Lab Personnel

Personnel – Amherst

Dr. Elizabeth Vierling  – Principal Investigator  – Rm 329N LSL

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Fricke – Rm 335N LSL

Postdoctoral Researchers – 340N LSL

Minsoo Kim – Mitochondrial mTERF protein involved in heat stress tolerance of Arabidopsis.

Patrick Treffon – I am analyzing the biochemical properties of the GSNOR protein, including protein-protein interactions and their impact on NO-dependent signalling.  The functional characterization of gsnor– knock out plants is also in focus of my research.

Doctoral Candidate:

Keith Ballard – Small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) and related vertebrate α-crystallins are a ubiquitous class of ATP-independent molecular chaperones with a monomeric molecular mass of 12-42 kDa.

Masters:

Ian Truebridge – How nitrosation and pH affects the activity of S-(hydroxymethyl) glutathione reductase (S-HMGSH)

Undergraduates

Jesse Arsenault – Lab Assistant – I am studying the role of mitochondrial proteins in thermotolerance.

Thi Bui – I’m researching about the role of small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) in repairing protein mis-folding in plants, using Arabidopsis thaliana as the model plant. Developing an understanding of how these sHSPs protect other proteins, and what limits the tolerance of plants to stress would potentially provide an insight into developing drugs that combat diseases resulting from protein aggregation.

Corey Isgur – Nitric Oxide (NO) signaling pathways in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana and characterizing key proteins involved in NO homeostasis and stress response. Specifically, characterizing the protein Trxh4 to figure out where it fits into NO signaling pathways.

Esther Oh – Studying the effect of nitric oxide on arabidopsis thaliana’s growth and working on DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.

Sam Zelman – Working on Genotyping mitochondrial and chloroplast mutant crosses and isolating, crystallizing, and examining the A. thaliana ATAD3 protein to better understand electron transport in plant mitochondria and the role it plays in heat stress and thermotolerance.