2019-2020 Biochemistry PhD Graduates

2019-2020 Biochemistry PhD Graduates

Fall 2019 Graduates

Marcel Frenkel

Combined Computational, Experimental, and Assay-Development Studies of Protein: Protein and Protein: Small Molecule Complexes, With Applications to the Inhibition of Enzymes and Protein: Protein Interactions
Advisor: Dr. Bruce Donald

Wen-Hsuan Yang

Molecular Mechanisms of TAZ-Regulating Ferroptosis in Cancer Cells and tRNA Fragment in Erythrocytes
Advisors: Drs. Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi & Kate Meyer

Spring 2020 Graduate

Abhishek Chhetri

The Role of (1,3)-β-d-Glucan Synthase in Fungal Cell Wall Biosynthesis
Advisor: Dr. Ken Yokoyama

Chia-Chieh Chu

Targeting Alternative Conformational States of the HIV-1 Rev Response Element Stem IIB using Small Molecule
Advisor: Dr. Hashim Al-Hashimi


Bushu Dong
Chemical Biology Approaches to Interrogate Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 Regulation in Cancer
Advisor: Dr. Pei Zhou

Summer 2020 Graduates

Brett Condon

Characterization of the O-Glcnac Modification on the Copii Outer Coat 
​Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyce

Benjamin Fenton

Protein and Ligand Dynamics in Drug Development and Resistance
Advisor: Dr. Pei Zhou

Nichole Orench-Rivera

Differential Packaging of Outer Membrane Proteins of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli into Outer Membrane Vesicles under Oxidative Stress Conditions Reveals a Potential Mechanism for Vesicle Cargo Selectivity
Advisor: Dr. Meta Kuehn

Ying Yin

Structural Studies of the Cold and Menthol Sensing Ion Channel TRPM8
Advisor: Dr. Seok-Yong Lee