Lab members

lab phone: 212-650- 6807 or 6079

Current Lab Members

Positions open

Grad students
Muhamed Amin (Physics): Studying the Oxygen Evolving Complex of PSII

Arpita Banerjee (Biochemistry)

Cat Chenal (Biochemistry)

Jianxun Lu (Physics)

Zhuyu Zhu (Physics)

Edison Castro


Emil Alexov. Developing MCCE and applications to photosynthetic RCs.
He's now a Professor of Physics at Clemson University.

Junjun Mao : Developing MCCE and applying it to cytochrome electrochemistry.
He's now a research scientist and system administrator at the Levich Institute at CCNY.

Karin Hauser: Calculating the heme electrochemistry in cytochromes (c, f, b562, b5 etc) and cytochrome c oxidase. She is moving from a Junior Professorship in Frankfort to a permanent position in Aachen (in the mid-west of Germany, ~ 60 km from Cologne.

Roxana Georgesc: The second major MCCE benchmark paper was her work.
She's now an Associate Research Scientist at Rockefeller University.

Grad students

Yfong Song (Physics): Developing MCCE and applying it to bacteriorhodopsin proton pumping.
He's now with David Baker at the University of Washington.

Jennifer Madeo (Biomedical engineering): Reaction center experiments - does only ubiquinone work as QB?
She finished her MD and is doing a residency and continuing to collaborate on quinone binding projects.

Jaili Li (Physics) Reaction center experiments - Electron transfer from QA to QB.
She's now an associate professor at the University of Arkansas

Samir Lipovaca: Worked on placing protons in MCCE and on the carotinoid Stark shift.
He's now at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Qiang Xu (Physics) Reaction center experiments - Electron transfer at low temperatures.
He's now work in the Minor lab at UCSF.

Jun Zhang (Physics): Analyzing cytochrome c oxidase with MCCE.

Xinyu Zhang (Physics): Reaction center experiments - mapping the energy landscape for electron transfer.
She's now working at Unilever.

Agnes Zhong Zheng (Physics): Developing MCCE to be able to analyze aligned binding. Studying heme electrochemistry..

Zhenyu (James) Zhu (Physics): Developing MCCE and applying it to photosynthetic reactions center quinone electrochemistry.
He is now working in finance.

Becier Tapia
(Biochemistry): Using MCCE to study the bc1 and b6f complexes.

Jinran Kim
(Physics): Using MCCE to survey the pKs of buried charges in the protein databank.
Defended his PhD in biology at Columbia.

Gennady Khirich (Physics): Worked on calculating ligand binding.
He's now a graduate student at Yale

MCCE mom
Yanjun Yang: Kept tabs on MCCE code and executables; ported the code to new platforms.
Working at Morgan Stanley .