I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and have a joint appointment in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry in the School of Medicine. The Kavran Lab was launched in the summer of 2015. My career in science did not start there. I did my post-doc in the Lab of Dan Leahy where I investigated the activation mechanism of the Type-1 Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor (IGF1R), For my graduate work, I studied with Tom Steitz at Yale University where I performed structural studies on pyrrolysine-tRNA synthetase and the 50S large ribosomal subunit. Before all of that, my first research project was as an undergraduate in the lab of Mark Lemmon at the University of Pennsylvania where I studied the binding specificities of pleckstrin homology (PH) domains. PH domains are small domains found in a variety of signaling proteins, so it would be fair to say that my interest in signaling pathways started there.
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I am so excited to be the Kavran Lab’s first PhD student. I come from the BCMB Graduate Program across the street at the School of Medicine. Before starting at Johns Hopkins I graduated from Hamilton College, where I studied the structure and behavior of antimicrobial peptide Piscidin-3 in Myriam Cotten’s lab. I also spent a summer working with Dirk Zajonc at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.
I am thrilled to be joining Dr. Kavran's lab as the lab technician. In addition, I look forward to starting the MHS program this fall at JHSPH. In the spring of 2014 I graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Biology. Before joining the Kavran lab, I spent time in the Albuquerque lab at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Camargo lab at Boston Children's Hospital. My most recent work in the Camargo lab focused on the role of Hippo and Yap in liver development and diseases.
I’m a PhD student in the CBI program which is based on the Homewood campus in the Chemistry department. I’m originally from Michigan where I attended Alma College. There I worked with Dr. Beckman on neuraminidase and the morphological changes it causes when expressed in human bronchial epithelial cells. I also spent a summer working on characterizing the protein MNRR1 with Dr. Grossman’s group at Wayne State University. I’m so happy to have joined the Kavran lab.