Lab Members

Postdoctoral and Visiting Researchers

Satya LagishettySatyanarayana (Satya) Lagishetty is a structural biologist who received his PhD from Pune University (India) and received additional training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Univ. Florida, and Clemson University. Satya’s research focuses on determining crystal structures of proteins that use the nickel-pincer nucleotide cofactor or participate in its biosynthesis.

Graduate Students

Joel RankinJoel Rankin graduated from Washington University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. His undergraduate research project involved studying the pathway used to covalently attach heme to cytochrome c in plant mitochondria and many bacteria. Joel’s current project focuses on the mechanism of lactate racemase and the pathway for biosynthesis of its Ni-pincer cofactor.

CaitlynCaitlyn (VanGelderen) Herr graduated from Kalamazoo College majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Her current project focuses on CsiD, an Fe(II)/2-oxoglutarate dioxygenase that hydroxylates glutaric acid. She also works with an Fe(II)/2-oxoglutarate-dependent ethylene-forming enzyme.

Undergraduate Students

Stephanie Iorga works with Joel on lactate racemase studies.

Ricardo Aquina is a Biochemistry major working with Caitlyn on CsiD.