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Former Postdocs

Matthew Gage

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 5698
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698
Phone: (928) 523-6394

Research area in Robinson lab: Protein aggregation

Ozge Can

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry
School of Medicine
Acibadem University
Gulsuyu Mahallesi
Fevzi Cakmak Caddesi
Divan Sokak, No: 1
Maltepe, Insnabul
Phone: +90 (216) 4580874

Research area in Robinson Lab: Designing optimal systems for the expression and detection of functionally active human G-protein coupled receptors in yeast through protein engineering and random mutagenesis coupled with advanced techniques such as FACS (Fluorescence activated cell sorting) and multi-photon confocal microscopy

David Raden

Research area in Robinson lab: Stress response in yeast.

Arash Foroutan

Research area in Robinson Lab: Purification and conformational characterization of adenosine A2b receptor, and Neurokinin 1 receptor. Study of structural transition and self assembly of proteins (e.g. Tau, gamma D Crystallin, alpha synuclein) Study and characterization of protein/small molecule inhibitors interactions

Kory Blocker

Research area in Robinson Lab: Investigation of an engineered GPCR through random mutagenesis and GPCR expression in non-native environments by studying the ligand-binding response.

PostDoctoral Fellows

Former Ph.D Students

Brian Lefebvre, May 2002

Thesis Title: “High Pressure Dissociates Tailspike Aggregates and Promotes Native Structure Formation”
Assistant Professor, Rowan University, NJ (2004-2008)
Current Position, Senior Research Engineer, DuPont & Co.

James Butz, June 2002

Thesis Title:“Characterizing and Optimizing GPCR Expression in Yeast”
Current position: Associate Principal Scientist, Respiratory Product Development, Merck Research Laboratories

Brenda Danek, March 2003

Thesis Title:“Characterization of the Role of Disulfides in Folding of Tailspike Protein”
J.D., 2008, New York University
Current Position: Associate, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LLP

Jessica Sinacola, August, 2003

Thesis Title:“Characterization and Reversal of the Aggregation of Single-Chain Antibodies”
Current position: Process Engineer, Sterile Process Technology & Engineering, Merck & Co, West Point, PA.

Jason Smith, July 2003

Thesis Title:“Folding and Expression of Extremophilic Enzymes”
Current position: Manager of Research and Development, Carmell Therapeutics, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ronald Niebauer, July 2005

Thesis Title:“Using GFP as a Sensor for Optimizing Expression of GPCRs”
Current position: Biotechnology Patent Examiner, US Patent Office, Washington, DC.

Junghwa Kim, June 2006

Thesis Title:“Roles of Folding Intermediate Conformation and Transient Disulfide Bonding on the Folding of P22 Tailspike Protein”
Current position: Scientist, MedImmune

Sara Lawrence Powers, July 2006

Thesis Title:“Characterization and Expression of an Extremely Stable Hyperthermophilic Protein”
Current position: Biomatrica.

Ping Xu, July 2006

Thesis Title:“Sensing and Analyzing the Unfolded Protein Response during Heterologous Protein Production”
Current position: Scientist, Glaxco Smith Kline

Steven Bane, May 2007

Thesis Title:“Expression and Characterization of the Human Neurokinin 1 receptor from E. coli
Current position: Scientist, Amgen

Emily McCusker, December 2007

Thesis Title:“Overcoming Expression Obstacles in Producing Functional Components of the G-Protein Coupled Receptor Pathway”
Current position: Teva Pharmaceuticals

Michelle L. Spatara, August, 2009

Thesis Title:"Protein folding and aggregation: in vitro and in vivo"
Current position: Investigator, GSK

Michelle O’Malley, August 2009

Thesis Title:“Expression, Purification, and Biophysical Characterization of G-Protein
Coupled Receptors Expressed from Saccharomyces cerevisiae”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara, website

Carissa Young, December 2012

Thesis Title:"Interrogation of Quality Control Mechanisms and Protein Trafficking in Saccharomyces cerevisiae"
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, MIT

Zachary Britton, December 2012

Thesis Title: “Novel Approaches to the Expression and Purification of G-Protein Coupled Receptors”
Current Position: Scientist, MedImmune

Melissa St. Amand, September 2013

Thesis Title: “Toward Online Quality Control during Biopharmaceutical Production”
Current Position: post-doctoral fellow, Biotechnology Core Lab., ODIR, NIDDK, NIH

Andrea Naranjo, October 2014

Thesis Title: “Stability and Activity of a GPCR in vivo and in Membrane Mimetic Environments”
Current Position: post-doctoral fellow, NIH

Patrick McNeely, July 2015

Thesis Title: “Receptor-receptor, Ligand, and Membrane Interactions of the Adenosine A2A Receptor”

Davesh Radakrishnan, October 2016

Thesis Title: “Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Glycosylation in Mabs Produced in CHO Cells”
Current Position: Scientist, Manufacturing Sciences, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals

PostDoctoral Fellows

Former MS Students

Sujata Bhatia, BChE/MChE, May 1999

“Novel Role for Cysteines in in vivo folding of P22 Tailspike Protein”
1998 Barry M. Goldwater Award, 1999 AIChE Student Paper Award, 1999 NSF and NDSEG graduate fellowships
M.D./Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
Current position: Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University.

