Former members

Ron Nwumeh

Undergraduate, Summer Scholar in Biology & Biomedical Research, uSTAR Summer Scholar, HHMI-EXROP Scholar (Cech Lab), United Negro College Fund-Merck Science Fellow; 2012-2016
• Medical Student, University of Pennsylvania

McClerklin*, Lee SG*, Harper CP, Nwumeh R, Jez JM, Kunkel BN (2018) Indole-3-acetylaldehyde dehydrogenase-dependent auxin synthesis contributes to virulence in Pseudomonas syringae strain DC3000.

Ian Swenson

Undergraduate, 2012-2013
• Clinical Research Assistant, Washington University

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

Jonathan Wignes

Undergraduate, 2009
• Graduate Student, Plant Biology, University of Adelaide, Australia

Wignes JA, Goldman JW, Weihl CC, Bartley MG, Andley UP (2013) p62 expression and autophagy in alphaB-crystallin R120G mutant knock-in mouse model of hereditary cataract.  Exp Eye Res 115, 263-73

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.

Sam McKinney

Undergraduate, Summer Scholar in Biology & Biomedical Research, 2009-2011
• Lead Technician, Pajarito Powder

Herrmann J, Ravilious GE, McKinney SE, Westfall CS, Lee SG, Baraniecka P, Giovannetti M, Kopriva S, Krishnan HB, Jez JM (2014) Structure and mechanism of soybean ATP sulfurylase - the committed step in plant sulfur assimilation.

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.

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

Blair Undem

Undergraduate, CD-BioRAP Intern (McDaniel College), 2011
• Physical Therapy Student, University of Maryland

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