Members

We are recruiting postdocs with experience in chemical proteomics and SURF/WAVE/Amgen undergraduates

Highly motivated applicants may inquire directly to aondrus@caltech.edu


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Alison Ondrus, Principal Investigator

Postdoc Stanford University (Profs. JK Chen & J Du Bois)
PHD MIT (PROF. M MOVASSAGHI)
BS University OF ALBERTA (PROF. FG WEST)

Research focus: Elucidating connections between cholesterol metabolism and Hh signaling in development and disease
Hidden talents/hobbies: Yoga, reading, bike riding
Favorite quote: "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty',- that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."  -J Keats
email: aondrus@caltech.edu

 
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Rahul Purohit, Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoc Northwestern University (Prof. AC Rosenzweig)
PhD University of Arizona (Prof. WR Montfort)
MSc Panjab University (Prof. P Venugopalan)

Research focus: Structural and functional characterization of proteins involved in the Hh signaling pathway
Hidden talents/hobbies: Cooking, photography, hiking
Favorite quote: "Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world." -L Pasteur
email: purohit@caltech.edu

 
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Xiang Ma, Postdoctoral Scholar

PHD THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (PROF. MG BANWELL)
MSC MEng JINAN UNIVERSITY (PROF. R YAN)
BSC BEng SHANDONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Research focus: Investigation of interactions between cholesterol metabolism and Hh signaling using oxysterol photoaffinity probes
Hidden talents/hobbies: Playing basketball, watching movies, reading about history
Favorite quote: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." -W Churchill
email: xm52@caltech.edu

 
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Gracie Zhang, Chem G2

BS Washington University in St. Louis (Prof. K Moeller)

Research focus: Synthesizing photoactive probes to understand the role of cholesterol in Hedgehog signaling
Hidden talents/hobbies: Figure skating, nail art, baking
Favorite quote: "The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” -O Wilde
email: gzhang@caltech.edu

 
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Lincoln Ombelets, Chem G1

BS Northeastern University (Prof. ZS Zhou)

Research focus: Membrane composition and lipid transport interactions within the Hedgehog pathway
Hidden talents/hobbies: Speaks Mandarin/playing the guitar and drums, reading
Favorite quote: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. / And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” -John 1:4-5 (KJV)
email: lombelet@caltech.edu

 
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Emily Laubscher, Chem G1

BS UC Berkeley (Prof. JT GROVES)

Research focus: Developing sensors to measure molecular dynamics of signaling pathways in live cells
Hidden talents/hobbies: Origami, distance running, Scrabble
Favorite quote: “The task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.” -E Schrödinger
email: elaubsch@caltech.edu

 
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Mark Zhang, Bio G1

BA Pomona College (Prof. JM Liu)

Research focus: Designing and employing genetic screens to identify endogenous regulators of Hedgehog signaling
Hidden talents/hobbies: Barista-ing, cooking, and teaching
Favorite quote: "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." -CS Lewis
email: mgzhang@caltech.edu

 
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Amanda Li, Sophomore

Westford Academy

Research focus: Developing Molecular Dynamics algorithms to reveal new properties of Hedgehog pathway proteins
Hidden talents/hobbies: Dancing, creative writing, ice skating
Favorite quote: "Prends ton temps, la vie n'est qu'un moment." ("Take your time, life is only a moment.") - MC Solaar
email: amandali@caltech.edu

 
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Tianyi Zhang, Freshman

Dunman High School, Singapore

Research focus: Organic synthesis of next-generation chemical probes
Hidden talents/hobbies: Badminton, piano, cooking
Favorite quote: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - L da Vinci
email: tzhang2@caltech.edu

 

Vicky Brennan, Administrative Assistant

Career focus: Organizing the world
Hidden talents/hobbies: MLIS, birding, toastmasters, silent cinema
Favorite quote: “As long as you are curious, you will never be bored.” -L Gish
emailvicky@caltech.edu