C. Ajo-Franklin Lab


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Caroline Ajo-Franklin







As you will see from the descriptions below, we are a motley crew with backgrounds in Biochemistry,Biophysics, Chemistry, and Systems Biology. This makes for great collaborative science! As a research group in a user facility at a national lab and near a major university, we

Dr. Caroline Ajo-Franklin
cajo-franklin  at  lbl  dot  gov
Interfacing Living and Non-Living systems Using Synthetic Biology
2007-present, Staff Scientist, Physical Bioscience and Materials Science Divisions, LBNL & 2010-present, Synthetic Biology Institute
Favorite Postulate: Ockham’s Razor. It’s simple and to the point.

Dr. Jenny Cappuccio
jacappuccio  at  lbl  dot  gov
Microbial Formation of Carbonates for Carbon Sequestration
2009-present, Project Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, LBNL
Ph.D. Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2004
Favorite Scientists: Rachel Carson and Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Rita Garcia
rlgarcia  at  lbl  dot  gov
NanoBio Lab Manager Extraordinare
Favorite Scientist: Archimedes of Syracuse (although Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, and Enrico Fermi are all close seconds)

Cheryl Goldbeck
cpgoldbeck  at  lbl  dot  gov
Electronic Connections to Cells
2009-present, Senior Engineering Associate, Materials Sciences Division, LBNL
Favorite Scientist: Edward Jenner (1749–1823), the “Father of Immunology.” Recognizing that dairymaids infected with cowpox were immune to small-pox, Jenner deliberately infected an eight year old boy with cowpox and then exposed the boy to smallpox–which the boy failed to contract. After repeating the experiment on other children, including his own son, Jenner concluded that vaccination provided immunity to smallpox.

Dr. Behzad Rad
brad at  lbl  dot  gov
S-layer Assembly Dynamics
2009-present, Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Science Division, LBNL
Ph.D. Biophysics, University of California, Davis, 2009
Favorite Scientist: Robert Koch

Matt Hepler
mhepler89  at  gmail dot com
Electronic Connections to Cells
2011-present, Ph. D. student in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, co-advised with Prof. Jay Groves
B.S. Chemistry, University of Maryland, 2011

Heather Jensen
heathmarie05 at  gmail dot com
Electrical Connections to Cells
2008-present, Ph. D. student in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley,  jointly advised with Prof. Jay Groves
B.S. Biochemistry, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2007
Favorite scientist: Bunsen, with the following haiku in his honor
The Bunsen burner:
Legacy of man with eye
Lost in explosion

Nicole Beedle
NBeedle at berkeley dot edu
Electrical Connections to Cells
2012-present, Undergraduate researcher, anticipated B. A. Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2014

Found these guys when doing a -20C clean out. Seemed willing to work in the lab, but kinda melted away.

Adopted Scientists/Users/ & Groupies

Ramya Tunuguntla
Assembling Photosensitive Bio-nanoelectronic FET Devices
2009-present, Ph.D student in Materials Science, UC Davis, advised by Prof. Peter Stroeve (UC-Davis) and Prof. Aleksandr Noy (UC-Merced)


Dr. Aaron Albers
E. O. Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow 2009-2011, jointly supervised with Brett Helms & Bruce Cohen, Currently Chemist at Redwood Biosciences
aalbers at redwoodbioscience dot com

Dr. Nina Kamennaya
Postdoctoral fellow 2010-2012, jointly supervised with Christer Jannson & Trent Northen. Currently Postdoctoral fellow with Hoi-Ying Holman, LBL
nkamennaya at lbl dot gov

Albert Shon
Undergraduate researcher 2011-2012, anticipated 2013 B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley
albert.shon at gmail dot com

Mark Kokish
Undergraduate researcher 2010-11, anticipated B.S. Chemistry, UC Berkeley
markkokish at gmail dot com

Eldon Chou
Undergraduate researcher 2011; 2011 B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC BerkeleyCurrently a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry at University of Colorado, Boulder in Amy Palmer’s group
Eldon.Chou at Colorado dot EDU

Ayumi Yu
Undergraduate researcher 2007-2010; B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley. Currently a Software engineer at Expensify
ayu.yua at gmail dot com

Changrui Xiao
Undergraduate researcher 2007-2010, B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley.  Currently a M.D. student at Duke University Medical School
changrui.xiao at duke dot edu

Summer Interns

Yancey Appling
Undergraduate summer intern 2012; anticipated 2013 Microbiology, Clemson University
yanceya at g dot clemson dot edu

Gillian Liu
Undergraduate summer intern 2011; anticipated 2013 B. A. Environmental Studies, Middlebury College
glui at middlebury dot edu

Jackie Quinn
Undergraduate summer intern 2011; 2012 B. S. Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University
Currently an intern at Autodesk
jyquinn at gmail dot com

Veronica Pillar
Undergraduate summer intern 2010; 2011 B. S. Physics, Princeton University
Currently a Ph.D. student in Physics at Cornell University in Sol Gruner’s group
vdp5 at cornell dot edu

Konstantin Malley
Undergraduate summer intern 2009; 2009 B.S. Biochemistry, UC Davis
Currently a M.D./Ph.D. student at St. Louis University
kmalley at slu dot edu

Caroline Ajo-Franklin

Jenny Cappuccio

Cheryl Goldbeck

Behzad Rad

Matt Hepler

Heather Jensen

Ramya Tunuguntla

[Last Updated 11/19/12]