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Bo Liang, PhD

Bo Liang, PhD

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine. I am also the Co-Scientific Adviser of the Robert P. Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core (IEMC) at Emory University. I am broadly interested in the structural basis and physiological function of biologically important complexes in space and time. My research interests focus on integrated approaches of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), x-ray crystallography and fluorescence light microscopy to uncover the molecular mechanisms of human disease associated macromolecular machineries. I am also interested in sampling and deciphering the structural and dynamic aspects of molecules that are critical for their biological function in real time at single molecule level. I have the motivation, expertise, leadership, and training essential to successfully lead the research programs in the Liang laboratory at Emory.

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Dongdong Cao, PhD

Dongdong Cao received a B.A. in Biotechnology in 2011 and a Ph.D.in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2017 from University of Science and Technology of China. During his time at USTC, he mainly focused on exploring the structure and function of enzymes and immune related proteins by X-ray crystallography.

In June 2017, Dongdong joined Liang laboratory as a research scholar, where his research continued to focus on the structure and function of the RNA synthesis machinery of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) using X-ray crystallography and Cryo-EM.

Yunrong Gao, PhD

Yunrong received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Huazhong Agricultural University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Bi lijun and Prof. Zhang xian’en at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academic of Sciences. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the new mechanism of PAS (Para-Aminosalicylic Acid) resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and structural analysis of the regulatory mechanism of MarR family proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Yunrong joined in the Liang’s group in June of 2017, in his current project, he will apply cyo-EM or X-ray crystallography to study the function of some important proteins in HRSV.

Lauren Cook

My name is Lauren Cook and I am currently working as a Lab Assistant. I received my B.S. in Biology and B.A in International Affairs from the University of Georgia. I conducted some of my undergraduate research at the USDA working in the Toxicology and Mycotoxin Research department. Using gene construct deletion through OSCAR (One Step Construction of Agrobacterium-Recombination-Ready-Plasmids) on the corn rotting fungus, Fusarium verticillioides, I worked to better understand the function of assigned proteins in relation to the phytopathogen’s poisonous secondary metabolite production and overall virulence.

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Nohemi Trevino-Garrido

Nohemi Trevino Garrido is a Research Specialist at Liang Group. She studied chemistry and physics at Emory University and held positions of leadership with a versatile group of University organizations, Emory Climate Organization, Centro Latino, Minority Pre-Medical Society, Baptist Collegiate Ministry. As an undergraduate she worked to understand the signal transduction pathways associated with leukemia and lymphoma aberrant immune response—namely, IL-2Rβ, JAK1/JAK3, STAT5 phosphorylation sites and effectors and dysregulation of these mechanisms.

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Sarah Franklin

Sarah Franklin is from Rome, GA and is currently a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Biological Engineering. She graduated Cum Laude with her Associate of Science and Technology degree from Armstrong State University in 2018. She has a passion for working with young children, which is evident through her past internship at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church as the Children and Youth Intern.

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Masthan Shaik

My name is Masthan Shaik. I describe myself as a curious, fun loving, and adventurous person. These traits have come to me along with all my experiences in my life. I was born in India but spent most of my time growing up in various parts of the United States and Canada. I eventually settled down in the Northern Suburbs of Atlanta in my junior year and graduated from South Forsyth High School. Currently, I am a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia. My major is biochemistry. My service has always been geared towards improving my local community.

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Jasmine Berry

My name is Jasmine Berry. I’m from Decatur, Georgia. I recently graduated from Agnes Scott College with a B.S. in Neuroscience. During my time at Agnes Scott College, I was a writer and secretary for the Profile, which is a campus newspaper, for 2 years. I was also a part of H.E.R.O (Health Education Resource Organization), served as a student government representative for the Commuter Student Organization, served as a Commuter Student Senator, budgeting committee member, and global learning liaison for the Student Government Association, served as a secretary for the American Chemical Society and American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ACS-ASBMB), and was a biology tutor for the Biology department.

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Richie Guaman

My name is Richie Guaman and I’m from Lilburn Georgia. I went to Brookwood High school in Snellville, Georgia. I am currently a rising senior studying biomedical engineering at the University of Georgia with a minor in Spanish.Throughout high school I was part of national science honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, and President of national Spanish honor society. I volunteered at Emory University hospital during the summer. In my free time, I volunteer at the Foodbank of Northeast Georgia, tutor, and attend regular meetings for ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers).  

