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Lyumkis Lab
Lyumkis Lab

Lyumkis Lab - Personnel

Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD

Dmitry Lyumkis, After obtaining his undegraduate degree in Chemistry / Biochemistry from UCSD, Dmitry Lyumkis obtained his PhD in Biophysics from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, working under the supervision of Bridget Carragher and Clinton S. Potter. His interests lie in utilizing electron microscopy to gain insight into macromolecular assemblies, while at the same time pushing the technological limits of the single-particle methodology. He is currently a Helmsley-Salk Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Dario Oliveira dos Passos, PhD

Dario Oliveira dos Passos, Dario Oliveira dos Passos received his undergraduate degree (Biology) and PhD (Functional and Molecular Biology) from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), SP-Brazil. By incorporating biochemical and functional analyses into conventional strategies for single-particle structure determination, Dario is interested in hybrid approaches to structural biology, with the intent of deciphering the broad context of macromolecular complexity and the effects that minor perturbations may have on the system as a whole. Ultimately, Dario wants to harness the information gained from experimental results in order to better understand the role that macromolecular assemblies play in human diseases such as cancer and HIV.

Youngmin Jeon

Youngmin Youngmin received his M.S. in molecular biology from Konkuk university, Seoul, Korea. Prior to joining the lab, he worked in a bioengineering laboratory, where he was involved in parallel efforts to engineer and utilize microorganisms for the purpose of waste-water reduction and heavy metal sensing. He joined the lab in 2015 with an interest in cryoEM techniques.

Cheng Zhang

Cheng Cheng received his PhD from the National Institute for Biological Sciences, Beijing. While there, his work focused on investigating ribosome biogenesis factors using structural and biochemical approaches. He joined the Lyumkis lab in June 2016 and is interested in establishing strategies for characterizing small proteins with cryoEM. Outside the lab, Cheng enjoys playing soccer and biking with friends.

Jessica Bruhn

Jessica Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She then completed her PhD work in Structural Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA where she studied the replication complexes of several highly pathogenic viruses. Jessica joined the Lyumkis lab in July of 2016 and is interested in utilizing the powers of electron microscopy to look at large macromolecular assemblies. She hopes to use this technique to better understand biological processes important for cancer and HIV. Outside of lab, Jessica enjoys backpacking and rock climbing.

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