Assistant Research Professors

Dr. Kajari Dhar

Went on to a lucrative career in the greater Chicago area.


Dr. Ardeschir Vahedi-Faridi

Went on to solve structures with Dr. Funk's lab at the University of Toledo and then to Brown and is currently at the University of Berlin. "Dark Star: Best US film ever."

Venkataraman "VK" Kabaleeswaran

Went on to high through-put structure solving work with Dr. Viola's group at the University of Toledo and then on to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Anuradha Sekher

Ph. D. - University of Toledo, Chemistry

Matriculated with Ph.D.

Dr. Lucas Struble

"Towards the Identification of the Molecular Mechanism Responsible for RPA:RAD52 Complex Formation" May, 2018

Lucas decided to do an intitial PostDoc in the lab to wrap up some studies.

Dr. Mona Al-Mugotir

"Inhibition of RAD52 based DNA Repair for Cancer Therapy" May, 2018

Mona continued as a PostDoc in the Borgstahl Lab before moving on to position at GSK in Lincoln,NE

Dr. Kerry Brader

"Differential Phosphorylation of Patterns of Replication Protein A in Response to DNA Damage Signaling in the Cell Cycle" September, 2013.

Dr. Peter Simone

"Structural and Biophysical Analysis of a Human Inosine Triphosphate Pyrophosphatase Polymorphism" May, 2012.

Peter went on to finish his MD/PhD at UNMC and now works as an MD in Florida.

Dr. Jason Porta

"Modulated Crystals of Profilin: Actin" December, 2011.

Jason went on to do postdoctoral work at Purdue University.

Dr. Aishwarya Prakash

"Binding Studies of Human Single-Strand Annealing Repair Proteins: Replication Protein A and RAD52" August, 2010.

Ash went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Vermont and is now an assistant professor at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, AL.

Dr. Xiaoyi Deng

"Structural Studies of Human Homologous Recombination Repair Proteins: Replication Protein A and RAD52" October, 2007.

Xiaoyi went on to do postdoctoral work at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Doba Jackson

"Analysis of the human Rad52/RPA Complex: Characterization of the interacting regions, DNA binding activity, and higher-order complexes" August, 2002.

Doba went on to do postdoctoral work with Dr. Song Tan at Penn State and is now a full professor at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL.

Dr. Wasantha Ranatunga

"Expression, purification, biophysical characterization and preliminary crystallization of human and yeast Rad52 proteins" August, 2002.

Wasantha went on to do postdoctoral work with Dr. Ursula Schulze at the Lawrence Berkley National Lab and now works at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Matriculated with M.S.

Cathy Schellert

"Purification and Crystallization of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase and Purification and Characterization of RAD52 Domains" April 12, 1999.

She went on to Medical School at the University of Cincinnati.

Jeffrey F. Ohren

"The Purification, Crystallization and Initial Crystallographic Analysis of the Dimer of the 14 and 32 KDa Subunits of Human Replication Protein A" May 5, 1999.

He currently works for Pfizer Global Research and Development in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Krishnamurthy Rajeswari

"The Cloning, Expression, Purification and Characterization of Soluble, Active Fragment (SAF) Constructs of Human RAD52 Suitable for Crystallization" July 12, 1999.

She went on to a research position at Genentech in San Francisco, CA and then worked at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and Biztech Solutions in The Woodlands, TX.


Jonathan Smailys

2017 summer student. Poor Jonathan had to work through the move to the new BCC building.

Rebecca Zawistowski

2016 summer student. Another in a long line of summer students to abandon Creighton for a few months. She did a nice job of watching Philion doing experiments and fought of people breathing down her neck to finish strong with some nice data on the Peggy.

Philion Hoff

2015 to 2018 summer student. Mona's favorite summer student. Current record holder for most summers (4). Took the easy way out and went to Medical School (UNMC).

Megan Shadlow

2014 summer student. Megan was the second student to visit us from Oregon. She went back to continue work on her Chemical Engineering degree Oregon State University.

