Former members

  Dr Xin-qiang Fang (China)

Postdoctoral Researcher (now Assistant Professor at the Fujian Research Institute)

Ph.D. 2009 Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry
Xinqiang was with us from 2012 Sept till 2013 Aug and contributed to one of our first manuscripts as a co-first author. Xinqiang is now starting off his independent career as a Research Professor at the Fujian Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  Dr Jiayang Li (China)

Research Associate (now Assistant Professor at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing)

Jiayang hailed from materials science background as a recent graduate from Brandeis University. During a short time that Jiayang was with us (Oct 2013 – Feb 2014), she rapidly learned molecular biology and biochemical techniques and contributed to successful completion of a project in collaboration with Saba Parvez and Dr. Yuan Fu. Jiayang went on to independently initiate a new project! Jiayang is heading back to Beijing to begin her new Research Assistant Professorship position at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China.

  Dr Hongyu Lin (China)

Postdoctoral Researcher (now Associate Professor at Xiamen University)

Hongyu is originally from China, came to our lab from Brandeis, and was with us until May 2015. Hongyu made numerous contributions, most notably to the T-REX Electrophile Toolbox. In our lab, Hongyu contributed to first and second-author publications in JACS, Nature Protocols, ChemBioChem, and a couple more contributed-author papers currently in revision/preparation. Hongyu is now an associate professor at Xiamen University, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  Dr. Soura (Souradyuti) Ghosh (India)

Postdoctoral Researcher (now Assistant Professor at Bennett University, India)

Soura hailed from india, and upon completion of his PhD program at Johns Hopkins, Soura spent a year with us from August 2015 till Sept 2016, and contributed to setting up some key foundational stones for our C. elegans T-REX projects. Soura is a co-author of our inaugural worm paper in preparation. Soura also assisted in the preparation of a recently accepted review article that highlights chemical tools in subcellular redox targeting in cultured cells and model organisms. As of early 2017, Soura began his teaching assistant professorship position back in his homeland, India (at Bennett University).

  Dr Yuan Fu (China) – Yuan_publication_list

Postdoctoral Researcher (now Assistant Professor at Tianjin Medical School)

Ph.D. 2012 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, U.S.A.
B.S. 2008 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Yuan is a native of China. He started alongside Yimon upon graduation from UIUC. Yuan is one of our two dedicated founding postdoctoral members of the Aye Lab. Yuan’s contributions were instrumental in helping us hit the ground running in our starting years. Yuan carried away several first-author/co-first-author publications from his time in our lab. As of fall-2018, Yuan began his own independent lab as an assistant professor in Tianjin Medical University, School of Basic Medical Sciences, China.

 

Dr. Dziyana (Diana) Hnedzko

Postdoctoral Researcher (2017 March – 2018 December)

Ph.D. 2017 Binghamton University, SUNY
Favorite Pastimes: Tennis, camping, pump it up (game)

Diana grew up in the Republic of Belarus. She joined the Aye lab upon completing her PhD studies in Professor Eriks Rozners’ laboratory at Binghamton University. During her tenure in the Aye lab, Diana rapidly learned the ropes of cell biological and mechanistic biochemical studies involving the enzyme RNR in the realms of our genome regulation research program and contributed to a review as well as a first-author original-research paper presently being finalized.

  Dr Marcus Long (UK)

Postdoctoral Researcher (2014 November – 2018 July)

Ph.D. 2014 Brandeis University, MA, U.S.A.
Undergraduate degree in Chemistry 2003, Honors School of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK

Marcus is a native of Yorkshire, England. During his PhD studies at Brandeis University, Marcus collaborated with Yimon in her postdoctoral research involving cell-based studies of RNR-enzyme. Marcus continued to be an active collaborator of the Aye Lab prior to joining us as a postdoctoral member in late 2014. Marcus was a key leader in successfully extending our REX technologies to use in complex living models. During his tenure in the Aye lab, he trained and collaborated with many postdoctoral, graduate students and undergraduate researchers in both electrophile signaling and genome regulation research programs.

