Group

Current members

Name Role Degree Research Interest(s) E-mail Address
Dulmini Barupala Ph.D. candidate B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

My goal is to characterize the cysteine desulfurase complex (Nfs1-Isd11) in mitochondrial iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis pathway in yeast and drosophila systems.

dbarupal@med.wayne.edu
Stephen Dzul Ph.D. candidate B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

My project is to characterize the interaction between the Isu, Nfs, Isd11, and Yfh proteins of the ISCpathway. I also am working on developing a reliable method for forming and detecting an iron sulfur cluster on the Isu scaffold protein.

stephen.dzul@gmail.com
Ashoka Shyamlee Kandegedara, Ph.D. Research Associate Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

Development of a competition assay using a series of small molecule competitors to calculate metal-protein dissociation constants using colorimetric/fluorometric methods.

akandege@med.wayne.edu
April Kusowski Ph.D. candidate Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

My research focuses on characterizing the biophysical properties and reactivity of the Frataxin-bypassing mutant, Isu1 M107I, in order to provide an enhanced understanding of the role of Frataxin in driving eukaryotic Fe-S cluster assembly.

akusowsk@med.wayne.edu
Brianne Lewis Ph.D. candidate B.S. in Biochemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

I am interested in studying protein-protein interactions involved in mitochondrial Iron Sulfur cluster synthesis. Currently, I am focused on binding studies between an iron donor protein (frataxin) and its iron recipient (Isu) which is necessary for cluster formation.

briannelewis@wayne.edu
Lindsey Thompson Research Assistant/Lab Manager B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI

I work to drive collaborative crystallography efforts of the proteins associated with mitochondrial Iron Sulfure cluster synthesis.

lindsey.nico@wayne.edu

Past members

Postdoctoral students

  • Dr. Krisztina Bencze, associate professor of Chemistry, University of Kansas, Fort Hayes, KS
  • Dr. Yanan He, research scientist, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Baltimore, MD
  • Dr. Ana Jankovick, postdoctoral student, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dr. Madushi Raththagala, postdoctoral student, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Anusha Sarath, research scientist, Apolife Inc., Detroit, MI

Graduate students

  • Dr. Jeremy D. Cook, postdoctoral student, Dept. of Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dr. Kalyan Kondapalli, postdoctoral student, Dept. of Physio., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Dr. Tao Li, postdoctoral student, Department of Chemistry, Univ. of California, Irvine, CA
  • Dr. Simona Proteasa, graduate student, Department of Physiology, Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI
  • Dr. Swati Rawat, postdoctoral student, Department of Physio. & Biophys., Univ. of California, Irvine, CA
  • Andria Rodrigues, Department of Biochem & Mol. Bio., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Dr. Poorna Subramanian, Dept of Biochem & Mol. Bio., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Dr. Yan Zhang, postdoctoral student, Dept. of Chem., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Master's students

  • Sudipa Rijal Ghimire, graduate student, Department of Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • Shanmugavel Jayabalan, lab technician, Scan Centre, Chennai, India
  • Yogapriya Murugesan, associate scientist, Biogen Inc., Boston, MA
  • Rahul Ravindran Nair, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Nicholis Spellman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Undergraduate students

  • Patrick Bradley, medical student, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Courtney Busch, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • William H. Childs, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Anna Crater, graduate student, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON Canada
  • Christina Dobeson, graduate student, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Kevin Eccles, Spring Arbor University, Jackson, MI
  • Jeanean Ghering, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
  • Kevin Grant, Henry Ford Community College, Detroit, MI
  • Allen Haddad, medical student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Kristia Hayes, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Dr. Amy Kent, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Nicole Kok, Spring Arbor University, Jackson, MI
  • Danielle M. Levy, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
  • Jackie Rawat, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Jonathan Rotondo, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Alfredo Sanchez-Villarreal, University of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico
  • Dr. Albert Schroeder, Alma College, Alma, MI
  • Alexandra Schroeder, Univ. of Detroit, Mercy, Detroit, MI
  • Ruth A. Sinnamon, graduate student, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Alexandra E. Spirou, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Jing Wang, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

High school students

  • Daniel Antonczak, Stevenson High School, Livonia, MI
  • Katherin Byrd, Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI
  • Jonathan Dolant, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit, MI
  • Preeta Gupta, Groves High School, Birmingham, MI
  • LaTasha Lindsey, Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI