Alumni Spotlight

 

 

Mayank Aggarwal

Mayank Aggarwal is a 2013 UF Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate of Dr. Rob McKenna’s lab where his primary research focused on the structure-based drug design towards carbonic anhydrase inhibition. Dr. Aggarwal is currently employed as a product manager and application scientist at Formulatrix, Inc. in Bedford, Massachusetts. Here at Formulatrix, Mayank manages two separate teams, each developing two different software systems, Rock Maker and Rock Imager, which are used in research labs that utilize their company’s protein crystallization automation solutions.

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Farzaneh TondnevisFarzaneh Tondnevis

Dr. Farzaneh Tondnevis is a 2015 UF Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate of Dr. Linda Bloom and Dr. Rob McKenna’s labs where her primary research focused on the structural, biochemical and biophysical analysis of replication proteins. She is currently employed as an automation scientist at Advanced Cell Diagnostics-Biotechne and is working on the development of RNAscope ISH assays as well as other novel assays based on RNAscope technology on various automated platforms traditionally designed for running IHC for a fully online, walk-away assay.

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Barrie BodeBarrie P. Bode

Dr. Barrie P. Bode, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University, graduated in 1991 from Dr. Mike Kilberg’s lab where his research focused on the mechanism by which amino acids rapidly activate the major glutamine transport system in the liver.

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Michelle Gumz HeadshotMichelle Gumz

Dr. Michelle Gumz (Cain Lab, BMB, PhD 2004) is currently a tenure track Assistant Professor of Medicine at UF, in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation. Dr. Gumz has a joint appointment in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department! Through the BMB concentration, she has trained two PhD students, Dr. Jacob Richards (2014) and Dr. Kristen Solocinski (2017).

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BalaV-featureBala Venkatakrishnan

A graduate from Drs. Mavis and Robert McKenna’s lab in 2012, Bala now works at Syngene International Limited, a contract research organization in Bangalore, India as a principal investigator focusing on protein purification, characterization and structure determination

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Marc MalandroMarc Malandro

Dr. Marc Malandro, a 1995 UF Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate of Dr. Michael Kilberg’s lab, is now the Vice President of Operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative.

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