  Dr. Xiaopeng Yin

Postdoctoral Researcher (2018 January – 2018 December)

Ph.D. 2017 Michigan State University, MI, U.S.A
B.S. 2011 Nanjing University, China,
Favorite Pastimes: Swimming, Running

Xiaopeng hailed from China. He took up the challenge to switch his research focus from organic synthesis during his phD studies to join the Aye lab and learn to work in an interdisciplinary research project. Xiaopeng’s key contributions allowed us to successfully complete the Phase I of our industrial collaborative project. Following his short yet successful tenure in our lab, Xiaopeng joined Prof. Justin Kim’s lab at the Dana-Farber Institute, to further pursue his research interests in chemistry and biology.

   
  Sine (Somsinee) Wisitpitthaya, Graduate student member (Thailand)

from Spring 2013 to January 2017
Anandamahidol Foundation Scholar (2015 – 2017 spring)

B.S. and M.S. 2011 Chemistry, Chulalongkurn University, Thailand
Ph.D. 2017 Chemistry, Cornell University, USASine is a native of Thailand. Sine represents one of the 3 founding graduate-student members of the Aye Lab. Sine worked on our nucleotide signaling research program and contributed to a first-authored publication and two co-authored manuscripts during her time in lab. We bid farewell to Sine along with three of our graduating seniors in May 2017. Sine recently began her postdoctoral research scientist position at Wolfe laboratories, Inc., MA. 

  Joe (Joseph) Haegele (USA), Graduate student member

from Spring 2013 to July 2017

NIH-CBI T32 Training Program Fellow (2013 fall – 2015 spring)

M.S. 2012 Biomedical forensic science, Boston University School of Medicine
B.S. 2010 Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytech Institute, N.Y., U.S.A.Joe is one of the 3 founding graduate-student members of the Aye Lab. Joe in collaboration with Marcus, Soura, Daniel, and Shiv contributed to the development and applications of our T-REX precision redox perturbation tool in live C. elegans animal models. Joe recently began a research scientist position at Forma, MA. 

  Saba Parvez, Graduate student member
from Spring 2013 to December 2017HHMI Predoctoral Fellow (2015–2017)B.S. 2012 Chemistry, Bates CollegeSaba was one of our founding graduate student members and is a key contributor in building our lab’s T-REX system from the ground up both in cultured cells and in zebrafish models. Saba moved onto a postdoc position in Prof. Randall Peterson’s lab at the University of Utah in December 2017. 
  William Blessing (USA)

Undergrad member (summer 2012 – spring 2014)

Class of 2014, College of Engineering
Major: Biological Engineering

– William is now a graduate student in Professor Mark Grinstaff’s laboratory at Boston University

  Lisette Gallegos (USA)

Undergrad member (summer, fall 2012)Class of 2013, College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University
Major: Chemistry & Chemical Biology

– Lis is now working as a program development assistant at the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), a non-profit organization focusing on enhancing chemistry education

  Tyler Peterhansel

Undergrad member (summer, fall 2012; spring 2013)

Class of 2013, College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Chemistry

– Tyler is now with the ‘Teach for America’ non-profit organization promoting quality education in low-income communities

  Eva Ge
Undergrad member (summer, fall 2012; spring 2013)Class of 2013, College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Chemistry

– Eva is now a graduate student in Professor Tom Muir’s laboratory at Princeton University

  Dustin Lee

Undergrad member (spring 2013 – spring 2015)

Class of 2015, College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Chemistry & Asian Studies

– Dustin is currently taking a gap yearLatest news – Dustin will join the Stony Brook Medical School program starting fall 2016

  Pra Bhattacharyya

Undergrad member (summer 2013)

Class of 2016, College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Physics

– Pra is currently a graduate student in Physics at UC Berkeley (starting fall 2016)

  Gene Hu

Undergrad member (fall 2013 – spring 2015)

Class of 2015, College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Chemistry & Psychology

