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MEMBERS


Marcos Sotomayor

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University.
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Office / Phone: 772 Biosciences Building / (614) 6882068
E-mail: sotomayor.8 [at] osu [dot] edu

I received my B.Sc. in Physics from Universidad de Chile in 2001 and my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. As a graduate student with Dr. Klaus Schulten I did molecular dynamics simulations of proteins involved in mechanotransduction. I joined the laboratories of David P. Corey and Rachelle Gaudet in 2008 to do experimental work as a postdoc at Harvard University, where I solved the first structure of a heterophilic cadherin complex essential for hearing and balance. I started at OSU in July of 2013 as a structural biologist using both simulations and experiments to understand protein function. I am a workaholic and enjoy food, playing ping-pong, and traveling.


POSTDOCS & RESEARCH ASSOCIATES


.Colin Klaus (MBI)

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, USA

E-mail: klaus.68 [at] mbi [dot] osu [dot] edu

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.GRADUATE STUDENTS


Daisy Alvarado

Biophysics PhD program

alvarado.126 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Qurat Ashraf

MCDB PhD program

ashraf.32 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Diana Lopez

Biophysics (with Castro laboratory)

E-mail: lopez.648 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Harsha Mandayam Bharathi

Chemistry PhD Program

E-mail: mandayambharathi.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Shounak Mukherjee

Chemistry PhD Program

E-mail: mukherjee.175 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

I am an international student and have completed my BSc and MSc in Physical Chemistry from Jadavpur University, India. I am interested in research involving determination of mechanism of action of proteins using computer simulations. I love watching and playing soccer (football), traveling, hiking and most importantly sleeping.


.CNCollin Nisler

Biophysics PhD Program

E-mail: nisler.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in biology in 2015. I am fascinated by learning how nature shaped biological molecules over millions of years of evolution from a biophysical perspective, and hope to continue research in this field after I graduate. In my free time I like to paint and play historical and science fiction miniature wargames, watch all manner of Sci-Fi TV shows and movies, and I am a huge fan of Minnesota baseball and hockey.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/collin-nisler-971b89207/


Zachary Smith

Biophysics PhD Program

E-mail: smith.14482 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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I am a 2020 Biophysics graduate student from Missouri. Growing up in Jefferson City, I did my undergraduate at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. I graduated in 2020 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. My previous research includes computational biochemistry with Dr. Bill Miller III at Truman and an REU with the Sotomayor group in Summer 2019 working on PETase. My hobbies include running, reading, cooking, hiking and occasionally camping.


.ETElakkiya Tamilselvan

Biophysics PhD Program

E-mail: tamilselvan.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu.

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Wei Hsiang (Felix) Weng

Biophysics PhD Program

E-mail: weng.199 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Carter T. Wheat

Ohio State Biochemistry Program

E-mail: wheat.35 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

I am an Ohio native and a legacy Buckeye! I received my B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Otterbein University in 2020. My previous research was conducted here at OSU, where I studied the structural and strand-annealing properties of a bacterial DNA repair protein. My research interests lie in understanding the biophysical properties of organism development at the molecular level. In the future I hope to continue my career as a structural biologist and to tap into the exciting field of protein engineering. In my free time I enjoy being with my dog and cats, cycling, cooking, and watching Ohio sports (Go Bucks!).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carter-wheat-5433b5194/


ROTATION STUDENTS



RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


Jasanvir (Jesse) Sandhu

Biochemistry (2020)

E-mail: sandhu.89 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS


Travis Harrison-Rawn

Biochemistry

E-mail: harrison-rawn.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Hariharan Kannan

E-mail: kannan.84 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Emily Scheib

Biochemistry

E-mail: scheib.9 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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I am a 2024 undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry with a focus on pre-medicine, and I became involved in Sotomayor’s lab through Biochemistry 2900H. I am hoping to pursue either medical or graduate school after completing my bachelor’s at OSU. I love to travel, meet new people, and learn more about the world around me!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-scheib-06223a171


Neil Taliwal

Biochemistry

E-mail: taliwal.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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ALUMNI


Sanket_WalujkarSanket Walujkar

Chemical Physics Ph.D. (2015-2021)

E-mail: walujkar.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Serina Smith

Biochemistry

E-mail: smith.11708 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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BNBrandon Neel

OSBP Ph.D. (2015-2021)

E-mail: neel.34 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Janina Anokye

Biology

E-mail: anokye.3 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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MG-2016-03-19-smallMich Gray

OSBP Ph.D. (2014-2021)

Now Information Scientist at CAS

E-mail: gray.694 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Md Siddik Alom

Rotation Student OSBP

Now working with Kurt Fredrick

E-mail: alom.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Carter T. Wheat

Rotation Student OSBP

Now in our group!

E-mail: wheat.35 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Debadrita Modak

Chemistry Ph.D. (2014-2020)

Now at Intel Corporation

E-mail: modak.9 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Jeffrey Lotthammer

Biochemistry (2020)

Now a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis!

E-mail: lotthammer.4 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Jasanvir (Jesse) Sandhu

Biochemistry (2020)

Now working with us!

E-mail: sandhu.89 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


JSJoseph Sudar

Biochemistry (2019)

Now a graduate student at NYU!

E-mail: sudar.2 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Michael Leake

Chemistry (2019), Research Assistant (2020)

Now a graduate student at OSU!

E-mail: leake.34 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Jeshua Avila-Estrada

Chemistry Master program (2020)

E-mail: avila.85 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Marissa Boyer

Chemistry Master program (2020)

Now at Aquarium of Niagara Falls!

E-mail: boyer.429 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


.Wei Hsiang (Felix) Weng

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now in our group!

