Group Members

Undergraduate Volunteers

Joanna Marshall (contact)

Undergraduate Student

Joanna is studying how the S. aureus IsdH receptor extracts heme from hemoglobin.


Brendan Amer (contact)

Graduate Student

B.A., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Rutgers University

Brendan is trying to develop an inhibitor of the S. aureus sortase enzyme. Brendan is a co-author on ref. 77, 81, 83 and 88.

Grace Huang (contact)

Graduate Student

B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Grace is engineering the surface proteome of B. subtilis towards the goal of creating biocommodities from lignocellulose. Grace is a co-author on ref. 79 and 81

Michele Kattke (contact)

Graduate Student

B.S., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Michele's current research focuses on biochemical and structural characterization of bacterial enzymes and their role in pathogenesis in order to develop novel antibiotics.

Ramsay MacDonald (contact)

Graduate Student

B.S., Biochemistry, University of Michigan

Ramsay is studying how S. aureus acquires heme-iron from human hemoglobin. His is an author on refs. 85 and 88.

Megan Sjodt (contact)

Graduate Student

B.S., Chemistry, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Megan is studying how the S. aureus IsdH receptor extracts heme from hemoglobin. Megan is a co-author on refs. 75, 84, 85 and 89

Xiyan Sun (contact)

Graduate Student

B.S., Microbial and Biochemical Pharmacy, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Xiyan is a visiting graduate student from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows:


Dr. Dean Campbell (Senior Scientist at Agensys, Inc)

Dr. David Comfort (Founder ReLife Technologies, Inc)

Dr. Evgeny Fadeev (Research Scientist at University of California, at Irvine)

Dr. Udayar Ilangovan (Assistant Professor/Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)

Dr. Junji Iwahara (Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)

Dr. Chu Kong Liew (Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group, Sydney Australia)

Dr. Mandar Naik (Associate Research Scientist at Texas A&M University)

Dr. Scott Robson (Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Medical School)

Dr. Fa-Kuen Shieh (Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Taiwan)

Dr. Thomas Spirig (Scientific Coordinator at University of Zurich)


Former Graduate Students:

Dr. Tim Anderson (PhD 2013) (Scientist at Elemental Enzymes in St. Louis)

Dr. Mohamad Abbani (PhD 2007) (Faculty El Camino College)

Dr. Albert Chan (PhD 2014) (Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University)

Dr. Kevin Connolly (PhD 2002) (Director of Scientific Affairs and Product Development at Jarrow Formulas)

Dr. Alex Jacobitz (PhD 2015) (Research fellow at Amgen)


Dr. Kurt Januszyk (PhD 2008) (Research fellow at Sloan-Kettering Institute)


Dr. Reza Malmirchegini (PhD 2013) (Postdoctoral fellow at UCSF)

Melanie Marohn (MS 2009) (High school chemistry teacher)

Dr. Rosemarie Pilpa (PhD 2008) (Patent Scientist, Knobbe Martens Olson and Bear) )

Dr. My (Sam) Mansueto (PhD 2004) (Senior Biochemist at Merck)

Dr. Tom (Nuttee) Suree (PhD 2009) (Assistant Professor at Chiang Mai University)

William Thieu (MS 2007) (Practicing Physician, urology specialization)

Valerie Villareal (PhD 2010) (Research Scientist at DOTS Devices, Inc.)

Ethan Weiner (Lawyer at Morrison & Foerster LLP)

Dr. Jonathan Wojciak (PhD 2002) (Scientist at Lpath, Inc.)

Former Undergraduate Students:

Lara Atchabahian (Lara received her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2009. Attending USC Medical School)

Lisa Jiang (UCLA, B.S. 2010. Currently in Pharmacy School at the University of the Pacific)

Yan “Doris” Qin (UCLA, B.S. 2011)


J. Izaak Miller (Graduate Student, University of Tennessee)


Sergey Shnitkind (Graduate Student, Scripps Research Institute)

Melissa Wong (UCLA, B.S. 07, currently PhD student at UCSD)

Yi “Jimmy” Zheng (UCLA, B.S. 2012)