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Members
Principal Investigator
Barry Bruce, PhD
Professor
Associate Director,
Sustainable Energy & Education Research Center
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
bbruce@utk.edu

Curriculum Vitae | Google Scholar | Research Gate
TN-SCORE
Angela Gilley, BS., M.Ed.
Outreach Coordinator
agilley@utk.edu

Angela received her B.S. in Animal Science with a Minor in Biology at UTK, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education at Lincoln Memorial University. She spent a semester doing research in our lab and now working as coordinator for TN-SCORE program.
Lab Technician
Ridge Carter, BS.
Sustainable Energy & Education Research Center
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
joshua.carter@my.maryvillecollege.edu

Ridge received his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Maryville College. Apart from organizing the lab, his research includes preparation and characterization of photosystem I from various organisms including spinach and Thermosynechococcus elongatus with Kudzu coming soon. He also maintains cultures, fermenters, and Barry. Ridge hopes to cultivate excellent lab technique as he decides his future career path.
Graduate Students
Richard Simmerman, MS.
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
rsimmerm@utk.edu

Richard grew up in Knoxville, TN and earned his B.S. in BCMB at the University of Tennessee in 2005. Richard joined the Bruce lab in 2006 and earned an M.S. in BCMB in the summer 2011 while working with Toc75, the core protein of the general import pathway. Areas of interest include Toc75 self association and possible interactions with other protein import machinery. Richard is now working on mutating PSI and a hydrogenase in order to produce hydrogen fuel.

Curriculum Vitae

Khoa Nguyen, BS.
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
knguyen4@utk.edu

With an undergraduate background in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Khoa is now in his third year of graduate school, pursuing a PhD in BCMB. Khoa is currently involved in a project attempting to produce H2 via water photolysis in algae and cyanobacteria. His contributions include cloning and mutagenesis of Photosystem I subunits from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus, transformation of T. elongatus, screening for homologous recombination, and isolation of the mutant Photosystem I complexes which then can be functionally characterized through electrochemical and photochemical assays.

Curriculum Vitae | Research Gate

Meng Li, BS.
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
Energy Science & Engineering
mli19@utk.edu

Meng is from Hunan province in Southern China, which is famous for spicy food. He got his BS in Biological Sciences from China Agricultural University. He joined BCMB in 2010 and Bruce Lab in 2011. Also he is a student in UTK-ORNL ESE graduate program. His current project involves the understanding how and why PSI forms a trimer and characterizing photosystems in cyanobacteria.

Curriculum Vitae

Kristen Holbrook, MS.
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
kholbroo@utk.edu

Kristen earned her B.S. and M.S. in BCMB from the University of Tennessee and joined the Bruce Lab in January 2012. Her research interests focus on how biochemical characteristics translate into cellular and physiological importance. She is especially interested in subcellular protein trafficking and currently works on understanding the mechanics of the TOC translocon machinery, including how the Toc34 and Toc159 GTP hydrolysis cycle contributes to protein import.

Curriculum Vitae

Deepika Nambiar, MS.
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
dnambia1@utk.edu

Received her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Microbiology from University of Mumbai, India. She joined Bruce Lab in Summer 2012. She is currently working on crosslinking phycobiliprotein rods on photosystem I for energy transfer

Visitors
Stephen Wright, PhD.
Professor
Department of Biology, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN
swright@cn.edu

Dibyendu Mukherjee, PhD.
Assistant Professor
Sustainable Energy & Education Research Center
Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
dmukherj@utk.edu

Hybrid Photovoltaic Materials
Michael Vaughn, MS.
Arizona State University
mdvaughn@asu.edu

Rosemary Le, BS.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
rle1@utk.edu

Rosemary's undergraduate work was focused on utilizing microorganisms to remediate the environment. She received a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University with minor in Biotechnology. She joined STAIR program in 2009 and pursuing PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Undergraduate Students
Jordan Bryner
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
jbryner@utk.edu

Jordan is an undergraduate student in CBE and joined Bruce lab in May 2011. He is primarily involved in the expression and purification of the protein cytochrome c553. After graduation he plans to attend medical school.
Amber Bassett
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
abasset4@utk.edu

