BBSB Current Students

Jeannette Bowler

Mentor: David Eisenberg

Research project:

Jeannette is studying the structure of amyloid proteins using x-ray crystallography and other biophysical methods. She is currently focusing on alpha-synuclein and its interaction with cell membranes.

Jose Castellon

Mentor: Keriann Backus

Anthony Chau

Mentor: Kathrin Plath

Research project:

Mechanism of Xist induced X chromosome inactivation during differentiation of female mouse embryonic stem cells.

Weixian Deng

Mentor: Kathrin Plath and James Wohlschlegel

Research interest:

Proteomics in cell Reprogramming

Declan Evans

Mentor: Ken Houk

Xiaorui Fan

Mentor: James Wohlschlegel

Devin Gladys

Mentor: Tracy Johnson

Lisa Golden

Mentor: Rhonda Voskuhl
Research project:

Lisa researches sex differences in Multiple Sclerosis by studying sex chromosome effects on the immune system and central nervous system.


The importance of studying sex differences in disease: The example of multiple sclerosis. Golden LC, Voskuhl R. J Neurosci Res. 2017 Jan 2;95(1-2):633-643. doi: 10.1002/jnr.23955. Review.

Mimi Ho (Chi-Min)

Mentor: Pascal Egea and Hong Zhou
Research project:

Mimi studies the structure and function of membrane protein complexes using biochemistry and cryo-EM.

Xuchen Hu

Mentor: Stephen Young
Research project:

Xuchen is understanding the role of GPIHBP1 in triglyceride metabolism and investigating the mechanism of cholesterol transport in macrophages.


GPIHBP1 autoantibodies in a patient with unexplained chylomicronemia. Hu X, Dallinga-Thie GM, Hovingh GK, Chang SY, Sandoval NP, Dang TLP, Fukamachi I, Miyashita K, Nakajima K, Murakami M, Fong LG, Ploug M, Young SG, Beigneux AP. J Clin Lipidol. 2017 Jun 13. pii: S1933-2874(17)30344-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2017.05.017. [Epub ahead of print]

Autoantibodies against GPIHBP1 as a Cause of Hypertriglyceridemia. Beigneux AP, Miyashita K, Ploug M, Blom DJ, Ai M, Linton MF, Khovidhunkit W, Dufour R, Garg A, McMahon MA, Pullinger CR, Sandoval NP, Hu X, Allan CM, Larsson M, Machida T, Murakami M, Reue K, Tontonoz P, Goldberg IJ, Moulin P, Charrière S, Fong LG, Nakajima K, Young SG. N Engl J Med. 2017 Apr 27;376(17):1647-1658. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1611930. Epub 2017 Apr 5.

High-resolution imaging and quantification of plasma membrane cholesterol by NanoSIMS. He C, Hu X, Jung RS, Weston TA, Sandoval NP, Tontonoz P, Kilburn MR, Fong LG, Young SG, Jiang H. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Feb 21;114(8):2000-2005. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1621432114. Epub 2017 Feb 6.

Monoclonal antibodies that bind to the Ly6 domain of GPIHBP1 abolish the binding of LPL. Hu X, Sleeman MW, Miyashita K, Linton MF, Allan CM, He C, Larsson M, Tu Y, Sandoval NP, Jung RS, Mapar A, Machida T, Murakami M, Nakajima K, Ploug M, Fong LG, Young SG, Beigneux AP. J Lipid Res. 2017 Jan;58(1):208-215. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M072462. Epub 2016 Nov 15.

An LPL-specific monoclonal antibody, 88B8, that abolishes the binding of LPL to GPIHBP1. Allan CM, Larsson M, Hu X, He C, Jung RS, Mapar A, Voss C, Miyashita K, Machida T, Murakami M, Nakajima K, Bensadoun A, Ploug M, Fong LG, Young SG, Beigneux AP. J Lipid Res. 2016 Oct;57(10):1889-1898. Epub 2016 Aug 5.

Eric Jones

Mentor: Sri Kosuri

Research project:

Eric is developing a next-generation platform for screening G protein-coupled receptor activity.


