Funded Trainees

Using our NIH T32 grant and matching funds provided by UMass, we are able to award CBI traineeship funding to both domestic and foreign students.

Trainees with current CBI funding

Efecan Aral, Trainee 2019-2021
(Garman Research Group)
Identifying effects of Fabry disease mutations to enable personalized medicine

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

Heather Bisbee, Trainee 2019-2021
(Strieter Research Group)
The Proteasomal Deubiquitinase UCH37 Promotes Degradation In Cellulo

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

Joshua Foster , Trainee 2020-2022
(M. Chen Research Group)
Development of OmpG Nanopore Biosensors

Rebecca Gordon, Trainee 2020-2022
(Siegrist Research Group)
Metabolic labeling as a discovery tool for bacterial cell wall recycling

Adrian Lorenzan, Trainee 2020-2022
(Peyton Research Group)
Designing force responsive materials utilizing synthetic cryptic binding site

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

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

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

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

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

Trainees who have completed their CBI funding

Christine Battle
(Chien Research Group)
Protein Destruction by Energy Dependent Proteases

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

Nathan Canniff
(Hebert Research Group)
Investigation and Biophysical Characterization of a Putative ER Chaperone or Chaperone Adapter

Mengfei Huang
(Schiffman Research Group)
Synthesis of Reactive Particles for Antimicrobial Coatings

Javier Mas
(Farkas Research Group)
Understanding Macrophage Polarization and Re-Education in the Context of Cancer

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

Weiyue Xin
(Santore Research Group) 
The impact of curvature and solid mechanics on domain patterns in molecularly thin materials

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

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

Samar Mahmoud
(Chien Research Group)
Discovery of small molecule and genetic interactions with the Lon protease

Emily Melzer
(Siegrist Research Group)
Synthesis and remodeling of the cell envelope in Mycobacteria 

Ishankumar Soni
(Hardy Research Group)
Nucleotide Regulation of Procaspase-6

Qikun Yu
(You Research Group)
Developing RNA sensors for antimicrobial agents

Ben Adams
(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
(Strieter Research Group) 
Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Deubiquitinases Through High Throughput Polirization Screening

Kingshuk Dutta
(Thayumanavan Research Group)
Self-Immolative Redox-Sensitive Strategy for Protein Delivery 

Yingying Geng
(Rotello Research Group) 
Nanosensor-Based Phenotypic Screening for Precision Therapy of Breast Cancer Stem Cells

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

Bach Pham
(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
(Vachet Research Group) 
Interactions between Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) and Biomolecules

Ana Torres Ocampo
(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