Members

We are currently recruiting graduate students and postdocs

Graduate students and postdocs 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 UNIVERISTY 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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Michelle Fuhrman, G1 Chemistry

BS University of Nevada, Reno (Prof L Geary)

Research focus: Synthesis of oxysterol photoaffinity probes to investigate Hh signaling
Hidden talents/hobbies: Paddle boarding, hiking, playing with my dogs, singing
Favorite quote: "Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society." -S Sotomayor
email: mfuhrman@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