Funded Trainee Alumni


Berent Aldikacti, Trainee 2021-2023
Molecular & Cellular Biology, Chien Research Group
Studying how systems wide fitness profiling informs on protein homeostasis

Jessica Allen, Trainee 2021-2023
Chemistry, Thompson Research Group
Solid state NMR to study protein interactions and dynamics in chemoreceptor complexes

Rashad Baker, Trainee 2021-2023
Chemistry, Hardy Research Group
Biochemistry research of key proteases to discover treatments for human disease

Ruptanu Banerjee, Trainee 2021-2023
Chemistry, Martin Research Group
Strategic Engineering Approaches towards Producing an Exceptionally Higher Yield of in vitro Transcribed mRNA

Yahaira Bermudez, Trainee 2021-2023
Microbiology, Muller Research Group
RNA structure determination and protein interactions using SHAPE-MaP in cellulo

Kevin Guay, Trainee 2021-2023
Molecular & Cellular Biology, Hebert Research Group
Understanding the selectivity and role of the UGGTs: quality control sensors and gatekeepers of the mammalian secretory pathway

Rehab Heikal, Trainee 2021-2023
Chemistry, Strieter Research Group
Development of macrocyclic peptide inhibitor for deubiquitinases using phage display technique 

Cristina-Maria Hirschbiegel, Trainee 2021-2023
Chemistry, Rotello Research Group
Designing and engineering bioorthogonal nanozymes for cancer therapy 

Viet Chi “Bao” Nguyen, Trainee 2021-2023
Molecular & Cellular Biology, Stratton Research Group
Elucidating molecular mechanism of the broad Ca2+ responsiveness of CaMKII

Ru Zheng, Trainee 2021-2023
Chemistry, M. You Research Group
Multiplex fluorescence imaging of molecular targets in living cells with RNA-based sensors

Kiserian Jackson, Trainee 2021-2023
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Siegrist Research Group
Using metabolic labeling to track and monitor Mycobacterial growth


Brandon Barajas, Trainee 2020-2022
Chemical Engineering, Schiffman Research Group
Establishing the Mechanoselective Adhesion of Microorganisms to Biomaterials

Joshua Foster, Trainee 2020-2022
Molecular and Cellular Biology, M. Chen Research Group
Development of OmpG Nanopore Biosensors

Rebecca Gordon, Trainee 2020-2022
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Siegrist Research Group
Metabolic labeling as a discovery tool for bacterial cell wall recycling

Adrian Lorenaza, Trainee 2020-2022
Chemical Engineering, Peyton Research Group
Designing force responsive materials utilizing synthetic cryptic binding site

Erik Nordquist, Trainee 2020-2022
Chemistry, J. Chen Research Group
Predictive molecular modeling of protein function by molecular dynamics and statistical learning

Malavika Prithviraj, Trainee 2020-2022
Microbiology, Morita Research Group
Investigating the Role of Polyprenol Biosynthesis in the Maintenance and Regulation of Mycobacterial Membrane Domain


Efecan Aral, Trainee 2019-2021
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Garman Research Group
Identifying effects of Fabry disease mutations to enable personalized medicine

Heather Bisbee, Trainee 2019-2021
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Strieter Research Group
The Proteasomal Deubiquitinase UCH37 Promotes Degradation In Cellulo

Carey Dougan, Trainee 2019-2021
Chemical Engineering, Peyton Research Group
The Role of Cavitation in Traumatic Brain Injury

Sarthak Saha, Trainee 2019-2021
Chemical Engineering, Perry Research Group
Microfluidic platforms for high-throughput protein crystallization and drug discovery

Andrew Smith, Trainee 2019-2021
Chemistry, Hardy Research Group
Studying protein interactions to identify caspase exosites

Katie Wahlbeck, Trainee 2019-2021
Chemistry, Thompson Research Group
Molecular Mechanism of Chemotaxis Receptor Control of the Kinase CheA by Solid-State NMR

Christine Battle
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Chien Research Group
Protein Destruction by Energy Dependent Proteases

Sandor Babik
Chemistry, Strieter Research Group
Interrogating Branched Ubiquitin Chains by NMR Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations 

Nathan Canniff
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Hebert Research Group
Investigation and Biophysical Characterization of a Putative ER Chaperone or Chaperone Adapter

Mengfei Huang
Chemical Engineering, Schiffman Research Group
Synthesis of Reactive Particles for Antimicrobial Coatings

Javier Mas
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Farkas Research Group
Understanding Macrophage Polarization and Re-Education in the Context of Cancer

Catherine Tremblay
Chemistry, Vachet Research Group
Structural analysis of Protein Therapeutics by Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange and Covalent Labeling Mass Spectrometry

Weiyue Xin
Chemical Engineering, Santore Research Group
The impact of curvature and solid mechanics on domain patterns in molecularly thin materials

Noelle Dziedzic
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Stratton Research Group
Molecular mechanism of Ca2+ calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in neuronal signaling during long-term memory formation

David Luther
Chemistry, Rotello Research Group
CRISPR/Cas9 Technology as a Therapeutic Approach to Cystic Fibrosis

Samar Mahmoud
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Chien Research Group
Discovery of small molecule and genetic interactions with the Lon protease

Emily Melzer
Microbiology, Siegrist Research Group
Synthesis and remodeling of the cell envelope in Mycobacteria 

Ishankumar Soni
Chemistry, Hardy Research Group
Nucleotide Regulation of Procaspase-6

Qikun Yu
Chemistry, You Research Group
Developing RNA sensors for antimicrobial agents

Ben Adams
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Hebert Research Group
The Role of ERQC in the Biology of the Cells

Coralie Backlund
Tew Research Group
HIV Tat 

Elizabeth Brooks
Peyton Research Group
Stem Cell Induced Drug Resistance in Cancer Cells

Derrick Deming
Garman Research Group
Structure of Acid Alpha-Glucosidase 

Jiale Du
Chemistry, Strieter Research Group
Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Deubiquitinases Through High Throughput Polirization Screening

Kingshuk Dutta
Chemistry, Thayumanavan Research Group
Self-Immolative Redox-Sensitive Strategy for Protein Delivery 

Yingying Geng
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Rotello Research Group
Nanosensor-Based Phenotypic Screening for Precision Therapy of Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Hui-Hsien Lin
Chemistry, Farkas Research Group
Correlation of Circadian Rhythm Disruption and Cancer Progression in Mammalian Cells

Bach Pham
Chemistry, M. Chen Research Group
Single Molecule Study of Enzymes Using an OmpG Nanopore

Molly Shave
Santore Research Group
Microparticles as Models for Biological Cells

Kristen Sikora
Chemistry, Vachet Research Group
Interactions between Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) and Biomolecules

Ana Torres Ocampo
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Stratton Research Group
CaMKII Subunit Exchange in Long-Term Potentiation

Rilee Zeinert
Chien Research Group
How the Lon Protease Regulates Adaptation to Environmental Stress

And more Trainees previously funded by CBI