Back row: Braden Lobingier, Dan Nickerson, Andrew Paulsel, Alex Merz
Front row: Hannah Chapin, Margaret Lo, Rachael Plemel
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Alex Merz, Ph.D. — fearless leader | cv | firstname.lastname@example.org
SNARE proofreading; unconventional SNARE chaperone activities
Rachael Plemel — research scientist | email@example.com
Vps-C complex organization
Hannah Chapin, Ph.D. — postdoc | firstname.lastname@example.org
Catabolic membrane traffic in C. elegans
Margaret Shing-Yeng Lo, Ph.D. — postdoc | email@example.com
Novel lipid sensors
Dan Nickerson, Ph.D. — postdoc | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rab effectors and GAPS; endocytic stress response; novel trafficking probes
Braden Lobingier — grad student | email@example.com
CORVET and HOPS complexes; SNAREs and SNARE complexes
Andrew Paulsel — grad student | firstname.lastname@example.org
Activators of Rab signaling
Jerome Cattin — rotating grad student | email@example.com
CORVET and HOPS subunits; SNAREs and SNARE complexes
Chris Brett, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor of Biology and Canada Research Chair II, Concordia University, Montreal. Chris is a Vancouver, B.C. native who received his Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s (1999) degrees in Physiology at the University of British Columbia. He joined the lab in 2005 after completing a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he studied the global control of pH and the biology of the late endosomal sodium/hydrogen antiporter Nhx1p. In the Mez Lab, Chris had several projects centering on the regulation of Rab GTPase effectors in the late endolysosomal system. In 2010 he started his own lab at Concordia.
Cortney (Angers) Chertova, Ph.D. — Medical writer/editor, Seattle. — LinkedIn profile
Cortney obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. In Cortney’s thesis work, she examined the role of the C-Vps/HOPS complex in AP-3-mediated transport to the yeast vacuole. Cortney’s research was sponsored in part by the UW’s CMB Training Grant, funded by the NIH.
Mattthew Schwartz, Ph.D. — Postdoctoral Fellow, Jorgensen Lab. Matt received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He constructed and characterized a set of SNARE mutants that freeze the fusion process and serve as vehicles to carry optical and chemical probes into the heart of the membrane fusion machinery. A particularly exciting mutant isolated by Matt causes a delay in the kinetics of membrane fusion without altering the kinetics of docking. Matt’s research was sponsored by the UW’s CMB Training Grant, which is funded by the NIH.
Erina Kitano, Ph.D. — Erina spent a year in the lab during her grad work, as an exchange student from the UW's sister school, the University of Kobe, Japan.
Mary Morcos, M.D. — Resident in Internal Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center. Mary was an undergraduate researcher in the lab. She worked on the structure and functions of Vps-C complexes.
Debra Sprague, B.S. (Biology), Ph.D. (English) — Research Scientist, UW Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research. Debra joined our lab after returning to UW for a degree in Biology. In her project, which was sponsored by an HHMI undergraduate reseach fellowship, Debra worked with Rachael Plemel to define the C-Vps/HOPS interactome.