Alumni

Academic qualification corresponds to the level attained while working at the PMSL.

Victor LeClair
Post-baccalaureate Volunteer Research Assistant

Lin Hwang, BS
Research Assistant

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Lin is a research assistant with a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA. He is currently attending Western University Medical School.

Alexander Yoon, BS
Volunteer Research Assistant

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Lin is a research assistant with a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA. He is currently applying to Medical School.

Ian Sequiera
Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant
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Farbod Fazlollahi, BS
Research Assistant
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Huijiang “John” Ding, MS
Research Associate
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Pasqual Liauw, MS
Graduate Student

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Pasqual earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology from the Ruhr-University of Bochum (RUB), Germany in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Since 2012 he is engaged with his doctoral studies – mentored by Dr. Marc Nowaczyk – in the department for Plant Biochemistry at the RUB. His research project focusses on the complex network facilitating assembly and repair of photosynthetic complexes using structural and proteomic approaches. In 2013, as a visiting student to the PMSL, he was introduced to the fascinating world of top-down massspectrometry by Dr. Julian Whitelegge. In this time he was trained on the Agilent 6460, Agilent 6550 QTOF, PerkinElmer / Sciex API III and Thermo Scientific Fisher LTQ FT-MS.

Christopher M. Ryan, PhD
Post Doctoral Researcher
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Johnathan Budzik
Graduate Student

As a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf Schneewind at the University of Chicago, Jon Budzik studied the mechanism of pilus assembly in Bacillus species. Mass spectrometry experiments at the PMSL revealed that pili are held together by covalent crosslinks between side chains of amino acids both within and between protein subunits. Tandem mass spectrometry identified the amino acids involved in pilus crosslinking. Following graduate school, I completed a medical degree at the University of Chicago. At the University of California, San Francisco, I finished internal medicine residency and am presently a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine. In 2016, I will be starting research in Dr. Jeff Cox's laboratory to investigate the innate immune response to tuberculosis infection.
As a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf Schneewind at the University of Chicago, Jon Budzik studied the mechanism of pilus assembly in Bacillus species. Mass spectrometry experiments at the PMSL revealed that pili are held together by covalent crosslinks between side chains of amino acids both within and between protein subunits. Tandem mass spectrometry identified the amino acids involved in pilus crosslinking. Following graduate school, I completed a medical degree at the University of Chicago. At the University of California, San Francisco, I finished internal medicine residency and am presently a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine. In 2016, I will be starting research in Dr. Jeff Cox’s laboratory to investigate the innate immune response to tuberculosis infection.

Rishi Desai, MD
Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant

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Rishi Desai was an undergraduate when he learned the basics of High-Performance Liquid Chromotography under the expert guidance of Julian Whitelegge and Kym Faull. Rishitook graduated with a BS in Microbiology from UCLA. He completed his medical training at UCSF, pursued pediatrics and then a fellowship in infectious diseases, before returning to UCLA to get an MPH in epidemiology. Rishi left LA to spend two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer investigating disease outbreaks, before beginning his work with Khan Academy Medicine where he leads the medical effort to contribute to a free world class education to anyone, anywhere. Rishi married Camille – the two are living happily in Berkeley, California.

Veronica “Ronnie” Rudolph
Research Assistant

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1983 – 1990: Research Assistant at the Nancy Pritzker Laboratory of Behavioral Neurochemistry studying on opioid peptides in rats. 1990 – Present: Teaching several Adobe applications on the Mac. 2011: Moved to Portland, OR. Current: Teaching Adobe InDesign to high school students; playing the piano for Memory Care patients; Production Editor for our resident’s magazine
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