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Opportunities for Students

Graduate students can join the lab through the programs in Molecular Biology or Biological Chemistry. We welcome rotation students.

Lab Members

 

Michael Kay

Professor

BA ‘91 Cornell, MD/PhD ‘98 Stanford

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Debbie Eckert

Research Associate Professor

BS ‘95 TCU, PhD ‘00 MIT

Mechanism and inhibition of viral entry and Director of Protein Interactions Core Facility

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Sarah Apple

Graduate Student

BS ‘10 University of Puget Sound

Discovery and design of D-peptide inhibitors of Ebola entry

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Nicolas Szabo

Postdoctoral Fellow

BS ‘03 UPEC, PhD ‘09 u-psud

Phage display screening of D-peptide inhibitors of Ebola entry

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Zachary Cruz

Graduate Student

BS ‘14 California State University, San Marcos

Synthesis of novel D-peptides and development of novel D-peptide synthesis tools

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James Fulcher

Graduate Student

BS ‘13 Nicholls State University

Streamlining chemical protein synthesis

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Patrick Erickson

Graduate Student

BS ‘15 Susquehanna University

Development of novel chemical and computational tools to streamline chemical protein syntheses

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Judah Evangelista

Graduate Student

BS ‘16 University of Utah

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Riley Giesler

Graduate Student

BS ‘16 University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Developing chemical tools to aid chemical protein synthesis

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Weiliang Xu

Postdoctoral Fellow

BS ‘07 Soochow University, PhD ‘12 National University of Singapore

Developing D-peptide inhibitors for immune checkpoints

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Alumni

 

Amanda Smith 2011-2017

Graduate Student

PhD ‘17

Graduate Student, MPH program, U of U and Informatics and HIV Surveillance employee at the Utah Department of Health

 

Mark Petersen 2014-2016

Postdoctoral Fellow

Scientist, Chemistry, Zymeworks, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Michael Jacobsen 2012-2015

Graduate Student

PhD ‘15

Scientist, D-Peptide Research Division, Navigen, Inc.

 

Maya Pandya 2013-2015

Lab Manager

Research Fellow, Alex Breeze Lab, University of Leeds, UK

 

David Judd 2013-2015

Graduate Student

MS ‘15

 

Tracy Clinton, 2010-2013

Graduate Student

PhD ‘13

Chemist

 

Matthew Weinstock 2008-2013

Graduate Student

PhD ‘13

Scientist, Synthetic Biology Group, Synthetic Genomics, Inc. 

 

Dasha Pruss 2012-2013

Undergraduate Student

BS ‘16

Graduate Student, Information Science PhD Program, UC Boulder

 

J. Nicholas Francis 2008-2012

Graduate Student

PhD ‘12

Scientist, D-Peptide Research Division, Navigen, Inc.

 

Joseph Redman 2008-2012

MD/PhD Student

PhD ‘12, MD ‘14

Internal Medicine Resident, Baylor College of Medicine

 

Ethan Howell 2010-2012

Graduate Student

MS ‘12

Seattle, WA

 

Robert Marquardt 2010-2011

Lab Manager

Sr. Field Service Engineer, Sciex

 

Hongbo Pang 2006-2011

Graduate Student

PhD ‘11

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Minnesota

 

Brett Welch 2002-2008

Graduate Student

PhD ‘08

Director, D-Peptide Research Division, Navigen, Inc.

 

Sunghwan Kim (Hwani) 2002–2008

Graduate Student

PhD ‘08

Senior Investigator, New Drug Development Center, DGMIF, Deagu, Korea

 

Yu Shi (Maggie) 2004–2007

Graduate Student

MS ‘07

Biostatistician

 

Jenn Dunmire 2001–2003

Technician

Chemistry and biology teacher, Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR

 

Wendy White 2002–2004

Graduate Student

 

Timothy Alexander 2003–2004

Technician

Forensic Scientist, Utah Department of Health

 

Jim Blevins 2001–2002

Technician

Professor, Salt Lake Community College

University of Utah, Department of Biochemistry, 15 N Medical Drive East RM 4100, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5650 USA

Office: (801) 585-5021 | Lab: (801) 585-9512 | kay@biochem.utah.edu