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Izabela Bielnicka

Izabela is in Poland and enjoying raising her son.

Iza
MS: University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland (2004)
Master of Science in Genetics at the Institute of Cytobiochemistry.
Iza was a technician in the Columbus lab and worked on many projects.

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Tsega Solomon

Graduate Student in the Chemistry Department at the University of Maryland, College Park

Tsiga Solomon
Laboratory Specialist Chemistry, University of Virginia (2012-2014, Columbus Lab)
BS: Chemistry, University of Virginia (2012)

Tsega was an undergraduate researcher and technician in the laboratory. She worked on several projects in the lab including nitroxide dynamics in membrane proteins.

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Dr. Kalyani Jambunathan

Postdoctoral fellow at SRI in Harrisonburg, VA.

Kalyani JambunathanPhD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2007)
Advisor: Dr. H.Mario Geysen
Antibody epitope binding modes at single amino acid resolution.

MS: Indian Institute of Technology, Tamilnadu, India (2001)
Advisor: Dr. T.S. Chandra
Vermicomposting of Sugar Industry residues- A Biochemical Analysis.

BS: Madras Christian College, Tamilnadu, India (1999)

Kalyani was a postdoctoral fellow in the Columbus lab.

Dr. David Shultis

Director of Engineering at Liberty Reach Inc

David ShultisPhD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2008)
Advisor: Dr. Michael C. Wiener
X-ray Crystallographic and NMR spectroscopic studies of energy dependent membrane protein complexes.
BS: Aeronautical Science Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1993)

David was a postdoctoral fellow in the Columbus lab.

Prof. Alison Dewald

Associate Professor at Salisbury University

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PhD: Chemistry, University of Virginia (2012)
BS: Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University (2001)
M. Ed: Temple University, Educational Psychology (2006)
Alison conducted undergraduate research in the Guiltinan lab at the Penn State Biotechnology Institute, then taught chemistry and biology in Hershey, PA.

Alison was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Prof. Brett Kroncke

Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University

Brett Kroncke
PhD: Chemistry, University of Virginia (2012)
BS: Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)
Brett worked with Dr. John Wright on ultrafast pulse recognition hardware and software design and implementation.

Brett was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Dan Fox

Senior Analytical Chemist at Albemarle Corporation


PhD: Chemistry,University of Virginia (2013, Columbus Lab)
BS: Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh (2007)
Dan worked with Dr. David Pratt on rotationally resolved electronic spectroscopy and Dr. Megan Spence on solid state NMR of lipid bilayer systems.

Dan was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Ryan Lo

Principal Scientist I at Agilux Laboratories, a Charles River Company

BA: Chemistry, Franklin and Marshall College (2009)
Ryan worked with Dr. Rick Moog on determining the Kamlet-Taft solvent parameters for various micellar environments.

Ryan was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Ryan Oliver

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lund University (Sweden)


MS: Chemistry, University of N. Carolina at Charlotte (2010)
BS: Chemistry, University of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)
Ryan worked with Dr. Joanna Krueger at UNC-Charlotte studying structures of protein complexes in solution using small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering.

Ryan was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Ashton Brock

Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Medicine


PhD: Chemistry, University of Virginia (2016)
BS: Chemistry, Winthrop University (2011)

Ashton was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Chris Lee

Graduate Student at UCSD


BS: Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry BA: Interdisciplinary Computer Science, University of Virginia (2011)
Chris conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Michael Shirts working on the automation of alchemical molecular design.

Chris was an MS graduate student in the Columbus and Mura labs.

Bill Peairs

Chemical Safety Officer at Cedars-Sinai

Bill PeairsBS: Chemistry, University of California Irvine (2005)
MA: Chemistry, University of Virginia (2011)
Bill worked with in the Chamberlin lab on the total synthesis of Tautomycin, a PP1 selective inhibitor.

Bill was an MA graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Catrina Campbell


BS: Biological Chemistry, The University of Texas at Arlington (2012)
MS: University of Virginia, Chemistry (2014)

Catrina was an MS graduate student in the Columbus lab.

