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Current Members

Shachin Patra

Post-Doctoral Researcher

B.Sc. Chemistry, Burdwan University

M.Sc. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur

Ph. D. Chemistry, Texas A&M University


Shachin joined the lab in the fall of 2011. Currently, he works on functional studies of frataxin. Also, he studies the differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cysteine desulfurases and the effect of evolution on these systems.

Manas Ghosh

Post-Doctoral Researcher

B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Calcutta

M.Sc. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology

Ph. D. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


Manas joined the lab in the Spring of 2019.

Seth Van Andel "VA"

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Calvin College


Seth joined the lab in June 2016. Currently he uses chemical biology (noncanonical amino acid incorporation and variety of chemical labeling techniques) and biophysical techniques (X-Ray crystallography, HPLC, and EPR spectroscopy) to interrogate modifications and structural dynamics of the human iron-sulfur biosynthetic complex.

Jeff Cheng-Wei Lin

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.Sc. Chemistry, National Taiwan University


Jeff joined the lab in the fall of 2017. Currently, he utilizes mass spectrometry to characterize the intermediates and probe the mechanism of Fe-S cluster synthesis.

Shelby Oney

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Texas at Tyler


Shelby joined the group in June 2018. She is currently elucidating how clinical mutants on the human Fe-S cluster assembly complex compromise function through a combination of structural biology, activity assays, and radiolabeling methods.

Elisa Ferrara

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.A. Biochemistry, College of Mount Saint Vincent


Elisa joined the lab in the fall of 2018. Currently, she is focused on determining the mechanism of electron donation to the biosynthesis of iron sulfur clusters using biophysical techniques.

Amy Hockstedler

Biochemistry Graduate Student

B.Sc. Chemistry, Georgia State University


Amy joined the lab in the fall of 2018. Her research currently focuses on using different biophysical techniques to investigate a prokaryotic complex responsible for the synthesis of Fe-S clusters.

Steven Havens

Research Assistant

B.Sc. Chemistry, Texas A&M University


After spending a brief period of time in our lab as an REU student, Steven re-joined our lab in the summer of 2017 as a research assistant. He aids in day to day research operations.

Where are they now?

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Past Graduate Student Members

Dr. Seth Cory is a PBI Sales Representative for South Texas with VWR, part of Avantor.

Dr. Deepika Das will start a position at Oxford College, Emory University in August 2018.

Dr. D.J. Martin is now a Product Consultant at Lisam Systems in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Chi-Lin Tsai was a post-doctoral researcher for Professor John Tainer at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He is now an instructor and researcher in the molecular and cellular oncology division at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb was a post-doctoral researcher for Professor Catherine Drennan at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was an NIH and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Post-doctoral fellow during her time at MIT. Dr. Bridwell-Rabb is now an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dr. Michaella Levy is a Research Specialist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Melissa Thorstad, MSc teaches at a local high school.

Dr. Nickelous Fox was a post-doctoral researcher for Professor Steve Almo at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry in Bronx, New York. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher for Dr. Wyatt Yue at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

Dr. James Vranish was a post-doctoral researcher for Dr. Igor Medintz at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He is currently an assistant professor at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida.

Hyeran Choi, M.Sc.

Past Undergraduate Student Members

Katherine Senn NSF REU

Luis Macias NSF REU

Ahmaya Mustafa Texas A&M Undergraduate

Anthony Wilks Texas A&M Undergraduate

Yong Ching “Milton” Chow Texas A&M Undergraduate

Jessica Lowry Texas A&M Undergraduate

Steven Havens NSF REU

Laura Billy NSF REU

Jordan Baumgartner Texas A&M Undergraduate

Wenting Mo Texas A&M Undergraduate

Natalia Miller Texas A&M Undergraduate

Elisa James NSF REU

Andrew Winn Texas A&M Undergraduate