Amber is a sophomore at UT and is from Knoxville, TN. She joined the Bruce Lab in summer 2012 and is currently working with Kristen focusing on mapping the interaction between Toc34 and transit peptide using Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET). Amber plans to graduate with a BS in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) and Religious Studies and then continue to graduate school to pursue a PhD and a research career in plant biology.
Louie (Lucas) Thal
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
lthal@utk.edu

Louie is a senior at UTK earning a BS in Chemistry and Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. He joined the Bruce Lab in Fall, 2013 and is currently maintaining and harvesting Thermosynechococcus elongatus cultures in preparation for PS I. Louie plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. and has great interest to enter a career in sustainable energy.
Gabriela (Gabi) Little
Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
glittle1@vols.utk.edu

Gabi is an undergraduate student at UTK acquiring a BS in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology while minoring in Psychology. She joined the Bruce Lab during the summer of 2014 and works with Richard to recombinantly produce, purify, and determine the structures of POTRA Domains of Toc75 from pea plants. Gabi plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Former Members
Robert Mynatt
Former CMDB MS Student (1998)

After graduation, he got his MD from University of Tennessee. He currently practices Otolaryngology in Chattanooga, TN.
Dr. Robert Ivey III
Former BCMB PhD Student (2000)

After graduation, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Currently, he is the director of fermentation at Osprey Biotechnics. He also a co-Founder & a senior consultant for ChemBio Scientific Consulting, Sarasota, FL
Dr. Carole Dabney-Smith
Former BCMB PhD Student (2001)
adabney@muohio.edu

Carole was a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Kenneth Cline's Lab at University of Florida from 2001-08. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Miami University, Oxford, OH. Her research focus on protein sorting related to organelle biogenesis in chloroplasts & mitochondria.
Dr. Chitra Subramanian
Former Plant Physiology & Genetics PhD Student (2001)

After she graduated she worked as a post-doctoral fellow for Dr.Albrecht von Arnim at BCMB department. She is now a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Dr. Huixia Zhang
Former BCMB Master Student (2003)

Huixia recieved a PhD from University of Washington, Seattle and currently is a Visiting Associate at Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Silver Spring, MD
Katherine Smith
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student

She is currently completing her MS in Nutrition and Rural Development. Her plan is to become a Osteopathic doctor doing community health work in the future. She is also a world traveler, mushroom hunter, and strange dresser. She is now living in Gent, Belgium

Charity A. Olson-Stratton
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student

Charity attended graduate school at the University of Utah, and is currently living in the LA valley. She teaches extra-curricular science classes for preschool and elementary aged children

Dr. Qiang Wang
Former Post-doctoral Fellow
qwang@msu.edu

He is currently work as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Katherine Osteryoung at Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Anton
Former BCMB PhD Student
MD
Sarah J. Wright
Former Botany Master Student (2006)
sarahwright@usgs.gov

Sarah Wright is a Biodiversity Information Specialist for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII, www.nbii.gov), a collaborative program managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, whose mission is to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. Her responsibilities include planning, analysis, evaluation and development of new tools and resources to integrate and manage biological content and supporting data. Sarah has a BS in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, an MS in Botany, and an MS in Information Science.
Dr. David McWilliams
Former GST PhD Student (2007)

David worked as a research chemist for Chem Tech in Charlott, NC after he graduated. He is currently a research scientist at Gnomic Science
Ian M. Campbell
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student (2008)
ianmcampbell@gmail.com

Ian is currently a MD/PhD Student at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Letitia Olson
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student (2008)
lolson@utk.edu

Letitia has always been interested in medically related research. She is now working with Dr. Cynthia Peterson at BCMB Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Michael D. Vaughn
Former Lab Technician
mdvaughn@asu.edu

Michael is continuing work on applied photosynthesis. He is currently a PhD Student in Biochemistry in Dr.Thomas Moore's Lab at Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Will Crenshaw
Former BCMB Master Student (2009)
williamicrenshaw@yahoo.com

