Dr. Judy E. Kim

Schooling:
B.S. MIT, M.S. MIT, Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Level: La Jefe
Contact: judyk@ucsd.edu
Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
Favorite class: Observing Stars and Planets (12.S23 at MIT)
Favorite book: East of Eden
Favorite movies: Walk the Line, About a Boy, Rear Window, Amélie
Favorite foods: Korean cold noodles, Baskin Robbins Rocky Road ice cream

Dr. Brian Leigh

Schooling:
  Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
Level:  Collaborative Research Associate
Contact: bleigh@ucsd.edu
Research project:  Everything
Hometown:  Boston, MA
Favorite baseball teams: #1 Boston Red Sox, #2 Anyone playing the Yankees
Guipeun Kang

Schooling:
  B.S in Chemistry & Computer Science, M.S. from Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea
Level:  Graduate student
Contact: gukang@ucsd.edu
Research project:  Membrane Protein Folding
Hometown:  Seoul, Korea
Favorite animal:  Penguin
Favorite accessory:  Earrings
Ignacio López-Peña

Schooling:
  B.S. in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University
Level:  Graduate student
Contact: ilopezpe@ucsd.edu
Research project:  Membrane protein folding
Hometown:  Rodeo, CA
Favorite baseball team:  The Giants!
Favorite animal:  The Panda (See previous)
Justine Liang

Schooling:
B.S. 2014, University of California at San Diego
Level: Graduate student
Contact: justineh.liang@gmail.com
Research project: Electron transfer and amino acid radicals
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Favorite movie: Star Wars
Favorite word: Batrachomyomachy
Ivan A. Kozachenko

Schooling:
University of California, San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Contact: ikozache@ucsd.edu
Research project: Raman spectroscopy and the production and purification of membrane protein
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Favorite movies: Father Goose and The African Queen
Favorite food: ALL!

Alumni

Dr. Katie (Holderness) Sanchez

Schooling:
  Ph.D. 2010, University of California at San Diego
Level: Graduate Student
Research project: Membrane Protein Folding (OmpA)
Hometown: Glendora, CA
Favorites: small, cute, useless things
Favorite wavelengths: 413nm and 488nm
Favorite optic: 5mm x 5mm prisms
Favorite books: Harry Potter Books 3 & 5
Favorite video game: Star Wars Legos

Currently a criminalist at the Los Angeles Police Department
Dr. Diana Schlamadinger

Schooling:
  Ph.D. 2011, University of California at San Diego
Level: Graduate Student
Research project: Antimicrobial Peptides
Hometown: Columbus, IN
Favorite movies: Gattaca, Field of Dreams
Favorite website: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php
Favorite food: Indian, nom nom nom

Currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale
Dr. Hannah Shafaat

Schooling:
  Ph.D. 2011, University of California at San Diego
Level: Graduate Student
Research project:  Radical intermediates
Hometown:  Langley, Whidbey Island, WA
Favorite period of music:  Mid-90's Grunge!

Currently an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University
Tiffany (Neary) Rynearson

Schooling: B.S. 2007, M.S. 2008, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate and graduate student
Research project: Membrane Protein Folding (OmpA)
Hometown: San Diego, CA Dude
Favorites:
    Books: 1984 and The Great Gatsby
    Movie: Batman Begins
    Quote: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not
    sure about the former”                  ~Albert Einstein
    Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mars Volta, Hank III, Johnny Cash
    Hobbies: Snowboard, mountain bike, growing orchids
    Video game and Platform: Rock Band and Xbox 360

Currently a criminalist in the San Diego Polic Department
Bethany Larson

Schooling:
B.S. 2011, M.S. 2013, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate and graduate student
Research project: Azurin, electron transfer
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Favorite foods: flautas, fried ice cream, pineapples and cantaloupes
Favorite football team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite movies: Roman Holiday, Forrest Gump

Currently a research technician at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles
Tim Tirrell

Schooling:
B.S. 2006, Caltech
Level: Research Assistant
Research project: MitoNEET, radical intermediates
Hometown: Kentfield, CA
Hobbies: Food, running, frisbee, every TV show on mininova
Favorite amino acid: Proline (obviously!)

After UCSD: UCSD MD/PhD program
Andrew Tai

Schooling:
B.S. 2014, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Membrane protein folding
Hometown: Portland, OR
Favorite past time: Soccer & running
Favorite Spring Break: Teaching in a classroom in Nicaragua
Eric Kim

Schooling:
B.S. 2014, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Membrane protein folding
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite sports: Marching band, basketball
Favorite music: Rap
Kent Truong

Schooling:
B.S. 2013, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Electron tunneling and amino acid radicals in Azurin
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite past time: Billiards, guitar, and piano
Favorite pool shot: Draw
Favorite soda: COKE!
Favorite punny: Who was the roundest knight at King Arthur's round table?...
                         ....SIRcumference!

