People in the Conn Lab
Graeme Conn, PhD
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.
Debayan Dey, PhD
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.
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
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.
Graduate Student, BCDB Program
Natalia 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
|Brenda Calderon||2012-2017||Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology, Emory|
|Kellie Vinal||2012-2016||Freelancer, Science Communication
|Emily Kuiper (BCDB)||2011-2016||Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute|
|Ginny Vachon (MMG)||2009-2015||President, Principal
|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)|
||2001-2005||High school science teacher (Wollaston, UK)|
|Marta Witek||2013-2015||Research Scientist, Eli Lilly|
|Sunita Subramanian||2011-2015||Postdoctoral 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)|
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
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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