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Billy Ma

My name is Billy and I am from Changchun, a city in northeastern China. After completing my middle school education in Changchun, I moved to San Diego in California. I am currently a rising senior at Cathedral Catholic High School. During my junior year of high school, I started to volunteer as a tutor at a local elementary school in my local community. For 6 months, I devoted multiple hours each week to provide academic assistance to these kids. 

 

 

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Ryan Youngs

My name is Ryan Youngs, I am from Kennesaw, Georgia. I graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in 2016 and currently am a rising Senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Biology. I played lacrosse in High School all four years and also participated in a debate club. In High School I took three mission trips to the Dominican Republic with Johnson Ferry Church. The span of these missions were large but included, construction, plumbing, evangelism, and providing food and other essentials to those who truly need it the most.

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Matthew Kurien

Hi, my name is Matthew Kurien. I was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was raised in Beach Park, Illinois, and have lived in Lilburn, Georgia for the past 5 years. I graduated from Brookwood High School of Snellville, GA in 2018. I am a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia, currently majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Over the past 5 years, I have accrued over 500 community service hours through various clubs and activities. In high school, I was a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and Spanish Club. I have also volunteered at the Atlanta VA Hospital over the summer of 2017. 

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Fetsum Tadesse

My name is Fetsum Tadesse and I’m an Ethiopian-American from Stone Mountain, GA. I attended The Paideia School for high school in Atlanta, but I’m currently at Boston University. I’m a sophomore and majoring in Biomedical Engineering. In high school, I participated in many clubs, but among my favorite was Science Olympiad. I served as captain for two years and this past year I served as a freshman representative for the Eritrean Ethiopian Student Association at BU and recently became fundraising chair of Campus Curlz, which is a club that brings celebrates all hair types.

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Callie Dahlke-Baumann

Callie Dahlke-Baumann is from the Atlanta-metro area and is currently a rising junior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology which ranks sixth in the nation out of all public high schools (according to U.S. News and World Reports,  https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings). She was awarded the Academic Letter Award for her unweighted 4.0 GPA and is an active member of the National Honor Society. She has also been nominated for the Governor’s Honor Program in Science, Math, and History and has been awarded the Academic Excellence award in both Engineering and Literature 

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Aayush Patel

Hello, my name is Aayush Patel. I am a rising junior from The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Lawrenceville. I have lived in Georgia for about 11 years and am originally from Austin, Texas. I am hoping to pursue a medical pathway in college and maybe double majoring in biology and neurology. I have been a member of my school’s Volunteer Income Tax Association for 2 years, where we file tax returns for free, and I have been voted as the Chief Learning Officer. I was also a participant in the Gwinnett County Science Fair, winning a first-place ribbon in school for my experiment on Next Generation Sequencing.

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Shuohan Zhang

Shuohan Zhang is from Shanghai, China, where she graduated from Shanghai Datong High School. She is a rising senior in Syracuse University. Her majors are Applied Math and Economics. This is first time for her to join in a science lab, and she is glad to be a part of Liang lab. She always believes that “the only way to get knowledge is experience.” Her favorite thing in the lab is to watch and learn from Nohemi. She was a summer finance Intern in China Taiping Assets Management company. 

 

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Erica Lee

Hello, I am Erica Lee. I am a rising junior from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology a summer intern at the Liang Lab. I took a Chemistry course freshman year and an AP Biology course sophomore yearreally enjoy Chemistry, which is why I am planning to take an AP Chemistry course this year.I have done a lot of lab work through my Chemistry, combined Physics/Engineering, and AP Biology courses and have experiences writing/following lab procedures, setting up and cleaning the lab, using lab tools, etc. 

 

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Amaal Abdi

Hello! My name is Amaal Abdi, and I am currently a high school student at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near where I grew up in Suwanee, Georgia. Through my passions and studies in school, I intend to major in Biology to later attend graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. As a high school student, I received the academic excellence award in Physics awarded to two students from each freshman class as well as the MIST Atlanta Science Fair award sophomore year.

 

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Bowen You

Bowen You is a rising senior from Chengdu NO.7 High. In 11th gradeBowen was elected as the President of SGA. He demonstrated impressive capability to balance his extra-curricular activities and studies. For example, he oversaw the Students’ Festival of our school for 26 classes with around 1,000 students. In order to make sure the organizing details of the Students’ Festival, he led a team of 50 members preparing for over one month. Bowen excels his peer students in academic performance, and he is remarkable at independently learning and critically thinking.

 

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