GROUP MEMBERS

THE BOSS

Tobias Baumgart

baumgart at sas.upenn.edu


Associate Professor

Physical & Biological Chemistry


Assistant Professor

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Clausthal, Germany (1998)

PhD from Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (2001)

Postdoctoral associate with Prof. Watt Webb at Cornell University (2001 2005)


CURRICULUM VITAE.pdf

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Zheng Shi

zhengshi at sas.upenn.edu

Year: 5th

Hometown: Henan, China

Graduated From: University of Science and Technology of China

Major: Condensed Matter Physics

Joined Lab: January 2011 

 

Research: Investigating the mechanisms of membrane curvature sensing by proteins and domain boundary phenomena on phased separated giant unilamellar vesicles


Zhiming Chen

zhimchen at sas.upenn.edu



Year: 4th

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian, China

Graduated From: University of Science and Technology of China

Major: Chemical Physics

Joined Lab: January 2012 

 

Research: Membrane binding and remodeling by different BAR proteins: NBAR, FBAR and IBAR


 

Ningwei Li

nil at seas.upenn.edu


Year: 4th

Hometown: Guangzhou China

Graduated From: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Major: Chemical Engineering

Joined Lab: January 2012

 

Research: Shape deformation of giant unilamellar vesicles induced by attachment of particles.

 



Chun Liu

chunliu at sas.upenn.edu


Year: 3rd

Hometown: Taipei Taiwan

Graduated From: National Taiwan University

Major: Chemistry

Joined Lab: June 2013

 

Research: Studying lipid demixing in ternary mixture of GUV & Interfacial enzyme kinetics on supported lipid bilayerStudying lipid demixing in ternary mixture of GUV & Interfacial enzyme kinetics on supported lipid bilayer.

 



Jaclyn Robustelli

jacr at sas.upenn.edu


Year: 1st

Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Graduated From: Iona College

Major: Biochemistry

Joined Lab: Jan 2015

 

Research: Investigation of the influence of alpha-synuclein on the membrane bending ability of BAR proteins.

 



Postdoctoral Fellows

Katarzyna I Jankowska

kajan at sas.upenn.edu


Hometown: Stalowa Wola, Poland

PhD from Rutgers University, Newark

PhD Advisor: Professor Piotr Piotrowiak

PhD Thesis Title: Phosphorescence Quenching Studies of Zinc Substituted Heme-Proteins and Novel Applications of Water Soluble Hemicarcerand in biochemistry.

Masters: Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Master’s Thesis: Disruption of hepatitis C virus RNA replication through inhibition by selected potential drugs in cell culture.

Joined Lab: October 2012


Research: Investigating the mechanisms of membrane curvature sensing and generation by Epsin N-terminal homology (ENTH) domain.



Zachary T Graber

zgraber at sas.upenn.edu


Hometown: Canton, Ohio

PhD from Kent State University

PhD Advisors: Professors Arne Gericke and Edgar Kooijman

PhD Thesis Title: Electrostatics and binding properties of Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate in model membranes.

Joined Lab: Jan 2015


Research: Determining the structure and mechanism of membrane curvature generating proteins..



UNDERGRADUATES

Curtis Kuo

kuocurt at seas.upenn.edu


Year: 1st

Hometown: East Lansing, MI

Major: Chemistry

Joined Lab: Nov 2014

Research: Characterization of BAR domains.

 



Vincius Ferreira

vif at seas.upenn.edu


Year: senior

Hometown: Deerfield Beach, FL

Major: Chemistry

Joined Lab: 2013

Research: The microrheology of endophilin N-BAR bound giant unimellar vesicles and Langmuir monolayers..

 



ALUMNI

Chen Zhu

Position in lab: graduate student


 



Tingting Wu

Position in lab:graduate student

Current position: consultant in Deloit



Eric Xu

Position in lab: undergraduate student



Wan-Ting Hsieh

Position in group: Graduate student

Sanghamitra Deb

Position in group: PostDoc


Current position: PostDoc at Duke University




Ben Capraro

Position in group: Graduate Student

Current position: Post Doc at Harvard University

Ken Chang


Position in group: Undergraduate Student

Lisa Pang


Position in group: Undergraduate Student

Chih-Jung Hsu
Position in group: Graduate Student

Current Position: Post Doc at NIH

Michael Heinrich

Position in group: Graduate Student

Cinzia Esposito

Position in Group: Post Doc


Current Position: Cinzia is currently working in the Biophysical Chemistry Department at Biozentrum, University of Basel in Switzerland. Her current research focuses on the interactions of peptides, proteins and drugs with membranes and membrane receptors by using isothermal titration calorimetry, CD spectroscopy, and microphysiometry.

Aiwei Tian

Position in Group: Graduate Student


Current Position: Aiwei is a Post Doc at University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Chemistry.

Sarah Johnson

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Sarah will be a physical chemistry graduate student at Princeton University

beginning in fall 2010.

Marcela Carmona

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Marcela will be an immunology graduate student at Yale beginning in Fall 2010.


Abraham Waldman

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Abraham is graduate student at Harvard University

Serenity Wang

Position in Group: Graduate Student


Current Position: Serenity is currently a second-year law student at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Ben Stinson

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Ben is currently a graduate student in the Department of Biology at MIT. He is interested in the mechanisms by which ATP-dependent proteases catalyze protein denaturation.

Michelle Go

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Michelle will be part of the University of Illinois School of Medicine's class of 2014.

Matt Lopes

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student

Jason Reminick

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Jason is at University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and the Simon Graduate School of Business pursuing a joint MD/MBA

Corinne Johnson

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Corrine is an organic chemistry graduate student at Columbia University.

Wendy Wang

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student

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