Recent Lab Alumni


Mark Lies
liesmark[at]yahoo.com

Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry, UIUC
Projects
crotonase superfamily
Professional experience
2003 - 2008 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Michael Maurizi, NIH
2009 - present - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. David Bates, Baylor College of Medicine


Dawn M. Schmidt
dmzschmidt[at]yahoo.com

Education
B.A. Chemistry 1998, Rutgers University
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2003, UIUC
Projects
OSBS, AEE
Professional experience
2003 - 2004 - Postdoctoral Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline
2004 - 2008 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Dewey McCafferty, Duke University


Erika A. Taylor
eataylor[at]wesleyan.edu

Education
B.S. Honors Chemistry 1998, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2004, UIUC
Projects
OSBS, NAAAR
Professional experience
2004 - 2007 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Vern Schramm, AECOM
2007 - present - Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Wesleyan University


Brian J. Wong
Brian.Wong[at]codexis.com

Education
B.A. Chemistry/Biology 1999, Northwestern University
Ph.D. Chemistry 2004, UIUC
Projects
crotonase superfamily
Professional experience
2004 - 2008 - Senior Process Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, IL
2008 - 2012 - Staff Scientist, Codexis Laboratories, Singapore
2012 - present - Technology Transfer Manager, National University of Singapore

Wen Shan Yew
bchyws[at]nus.edu.sg

Education
B.S. Biochemistry, National University of Singapore
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2004, UIUC
Projects
KDPGC, acid-sugar dehydratases
Professional experience
2004 - 2007 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Gerlt, UIUC
2007 - present - Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Natl. Univ. of Singapore


Jacob E. Vick
vick[at]umn.edu

Education
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Iowa
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2008, UIUC
Projects
OSBS
Professional experience
2008 - present - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, UMN



Heidi J. Imker
heidi_imker[at]hms.harvard.edu

Education
B.S. Biochemistry, Winona State University
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2008, UIUC
Projects
RLP, dipeptide epimerases
Professional experience
2008 - 2010 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Christopher Walsh, Harvard
2010 - 2013 - Executive Director of the Enzyme Function Initiative, UIUC 2013 - present - Director, Research Data Service, UIUC



Kui Chan
kuichan5[at]gmail.com

Education
B.S. Organic Chemistry 2000, University of Wisconsin
M.S. Biochemistry 2002, UCSD
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2009, UIUC
Projects
OMPDC, ALSE, RPE
Professional experience
2009 - 2011 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. David Baker, U of Washington
2011 - present - Research Scientist, Codexis, San Francisco, CA


John F. Rakus
rakus[at]marshall.edu

Education
B.S. Biochemistry 2004, University of Richmond
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2009, UIUC
Projects
acid-sugar dehydratases
Professional experience
2009 - 2012 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Lara K. Mahal, NYU
2012 - 2013 - Visiting Instructor of Biochemistry, Fort Lewis College 2013 - present - Assistant Professor, Marshall University



Tiit Lukk
tlukk2[at]illinois.edu or tl568[at]cornell.edu

Education
B.S. Biotechnology 2003, University of Tartu
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2009, UIUC
Projects
acid-sugar dehydratases, dipeptide epimerases
Professional experience
2009 - 2012 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Satish K. Nair, UIUC
2013 - present - Research Associate, Cornell University




Vanessa Iiams
iiams1[at]illinois.edu

Education
B.S. Chemistry 2008, St. Olaf College
M.S. Chemistry 2010, UIUC
Projects
OMPDC
Professional experience
2010 - present - Research Scientist, Biothera



McKay Wood
mckay_wood[at]hms.harvard.edu
Joined in 2005, Biochemistry

Education
B.S. Biochemistry 2005, University of Texas, Austin
Ph.D. Biochemistry, UIUC
Projects
OMPDC
Professional experience
2010 - 2013 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Cronan and Dr. John Sweedler, UIUC
2013 - present - Research Fellow, Suzanne Walker Laboratory, Harvard Medical School



Tobias J. Erb
wyatt.erb[at]gmx.de or toerb[at]ethz.ch or toerb[at]mpi-marburg.mpg.de

Education
Ph.D. Microbiology 2009, University of Freiburg
Projects
RLP
Professional experience
2009 - 2011 - DFG-funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Gerlt, UIUC
2011 - 2014 - Jr. Group Leader, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
since 2014 - Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Microbiology, Germany



Sudipta Majumdar
s.majumdar[at]iup.edu

Education
B.S. Chemistry 2000, University of Calcutta
Ph.D. Chemistry 2008, Wesleyan University
Projects
RLP, biofuels
Professional experience
2012 - 2014 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, NY
2014 - present - Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania



Benjamin Warlick
warlick2[at]illinois.edu
Joined in 2007, Biochemistry

Education
B.S. Biochemistry 2006, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
B.A. Philosophy 2006, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Ph.D. Biochemistry 2013, UIUC
Projects
RLP
Professional experience
2013 - present - Sigma Aldrich, St. Louis



Ayano Sakai
sakai1[at]illinois.edu
Joined in 2003

Education
B.A. Mathematics 2000, University of Dallas, Irving
B.S. Biochemistry 2000, University of Dallas, Irving
Ph.D. Biophysics 2009, UIUC
Projects
OSBS, NSAR
Professional Experience
2011 - 2014 - Research Specialist, J. Gerlt Lab, UIUC
2014 - present - R&D Manager, Amano Enzyme USA Co. Ltd.


Fiona Groninger-Poe
millsgr1[at]illinois.edu
Joined in 2008, Biochemistry

Education
B.S. Chemistry 2008, Manchester College
Projects
acid-sugar dehydratases
Professional Experience
2014 - present - Adjunct Professor, Calumet College of St. Joseph



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