Nicole Sheatsley Richardson, March 2005

“Optimizing Extremophile Expression in Yeast”

Nathanial Macapagal, May 2011

"Characterization of the Folding and Assembly of Single-Chain Antibodies"
Current position: Associate Scientist I, Purification Process Sciences, MedImmune.

Nikkie Ross, January 2012

"The Role of Oxidative Stress on Tau Protein Homeostasis in Neurodegenerative Diseases"

Emily Wilkinson, July 2015

M.S., Neuroscience

Farzana Quddus, July 2015

M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Bryan Goldman, December 2015

"The Effects of Oxidative Stress on Adenosine Receptors in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"
Current position: Medical Student, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

PostDoctoral Fellows

Former Senior Thesis Students

Jonathan Dueber (BS, 1999, Chemistry & Biochemistry)

“Expression, purification and refolding of tailspike aggregates”
PhD, UC San Francisco, Dept of Biochemistry
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley and and Energy Biosciences Institute

Alexander Harris (BS, 2000)

“The Role of Stress in Protein Expression in Yeast”
Sous-Chef at Le Caprice, New York City

Eveline Tseng (BS, 2000)

“Analysis of the Interactions between human A2a and BiP"

Kathryn Whitehead (BS, 2002)

“Role of Additives in Preventing Aggregation of P22 Tailspike”
PhD, Chemical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara, NSF Graduate Fellow Honorable Mention
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Lab of Prof. Robert Langer, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

Noelle Comolli (BS, 2003)

“Tsf Mutations Alter the Rate and Pathway for Tailspike Aggregation”
PhD, Chemical Engineering, Drexel University
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Villanova University

Eric Pridgen (BS, 2003)

“Molecular Sensors for Detecting Cellular Stress”
Process Engineer for Merck for 3 years
Current Position: graduate student in Ph.D. program at MIT. NDSEG Department of Defense Graduate Fellow 2007-2010.

Ben Tang (BS, 2003)

“Role of Chaperones in Extremophile Expression in Yeast”
Current position: graduate student in Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.

Dana Ungerbuehler (BS, 2003)

“Cysteine Mutation Effects on Tailspike Folding”
MMDP Analyst, Merck Manufacturing Management Development Program for 2 years
Current Position: Medical Student at Rutgers Medical School.

Jennifer Zak [Grey] (BS, 2003)

“Role of Salt Bridging in Trimer Assembly of Tailspike”
Process Engineer for Merck for 3 years

Amy VanFossen (BS, 2004)

“Stress Response in GPCR Expression in Yeast”
PhD, Chemical Engineering, NC State University
Current Position: Biofuel researcher at Agrivida, Medford, MA

Alison (Wedekind) Tisdale (BS, 2005)

“Optimization and Characterization of G-Protein Coupled Receptor Expression in Yeast”
M.S., Chemical Engineering at University of Minnesota
Current Position: Assistant Scientist in Dr. Gary Nelsestuen's lab, University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Bell (BS, 2005)

“Sublocalization of the Chaperone BiP within the Endoplasmic Reticulum of Yeast Cells and its Role in Protein Expression”
2004 Barry M. Goldwater Award.
Current Position: Implementation Specialist, Agilent Technologies

Elizabeth Oeffinger (BS, 2006)

“Tailspike Beta Helix Variants: Effects of Sequence on Aggregation Propensity”
MS, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University.

Dominic Mancini (BS, 2008)

“The unfolded protein response in G-protein coupled receptor expression in yeast”

Lindsay Schmiedel (BS 2009)

“Analyzing Spatial Localization of Proteins of the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Budding Yeast, S. cerevisiae, during Cell Division”
Current Position: Associate Engineer, Technical Rotation Program, Merck & Co., Inc.

Carly Fleagle (BS 2009)

“Evaluating the unfolded protein response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae”
Current Position: graduate student, University of Colorado

Amy Chevalier (BS 2011)

"Effect of cysteine mutations on A2aR trafficking in HEK 293 cells"
Current Position: graduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

PostDoctoral Fellows

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