Burkart Laboratory

Lab Members

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Prof. Michael D. Burkart

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Pacific Hall 6100D

mburkart@ucsd.edu
Curriculum vitae

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Dr. Tony Davis

Tony received his Ph. D. at Cornell University under the guidance of Professor Derek Tan. His research focuses on synthesizing small-molecule probes to interrogate FAS, PKS, and NRPS in Burkart Lab.

tdd005@ucsd.edu

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Dr. Laetitia Misson

Laƫtitia received her Ph. D. at the University of Basel, Switzerland under the guidance of Professor Florian Seebeck. She is currently studying natural product biosynthetic pathways with a focus on thioesterases in type I NRPS and PKS.
lmisson@ucsd.edu

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Dr. Sho Konno

Sho received his Ph. D. at Kyoto University under the guidance of Professor Hideaki Kakeya. He is currently developing chemical tools for understanding protein-protein interactions in type I PKS.

skonno@ucsd.edu

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Dr. Qing Zhe Ni

Qing received her Ph. D. at MIT under the guidance of Professor Bob Griffin. Her research focuses on the elucidations of melanin pigments.

qni@ucsd.edu

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Dr. An Phung

An received his Ph. D. at Kochi University of Technology in Japan under the guidance of Professor Ryuichi Sugimoto. His research involves designing and developing new materials from available renewable feedstocks to address new opportunities for future applications.

h1phung@ucsd.edu

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Dr. Ashay Patel

Ashay received his Ph. D. at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of Professor Ken Houk. His research focuses on using computer simulations to determine a time-resolved understanding of the molecular mechanisms and protein-protein interactions that direct carrier protein-dependent biosyntheses.

abp015@ucsd.edu

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Jeffrey Chen

Jeff received his B. S. in chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on studying Chlamydomonas reinhardtii FAS protein-protein interactions for natural product engineering.

jac003@ucsd.edu

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Thomas Bartholow

Thomas received his B. S. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently studying the protein-protein interactions essential to fatty acid biosynthesis through a combination of experimental and computational methods.

tgbartho@ucsd.edu

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Jefferey Mindrebo

Jeff received his B. S. in biochemistry at the University of Texas, Houston. His research focuses on structurally elucidating and biochemically characterizing acyl carrier protein-mediated protein-protein interactions in fatty acid and polyketide biosynthesis.

jmindreb@ucsd.edu

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Warren Chan

Warren received his B. S. in chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the synthesis and development of spliceosome inhibitors for mechanistic insight and clinical application.

wcchan@ucsd.edu

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Katia Charov

Katia received her B. A. in biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently developing fluorescent-based assays towards antibiotic discovery and is also involved in the synthesis of isotopically labeled chemical tools for protein-protein interactions.

kcharov@ucsd.edu

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Troy Bemis

Troy received his B. S. in chemistry at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on targeted protein degradation using proteolysis targeting chimeras.

tbemis@ucsd.edu

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Kelsey Krug

Kelsey received her B. S. in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on designing and application of small molecule splicing inhibitors as biological tools and anticancer therapeutics.

kkrug@ucsd.edu

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Aochiu Chen

Aochiu received his B. S. in chemistry at the National Taiwan University. His research focuses on studying the enzymology and structure of type II fatty acid and polyketide synthases.

aoc005@ucsd.edu

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Terra Sztain-Pedone

Terra received her B. S. in chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on using computation and NMR to understand the communication mechanisms used by acyl carrier protein to guide engineering.

tsztainp@ucsd.edu

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Brianna Sierra

Brianna received her B. S. in chemistry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is currently working on developing small molecules to probe melanin biosynthesis, as well as working on probing interactions in type I polyketide synthases.

bsierra@ucsd.edu

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Joshua Corpuz

Josh received his B. S. in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on structurally analyzing the protein-protein interface of the peptidyl carrier protein and adenylation domain in type II nonribosomal peptide synthetases.

jccorpuz@ucsd.edu

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Rebecca Re

Rebecca received her B. S. in chemistry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is currently working on developing crosslinkers to study the protein-protein and protein-substrate interactions in type II and type III polyketide synthases.

