biosynthesis of 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2AG) from diacylglycerol. 2-AG, an endocanabinoid, is a CB1/CB2 agonist, and is involved in processes ranging from neural development in the brain to immune response and inflammation. I am also working on co-crystallizing several serine hydrolases with novel inhibitors. All of these proteins are involved in critical (patho)physiological processes and diseases including brain development, immune responses, cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
Kristina Robson received her Ph.D. in the Molecular Biosciences department at KU in 2002, where her graduate work focused on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)-like autoimmunity under the mentorship of Dr. Dean Stetler. After KU, Dr. Robson began her professional career at Amgen, first leading a group developing and validating methods to support GMP manufacturing activities. Subsequently, she held a lead position within Molecular Sciences at Amgen, whose mission was to develop, identify and implement successful biomarker and companion diagnostic strategies. Dr. Robson moved to BioStorage Technologies as the Scientific Director of BioPharma Services for EMD Millipore’s Discovery & Development Solutions organization. Dr. Robson is currently the Senior Director of Comprehensive Solutions at BioStorage Technologies and in this role she manages global policies and procedures for sample management operations and oversees strategic sample management service partnerships. In addition, Dr. Robson is responsible for developing process efficiencies for the optimization of sample assets to support research and development and she also helps establish the department’s overall vision, drive improvement initiatives and monitor effective performance metrics.