Members

We are currently recruiting incoming graduate students & postdocs

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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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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Alexa Lauinger, Junior

Brandon High School

Research focus: Define the structural basis of Hedgehog activation
Hidden talents/hobbies: Sports, especially volleyball
Favorite quote: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” -M Curie
email: alauinge@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

 
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Sarida Pratuangtham, Sophomore

International School Bangkok, Thailand

Research focus: Detecting and quantifying signaling metabolites in mammalian cells
Hidden talents/hobbies: Rock climbing, drawing, a capella, tabletop games
Favorite quote: "Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience." -MZ Danielewski
email: spratuan@caltech.edu

 
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Amrita Rhoads, Junior

McClintock High School, ArizonA

Research focus: Determining how metabolic networks coordinate Hh signaling pathways
Hidden talents/hobbies: Board games, cooking, fancy tea collection
Favorite quote: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." -Chinese Proverb
email: arhoads@caltech.edu

 
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Shih Wei (Daniel) Peng, Freshman

Arcadia High School, California

Research focus: Structural and functional studies of the Sonic Hedgehog protein
Hidden talents/hobbies: Cooking, viola, gaming
Favorite quote: "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." -C Sagan
email: sppeng@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