Fabrizio Marinelli studied Chemistry at the University La Sapienza in Rome, obtaining a MSc degree in 2005 under the supervision of A. Amadei and A. Di Nola. In 2009 he received a PhD in Statistical and Biological Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, working with A. Laio. He joined the group as a postdoctoral fellow in late 2009. In 2015 NHLBI awarded him with a promotion to Staff Scientist. As such, he contributes to the oversight of the laboratory, in addition to carrying out his own research.

Wenchang Zhou studied Chemistry at Beijing Normal University (China), where he also obtained a Master's degree in Biochemistry. Funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council, in 2008 he joined the Diederichs lab at the University of Konstanz (Germany) to pursue a PhD degree in structural biology. As part of his doctoral project he was a visiting student in the TMB lab between 2010 and 2013, and subsequently became a postdoctoral fellow. In 2019 he was awarded a K22 Career Transition Award by NHLBI.

Robyn Stix joined the lab as a postbac in 2018 after graduating from Skidmore College with a BA in Chemistry and a minor in Computer Science. She gained a love for computational chemistry in Aurelia Ball's lab at Skidmore. She is joined in the lab by Agnes, who enjoys taking long naps under the Robyn's desk and occasionally visiting other lab members for treats. In 2019 Robyn was awarded the Edward D. Korn PhD Fellowship by NHBLI.

Steven Castellano joined the lab in 2017 as a student of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. He is pursuing an MD-PhD degree from Duke University. His doctoral project involves computational and experimental studies in the area of membrane transport, in collaboration with Ben Luisi at the University of Cambridge, UK. He previously studied at Columbia University, where he obtained a BA in Biophysics and Mathematics.

Irina Shlosman joined the group in 2016 as a postbac, after graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in Biophysical Chemistry. She is orginally from Moscow, Russia. Her main focus has been experimental work, but she is increasingly proficient in computational approaches. In 2018 she enrolled in Harvard University, where she is pursuing a PhD degree in Biophysics, but remains associated with the group.

Giacomo Fiorin joined the lab as a Research Collaborator in 2018, while also holding an appointment at Temple University, Philadelphia, as Research Assistant Professor. Giacomo studied Physics at the University of Padova, Italy, and in 2006 obtained a PhD degree in Statistical and Biological Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, under the supervision of Paolo Carloni. Betweeen 2007 and 2011 he worked with Michael Klein as a postdoctoral fellow, first at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently at Temple University.

Nathan Bernhardt obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he also acquired training in biochemistry working with Andrea Holgado. In 2014 he joined the PhD program at the University of Oklahoma and specialized in computational biophysics under the guidance of Ulrich Hansmann. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, Nathan rekindled his love for membrane proteins and in 2019 he joined the TMB lab as a postdoctoral fellow.


Former members

Rahul Banerjee was a postdoc in the group from 2017 to 2019. He had previously trained at Johns Hopkins University and, as a PhD student, at Michigan State University. While in the lab, Rahul was the recipient of the 2018 NHLBI Lenfant Award. Rahul currently works as a Program Analyst at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Alejandro Gil-Ley joined the lab in 2017 as a visiting postdoctoral scientist from Janice Robertson's lab at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. His PhD training had been at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. After working in the lab for 2 years he was recruited by the biotechnology company Zymeworks, where he is a research scientist.

Sanim Rahman did a summer internship in the lab in 2019, after being selected by the NIH G-SOAR program. Sanim had previously studied Chemical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Molecular Biophysics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Emel Ficici was a postdoctoral fellow between 2015 and 2019. She had previously obtained a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California at Irvine. In 2016 she received NHLBI Lenfant Award and in 2019 she received a K22 Career Transition Award. She nevertheless decided to pursue a career in industry, and now works as research scientist in Pfizer.

Jodian Brown joined the group in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow, soon after obtaining a PhD degree in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2017 she decided tto change career direction and took up a position in the Office of Intramural Training and Education at NIH. She now works as a Chemist at the US Food & Drug Administration.

Claudio Anselmi worked in the lab from 2009 to 2016, first a postdoctoral associate and then as a research fellow. He went on to work as a Staff Scientist at the Scientific Information Office of NHLBI. Currently he works as a Research Scientist at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Corrine Nief worked in the group as a summer intern in 2015, prior to her final undergraduate year at the School of Engineering and Computer Science of Baylor University, in Texas. She went on to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.

Vanessa Leone was a postdoctoral fellow in the group from 2009 to 2015, combining computational and experimental work. She had previously obtained a PhD degree in Functional and Structural Genomics at SISSA, in Trieste. She is now a Staff Scientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in Bethesda.

Horacio Poblete was a postdoc in the group in 2014-15, after graduating at the University of Talca in Chile. He went on to pursue a second postdoctoral position at Kansas State University, and later was able to secure a faculty position in Chile.

Davide Branduardi obtained his PhD at ETHZ and did postdoctoral work at the IIT in Genova before joining the TMB group, in 2011. In late 2013 he secured a Staff Scientist position at the Crucell Vaccine Institute, in the Netherlands. He is currently a Senior Applications Scientist at the computational-chemistry company Schrödinger Inc., in London.

Carmen Ortiz-Cantos was our administrative assisstant from 2010 to 2013. Previously she had held a number of senior secretarial positions in the banking, marketing as well as scientific fields in Frankfurt, London and Seville.

Diana Garzón joined the group to complete a MSc degree in Bioinformatics from the University Pompeu-Fabra in Barcelona, graduating in 2009. Thanks to a scholarship from the International Max Planck Research School, she continued in the group as a PhD student, graduating in 2013. She went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge.

Carles Corbi-Verge was a PhD student from the Universidad de Granada, and worked in the group between 2009 and 2013. His project combined experimental and computational biophysical approaches. After graduating, he secured a postoctoral position at the University of Toronto.

Alexander Krah joined the group as undergraduate Chemistry student from the University of Frankfurt in 2008, and after obtaining his Diploma, he stayed on to pursue a PhD, graduating in 2013. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Kyoto University on account of his publication record in the lab.

Florian Roessler studied Physics at the University of Frankfurt, and joined the TMB group in 2010 to complete his BSc thesis, graduating in 2011. He went on to pursue a PhD degree at the University of Cambridge.

Peter Bond did his doctoral and postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford. He joined the group in 2007 for a second postdoc, and was awarded an EMBO fellowship. In 2010 he moved to the University of Cambridge, to lead his own research group. He is currently an investigator the A-STAR Bioinformatics Institute in Singapore.


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