Fabrizio Marinelli studied Chemistry at the University La Sapienza in Rome, where he obtained a MSc degree in 2005 under the supervision of Andrea Amadei and Alfredo Di Nola. In 2009 he obtained a PhD degree in Statistical and Biological Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, working with Alessandro Laio. He joined the group as a postdoctoral fellow in late 2009, and relocated from the Max Planck Institute to NIH in 2013. In 2015 he secured a Staff Scientist position at NHLBI.

Wenchang Zhou studied at Beijing Normal University (China), where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a Master's degree in Biochemistry. Funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council, in 2008 he joined the group of Kay Diederichs at the University of Konstanz (Germany), to pursue a PhD degree. In 2010 he joined the TMB group to complete his his doctoral project, and in 2013 he obtained his PhD degree. At the present time he is a postdoctoral fellow in the group.

Emel Ficici studied Physics in Turkey, first at Bogazici University in Istanbul and then at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. After obtaining her MSc degree in 1999, she relocated to Mobile, AL, where she worked as an undergraduate Physics Instructor at Springhill College and at the University of South Alabama. From 2010 through 2015, she pursued a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California at Irvine, under the supervision of Ioan Andricioaei. She joined the TMB group soon thereafter, and is currently an IRTA postdoctoral fellow.

Alejandro Gil-Ley is a visting postdoctoral scientist from the group of Janice Robertson at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He studied at the University of Havana, Cuba, where he received a BSc degree in Biochemistry, and where he worked as a Research Assistant and taught undergraduate courses for several years. In 2012 he began postgraduate studies at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, working with Giovanni Bussi. He received a PhD degree in Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems in 2016.

Irina Shlosman joined the group in 2016 on a two-year post-bac position, to carry out experimental work on membrane transporters in collaboration with Joseph Mindell at NINDS/NIH. She is orginally from Moscow, Russia, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a BA degree Biophysical Chemistry. She ultimately aims to pursue a PhD in Chemistry.

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 Rik van Veen at the University of Cambridge, UK. He previously studied at Columbia University, where he obtained a BA in Biophysics and Mathematics.

Rahul Banerjee has been a postdoc in the group since 2017. He previously trained in experimental electrophysiology at Johns Hopkins University, where he was a postdoc in the Yue lab for 3 years, and at Michigan State University, where he obtained a PhD in Computational Chemistry and Quantitative Biology in 2014, supervised by Robert Cukier. Rahul's undergraduate degrees are a MSc in Biophysics and a BSc in Physics from the Universities of Kalyani and Birdwan, in India.

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.


Former members

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 took up a position in the Office of Intramural Training and Education at NIH.

Claudio Anselmi worked in the TMB group from 2009 to 2016, first a postdoctoral associate and then as a research fellow. He subsequently obtained a position at the Scientific Information Office of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in Bethesda.

Corrine Nief worked in the group as an intern during the Summer of 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 research fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in Bethesda.

Horacio Poblete was a visiting 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 obtained 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 research scientist position at the Crucell Vaccine Institute, in the Netherlands. He currently works at the computational-chemistry company Schrödinger, in London.

Carmen Ortiz-Cantos was our adminstrative 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. She remains at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics.

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.

Carles Corbi-Verge was a visiting PhD student from the Universidad de Granada, and worked in the group between 2009 and 2013. 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. His work in the group enabled him to secure a postdoctoral fellowship at Kyoto University.

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, and was subsequently awarded an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship. In 2010 he moved to the University of Cambridge, to lead his own research group. He is currently at the Bioinformatics Institute in Singapore.


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