Graeme L. Conn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry
O. Wayne Rollins Rsch. Center
1510 Clifton Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

4135 Office
4178 Lab
404.727.5965 (Office tel.)
404.712.0058 (Lab tel.)
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Research Gate

Emily Kuiper thesis defense

People in the Conn Lab

Graeme Conn, PhDGraeme Conn, PhD
Associate Professor

Graeme received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and followed this with postdoctoral research as a Wellcome Trust International Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Graeme was a faculty member at UMIST/ The University of Manchester, UK, from 2000 and joined the Department of Biochemistry at Emory as an Associate Professor in September 2008.

Brenda CalderonBrenda Calderon
Graduate Student, BCDB Program

Brenda received her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2011. She next came to Emory and the BCDB program in the Fall of 2012 and joined the Conn lab in summer 2013. Brenda’s project is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which cellular and viral non-coding RNAs regulate proteins of the innate immune system such as PKR and OAS. Brenda is an Atlanta Chapter ARCS Scholar.

Debayan Dey, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Debayan received his  Bachelors degree in Physics and Masters degree in Biophysics from Calcutta University, India. He received his Ph.D. in Crystallography and Structural biology from Physics Department of Indian Institute of Science in 2016. After a short postdoctoral work at Indian Institute of Science  and Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research, India, he joined the Conn lab in June 2017. His research will focus on structural and functional studies underpinning the antibiotic-resistance conferred by ribosomal RNA methyltransferases.

Zane LaughlinZane Laughlin
Graduate Student, BCDB Program

Originally from Forest, VA, Zane completed his Bachelor’s in Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry at the University of Virginia in 2016. He joined the BCDB graduate program at Emory in the Fall of 2016. Zane’ scientific interests in biochemistry center on protein structure and function. In June 2017, Zane joined the Conn Lab where his research will focus on understanding the structure, function and activities of ribosomal RNA methyltransferase enzymes.

Meisam Nosrati, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Meisam received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry at the Michigan State University in 2015 and joined the Conn lab in early 2017 following brief postdoctoral studies at Michigan and Rice University. His research will focus on structure-function studies of antibiotic-resistance rRNA methyltransferases.

Samantha Schwartz

Samantha Schwartz
Graduate Student, BCDB Program

Samantha received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2012 and after working as a research technician, joined the BCDB program at Emory in Fall 2015. Samantha joined the Conn lab in May 2016 where her thesis research will focus on molecular mechanisms of RNA-mediated regulation of innate immune system proteins. Sam is the current recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship (F31) from NIH/NIAID for this work.

Kellie VinalKellie Vinal
Graduate Student, MMG Program

Kellie received her Bachelors degree in Microbiology, with minors in Genetics and Biotechnology, from North Carolina State University in 2009. After working at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences with a post baccalaureate intramural research training award, Kellie came to Emory and the MMG program and joined the Conn lab in summer 2012. Kellie’s project aims to decipher the molecular determinants of specific target site recognition and modification by the aminoglycoside-resistance A1408 rRNA methyltransferase family. 

Natalia ZelinskayaNatalia Zelinskaya, Ph.D.
Research Specialist, Lead

Natalia received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Moscow State University, Russia. She continued as a research scientist at the Institute of Protein Research, Pushchino, Russia, Natalia and was a Royal Society visiting researcher at the University of Reading, UK, and Royal Society/ NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2008 Natalia became the first Conn lab member at Emory. Her research focuses on antibiotic-resistance rRNA methyltransferases.

Former Lab Members

Graduate Students
Emily Kuiper (BCDB) 2011-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Ginny Vachon (MMG) 2009-2015 President, Principal Medvantage, LLC
Ping Chao* 2006-2011 Postdoc, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Catherine Royle* 2006-2010 Higher Scientific Office, ICR (London, UK)
Miloje Savic* 2006-2009 Senior Advisor on Global Pharmaceutical Policy, Norwegian Inst. Public Health
Ahmed Wahid* 2006-2009 Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Minia University (Egypt)
Mark Dunstan* 2001-2005 Senior Experimental Officer, University of Manchester (UK)
Veronica Conventry* 2001-2005 High school science teacher (Wollaston, UK)
Postdoctoral Fellows
Marta Witek 2013-2015 Research Scientist, Eli Lilly
Sunita Subramanian 2011-2015 Postdocoral Associate, Emory University
Pooja Desai 2010-2012 Research Associate, Therapure Biopharma Inc.
Miloje Savic 2009-2011 Senior Advisor on Global Pharmaceutical Policy, Norwegian Inst. Public Health
Rachel Macmaster* 2006-2010 Scientific Content Manager, Merck (Millipore Sigma)
Mark Dunstan* 2006-2008 Senior Experimental Officer, University of Manchester (UK)
Jeanette Hobbs* 2002-2007 Global Product Manager, Molecular Dimensions  Ltd
*Former lab members at University of Manchester (UK)
Other lab members/visitors (since 2008, at Emory only)
Laís Corrêa 2014-2015 Visiting graduate student
Sam Schwartz  2012-2015 Research Specialist
Amarachi Nnakwe 2014 Summer undergraduate volunteer, Emory
Jennifer Hernandez 2013 Summer undergraduate on SURE program (GA State Univ.)
Priya Patel 2012 Summer undergraduate on SURE program (U. Rochester)
John Wang 2012 Summer undergraduate volunteer (Emory)
Jo Linpinsel 2010-2012 Research Specialist
Emily Rye 2011 Summer undergraduate on SURE program (Kennesaw State)
Angela Park 2010 Summer undergraduate on SURE program (Emory)
Menachem Spira 2010 Summer undergraduate volunteer (Yeshiva University)
Chris Kershaw 2009 Visiting researcher (University of Manchester, UK)

Information for Applicants

Prospective graduate students should apply to the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS). Dr. Conn is a training faculty member of the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) programs within the GDBBS.

Interested postdoctoral fellows should contact Dr. Conn directly by email. Applications should include a summary of research experience and interests, and a C.V. with contact details for at least three potential references. Unfortunately, no postdoctoral positions are currently available on our existing funding. However, candidates with their own funding or interested in applying for fellowships should contact Dr. Conn at any time.

Undergraduate students and those interested in volunteering may also contact Dr. Conn directly by email (please including a current CV) to discuss possibilities.

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