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Tomihiro Ono

Physics Teacher at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy


BS: Chemistry major with specialization in chemical physics, University of Virginia

Tomihiro was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Dr. Justin Kim

University of Maryland Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Justin KimBSChemistry, University of Virginia (2011)
MD University of Virginia (2015)
Justin was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Thien Nguyen

Graduate student at the University of California, San Diego.

Thien NguyenBS Chemistry and Biology

Thien was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Jessica Yoo

Medical Student at Stanford


BSBiology and BAHistory, University of Virginia (2016)

Jessica was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Christopher Reyes

Patent examiner for the USPTO

Christopher ReyesBS Chemistry and MA in Spanish University of Virginia
MS University of California Berkeley, Chemistry

As an undergradaute researcher, Chris cloned a OpaI for expression in E. coli cells, optimized refolding of OpaI, and began NMR studies mapping the OpaI – CEACAM receptor interactions.

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Shelby Hutcherson (Lipes)

Graduate Student at Johns Hopkins


BS Chemistry with specialization in biochemistry, University of Virginia (2016)

Shelby was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Rita Page (Digrazia)

UVa Resident

RitaDigraziaBS Spanish

Rita was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Ashley Keller Volaric

University of Virginia Pathology

AshleyChemistry major with biochemistry focus

Ashley was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Dr. Jacqueline Hodges

Resident at UVA


BS Chemistry major with biochemistry focus
MD Tufts University
Jackie was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Jason Li

Undergraduate Researcher

Currently attending medical school.

Daniel Yu

Current position unknown


BS: Chemistry with biochemistry focus, University of Virginia (2011)

Dan was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Audrey Ogendi, MPH

Undergraduate Researcher


BA Women, Gender, & Sexuality, UVA
MPH University of Virginia School of Medicine

Audrey was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Ji In Han

Undergraduate Researcher

Applying to Medical School.

Dr. Sarah (Elkin) Connelly

Consultant at Deloitte Consulting

Sarah Elkin
BS Chemistry major with biochemistry focus
PhD The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Sarah was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Kelvin Li

Medical School Student


Chemistry major with specialization in biochemistry

Kelvin was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab that investigated the structure of IncA.

Sidney Bush

Current position unknown

Sidney was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Kiera Matthews

Current position unknown


BSBiology, Johnson C. Smith Univerisity
Kiera was a summer undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Neety Chawla

Current position unknown

Neety Chawla

Neety was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Keturah Wallace

Current position unknown


BS Chemistry, Johnson C. Smith University
Keturah was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Dr. Adrian Gaty

Chisholm Trail Pediatrics

Adrian GatyBA Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2007)
MD Northwestern University

Adrian conducted research in the Columbus lab as a visiting scientist.

Dr. Ali Khan

UVA MSTP Student – Clinical Rotations


PhD University of Virginia
Ali was a rotation student in the Columbus lab.

Colin Price

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science Undergradaute


Colin was a high school student summer researcher in the Columbus lab.

Sebastien Ortiz

Graduate Student in the Biohemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison


BS Chemistry major with specialization in biochemistry

Sebastien was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Emma Guiberson

Graduate Student at Vanderbilt University


BS Chemistry, Notre Dame
Emma was a high school student researcher in the Columbus lab through the HooS-STER program and worked on the known structure, unknown function project.

Dr. Golda (Harris) Barrow

Scientist at Separations at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Professional Scientific Services, LCC

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Golda Harris
BS Chemistry major with biochemistry focus
PhD University of Pennsylvania

Golda was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Haylee Whitworth

Undergraduate Texas A&M


Haylee was a high school summer researcher in the Columbus lab.

Cynthia Gray

ParentCorps Educator at NYU Langone Medical Center


BA Psychology
MA Early Childhood Ed, UVA Curry School of Education
Cindy was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

Elleansar Okwei

Graduate student at Vanderbilt University


BS UVA Chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry
MS Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Elleansar was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Nana Bosomtwe

Current position unknown


Chemistry major

Nana was an undergraduate researcher in the Columbus lab.

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Serap Vatansever

Research Assistant at Cereal and Food Science Program at the North Dakota State University


MS (equivalent): Pamukkale University (2012)
BS (equivalent): Pamukkale University (2009)

Serap was a visiting scientist in the Columbus lab.