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Principal Investigator

 

Silvia Cavagnero

cavagnero@chem.wisc.edu
Telephone Number: Tel: (608) 262-5430. Fax: (608) 262-9918
Address: Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Room # 5351, Madison, WI 53706.

Education:
Ph.D. 1996, California Institute of Technology
M.S. 1990, University of Arizona
B.S. 1988, 'La Sapienza' University, Rome, Italy

Teaching:
-Biophysical Chemistry (Chem/Biochem 565/665)
-Biophysical Spectroscopy (Chem 668)
-Physical Chemistry (Chem561)
-Principles of Multidimensional NMR Spectroscopy (Chem 860)
-General Chemistry (Chem 103, Chem 104)
-Physical Chemistry Laboratory (Chem 563, 564, 567)

Hobbies / Interests:
Drawing, painting, curved origami, and spending time with Irene & Cecilia

Graduate Students

 

Rachel Hutchinson

rhutchinson3@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
November, 2017

Education:
B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics at Roberts Wesleyan College

Home Town:
Cortland, NY

Research before joining the lab:
-Studied the absorption of CdTe quantum dots onto TiO2 films (Dr. David Watsons's lab, Universiity of Buffalo)
-Compared activities of pyridine-carboxylate iridium catalysts for water oxidation (Dr. Alceo MMacchioni's lab, University of Perugia, Italy)
 

Current Research Project:
Single molecule FRET to study co-translational protein folding on the ribosome.

Hobbies / Interests:
Running and reading

 

Meranda Masse

mmasse@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
November, 2017

Education:
B.S. Chemistry and Environmental Science, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

Home Town:
Antioch, Illinois

Previous research before joining the lab:
Studied the relationship between microbial sulfur metabolism and Iron (III) reduction to elucidate the evolutionary history and biodiversity of microbial respiratory systems

Current Project:
Studying the thermodynamic interplay between ribosomes and nascent chains and solving high-resolution structures of RNC's using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy.

Hobbies / Interests: 
Yoga, rock climbing, reading and biking. I also have two dogs (Lincoln and Toby) that I love to spend time with.

 

Justin Dang

hhdang@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
December, 2019

Education:
B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics, Stetson University, Deland, FL.

Home Town:
Saigon, Vietnam
 
Previous research before joining the lab:
Investigating the role of Src-Kinase in rapid endocytosis in mouse hippocampal tissues with fluorescence optical imaging (Dr. Jianhua Xu Lab, Department of Neuroscience, Augusta University).
 
Current Project:
Exploring the role of kinetic control in protein solubility on a proteome-wide scale in E. coli under physiologically relevant conditions.
 
Hobbies / Interests: 
Sprinting, cooking food from different Asian cultures, switching hair colors, Đam my~and blasting K-Pop & C-Pop.

 

Heather Allaman

hallaman@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
December, 2021

Education:
B.S. Chemistry, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA

Home Town:
Westminster, MD
 
Research before joining the lab:
-Engineering of cytochrome P450 enzyme towards marine natural product total synthesis (Dr. Takashi Suyama's lab, Waynesburg University)
 
Current Research Project:
Exploring the generality of protein folding upon release from the ribosome through fluorescence anisotropy and FRET
 
Hobbies / Interests:
Painting, playing the paino, reading, and baking

 

Shapla Mahfuza Ummay

shapla@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
December, 2021

Education:
BS and MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangimagar University, Bangladesh

Home Town:
Jessore, Bangladesh
 
Research before joining the lab:
Serotyping of Dengue virus of natural Dengue infection in Bangladesh
 
Current Research Project:
Determination of the structure and dynamics of nascent proteins and their ribosomal interactions in the absence and presence of cofactors by NMR spectroscopy and single-particle Cryo-EM
 
Hobbies / Interests:
Walking in the countryside, playing with kittens, and reading non-fictional books

 

Li Siyu

sli633@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
December, 2021

Education:
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Home Town:
Harbin, China
Previous research before joining the lab:
Computational methods to characterize and discover new prion proteins in bacteria.
Current Project:
TBD
Hobbies / Interests: 
Listening to music, reading, watching films, hiking, and petting cats.

Undergraduate Students

 

Jasmine Machhi

machhi2@wisc.edu

Education:

Joined Group:
January, 2020

Home Town:
Mequon, Wisconsin

Current research Project:

Studying the conformational changes client proteins experience through the molecular chaperone cycle 

Hobbies / Interests:
Traveling, music, and reading.

 

Lucas Bartel

lebartel@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
May, 2021

Education:

Joined Group:
May 2021
Home Town:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Current research Project:
TBD
Hobbies / Interests:
Board games, languages, and cooking.

 

Mridula Srivathsan

msrivathsan@wisc.edu

Joined Group:
May, 2022

Education:

Hometown:
Brookefield, Madison
 
Current Project:
TBD
 
Hobbies / Interests: 
Reading, painting, watching movies.

Room Number: 5373
 

Yuzhu Liu

liu2247@wisc.edu

Room Number: 5373

Joined Group:
September, 2022

Education:

Hometown:
Beijing, China
 
Current Project:
Concentration dependence of protein aggregation.
 
Hobbies / Interests: 
Piano, musical, & Taekwondo.