Structure-based design of functional amyloid materials. Li D, Jones EM, Sawaya MR, Furukawa H, Luo F, Ivanova M, Sievers SA, Wang W, Yaghi OM, Liu C, Eisenberg DS. J Am Chem Soc. 2014 Dec 31;136(52):18044-51. doi: 10.1021/ja509648u. Epub 2014 Dec 19.

Joshua Laniado

Mentor: Todd Yeates

Research project:

Joshua’s research is focused on designing and characterizing self-assembling protein materials.


The design of symmetric protein nanomaterials comes of age in theory and practice. Yeates TO, Liu Y, Laniado J. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2016 Aug;39:134-143. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2016 Jul 29. Review.

Derek Lee

Mentor: Lili Yang

Calvin Leung

Mentor: Tracy Johnson

Research project:

Calvin is defining molecular functions of the lymphocyte Antigens SLURP 1 and SLURP 2 in Keratinocytes.


Multimerization of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored high density lipoprotein-binding protein 1 (GPIHBP1) and familial chylomicronemia from a serine-to-cysteine substitution in GPIHBP1 Ly6 domain. Plengpanich W, Young SG, Khovidhunkit W, Bensadoun A, Karnman H, Ploug M, Gårdsvoll H, Leung CS, Adeyo O, Larsson M, Muanpetch S, Charoen S, Fong LG, Niramitmahapanya S, Beigneux AP. J Biol Chem. 2014 Jul 11;289(28):19491-9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.558528. Epub 2014 May 20.

Equivalent binding of wild-type lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and S447X-LPL to GPIHBP1, the endothelial cell LPL transporter. Turlo K, Leung CS, Seo JJ, Goulbourne CN, Adeyo O, Gin P, Voss C, Bensadoun A, Fong LG, Young SG, Beigneux AP. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Jul;1841(7):963-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2014.03.011. Epub 2014 Apr 2.

A new monoclonal antibody, 4-1a, that binds to the amino terminus of human lipoprotein lipase. Bensadoun A, Mottler CD, Pelletier C, Wu D, Seo JJ, Leung CS, Adeyo O, Goulbourne CN, Gin P, Fong LG, Young SG, Beigneux AP. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Jul;1841(7):970-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2014.03.008. Epub 2014 Mar 28.

High resolution structure and double electron-electron resonance of the zebrafish voltage-dependent anion channel 2 reveal an oligomeric population. Schredelseker J, Paz A, López CJ, Altenbach C, Leung CS, Drexler MK, Chen JN, Hubbell WL, Abramson J. J Biol Chem. 2014 May 2;289(18):12566-77. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M113.497438. Epub 2014 Mar 13

Yan Li

Mentor: Feng Guo

Han Young Lim

Mentor: Douglas Black

Research project:

Hanyoung researches the complex protein interactions that occur during alternative splicing events involving PTBs.

Andrew Lopez

Mentor: Oliver Fregoso

Research Project:

Andrew is researching the function of HIV Vpr in the context of DNA Damage Response.

Justin Miller

Mentor: Todd Yeates

Kevin Murray

Mentor: David Eisenberg

Research project:

Development of computational models for amyloid protein structure and dynamics

Jessica Ochoa

Mentor: Todd Yeates

Research project:

Jessica researches the design and synthesis of Supramolecular Protein Structures.

Aanand Patel

Mentor: Margot Quinlan

Research project:

Aanand is researching mechanisms of formin-mediated actin assembly. His work is focused on the formin FHOD, which plays important roles in cell motility and sarcomere organization.


Drosophila and human FHOD family formin proteins nucleate actin filaments. Patel AA, Oztug Durer ZA, van Loon AP, Bremer KV, Quinlan ME. Drosophila and human FHOD family formin proteins nucleate actin filaments. J Biol Chem. 2017 Nov 10.

Lauren Thurlow

Mentor: Tracy Johnson

Research Project:

Lauren Thurlow studies the mechanisms behind the dramatic changes in gene expression and RNA processing that occur during stress responses in yeast.

Jerrell Tisnado

Mentor: William Gelbart
Research project:

Jerrell researches how to enhance MRI image contrast with ferritin genes in RNA replicon form.

Meaghan Valliere

Mentor: James Bowie

Research project:

Meaghan is working on developing a method for the biosynthetic production of paclitaxel