Former members

Akina Nagata

Undergraduate, HHMI-SURF (Knox College), 2009
• Graduate Student, Immunology & Microbiology Program, Shinshu University, Japan

Lee SG, Kim YC, Alpert TD, Nagata A, Jez JM (2012) Structure and reaction mechanism of phosphoethanolamine methyltransferase from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum - an anti-parastic drug target.

Matt Juergens

Undergraduate, NSF-REU Intern (Webster U.), ASPB-SURF Scholar, 2007-2011
• Graduate Student, Shachar-Hill Lab, Plant Biology Program, Michigan State University
• USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, Umen & Allen Labs, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
• Analytical Chemist, Monsanto

Yi H, Juergens M, Jez JM (2012) Structure of soybean beta-cyanoalanine synthase and the molecular basis for cyanide detoxification in plants.  Plant Cell 24, 2696-706

Caitlin Ramsey

Graduate Student - Plant Biology Program, 2008-2009
• Analyst - Energy and Data Analytics, ICF International

Loren Ramirez

Undergraduate, Summer Scholar in Biology & Biomedical Research, 2011
• High School Teacher, Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta, GA

Westfall CS, Sherp AM, Zubieta C, Alvarez S, Schraft E, Marcellin R, Ramirez L, Jez JM (2016) Arabidopsis thaliana GH3.5 acyl acid amido synthetase mediates metabolic crosstalk in auxin and salicylic acid homeostasis.

Tara Alpert

Undergraduate, HHMI-SURF Scholar, ASPB-SURF Scholar, NSF-GRF Honorable Mentions, 2011-2013
• Graduate Student, Neugebauer Lab, Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Structural Biology Program, Yale University

Lee SG, Alpert TD, Jez JM (2012) Crystal structure of phosphoethanolamine methyltransferase from Plasmodium falciparum in complex with amodiaquine.  Bioorg Med Chem Lett 22, 4990-3

Lavanya Palavalli

Undergraduate, 2005
• HHMI-NIH Physician Scholar, Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident, Baylor College of Medicine

Brendza KM, Haakenson W, Cahoon RE, Hicks LM, Palavalli LH, Chiapelli B, McLaird M, McCarter JP, Williams DJ, Hresko MC, Jez JM (2007) Phosphoethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PMT-1) catalyzes the first reaction of a new pathway f

Katherine Herrera

Undergraduate, NSF-REU Intern (Adelphi U.), 2005
• Tropical Field Botanist, N.Y. Botanical Garden

Herrera K, Cahoon RE, Kumaran S, Jez JM (2007) Reaction mechanism of glutathione synthetase from Arabidopsis thaliana: site-directed mutagenesis of active site residues.  J Biol Chem  282, 17157-65

Eric Bonner

Postdoctoral Associate, 2003-2004
• Scientist, Akermin

Hicks LM, Cahoon RE, Bonner ER, Rivard RS, Sheffield J, Jez JM (2007) Thiol-based regulation of redox-active glutamate-cysteine ligase from Arabidopsis thalianaPlant Cell  19, 2653-61

Rebecca Cahoon

Research Associate, 2002-2008
• Staff Scientist, U. Nebraska

Cahoon RE, Lutke WK, Cameron JC, Chen S, Lee SG, Rivard RS, Rea PA, Jez JM (2015) Adaptive engineering of phytochelatin-based heavy metal tolerance.  J Biol Chem 290, 17321-30

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