After graduatioin Will moved to California where he finished a Master Brewery program at UC Davis. He currently work as a Brewer at Sweetwater Brewery, Atlanta, GA

Dr. L. Evan Reddick
Former BCMB PhD Student (2010)
evan.reddick@utsouthwestern.edu

Evan is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Lab of Dr.Neal Alto at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. His research focuses on understanding the mechanism of a variety of pathogenic factors secreted by E. coli, Shigella and Salmonella.
Ashita Dave
Former BCMB MS Student (2010)
adave.utk@gmail.com

Ashita studied the Toc translocon protein channel, Toc75. She is now working as a Biological Science Technician at USDA/ARS.
Dr. Ifeyinwa Iwuchukwu
Former Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD Student (2010)
ify@uga.edu

In our lab, Ify improved the electron transport between Photosystem I from a thermophillic cyanobacteria and a hydrogenase enzyme by engineering a fusion between these two proteins. Her work was published in Nature Nanotech. She is currently continuing here research in hydrogenase as a post-doctoral fellow in laboratory of Dr. Michael W. W. Adams at University of Gorgia
Nathan Williams
Former Kinesiology Undergraduate Student (2011)
nwilli24@utk.edu

He worked with us in 2009-10, mainly, to facilitate many graduate students in their researches. Currently at UT Memphis Medical School.
Lauren Johnson
Former Chem & Biomolec Engineering & Chemistry Undergraduate Student (2011)
hjohns15@utk.com

Joined Bruce Lab in mid-2009. Work with PSI & PSII.
Aaron Mauner
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student (2011)
amauner@utk.edu

Joined the lab in August of 2009. In cooperation with the Powell-Hallsdale Utilities Board, him and Danielle worked on the bioremediation of nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater using different algal and cyanobacterial strains. He plans to matriculate into a MD/PhD program and eventually become a oncological research physician.
Lauren Creasor
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student (2011)
lcreasor@utk.edu

Lauren joined the Bruce laboratory in September 2009. She worked on cryopreservation of the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus BP-1. Working with Danielle, she also performed diagnostic PCR to confirm PSI mutations. Lauren plans on pursuing a career as a physician's assistant.
Harrison Florida
BCMB Undergraduate Student
sflorida@utk.edu

Harrison joined us in May of 2010. He worked to maintain the airlift fermenters in which large cultures of T. elongatus BP-1 are harvested. He also worked with Danielle on various aspects of Chroococcidiopsis sp. TS-821, including culture maintenance and the eventual first attempt to transform this cyanobacterium. Harrison plans on attending medical school after traveling for a year following graduation in the spring of 2011.
John Bouchillon
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student (2011)
jbouchil@utk.edu

John joined the Bruce laboratory in the spring of 2010. Working with Danielle, he studied the alkane biosynthesis pathway in cyanobacteria, with a primary focus on the genes responsible for the acyl-ACP reductase and aldehyde decarbonylase in this pathway. John plans on attending medical school following graduation in the spring of 2011.
Emily Ledet
High school student, Hardin Valley Academy
emily_ledet11@yahoo.com

Joined the lab as part of the Pre-Collegiate Research Scholars Program in July 2011 Working with Meng Li on cytochrome crosslinking
James William Davis
BCMB Undergraduate Student
jdavi153@utk.edu

Will joined Bruce Lab in August 2010. With Non, he analyzed the function of psToc75 in vivo. His tasks involve molecular clonings, plant transformation and genotyping.
Danielle Harrell-Williams
Former Lab Technician
harrell.danielle86@gmail.com

Danielle joined the Bruce laboratory as an undergraduate in January of 2009, and began her position as a technician immediately following graduation. Danielle works on various aspects of Chroococcidiopsis sp. TS-821 including phylogenetic classification, characterization of sugars produced by the organism, and monitoring growth in high levels of CO2 for potential carbon sequestration. She also works to maintain, confirm, and characterize mutations made to PSI of the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus BP-1. Danielle is currently study Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University.
Brendan Williams
Former Lab Technician
williamsbrendan@gmail.com

