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The Payne Lab

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February, 2012. From left to right, Front Row: Christine, Saheli, Candace. Back Row: Steve, Umesh, Jairo, Eddy, Joseph, Kelsey.

Principal Investigator

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Christine K. Payne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bioengineering Graduate Program, Program Faculty
Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences
Christine received an B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Post Docs

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Saheli Sarkar
Saheli earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and her M.S. from Drexel University. While at Case Western, Saheli worked in the group of Prof. Harihara Baskaran on cellular migration. Saheli is working with the Payne and Kemp labs to understand redox activity inside cells.
Debjyoti Bandyopadhyay
Debjyoti earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Syracuse University with Prof. Yan-Yeung Luk. Debjyoti has worked on the fabrication of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of chiral polyol-terminated alkanethiols on gold. In the Payne Lab, Debjyoti is working on bioconjugation and lysosomal transport.

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Austin Cyphersmith
Austin earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts Amherst with Prof. Mike Barnes. studying the orientation edependence of chiroptical properties of single molecules. Currently he is building a two-photon TIRF microscope.
Alexandra Hill
Alexandra earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany with Prof. Karsten Mäder. studying the controlled release of nanosuspensions from osmotic devices. Currently, she is starting a project focused on the interaction of biomedically relevant nanoparticles with cells.

Josh Morris
Josh earned his Ph.D. in

Graduate Students

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Candace Fleischer
Candace earned her M.S. and B.S. in Chemistry from Western Washington University. In the Payne Lab, she is studying nanoparticle-protein interactions.

Undergraduate Students

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Hursh Sureka
Hursh is a 3rd year Chemical Engineering major who is studying the biological synthesis of conducting polymers.
Patrick Chen
Patrick is a 3rd year Biochemistry major studying the biological synthesis of conducting polymers with a focus on polymer solubility.

Chelsea Thompson
Chelsea is a 4th year Biochemistry major studying the
Kaitlyn Willingham
Kaitlyn is a 3rd year Chemical Engineering major studying the

Lab Technicians

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Eddy Shin
Eddy is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He is currently studying the importance of membrane potential on the cellular binding of nanoparticles.
Emilie Warren
Emilie is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Spanish minor. She is currently studying the effect that cellular binding of nanoparticles has on the transmembrane potential.

Past Students

Syeda Anum (Summer 11, REU from Northeastern University)
Syeda is currently a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Gerard Dooley (Spring 10 - Spring 12, Postdoc)
Ger has taken a position as a pharmaceutical consultant.

Nicole Fay (Spring 07 - Spring 08, GT undergraduate)
Nicole is a NSF Graduate Fellow in the Chemical Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Prof. Jay Groves.

Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn (Summer 09, REU from Macalester University)
Solaire is a Ph.D. student in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in the lab of Prof. Christy Haynes.

Molly Flanagan (Summer 12 - January 13, Lab Technician)
Molly is a nursing student at Georgia State University.

Kevin Hardin (Fall 08 - Spring 09, GT undergraduate)

Jesse Haulk (Spring 08 - Summer 08, GT undergraduate)

Steven Hira (Fall 11 - Spring 13, Postdoc)
Steven is currently working as a postdoc in the El-Sayed lab at Georgia Tech.

Chip Humprhies (Fall 06 - Summer 11, Graduate Student)
Chip is currently a Microscopy and Imaging Specialist for B&B Microscopes.

Ashlee St. John Iyer (Summer 08 - Fall 09, Postdoc)

H. Cori Jekot (Spring 10 - Fall 10, GT undergraduate)
Cori is a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia.

Kelsey Killion (Spring 12, GT undergraduate)

Joseph Kim (August 11 - November 12, GT undergraduate)
Joseph is currently working at Medical Neurogenetics.

Umesh Kumar (December 11 - November 12, Postdoc)

Rachel Candace Law (Summer 12, LINCR Fellow, GT undergraduate)

Joshua Liu (Spring 10 - Spring 12, GT undergraduate)

Don-Ricardo Miller (Spring 09 - Summer 10, Postdoc)

Jessica Obermiller (Spring 11, GT undergraduate)

Melinda Ogden (Fall 07 - Spring 09, M.S.)

Paul Park (Spring 10, GT undergraduate)

Katelyn Snider (Summer 10, High School Student)

Craig Szymanski (Fall 09 - Summer 11, Postdoc)
Currently a postdoc at PNNL.

Jenna Tomlinson (Summer 08, REU from Grand Valley State University)
Jenna is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Biomedical Science at the University of Michigan Medical School in the lab of Prof. Pat O'Brien.

Son Tran (Summer 12, GT undergraduate)

Jairo Zapata (Fall 09 - Summer 12)
Jairo is off to Austin, TX.