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The Payne Lab

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July, 2013. From left to right, Front Row: Emilie, Sathvik, Saheli, Candace, Kaitlyn, Sabiha, Chelsea. Back Row: Austin, Deb, Alex, Josh, Christine, Kerry, Srikant.

Principal Investigator

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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. He is now 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. In the Payne Lab, she is starting a project focused on the interaction of biomedically relevant nanoparticles with cells.

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Josh Morris
Josh earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin with Prof. Xiaoyang Zhu investigating organic photovoltaics with non-linear optical microscopy. In the Payne lab, he is working on the biological synthesis of PEDOT:PSS.
Srikant Iyer
Srikant earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Cornell University with Prof Ulrich Wiesner synthesizing multicolor fluorescent dye-based silica nanoparticles. In the Payne group, he is working on characterizing nanoparticle-protein interactions and the effect of cellular membrane potential.

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.

Rotation Students

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Dipesh Khanal

Undergraduate Students

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Chelsea Thompson
Chelsea is a 4th year Biochemistry major studying nanoparticle-cell interactions as a function of nanoparticle surface modification.
Nina Mohebbi

Lab Technicians

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Emilie Warren
Emilie is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. 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.

Patrick Chen (Spring 12 - Spring 13, GT undergraduate)

Gerard Dooley (Spring 10 - Spring 12, Postdoc)
Ger is 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 a postdoc in the El-Sayed lab at Georgia Tech.

Chip Humprhies (Fall 06 - Summer 11, Graduate Student)
Chip is 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 a technician 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)

Sathvik Namburar (Summer 13, High School student from Woodward Academy)

Jessica Obermiller (Spring 11, GT undergraduate)

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

Paul Park (Spring 10, GT undergraduate)

Eddy Shin (Fall 11 - Summer 13, Lab Technician)

Katelyn Snider (Summer 10, High School Student)

Hursh Sureka (Spring 11 - Spring 13, GT undergraduate)

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)

Kaitlyn Willingham (Spring 13- Summer 13, GT undergraduate)

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