Lab Members

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Prof. Tom Record (Principal Investigator)

Steenbock Professor in Chemical Sciences; John D. Ferry Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. B.A., Yale University; Ph.D.: University of California-San Diego
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Research Description:
Protein-nucleic acid interactions, including kinetics and mechanism of transcription initiation, characterization of DNA wrapping in protein DNA complexes, development of small molecule solutes as thermodynamic and mechanistic probes of protein and DNA conformational changes.

 

Dr. Irina Shkel (Assistant Scientist)

Department: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Research Description:  Thermodynamics of complex fluids, DNA and protein solutions. Methods of numerical and analytical analysis of experimental data in kinetics and thermodynamics.

Max Rector

Max Rector (Graduate)

Program: Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB)
Subgroup:  RNA polymerase
Previous Education:  BS in Biochemistry from UT-Austin
Research Description: Using solute probes (urea) to determine points of large structural shifts during initial transcription.  Using FRET/PIFE to DNA wrapping/unwrapping during open complex formation and transcription initiation.
Pastime Activities/Hobbies:  PC gaming, Cars, Literature & Movies

Dylan Plaskon (Graduate)

Program: Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB)
Subgroup:  RNA polymerase
Previous Education:  BA in Chemistry from Colby College in Waterville, ME
Research Description:  Investigating the effects of the discriminator on transcription initiation.
Pastime Activities/Hobbies:  Soccer, Hiking, Basketball, Trivia, Tennis 

 

Meghana Telugu

MEGHANA TELUGU (Masters Student)

Program: MS in Biotechnology
Subgroup: RNA Polymerase
Previous Education:  B.Tech in Biotechnology (Bachelors)
Research Description
Pastime Activities/Hobbies:  Yoga, Cooking, Watching movies

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Hao-Che Wang (Graduate)

Program: Biophysics
Subgroup: RNA polymerase
Previous Education: BS (Life Science), Master (Molecule biology)
Research Description:  Studying the discriminator effect on the mechanism of transcription initiation
Pastime Activities/Hobbies:  Playing the piano, listening to music, cooking, watching movies

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Emily Zytkiewicz (Associate Research Specialist)

Subgroup: Solutes
Previous Education: B.S. (Biochemistry)
Research Description:  Quantifying chemical interactions of polyols with protein functional groups in order to develop solute probes of biopolymer processes
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Tristan Gunther (Research Intern)

Subgroup: RNA Polymerase
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Alana Bordeaux (Undergraduate)

Major(s): Biochemistry with Fermentation Science Certificate
Subgroup:  Solutes
Research Description: Studying the interaction of the ether oxygen in sugars with amides
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: Hiking, reading, working out

Ben Palatnik

Ben Palatnik (Undergraduate)

Major(s):  Biochemistry, Classics
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description:  Investigating the interactions between PPi and RNAP and effects on abortive transcription. 
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: Bouldering, Pokemon Go, Knitting

Armor Anuchit Rupanya (Undergraduate)

Major(s):  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Subgroup:  Solutes
Research Description:  Studying interactions of naphthalene and amide at various temperatures via solubility assay
Pastime Activities/Hobbies:  Reading, painting, and hiking 

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Taka Ishikuri (Undergraduate)

Major(s):  Biochemistry and Statistics
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description:  Studying the effects of the discriminator on transcription initiation
Pastime Activities/Hobbies:  Soccer, hiking, and skiing

Jiayin Tang

Jiayin Tang (Undergraduate)

Major(s): Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Psychology
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: photography, read fiction, and watch Sci-Fi movies

Krysta Stroncek

Krysta Stroncek (Undergraduate)

Major(s): Food Science
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description: Studying the discriminator effect on the mechanism of transcription initiation
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: Hiking, baking, soccer, yoga

Quinn McBride

Quinn McBride (Undergraduate)

Major(s): Biochemistry and Computer Science
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description: Studying the effects of "short" discriminators on transcription initiation
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: Working out, hiking, cooking

Savannah Peterson

Savannah Peterson (Undergraduate)

Major(s): Biochemistry
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: rock climb, paint memes, and play LEGO PS4 games

Renxi Li

Renxi Li (Undergraduate)

Major(s): Applied Math, Physics, Astronomy-Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Zoology, Psychology
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: Piano, Photography, Working out

Will Langholz

Will Langholz (Undergraduate)

Major(s):  Biochemistry
Subgroup:  RNA Polymerase
Research Description
Pastime Activities/Hobbies: Running, hiking, and skiing