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:

Mary Fowler Localizing HSP101 in Arabidopsis root cells after heat stress, identifying the genes and mechanisms behind SHOT mutant’s ability to survive heat stress despite having non-functioning HSP101 proteins.

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

Alyssa McQuillan – I am researching the genes and mechanisms behind SHOT mutant’s ability to survive heat stress even though they have non-functioning HSP101 proteins.

Chirag Mehta – Mechanisms and functions of small heat-shock proteins (SHSPs) in synechocystis cyanobacteria.