Rotation Students


Mahrukh usmani (Spring 2019)

√ Rotation Student in Biophysics
Home: Karachi, Pakistan
Research: I am working on a project aimed at understanding the harpoon like invasion machinery of microsporidia. In particular I am trying to purify and characterize the polar tube proteins (PTPs) which constitute this invasion machinery known as the polar tube.
Hobbies: Long walks, Karaoke, Cooking


Samantha Nyovanie (Spring 2019)

√ Rotation Student in Biophysics
Home: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Research: I am studying structure and function of a putative lipid transporter, YebT, and its mutants via electron microscopy and complementation assays.
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking and hanging out with family and friends.


Juliana Ilmain (Spring 2019)

√ Rotation Student in Microbiology
Home: San Francisco Bay Area
Research: I am studying the structure-function relationship of a Staphylococcus aureus leukocidin.
Hobbies: Traveling, volunteering with animals, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.


Mark MacRae (Fall 2018)

√ Rotation Student in Biophysics
√ Home: Pembroke, Massachusetts
√ Research: I am working on characterizing a lipid transporter through protein engineering mutants, performing structural analysis by CryoEM, and assessing function by conducting complementation assays.
√ Hobbies: Binge-watching TV shows, exploring new restaurants, traveling.


max haase (Spring 2018)

√ Rotation Student in Genome Integrity
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.



mariyah saiduddin (Spring 2018)

√ Rotation Student in Developmental Genetics
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


josh gutierrez (Winter 2018)

√ Rotation Student in Biophysics
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.


Ruoyu chen (Fall 2017)

√ Rotation Student in Biophysics
Home: 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