University of Washington

Nanopore Physics Lab

Members

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Jens Gundlach

    Website

    Jens started his career at the University of Washington studying nuclear physics (PhD, 1990) before becoming a gravitational physicist. He stumbled upon nanopore sequencing in 2002 and so, with the assistance of his then-gravity student Tom Butler, our project was born. Jens now splits his time and runs two labs: his gravity group at CENPA, and the nanopore physics group.

    Post Docs

    Dr. Ian Derrington

    Website

    Ian graduated in 2005 from the University of Colorado, Boulder with degrees in Applied Mathematics, and Summa Cum-Laude in Engineering Physics. In late 2006 he has pursued his doctoral research with the group helping to design and test MspA for DNA sequencing. His first publication with the group, "Single-molecule DNA detection with an engineered MspA protein nanopore" was published in PNAS. He graduated with his PhD in 2011 and has remained with the group as a post doc.

    Dr. Brian Ross

    Website*

    Brian obtained his bachelor's degrees in aerospace engineering and physics from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2002. He then pursued computational biophysics as a graduate student, obtaining his PhD in physics from MIT in 2012. Brian's thesis consisted of two computer programs for modeling and measuring DNA 'conformation': the shape that the winding contour takes inside of a cell. After his thesis defense Brian moved to the Gundlach lab, where he now works on interpreting and analyzing sequencing data. * - This website uses a coding language created by Brain.

    Graduate Students

    Elizabeth Manrao

    Liz is originally from California and holds degrees in both engineering and physics. She worked as an engineer in Hawaii for a short time prior to becoming a physicist. She joined our group in autumn 2008 and has been working on characterizing the regognition site of MspA and developing a method to slow DNA movement through the pore. She plans to complete her PhD this Fall.

    Andrew Laszlo

    Andrew is a graduate student in the physics department at the University of Washington. He joined the lab in the Spring of 2010. Andrew graduated in 2009 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in physics and a math minor.

    Lab Technicians

    Kyle Langford

    Kyle graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in biochemistry. He joined the lab in Summer 2007.

    Ian Nova

    Ian graduated from the Santa Clara University with a degree in bioengineering and a minor in Spanish. He joined the lab in Fall 2012.

    Jenny Mae Samson

    Jenny graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in biochemistry and minors in art history and chemistry. She joined the lab in Fall 2012.

    Henry Brinkerhoff

    Henry is currently a masters student in the physics department at the University of Washington. He joined the lab in Fall 2012.He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a degree in physics and a minor in math.

    Pore-tential Members

    Gene Dennis

    Gene is currently a graduate student in the physics department at the University of Washington. He graduated from the University of Texas in 2009 with a degree in physics.

    Undergraduate Researchers

    Joshua Bartlett

    Joshua is currently an undergraduate student in the biochemistry department at the University of Washington. He joined the lab in Winter 2011.

    Graham Nayler

    Graham is an undergraduate student in the physics department at the University of Washington. He joined the lab in Spring 2011.

    Kenji Doering

    Kenji is an undergraduate student in the physics department at the University of Washington. He joined the lab in Summer 2012

    Siripunt Vimolchalao

    Siripunt is an undergraduate student in the physics department at the University of Washington. She joined the lab in Winter 2013.

    Past Members

    Dr. Tom Butler

    Dr. Mark Troll

    Dr. Marcus Collins

    Risa Wong

    Boyan Penkov

    Max Sutlin

    Merideth Brown

    K. Aurelia Ball

    Hannah Gelman

    Mats Frederickson

    Andrew Malone

    David Feldman

    Nathaniel Gillgren

    Matthew Hopper

    Keiran Morrissett

    Amgen Scholars

    Risa Wong (2007)

    Ryan Loney (2008)

    Ian Silverman (2009)

    Kate Mead (2010)

    Ian Nova (2011)

    Kenji Doering (2012)

Address: B033 Physics-Astronomy Building University of Washington 3910 15th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98195-1560
Update: February 11, 2013