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  • Group photo - July - 2015

back row; L-R: Rob, Kamal, Temi, Nikita, Laura, Peter
front row; L-R: Melinda, Jing, Lisa, Wamiah, Joanne
(not shown) Rilee Zeinert

Principal Investigator

Current Lab Members

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate students

Graduate training and education is a crucial aspect of our laboratory culture. Here are our current students:

  • Joanne Lau (Doctoral Student, Micro Program) is currently identifying regions of ClpXP regulators critical for their function.
  • Jing Liu (Doctoral Student, MCB) is studying how DnaA, the initiator of DNA replication is degraded.
  • Robert Vass (Doctoral Student, MCB) is discovering how ClpXP processes essential replication factors.
  • Kamal Joshi (Doctoral Student, MCB) is defining how hierarchies of adaptors generate substrate specificity.
  • Lisa Hernandez Alicea (Doctoral Student, MCB) is determining how ClpXP extracts membrane proteins.
  • Rilee Zeinert (Doctoral Student, MCB) is studying the Lon protease.

Undergraduate students

Many of us gained our passion for science through undergraduate experiences, we are thrilled to host these students:


  • Laura I Francis (senior advisor) - provides needed guidance, insight, and general sanity.

Previous Lab Members

The lab has had the privilege of hosting many scientists from all paths, cultures and career stages.

  • Nathan Colon, undergraduate (Spring 2010)/technican (Summer 2010), graduated 2010, BMB. - Current position: PREP program.
  • Laura I Francis, Ph.D. (postdoc 2010-2011) is now an instructor with the Biology Department here at UMass.
  • Keith Rood (Masters Student, BMB) has graduated - current position: Sasisekharan Lab at Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (MIT).\
  • Keith Ballard (MCB) was a rotation student in the lab - Spring 2010.
  • Sid Advani (MCB) was a rotation student in the lab - Fall 2011.
  • Claudine Mapa (graduated 2012, BMB major) currently a PhD graduate student at UMass Worcester.
  • Patrick Stoddard(graduated 2012, BMB major) currently a PhD graduate student at Harvard MCB.
  • Martin Susskind (graduated 2012, BMB major) currently on the West Coast.
  • Nathan Colon (PREP program 2012) currently an MD student at Drexel School of Medicine.
  • Amber Cantin (MS 2012, BS 2012, BMB) currently working at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge.
  • Paula Muhlnickel (Masters Diploma Student, Ruhr University, Germany); 2012-2013 is currently a PhD student at the Max Planck Dortmund.
  • Nousheen Hamid Bhat, Ph.D. was developing new methodologies for discovery of novel ClpXP substrates.
  • Gagandeep Singh (class of 2013, BMB major) is currently an MD student at Brown.
  • Alexander Duval (class of 2013, BMB major) worked on characterization of novel PAS domains in Caulobacter.
  • Brian Shin (class of 2013, Biology major) is a technician in the Burton lab at Harvard MCB.
  • Ying Zhang (class of 2013, BMB major) is currently working as a technician in Boston.
  • Daniel DiCorpo (class of 2013, BMB major) is currently a PhD student at Brown.
  • Justin Li (class of 2014, BMB major) worked on determining how DnaA is degraded.
  • Saskia Heybrouck (visiting student, Ruhr University, Germany; 2014) is finishing her diploma in Germany
  • Vincent Borowy (class of 2015, BMB major) worked on ClpC unfoldases in chloroplasts.

Fun(ner) stuff

Group photo - MAAAARRRRTTTYYYYY!!!!!

Graduation for Marty, Pat, and Claudine - Spring 2012

Group photo - At Boston Bacterial Meeting - Summer 2011