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Lab Members

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Katrin Karbstein


Position: Associate Professor, Integrative Structural and Computational Biology

  • Vordiplom Chemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • Diplom Biochemistry, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, Stanford University with Daniel Herschlag
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of California-Berkeley with Jennifer Doudna


Xin Liu


Position: Postdoctoral Associate

  • M.S., Chemical Biology, CIAC, Chinese Academy of Science, China
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago
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Jason Collins


Position: Postdoctoral Associate

  • Baccalaureate in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Area of Concentration: Biochemistry, Minor: Biology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Area of Concentration: Biochemistry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
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Max Ferretti


Position: Graduate Student, TSRI Graduate Program


Melissa Parker


Position: Graduate Student, TSRI Graduate Program




Haina Huang


Position: Graduate Student, TSRI Graduate Program






Roberto Salatino


Position: Graduate Student, TSRI Graduate Program





Margaret (Peggy) Harris

Position: Administrative Assistant IIIR
Phone: (561)228-2752

Former Lab Members

Former Staff Scientists

Joanne Doherty, Ph.D.

Former Post-Docs

Sohail Khoshnevis, Ph.D.: Now: Emory University

Homa Ghalei, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor at Emory University

Miriam Koch, Ph.D.: Scientist QC at Janssen Vaccines AG

Hari Bhaskaran, Ph.D., Now: Arcturus Therapeutics

Juliette Trepreau, Ph.D., Project Leader in Molecular and Cell Biology, CIMTECH, Universite de Marseilles

Darryl M. Horn, Ph.D., Now: Keystone College, PA

Allison Lamanna, Ph.D., Now: Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Boston University

Hajeong Kim, Ph.D., Biochemistry, Purdue University

Scott Walker, Ph.D., University of Michigan


Former Graduate Students

Crystal Young, Ph.D. 2012, Now: Assistant Professor, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

Bethany Strunk, Ph.D. 2011, Now: Jane Coffins Child Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Heather Woolls, Ph.D. 2011, Now: Solo Hill, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Annie Labut, M.S. 2009, Now: NSF International


Former Lab Assistants

Melody Campbell, 2010-2011, Now: Postdoc in Yifan Cheng's lab at UCSF

Saundra Mason, 2009-2010, Now: Textbook Editor


Former Undergraduates

Elizabeth Potts, Now: University of Florida

Christine Norton, B.S. 2011, Now: Lab Assistant, Baghdoyan Lab, U of M

Silvia Escudero, B.S. 2010, Now: Graduate Student, Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Raymond, B.S. 2008, Now: University of Michigan School of Dentistry


Former REU Summer Undergraduates

Jessica Bush

Rebecca Culver, Now: Stanford University

Hans Smith, Now: University of Wisconsin

Hanna Toutkoushian, Now: NSF Predoctoral Fellow, UCSF

Oscar Martinez-Armenta, Augsburg College

Katelyn Doxtader, University of Texas Southwestern

Megan Novak, Now: NSF Predoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

Elia Wright, University of Michigan

Ariell Joiner, Now: University of Michigan


Former High School Interns

Z. Amanda Lee, 2017

Sydney Pincus, 2016-2017, Now: University of Miami

Julia St. Amand, 2016, Now: Brandeis University

Ethan Ward, UCLA

Maria Dattolo, 2015, Now: Tufts University

Angela Liang, 2012 - 2013, Now: Princeton University

Caroline Horrow, 2011-2012, Now: Duke University

Lina Leon, 2010-2011, Now: University of Florida


Postdoc Position Available

 Max wins Best Poster at the Scripps Research Fest!

 Graduate Student, Haina Huang, joins the lab! Welcome Haina!

Congratulations to Homa on her position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Emory University ( on October 1, 2017.

Katrin is named an HHMI Faculty Scholar! hhmi

Miriam Koch joins the lab!  Welcome Miriam!

Nickan Khoshnevis is born!  Congratulations Homa and Sohail!

Joanne Doherty joins the lab as Staff Scientist!  Welcome Joanne!

Graduate Student, Melissa Parker, joins the lab!  Welcome Melissa!

Jason Collins joins the lab!  Welcome Jason!

Sohail's poster wins best poster prize at Research Fest!

Ribosome Assembly Meeting in Brussels, August 19-23, 2015!

Graduate Student, Lizz Miguet, joins the lab!  Welcome Lizz!

Scripps awarded an NSF REU grant for undergraduate research.

Katrin wins tenure!

Homa's poster wins prize at the Scripps Research Fest!

Homa's poster wins prize at the Ribosome Meeting!

Graduate Student, Max Ferretti, joins the lab!  Welcome Max!

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