Group Members

Current Members

Metallopeptide Project

Dr. Leela Ruckthong | Post-Doc | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Kasetsart University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Graduate Institution:: University of Michigan
Research Interests: Designing de novo 3SCC peptides using alternative chirality of D-amino acids to control heavy metal geometries. Protein X-ray crystallography to perform structural analysis of designed metal sites in 3SCC peptides.

Dr. Karl Koebke| Post-Doc | E-mail
Graduate Institution: University of Wisconson, Milwaukee
Research Interests: Use of alternative amino acids for new and interesting coiled coil constructs and the development of a "grand" version of the α3DIV system.

Dr. Tyler Pinter | Post-Doc | E-mail
Graduate Institution: University of Western Ontario, Canada
Research Interests: Design of α3DIV derivitatives. Mechanisms of metal binding to metallopeptides. New enzymatic function in recombinant three-stranded coiled coils.

Audrey Tolbert | Graduate Student | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Bucknell University
Research Interests: Three stranded coiled-coil heterotrimers

Adrian Landreth | Graduate Student| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Research Interests: Three stranded coiled-coil crystal structures

Elvin Salerno | REU Undergraduate | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Wichita State University
Research Interests: Protein folding and structure, especially in metalloenzymes

Metallacrown Project

Dr. Tu Nguyen | Post-Doc | E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of Natural Sciences in Ho Chi Minh City
Graduate Insitution: University of Florida
Research Interests: Magnetic and luminescent materials.

Jake Lutter | PhD Candidate| 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.

Beatriz Lopez-Bermudez | Graduate Rotator| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego
Research Interests: Metallacrowns.

Nathaniel Hardin | Graduate Rotator| E-mail
Undergraduate Institution: Wayne State University
Research Interests: Metallacrowns.


Former Members

Metallopeptide Project (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Catherine Mocny (Ph.D.), Analytical Chemist, Zoetis, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Dr. Alison Tebo (Ph.D.), postdoc, E.N.S. Paris, France
  • Dr. Jefferson Plegaria (Ph.D.), postdoc, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Fangting Yu (Ph.D.), postdoc, M.I. T.
  • 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. Chun Chow (Ph.D.), postdoc, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA.
  • Dr. Joseph Jankolovits (Ph. D.), postdoc, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Dr. Thaddeus Boron (Ph. D.), Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock University, PA.
  • 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