Lab Personnel

Personnel – Amherst

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

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Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Fricke – Rm 335N LSL

Postdoctoral Researchers – 340N LSL

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.

Research Assistant

Salma Akther – Rm 340N LSL


Madeleine Hines – Spring 2023 – Learning lab related skills and helping with lab tasks.

Samhitha Satish Kumar – Began spring 2022 – Studying the mitochondrial ATAD3 proteins.

Haofeng Lin – Spring 2023 – Learning lab related skills and helping others with lab tasks.

Dylan McLaughlin –  Working towards identification and phenotypic analysis of mutants of Class I and Class II cytosolic small HSPs in Arabidopsis.

Emma Peterson – Began spring 2022 –  Studying mechanisms involved in nitric oxide homeostasis with Dr. Patrick Treffon.

Nicole Steinmeyer – Spring 2023 – Learning new lab techniques, how to interpret data, and collaborating with others to design experiments. 

Lauren Velie – Studying proteins involved in nitric oxide homeostasis with Dr. Patrick Treffon.


Former Lab Members

Visiting Research Scientists:
Dr. Alejandra Covarrubias – Biotechnology Institute of the National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – UNAM
Dr. Eman Basha– Associate Professor at the Biology Department, Taif University, Ta’if Saudi Arabia (June ’13 – August ’13)Kishor
Dr. Gaikwad, Research Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi, India
Dr. Huiru Peng, Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
Dr. Joel Stafstrom, Associate Professor of Plant Sciences, NIU, IL
Dr. Shengbao Xu, Associate professor in Northwest A&F University of China

Research Fellow – 

Dr. Minsoo Kim

Post Docs:

Dr. Ricardo Azpiroz, Instructor, Richland College, Richland, TX
Dr. Kim Giese, RN Princeton, NJ
Dr. Damian Guerra, Post Doc, University of Colorado Denver
Dr. Andy Hausrath, Assistant Professor, UA
Dr. Ken Helm, Professor, Siena College, NY.
Dr. Indu Santhanagoplan  – PhD Indian Institute of Science, India.
Dr. Suk-Whan Hong, Associate Professor, Chonnam National Univ., Gwngju, South Korea
Dr. Jane Larkindale, Research Program Coordinator, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Tucson, AZ
Dr. Gary Lee former Monsanto  Scientist,currently fine guitar builder,
Dr. Ung Lee, True Light Institute of Agricultural Development in Northeast Asia, Yan Ji, China.
Dr. Fionn McLoughlin, Postdoctoral research fellow in Richard Vierstra’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Heather O’Neil, Caris Life Sciences
Dr. Kathy Osteryoung, Professor Michigan State University, MI
Dr. Kerstin Petersen
Dr. Elizabeth Waters, Associate Professor, San Diego State University, CA
Dr. Colin Watson, Medical Director at GE Health Care in Tucson, AZ

PhD Students:

Dr. 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.
Dr.Qiang Chen, Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Dr. Amy DeRocher, Staff Scientist, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle, WA
Dr. Kenneth Friedrich, Associate Professor, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Tienxiang Liu – Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling, China
Dr. Nomalie Jaya, Senior Scientist, Seattle Genetics, Bothell, WA
Dr. Teri Suzuki, Research Scientist-Sanofi-Aventis, Tucson, AZ
Dr. Nadja Wehmeyer (Anderson), Biotech Project Coordinator, Tucson, AZ

MS Students:

Eli Gordon – Graduated Fall 2021

Sam Zelman – Scientist III at Merck Research Labs Boston in the Immuno-oncology Department
Parth Patel – University of Central Florida Medical School
Nathen Bopp – University of TX, PhD program
Mary Fowler – New England Biolabs
David Kim High School Science Teacher, Albuquerque, NM
Deanna Willett, MIddle School Science Teacher and Teacher Training, Tucson, AZ
Ian Truebridge – How nitrosation and pH affects the activity of S-(hydroxymethyl) glutathione reductase (S-HMGSH)
Yichen Zhang, Rutgers University
Liyuan Zhang – China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Research Technicians:

Stephanie Craig
Angela Blais
Lisa Lauzon
Adam Geach, DMD, California
Sharon Pennington
Julie Bordowitz
Susanna Brettschneider Student Umea, Sweden,
Debbie Raynes – Senior research Technician, Tucson, AZ

Former Undergraduates:

Aurora Ahmed

Jesse Arsenault
Umaru Barrie, Med student
Johnathan Barricelli, Genzyme
Julie Bordowitz, Post Doc at UC-San Diego
Thi Bui

Elana Carleton
J. T. Caroll, MD
Belmund Catague, MD
Jennifer Corrigan, PharmD
Samuel Del’Olio – PhD student
Mindy Escobar, MS in Neurobiology
Olena Gross

Philipp Guettler

Nora Haggerty
Lorraine Hernandez, Senior Research Scientist, Merck Labs
Erica Hummell, Pharmacist
Corey Isgur

Yadwinder Kuar
Lisa Miller, Public Health Researcher, Tucson, AZ
Alyssa McQuillan
Chirag Mehta – Research Associate I at UMass Medical School
Jillian Moore
Esther Oh
Shannon Parrington  Research Technician, NIH in Phoenix
Parth Patel

Prem Patel

Vijay Patel, Dentist
Megan Paul, MD
Kostantinos Papathanasiou
Benjamin Rizkin

Astha Parmar

Fabian Suri-Payer

Puneet Singh
Ariel Toledo, Pharmacist
Elli Walker, Dialysis Technician- Seattle, WA
Chris Wie, MD
Ben Williams, MD
Justin Wong, MD
Kelsey Avery
Logan Robinson
Kara Samsel, MD

Former High School Students:
Elizabeth Ortiz, Amherst High School, now attending University of Chicago

Zoe Langsdale, Amherst High School, graduate of Smith College