The Group

 

Principal Investigator


Christina M. Payne

Education:
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University – 2007
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University – 2002

Research:
Molecular modeling of protein systems, structure-function relationships in glycoside hydrolases, free energy methods, lignocellulosic biomass conversion, origins of biomass recalcitrance, and protein-ligand interactions and binding free energies

 

Curriculum vitae


Postdoctoral Researchers


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Inacrist Geronimo

Education: 
Ph.D., Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology – 2014
M.S., Materials Science; B.S., Physics – École normale superiéure de Lyon – 2009
M.S., Chemistry, University of the Philippines – 2008
B.S., Chemistry, University of the Philippines – 2003

Research:
Molecular mechanisms of beta-glucosidase hydrolysis, transglycosylation, and product inhibition 

(currently located in Dr. Mats Sandgren's lab at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

 


Graduate Researchers


Japheth Gado

Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria – 2014

Research:
Molecular simulation of glycoside hydrolase processivity

 

 

Abhishek Kognole

Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology (Formerly UDCT), India – 2012

Research:
Molecular simulation of carbohydrate binding modules, protein-carbohydrate interactions

 

Landon Mills

Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky – 2014 

Research (co-advisor – Derek Englert):
Experimental characterization of desulfinase structure and activity

 

 

 

Yue Yu

Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky – 2014
B.S., Process Equipment and Control Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology – 2011

Research:
Examining the mechanisms of a desulfinase enzyme using molecular dynamics and multiscale methods


Alumni


Graduate Students

Suvamay Jana - Ph.D. Chemical Engineering 2017 (beginning postdoctoral research Feb. 2017 at City of Hope)

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Nolan Anderson - B. S. Chemical Engineering 2017 (Currently a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara)

Robert Brooks - B.S. Chemical Engineering 2017

Codell Gibson - B.S. Chemical Engineering 2016

Dylan Gilley - B. S. Chemical Engineering 2017

Tyler Karnes - B.S. Chemical Engineering 2015 (Recipient of the John Walker Biology and Engineering Undergraduate Research Award)

Shawn Nigam - B.S. Chemistry and Biology 2017

Damarcus Smiley - B.S. Chemical Engineering 2018

Devin Wren - B.S. Chemical Engineering 2017

 

Visiting Scholars

Ingvild Isaksen - Continuing PhD research with Åsmund Røhr at Norwegian University of Life Sciences

István Tamás - Continuing PhD research with Beáta Lontay at University of Debrecen, Hungary