E-mail: weng.199 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Deepanshu Choudhary

Chemistry Ph.D. (2013-2019)

Now at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

E-mail: choudhary.47 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Harsha Mandayam Bharathi

Rotation Student Chemistry PhD Program

Now in our group!

E-mail: mandayambharathi.1 [at] osu [dot] edu


.Pedro De-la-Torre

Visiting Scholar (August – October, 2014), Postdoc (2016-2019)

Now at the Indzhykulian lab (https://ailab.hms.harvard.edu/)

E-mail: delatorremarquez.1 [at] osu [dot] edu


LPLeah Pastor

Biochemistry (2019)

Now at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

E-mail: pastor.42 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Zachary Smith

2019 REU from Truman State University

Now in our group!

E-mail: smith.13250 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Diana Lopez

Rotation Student Biophysics

Now in our group and Castro’s laboratory!

E-mail: lopez.648 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Nicholas Hazen

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now with Dr. Jun Liu

E-mail: hazen.57 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Harper Smith

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now with Dr. Kudryashov

E-mail: smith.12510 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Paula Blazquez-Sanchez

Visiting Scholar (September-October 2018), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

E-mail: blazquez-sanchez.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Yoshie Narui

Postdoc (2014-2018)

Now at CEMAS (https://cemas.osu.edu/)

E-mail: narui.2 [at] osu [dot] edu


Pranay Arora

Biomedical Engineering (2018)

Now at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

E-mail: arora.127 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Avinash Jaiganesh

Biophysics Ph.D. (2012-2018)

Now at Xtal BioStructure (Boston)

E-mail: jaiganesh.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Nicholas Alcorn

Biology

E-mail: alcorn.26 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Lucas Runyan

Rotation Student Chemistry PhD Program

Now with Dr. Dmitri Kudryashov

E-mail: runyan.61 [at] osu [dot] edu


nophotoXinyao Xiang

Rotation Student Chemistry PhD Program

Now with Dr. Rafael Bruschweiler

E-mail: xiang.197 [at] osu [dot] edu


Pablo Galaz-Davison

Visiting Scholar (June-July 2017), Universidad de Chile – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

E-mail: galaz-davison.1 [at] osu [dot] edu

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Raúl Araya-Secchi

Postdoc (2013-2017)

Now postdoc at the Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark

E-mail: arayasecchi.1[at] osu [dot] edu

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.Sharon Cooper

Ph. D. Student (2012-2017; with Jontes laboratory)

Now Assistant Professor of Biology at Cedarville University

E-mail: miller.5770 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Lahiru Wimalasena

Biomedical Engineering undergraduate  (2013-2017)

Now a graduate student at Emory / Georgia Tech!

wimalasena.2 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


ETElakkiya Tamilselvan

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now in our group!

E-mail: tamilselvan.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


DongSongyu-2016Songyu Dong

Rotation Student Ohio State Biochemistry Program

Now with Dr. Dmitri Kudryashov

E-mail: dong.630 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Florencia Velez-Cortes

Physics undergraduate (2013-2015)

Research assistant (2016)

Now a graduate student at Columbia University!


Aniket Patel

Microbiology

Now a PharmD student at Ohio State!

E-mail: patel.1756 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Domenic Termine

Biochemistry

Now a medical student at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine!

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Conghui (Claire) Chen

Biochemistry

Now working in industry

E-mail: chen.3351 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Adrienne Thornburg

Chemistry Master program

Now Science Teacher at Eastwood Academy

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Hong Duc Chau Phan

Rotation Student Ohio State Biochemistry Program

Now with Venkat Gopalan

phan.101 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


SKIMStephanie Kim

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now with Steffen Lindert

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.Zech Thompson

Rotation Student Chemistry PhD Program

Now with Jimmy Cowan

E-mail: thompson.2166 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


CNCollin Nisler

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now in our group!

E-mail: nisler.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


NC2Nathan Crum

Undergraduate (2015)

E-mail: crum.187 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu

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Zachary Johnson

Biochemistry undergraduate (2014-2015); Research Assistant (2015)

Now a medical student at Marshall University!

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Carissa Klanseck

Animal Sciences undergraduate (2013-2014); Research assistant (2015)

Now at the Bier lab at UCSD!

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ESEric Shtivelberg

Research Assistant Summer 2015

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smarguetSean Marguet

Rotation Student Chemistry PhD program

Now with Hannah Shafaat

E-mail: marguet.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Melvyn Drag

Master Student (2013-2015) Department of Mathematics

Now working at NJCU

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BDBenjamin Donovan

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD program

Now with Michael Poirier

E-mail: donovan.226 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


SDSamantha Dodbele

Rotation Student Ohio State Biochemistry Program

Now with Jane Jackman

E-mail: dodbele.1 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


nophotoZach VanMatre

Rotation Student Ohio State Biochemistry Program

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..CICurtis Israel

Rotation Student Biophysics PhD Program

Now with Heather Allen

E-mail: israel.76 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Deryanur Kilic

Visiting Scholar (2013-2014)

Now: Assistant Professor at Ataturk University Erzurum, Turkey

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Chris Schwebach

Rotation Student Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Program

Now with Dmitri Kudryashov

E-mail: schwebach.2 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Nathan Howell

Rotation Student Ohio State Biochemistry Program

Now with Jane Jackman

howell.439 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


Anusha Kumar

Graduate Student, Chemistry PhD Program

Now with Thomas Magliery

E-mail: kumar.330 [at] buckeyemail [dot] osu [dot] edu


HONORARY MEMBERS


RPRobert Powers, Gaudet Lab.

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nophotoMounir Koussa, Corey/Wong Labs.

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