Group Members

Current Members

Metallopeptide Project

Jefferson Plegaria | PhD Candidate| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: La Salle University
Research Interests: Solution Structure, Protein Design, Cupredoxins and Electron Transfer

Leela Ruckthong | PhD Candidate | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Kasetart University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Research Interests: Alternative amino acids

Fangting Yu | PhD Candidate| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Peking University
Research Interests: I received my B. S. in Chemistry from Peking University, China, where I worked on studying the influence of metal ions on the solubility of cholesterol in the aggregates of phospholipids and bile salts. My current research focuses on creating a De Novo designed metallopeptide as a mimic for a Type II copper center, which could potentially act as an oxygen-activating center. I also work on synthesizing dinuclear manganese complex to mimic the oxygen-evolving center in photosystem II.

Cathy Mocny | PhD Candidate| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Kalamazoo College
Research Interests: I am interested in the interface of inorganic chemistry and biology and the roles inorganic elements play in biology. Currently I am working on synthesizing a heteromeric three stranded coiled-coil using both bio-organic and bio-inorganic approaches in attempt to construct an asymmetrical metal-binding site.

Alison Tebo | PhD Candidate | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: metals in biology, electron transfer and redox reactions, design of electron transfer and metalloproteins. I am currently working on designing an rubredoxin-type electron transfer protein based on a well-characterized, designed scaffold, a3DIV.

Hira Qayyum | Graduate Student | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of Akron
Research Interests: My research interest is the de novo design of vanadium haloperoxidases

Casey van Stappen | Graduate Student| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota, Duluth

Sara Caruso | Undergraduate | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests: Bioinorganic chemistry and protein design
Other Interests: Running, kayaking, swimming and playing the accordion

Andrew Liu | Undergraduate | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests: De novo designed metallopeptides, studying the effects of nearby amino acid residues on metal binding site behavior

Metallacrown Project







Evan Trivedi | Post-Doc | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
PhD Insitution: Northwestern University
Research Interests: Synthetic chemistry is the basis of my research with applications in homogeneous catalysis, molecular imaging, and medicine

David Chow | Ph.D. Candidate | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Western Washington University
Research Interests: He is currently working on the metallacrown project, studying the role of electron spin and magnetic anisotropy in single-molecule magnets.
Jake Lutter | Graduate Student | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Shippensburg University
Research Interests: I am interested in inorganic synthetic chemistry, specifically in metallacrown compounds and their properties.  My research investigates the magnetic behavior (single molecule magnets) and luminescent capabilities of certain metallacrown compounds.
Davide Capucci | Visiting P.h.D. Student from Italy | E-mail
Graduate Institution: University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Corrado Atzeri| Visiting P.h.D. Student from Italy| E-mail
Graduate Institution: University of Parma, Parma, Italy

 

Former Members

Metallopeptide Project (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Virginia Cangelosi (Ph. D. ), lecturer, Michigan State University.
  • Dr. Melissa Zastrow (Ph. D. ), postdoc, M.I.T.
  • Dr. Saumen Chakraborty (Ph. D. ), postdoc, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
  • Dr. Kosh Neupane (postdoc), postdoc, Tufts University.
  • Dr. Kimber Clark-Baldwin (postdoc), Research Scientist, Univ. Cincinnati Medical School.
  • Dr. Carol M. Gorst (postdoc), Application Scientist at MSI.
  • Dr. Gregg Dieckmann (Ph.D.), Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Joel Galang (MS).
  • Susan L. Heilman (MS).
  • Jan Kosinski (MS).
  • Dr. Ryan Fields (BS), M.D.
  • Kirk Jobe (BS Honors), M.D.
  • Kristen Balchus (research rotation).
  • Nzinga Harris (REU).
  • Zikiya Norton (research rotation), Graduate Student, University of Michigan.
  • Melissa Hindenlang (research rotation), Graduate Student, University of Michigan.
  • Soumya Mitra (research rotation), Gradute Student Ohio State University.
  • Dr. Brian Farrer (Postdoc), Senior Research Chemist, Merck.
  • Dr. Wojciech Lesniak (Postdoc) Research Associate, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Radiation Medicine.
  • Dr. Manolis Matzapetakis (Graduate Student), Post Doc, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute.
  • Dr. Kyung Hoon Lee (Postdoc), Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama.
  • Dr. Chris Cabello (Graduate Student), University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy Medicinal Chemistry Program.
  • Dr. Debdip Ghosh (Graduate Student), Post Doc, National Institues of Health (NIH / NIDDK).
  • Dr. Debbie Touw (Graduate Student), Post Doc, Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachussetts Medical School.
  • Dr. Marek Luczkowski (Postdoc), Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland .
  • Dr. Olga Iranzo (Postdoc), Research Scientist, Bioinorganic Chemistry and Peptide design Division, Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica Av. da Republica Estacao Agronomica Nacional (EAN).
  • Dr. Anna Peacock (Postdoc), Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Birmingham,UK.

Vanadium Project (degree received), current position:


Manganese Project (degree received), current position:


Metallacrown Project (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Joseph Jankolovits (Ph. D.), postdoc, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Dr. Thaddeus Boron (Ph. D.), Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock University
  • Joseph Grant (BS) University of Michigan, (Graduate Student) University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dr. Curtis M. Zaleski (Ph. D.), Associate Professor, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Gentamicin Project (degree received), current position:


Metallopeptide Precursor Projects (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Linda M. Briggs (Ph.D.): Cloning and Regulation of Synechocystis PCC 6803 Plastocyanin, Research Scientist, Ford Motor Company.
  • Dr. David J. Detlefsen (Ph.D.): Protein-Protein and Protein-Metal Interactions, Senior Research Scientist, Novatia.
  • Mary Taylor (B.S.), M.D.

Research Collaborators