Members

We are recruiting incoming Caltech graduate students and current undergraduates

Highly motivated prospective students 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, Graduate Student (Chem G1)

BS Washington University in St. Louis (Prof Kevin 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, Sophomore

Brandon High School

Research focus: To understand how addition of cholesterol to Hedgehog proteins shapes their morphogen gradient
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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Amanda Li, Freshman

Westford Academy

Research focus: Synthesis of oxysterol probes to identify protein interactors in the Hh signaling pathway
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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Christie Huang, Freshman

Westridge High School

Research focus: Investigating the function and biochemical roles of oxysterols in Hh signaling
Hidden talents/hobbies: Basketball, lacrosse, hiking, knitting
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: huangchristie@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