Monthly Archives: July 2015

Party at Rong’s new house

Josh McNamara – PhD student 

  • 2014-2016: Research Associate – Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research, Center for Proteomic Chemistry, Structural Biophysics Group, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2012-2014: Lab Specialist – University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • 2012: BS Chemistry – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA


  • Mechanisms and consequences of cellular aging

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Hobbies: kayaking

Andrei Kucharavy – PhD student


  • 2013 – MS Life Science- Bioinformatics, Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2011 – Engineer, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France


  • Mechanisms of aneuploidy – related stress resistance in budding yeast and human tumor cells

Hometown: Strasbourg, France
Hobbies: Swimming, Sailing, Coding

Akshay Narkar – PhD Student


  • 2013 – MS Medical Biology, LIU-POST, NY.
  • 2010 – B.Pharm  V.M.H.P.S. College of Pharmacy, Mumbai, India.


  • Understanding signaling in response to Aneuploidy in mammalian cells.
  • ER dependent retention of damaged proteins in asymmetrically dividing yeast cells.

Hometown: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Hobbies: Table Tennis, Travel & Movies!


Wahid Mulla – PhD Student

  • 2010 – BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, Government College of Pharmacy, Karad, Maharashtra, India


  •  Aneuploidy influence on the state of epigenetic markers in yeast

Hometown: Karad, Maharashtra, India
Family: Mom, Dad, elder brother and sister
Hobbies: Cooking, Cricket, Cycling, Trekking, Soccer

Linhao Ruan – PhD Student

  • 2014 – MS Bioengineering-Neuroscience, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 2011 – BS Biotechnology; BM Business Administration, Huazhong University of Science & Technology


  • Proteostasis: How organelles facilitate the asymmetric retention of proteome damage during asymmetric cell division

Hometown: Mudanjiang, China
Hobbies: Soccer (MU is my team!), basketball