Gene has joined the UT Southwestern Medical School program (starting fall 2015)

  Yiran Wang

Undergrad member (summer 2015 – spring 2016)

Class of 2016, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

– Yiran is currently taking an internship prior to beginning her medical school training

  Elaine Fletcher

Undergrad member (Spring 2015-Spring 2016)

Class of 2017, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

– Elaine is preparing to apply to medical schools

  Aohan Dang

Undergrad member (Summer and Fall 2016)

Class of 2018, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Biochemistry

– After exploring wet chemical biology research, Aohan decided to pursue his keen interest in computational biology. He is currently involved with computational and system biology research at Cornell till graduation in May 2018.

  Shivansh Chawla

Undergrad member (Summer 2015-Spring 2017)

Class of 2017, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry, Biology

Summer 2017 — Shiv is currently on a gap year internship and applying to medical schools

  Vanha Pham

Undergrad member (Spring 2014-Spring 2017)

Class of 2017, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

May 2017 — Vanha is starting her PhD program in Chemical Biology this fall at the College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (as an NSF GRFP fellow!)

  Michael Disare

Undergrad member (Spring 2014-Spring 2017)

Class of 2017, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry, Biology

May 2017 — Michael is starting his PhD program in Chemical Biology this fall at the Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

 

  Sanjna Surya

Undergrad member (Fall 2015 – Spring 2018)

Class of 2018, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Biology

Mentor: Daniel A. Urul and Dr. Marcus J. C. Long
Favorite Pastimes: Taking walks, reading, solving number puzzles

 

  Lining Zheng

Undergrad member (Spring 2016 – Spring 2018)

Class of 2018, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Dziyana (Diana) Hnedzko
Favorite Pastimes: Reading, cooking, sudoku

 

  Paul Huang

Undergrad member (Summer 2016 – Spring 2018)

Class of 2018, College of Arts and Sciences
Majors: Chemistry, Biology

Mentor: Dr. Yi Zhao
Favorite Pastimes: Playing violin, listening to music, exploring new places

 

  Anthony Duruewuru

HHMI CHAMPS Summer Internship member: Summer 2017

Class of 2020, College of Human Ecology
Major: Human Biology, Health and Society

Mentor: Daniel A. Urul and Sanjna L. Surya
Favorite Pastimes: Gaming, cooking, and exploring new places

 

  Islam Elsaid

Undergrad member (Summer 2017 – Spring 2018)

Class of 2020, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Marcus J. C. Long

Favorite Pastimes: Basketball, listening to music, comedy

 

  Andreas Pintado-Urbanc

Undergrad member (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)

Class of 2020, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Xuyu Liu and Dr. Xiaopeng Yin

Favorite Pastimes: Playing/Watching Tennis and Soccer, Listening to Music, Hiking

 

  Nicholas (Nick) Krasnow

Undergrad member (Spring 2018)

Class of 2021, College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Biology with concentration in Biochemistry

Mentor: Jesse Poganik

Favorite Pastimes: Running, fly fishing, skiing

 

    Thomas Jordan 

Undergrad member (Spring 2019)

Class of 2020, EPFL
Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Jesse Poganik and Chloé Rogg

Favorite Pastimes: Eating chocolate, reading, watching films

 


Rotation and Visiting Students

Tonieh Ingram (HHMI CHAMPS Program, Summer 2015)

Jake Usery (BMCB, Summer 2015)

Jordana Bloom (BMCB, joint with Prof. Bob Weiss’s lab, Spring 2015)

Steve Pisano (BMCB, Spring 2015)

Inna Sirota (BMCB, Spring 2015)

Carl Schlitz (BMCB, Fall 2014)

Henry Le (CCB, Jan 2014 – Feb 2015)

Chester Wrobel (CCB, Nov 2017 – July 2018)

Bo Kyoung Kim (EDCH, Sept 2018 – Feb 2018)

Dr. Yong Chen (Feb 2019 – Jun 2019)