rre@ucsd.edu

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Satyam Khanal

Satyam received his B. S. in biochemistry at Providence College. He is currently working on chemoenzymatically synthesizing phospholipids in vitro using water-soluble, non-amphiphilic precursors.

skhanal@ucsd.edu

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Desirae Mellor

Desirae received her B. S. in biochemistry at California State University San Marcos. Her research focuses on structurally characterizing the protein-protein interactions involved in Mycobacterium tuberculosis fatty acid biosynthesis.

damellor@ucsd.edu

FORMER GROUP MEMBERS

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Brian Leon, Ph. D. 2018, Scientist 1 at Ambrx
Peter Tufar, Ph. D. 2016, Staff Scientist at GSK
Joris Beld, Ph. D. 2015, Associate Professor at Drexel University
Heriberto Rivera, Ph. D. 2014, Assistant Professor at Palomar College
Reymundo Villa, Ph. D. 2013, Associate Manager at Gilead
Eva Sonnenschein, Ph. D. 2013, Assistant Professor at Technical University of Denmark
Fumihiro Ishikawa, Ph. D. 2012, Professor at Kindai University, Japan
Allen Yu, Ph. D. 2011, Scientist at Helica Biosystems, Inc.
Min-Jin Kang, Ph. D. 2010, Senior Research Specialist at University of Arizona
Kwang-Seuk Ko, Ph. D. 2010, Research Scientist at UCSD
Carolina Perez, Ph. D. 2010, Investigator at Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
Payman Najmabadi, Ph. D. 2008, Director at Leica Biosystems
Tiffany Yano, Ph. D. 2007
Matthew Alexander, Ph. D. 2007

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Graduate students

Woojoo Eunice Kim, Ph. D. 2019, Postdoctoral researcher at Keasling Laboratory, UC Berkeley
Jennifer Michaud, Ph. D. 2018
Matt Jaremko, Ph. D. 2017, Postdoctoral researcher at Joshua-Tor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
D. John Lee, Ph. D. 2016, Postdoctoral researcher at Fraser Laboratory, UCSF
Kara Finzel, Ph. D. 2016, Assistant professor, Hofstra University
Yuan Pu, B.S./M. S. 2016, Research assistant at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Lorillee Tallorin, Ph. D. 2016, Postdoctoral researcher at Yang Laboratory, Havard Medical School
Chris Vickery, Ph. D. 2016, Postdoctoral researcher at Walker Laboratory, Harvard Medical School
Ian McCulloch, Ph. D. 2016, Student Associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Quynh G. Nguyen, B. S./M. S. 2015, Medical student at Western University of Health Sciences
Justin Hammons, Ph. D. 2014, Adjucnt Instructor at Capital University
Wilson Wong, M. S. 2014, Emergency Medical Techician at McCormick Ambulance Company
Nathan Schoepp, B. S./M. S. 2014, Graduate Student at Ismagilov Laboratory, Caltech
Mike Rothmann, Ph. D. 2013
Nick Kosa, Ph. D. 2013, Supervisor Research Applications at PerkinElmer, Inc.
Dan Fox, Ph. D. 2012, Associate Scientist at Millenium Laboratories
Jillian Blatti, Ph. D. 2012, Assistant Professor at Pasadena City College
Bob Haushalter, Ph. D. 2012, Postdoctoral researcher at Keasling Laboratory, UC Berkeley
Michael Wuo, B. S./M. S. 2012, Postdoctoral researcher at Kiessling Laboratory, MIT
Gene Hur, Ph. D. 2011, Pharmacist at Cedars-Sinai
Timothy Foley, Ph. D. 2010, Principal Scientist at Pfizer
Brian Jones, Ph. D. 2010, Scientist at PharmAgra Labs
Jordan Meier, Ph. D. 2009, Principal Investigator at National Cancer Institute
Andrew Worthington, Ph. D. 2009, Worthington Biochemical Corporation
Bill Walkowicz, M.S. 2008, Chemitope Glycopeptide, LLC
Andrew Mercer, Ph. D. 2007, Senior Scientist at REGENXBIO Inc.
Alex Mandal, Ph. D. 2007
Brian Young, M. S. 2005
Kristy Clarke, M. S. 2004
Helen McGuire, M. S. 2004
Thomas Shute, M. S. 2005
Marie Tran, M. S. 2005

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