Brendan joined us in 2010. His primary work includes identifying and analyzing proteins using multiple mass spectrometry techniques. He is currently study Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University
Brooke Butler
Farragut High School
williamsbrendan@gmail.com

Brooke joined the lab in February 2010 as a member of the Farragut High School Science Club and initially worked to develop successful growth curves of T. elongatus BP-1 under various culture conditions with Danielle.
Caitlin Paquet
Former BCMB Undergraduate Student (2011) and Lab Technician
cpaquet@utk.edu

Caitlin performed expression, purification, and molecular biology techniques related to the cytochrome c553. She will be moving on to study Neuroscience at the graduate level.
Paul Willard
Former Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering MS student (2011)
pwillard@utk.edu

With a degree in Microbiology, Paul, later recieved MS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research was focused on the phycobilisome protein complex, a light harvesting antennae used in photosynthesis. He currently work as Research Associate at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
Jason Lancaster
Former BCMB Undergraduate student (2012)
jlancas7@utk.edu

Jason joined the Bruce lab in May 2011. He fused PSI subunit with a metal binding protein from a root nodule under Khoa supervision. Jason looks forward to graduate school and a career in plant defense and immunology.
Michelle Brown
Former BCMB Undergraduate student (2012)
mbrown82@utk.com

Michelle joined the lab in August 2009, and is under the supervision of Richard. Michelle helps with the production of the transit peptide and POTRA domains.She plans to attend medical school.
John Greer
Former BCMB Undergraduate student (2012)
jgreer16@utk.edu

John joined Bruce lab in May 2011. He was working with the Hallsdale-Powell Utilities Board in the bioremediation of nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater. He plans to go to dental school after he graduates.
Jenna Schuettpelz
Lab Technician
jschuettster@gmail.com

Jenna joined the Bruce lab after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a dual major of Animal Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Apart from organizing the lab, her research work includes studying the transformation of the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus BP-1 by electroporation and natural transformation, generating BP-1 mutants, as well as maintaining and characterizing the mutants. Jenna plans on obtaining Masters in Marine Biology
Melissa Bigler
Former BCMB Undergraduate student (2012)
mbigler@utk.edu

Melissa joined Bruce Lab in January of 2011. She worked with Meng on characterizing properties of PSI in Thermosynechococcus elongatus.
Daniel Phillips
Former BCMB Undergraduate student (2013)
dphill32@utk.edu

Daniel joined the lab in the summer of 2012. He worked with Toc34 protein. After graduating from UT with a BS in biology, he plan to attend medical school.
Andrew Brandon
Former BCMB Undergraduate student (2013)
abrando2@utk.edu

Andrew joined Bruce Lab in Summer 2012. He worked on the cross-linking of the proteins of photosynthesis for the efficient transfer of electrons in vitro. Andrew is pursuing his Ph. D. at UC Berkeley.
Natalie Myers
Former Lab Tech & Microbiology gradudate student
nmyers6@utk.edu

Natalie joined Bruce Lab in 2006. She worked with cytochrome. Later, Natalie moved to Arizona State University where she received her MS degree.
Adam Greeley
Former BCMB Undergraduate student
agreeley@utk.edu

Adam joined Bruce lab in in August, 2012 and worked here until Fall 2013. He assisted several graduate student in preparation of photosystem I. Adam plans to attend medical school after graduating with a B.S. in biology.
Tuo Zhu
Former BCMB MS student (2014)
tzhu3@utk.edu

Tuo joined Bruce lab in 2011 and and recieved MS degree in 2014. Tuo utilized ferredoxin in an attempt to produce a hybrid photovoltaic. He is now working at GlaxoSmithKline in PA.
Prakitchai (Non) Chotewutmontri
Former GST PhD Student (2013) and BCMB Postdoc (2014)
prakitkung@gmail.com

Non rotated in Bruce lab in Fall 2006 and joined in Fall 2007. After received his PhD in 2013, he stayed another year in the lab as postdoctoral associate. His work focused on characterization of transit peptide recognitions by TOC translocon. He is corrently, a postdoc in Alice Barkan lab at University of Oregon studying translation of maize genomes

 

 

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