Current Graduate Students
Advisor: Rob Unckless
Research Interests: Cell, Developmental Biology, and Genetics
Leadership Roles: Early Career Scientist-Communication and Outreach Subcommittee, Genetics Society of America
Hometown: Dammam City, Saudi Arabia
Advisor: Stuart Macdonald
Research Interests: Xenobiotic resistance in natural and lab populations, Copy Number Variations (CNVs), and genetic mapping
Leadership Roles: SACNAS KU Graduate Chapter President and Founder, KS DNA Day Co-Coordinator, 2017-2019
Hometown: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
Advisor: Susan Egan
Research Interests: AraC transcriptional activators are found in seventy percent of sequenced bacterial genomes and control the expression of genes involved in stress response, metabolism, and virulence. Our lab studies RhaR and RhaS. These two proteins activate the expression of the E. coli L-rhamnose regulon in the presence of their effector, L-rhamnose.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Advisor: Chris Gamblin
Research Interests: The normal function of the tau protein is to associate and stabilize microtubules within the neuronal cytoskeleton. However, hyperphosphorylation of tau can dissociate from microtubules and lead to the formation of tau aggregates forming pathological structures such as neurofibrillary tangles and paired helical filaments. These structures have been identified in multiple neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. I am interested in how small compounds can be used to not only inhibit the formation of these pathological structures, but also cause the disassembly of aggregates that have already formed.
Hometown: Leeds, England
Advisor: Roberto De Guzman
Research Interests: Biochemistry, Biophysics & Synthetic Biology. Self assembly and kinetic trapping in macro molecular complexes
Hometown: Pune, India
Advisor: David Davido
Research Interests: My research focuses on understanding virus-host interactions in the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) life cycle. HSV-1 is a common human pathogen infecting about 80% of the world’s population. The virus establishes a life-long latency in neuronal cells and upon activation can cause a variety of diseases such as cold sores, ocular infections, and encephalitis. One major area of interest is to delineate mechanisms by which a major viral regulatory factor, ICP0, destabilizes host cell proteins while contributing to viral replication and pathogenesis. Another part of my thesis will focus on identifying novel compounds that impair HSV-1 growth.
Leadership Roles: Women in STEMM Program Chair, KS DNA Day Co-Coordinator, MB GSO Outreach Coordinator
Hometown: Miami, Florida