Meagan Belcher DufrisnePostdoctoral Fellow, Columbus Lab
Meagan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Linda Columbus. Her research aims to identify the molecular determinants of the interactions between neisserial Opa proteins and their human receptors in vitro, in order to gain a better understanding of pathogen-host interactions. She obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Discrete Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. Meagan received her PhD in 2018 from Columbia University, where she worked in the laboratory of Filippo Mancia using structural biology techniques such as X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM to study integral membrane enzymes involved in biosynthesis of the bacterial membrane.
Mallikarjunarao Ganesana, Ph.D.Research Associate, Venton Laboratory
Ana GeerResearch Associate, Gunnoe Laboratory
Ana Geer conducted her PhD studies at the University of Zaragoza, Spain under the supervision of M. A. Ciriano and C. Tejel on the synthesis and coordination chemistry of group 9 transition metals (Rh and Ir) combined with anionic ligands, such as tris (phosphino)borate and tris(pyrazolyl)borate ligands. During this time, she undertook a three-month stay at the properties) is investigated. Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC) in Toulouse under the guidance of S. Sabo-Etienne and S. Bontemps to work on CO2 hydroboration. In 2015 she joined the groups of Champness and Kays in the University of Nottingham as a research fellow where her work focused on the synthesis and reactivity studies of low-coordinate transition metal complexes. Currently, Ana is working as a Research Associate with Professor Brent Gunnoe on the design and preparation of new materials for alkane oxidation.
Ryan HollandResearch Associate, Gunnoe Laboratory
Ryan Holland has joined the Department of Chemistry as a Research Associate in the Gunnoe Lab. Ryan obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Idaho, then went on to earn his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. His graduate work consisted of studying the small molecule reactivity of Werner-type uranium complexes and the synthesis and characterization of stable metallacyclobutenes and vinylcarbenes. In the Gunnoe lab, Ryan will be engaged in the development of catalysts relevant to selective chemical oxidations, including the design, preparation and study of new catalysts.
Tao HuangResearch Associate, Hsu Lab
Tao received his B.S. from Wuhan University in China and earned his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Virginia, under the supervision of Professor Timothy Macdonald. His Ph.D. work focused on chemical biology study of Sphingosine 1-Phosphate (S1P) receptors and Sphingosine Kinases for immune modulation, which is directly relevant to human diseases such as autoimmune disorder and cancer. During his post-doc training in UVA’s School of Medicine, he extended his expertise into molecular imaging and nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis and therapy. In the Hsu lab, Tao will be working on immunotherapy for cancers.
Pargat SinghResearch Associate, Pompano Lab
Pargat did his Ph.D. from CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology in collaboration from Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). His Ph.D. work focused on development of low cost nanomaterial-based detection strategies for pathogens in water and typhoidal antigens in blood serum. Here at UVA he is associated with the Pompano Lab for detection of signaling proteins in live tissues.