Darcy Harris

Darcy is a graduate student in the lab. She works jointly with the Rudra lab and is in the Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology program. Darcy is from Pottstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2020 with a BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. After college, she worked for two years as […]

Anirban Das

Anirban is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab and he works jointly in the Jackrel and Rudra Labs. He is originally from “The City of Joy”: Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and his Master’s Degree in Chemical Science from Central University of Pondicherry. He […]

Ken Soe

Ken is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Ken is a peer tutor through the Chem 111/112 PLTL program, a Crisis Counselor on the 24/7 Crisis Text Line, and a volunteer through the Campus Kitchen. In his free time, he enjoys learning to cook, […]

Anuradhika Puri

Anuradhika is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She joined the lab in 2021 and in 2022 she was awarded the two-year ALS Association’s Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is originally from Himachal Pradesh, India. She graduated with a degree in Biotechnology from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She then completed her PhD at the Institute of Microbial […]

Jeremy Ryan

Jeremy is a graduate student in the lab. He graduated from Drury University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry. He is originally from Camdenton, Missouri. When he is not in the lab he enjoys running, biking, and spending time outdoors. In 2019, Jeremy was named a Center for Science & Engineering […]

Allan Wang

Allan is an undergraduate at WashU majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. He is also minoring in bioinformatics and jazz. He grew up in Beijing, China, and went to Pennsylvania for high school. He worked as a PLTL leader for calculus 2. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar/bass, gaming, and running. […]

Kira Jones

Kira is majoring in chemistry with a minor in biology and philosophy. She is also a volunteer at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. She joined the lab through the MARC uSTAR Summer program. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts and playing soccer. In 2023, Kira was named a MARC U-STAR fellow, which will […]

Cynthia Chang

Cynthia is an undergraduate student at WashU majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and minoring in Healthcare Management. She is a peer mentor with the Learning Center, a test writer for WashU’s Chemistry Tournament, and a co-captain of the women’s ultimate team. In her free time, she also enjoys playing piano and baking.

Julius Von Borcke

Julius was an undergraduate student in the lab from 2017-2019. He majored in Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration, and minoring in Biology and Psychology. Originally he is from Frankfurt, Germany, although he has spent some time living near Chicago as well. At Wash U, Julius was a member of the Campus Y, coaching younger children […]

Kayla Holthaus

Kayla was a research technician in the lab from 2018-2019. She graduated as part of WashU’s class of 2018 with majors in biochemistry and psychology. When not in the lab, she enjoys cooking, finding new running trails, and playing with her dogs. Kayla went on to attend medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Publications […]

Rachel Dreher

Rachel was a research associate in the lab from 2019-2020. She is originally from Louisville, Colorado. Rachel graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019 with a B.A. in Biology: Biochemistry and a minor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a member of Gateway to the Great […]

Maurie Balch

Maurie was a postdoc in the lab from 2018-2020.  She is originally from Lavaca, Arkansas.  She graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.  In 2012, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Robert Matts at Oklahoma State University, and studied the heat shock protein Hsp90 and its role […]

Aaron Bao

Aaron was a Washington University undergraduate in the lab from September 2017 until his graduation in December 2020. Aaron majored in Biology with a concentration in microbiology and a minor in Anthropology through the Medicine and Society program. Aaron was a volunteer at BJH, a biology tutor, and a test writer for WashU’s Chemistry Tournament. […]

Cendi Ling

Cendi was an undergraduate student at WashU who majored in chemistry. She is originally from Shenzhen, China. In high school, she and her teammates represented their school to compete in the Rising Star Chemistry Challenge, an experiment-based competition organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She also participated in a Pioneer Research Project and […]

Matthew Howard

Matt was a research technician in the lab from 2019-2021. Prior to that, he worked in the lab from 2017-2019 as an undergraduate at Washington University. He graduated in 2019 with a double major in Biology and Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. Matt is originally from Charlotte, NC. At WashU, he is a Peer […]

Meredith Jackrel

Meredith Jackrel graduated from the College of New Jersey with a BS in Chemistry in 2004. She then attended Yale University where she joined Lynne Regan’s laboratory in the Departments of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Chemistry. There she studied protein – protein interactions. Her work focused on tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) proteins and she designed […]

Lab Alumni

Andy Xu Shamika Bhandarkar Brian Sohn Leo Li Matthew Howard Braxton Bell Cendi Ling Aaron Bao Maurie Balch, Ph.D. Rachel Dreher Jessica Bigley Kayla Holthaus Julius von Borcke

Brian Sohn

Brian is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Brian currently is a student volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital and a PLTL leader for physics. He is involved in multiple clubs, including Science Olympiad, WashU Chemistry Tournament (WUCT), and Korean Standing Drums. Before coming to […]

Kalid Mohammed

Kalid is an undergraduate student at WashU majoring in Biology on the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry track and minoring in Anthropology on the Global Health and Environment track. He joined the lab through the EnTER (Engaging Trainees in Early Research) Program. Kalid is part of Medicine and Society, Lock and Chain, and the matching director […]

Leo Li

Leo is a WashU undergraduate majoring in Biology on the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry track. He is currently a TA for organic chemistry and a volunteer at Mercy Hospital. In his free time he enjoys practicing the violin, going to the gym, and gaming.