After UCSD: U Washington PharmD program
Rachel H. Kim

Schooling:
B.S. 2013, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Small molecule detection using SERS
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Favorite movies: Spirited Away, Inception, The Graduate
Favorite desert: Lemon Macaroons and Cream Puffs!

After UCSD: UCSF PharmD program
Saajan Bhakta

Schooling:
B.S. 2013, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Membrane protein folding
Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA
Favorite sports: Marching band, basketball
Favorite food: Thai Tom Yum Soup (extra spicy)
Daphne Wang

Schooling:
B.S. 2013, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Raman analysis of pigments
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Favorite food: Mediterranean
Favorite Harry Potter Book: third

Dina Kats

Schooling:
B.S. 2012, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Peptides, quenching, fluorescence
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Hobbies: Dancing, photography, graphic design
Least favorite molecules: GuHCl, acrylamide

After UCSD: Northwestern University PhD program
Gregory Shimamura

Schooling:
B.S. 2012, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Unnatural amino acids in azurin
Hometown: Albany, CA
Favorite movies: Casablanca, Tampopo, The Fall, and My Neighbor Totoro
Favorite structural motif: Beta barrel
Favorite Beethoven symphony: Seventh

After UCSD: Princeton PhD program
Weihan Cao

Schooling:
B.S. 2012, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Membrane protein folding
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Favorite movies: Face/off, Frequency, The Sixth Sense
Favorite food: Eggplant with garlic sauce, walnut shrimp
Least favorite lab chemical: 2-mercaptoethanol

After UCSD: USC PharmD program
Cyril Gary

Schooling: UCSD until 2010, B.A. 2012, from Brown University
Level:  Undergraduate
Research project:  Membrane protein folding
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Favorite books: Notes from the Underground, Catch-22, Hocus Pocus, Mother Night, In Persuasion Nation, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Ham on Rye, Lolita
Favorite concentration of urea: 10 M
Favorite daytime TV show:  Jerry Springer
Favorite food: Sushi and burritos (not combined)

AFter UCSD and Brown: Yale Medical School
Nicholas Don-Doncow

Schooling: B.S. 2010, University of California at San Diego
Level:  Undergraduate
Research project:  Azurin
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite article of clothing: Anything plaid!!!!

After UCSD: Lund University MS program
Nadhia Gotama

Schooling: B.S. 2010, University of California at San Diego
Level:  Undergraduate
Research project:  Fluorescence quenching
Hometown:  Indonesia

Beijing Wu

Schooling:
B.S. 2009, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Membrane protein folding
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Lab bff: Roxy, the fluorometer
Favorite foods: Crunchy chips, chocolate, ice cream, chips, ice cream, chocolate, chips
Favorite lab hobby: Cooking gels

After UCSD: Lab technician at Stanford University

Eric Smoll

Schooling:
B.S. 2009, University of California at San Diego, CA
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Raman microscopy; Analysis of mitoNEET
Hometown: Fontana, California
Current favorites:
    Movie: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, Little Miss
              Sunshine, Inland Empire     Album: "Person Pitch" by Panda Bear
    Dive: The Smell, Los Angeles, CA
    Color: Yellow
    Book: “Introduction to Electrodynamics” by David J. Griffiths

After UCSD: Northwestern University PhD program
Tracy Ha

Schooling: B.S. 2009, University of California at San Diego
Level:  Undergraduate
Research project:  Azurin
Hometown:  San Jose, CA

Jonathan Gable

Schooling: B.S. 2008, University of California at San Diego
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Antimicrobial Peptides
Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Favorite movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost and Found (天涯海角), Once
Favorites bands: Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Counting Crows (among others)
Hobbies: Hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, cooking, listening to music

After UCSD: UCSF PhD program

Andrew Hu

Schooling:
UCSD exchange student 2005-2006, B.S. 2007, University of Hong Kong
Level: Undergraduate
Research project: Tryptophan fluorescence quantum yield studies
Hometown: Beijing, P.R. China
Favorite subjects: Science and Mathematics

After UCSD: Northwestern University PhD program

Dr. Vanessa Oklejas

Schooling:
Ph.D. University of Utah
Level: Joint Postdoctoral Fellow
Research project: Spectroscopic and computational investigation of membrane protein folding
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Favorite quote: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." (Beckett)

Left UCSD 2010
After UCSD: Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Christina Stuart

Schooling:
  Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Level:  Collaborative postdoctoral fellow
Research project:  Raman excitation profiles
Hometown:  San Francisco, CA

Left UCSD in 2010
After UCSD: Faculty at City College of San Francisco