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.

Damian Guerra – PhD University of California, Davis, CA.  The role of Glutathione-S-Nitroso Reductase in plant biology.

Dr. Indu Santhanagoplan  – PhD Indian Institute of Science, India. Interaction of sHSPs with substrates in vivo and in vitro using crosslinking approaches.

Post-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.


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

Samuel Del’Olio – Lab Assistant – I am researching the role of SFA1 (GSNOR) in heat tolerance and nitrosative stress adaptation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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.

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.

Ian Truebridge – Summer, Fall ’15 Lab Assistant – How nitrosation and pH affects the activity of S-(hydroxymethyl) glutathione reductase (S-HMGSH)