Kaitlin Goettsch

2013 summer student. Kaitlin was one of the first home school students in the lab. We decided to help her out by giving her all of the things she missed at public school, like "Bullying". Even though she had yet to get a drivers lincense, she somehow made it to the lab every day.

Schuyler Dougherty

2012 summer student. Even after getting to test drive the Electron Microscope on a trip to Case Western Reserve University, he chose business an went on to do IT work for Union Pacific.

Nick Lintel

2012 summer student.

Brent Bruck

2011 summer student. He dreamed of one day having to travel somewhere so far away he would need to take an airplane. None of us had the heart to explain to him how much air travel sucks.

Vivian Irizarry

2010 summer student. Stood a tall 5' 0.5" and now practices medicine.

Kristin Wakin

2010 and 2009 summer student. Stepped up from Creighton and now practices medicine.

Brian Coburn

2009 Summer Student. Power player at UNL.

Brittany Lee

2008 summer student and an avid soccer player for LSU.

Becky Fusby

2008 summer student and another in a long line of BRIN scholars to rotate through the lab. Received her Ph.D. from University of Colorado in 2016.

Chris Danford

2007 summer student from Stanford. Previous summers had him counting bees visiting targets in Mexico and the mating habits of ground squirrels in Alaska. He is a medical doctor in Massachusetts.

Christa Flitcroft

2007 summer student. Known for stunningly beautiful sorority sisters.

Mona Sorouri

Mona "the other undergraduate for summer 2006" returned to complete her studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is best known for her classic hand holding photograph that graced the front page of the Structural Biology Lab 2006-2007.

Mike Lundgren

Mike went on to complete his studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Abby Henderson

Abby is continuing studies at York College. She is an expert the identification of different countries flags.

Oluwatosin "Tosin" Asojo

Tosin went on to complete studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

Katrina Christiansen

Katrina the "Comic Genius" from Pender (home of the corn field in the middle of the town) went on to complete studies a University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Katrina is known for her famous tomato sandwiches.

Ramsey Chehab

Ramsey worked in the lab for a Biology Honors Study. He went on to Medical School at the Medical College of Ohio.

Jason Stock

M.I.A. suspected P.O.W.

High School Students

Andrea Eggleston

Worked during ths summer in 1011. Like all second graders, she dreamed of becoming a dentist but gave that dream up and through a full ride scholarship to South Carolina decided to study Orthodontics after a brief pitstop in our lab.

Vinay Gupta

Worked during ths summer in 1999 and 2000. Vinay went on to a promising career in food service at Olive Garden while completing his studies at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, OH. He went on to study at Princeton. One day he hopes to open a chain of "City Diners" all over the US.

Research Managers

Carol Kolar

After 30+ years at the medcenter, retired in 2018. Moved to Oregon.


Scott Trickel

Moved with the girl friend to "Big Sky Country".

Jake Remsza

Left the academic life for a lucaritive business job (Zoetis Inc.) in Lincoln.

Krysten Vance

Decided to try graduate school.

Admir Kellezi

Returned home.

Ryan Brodie

Moved on to a better position.

Edward Irobi

He went on to Medical School in the Caribbean. That's fantastic!

Jason Porta

After a brief stint in graduate school Jason moved on to a dream job over at the Nebraska Center for Structural Biology. Then he came back to our lab to get a PhD.

Gilson BaĆ­a

Omaha proved too cold for his Brazilian blood and Gilson moved to the more temperate region of San Francisco, CA before becoming a professor in Brazil.

Cameron "The Colonel" Murphy

After becoming a master field commander playing untold hours of Generals, honing his laboratory skills, and cheating death by escaping the jaws of a viscous man eater shark in the Caribbean the Colonel went to medical school at UNMC. He has returned on occasion to tackle the semi crystalline PA problem.

Jeff Habel

Jeff accidentally got on the wrong airplane home at the ACA meeting, ended up at University of Georgia, and decided to work on his Ph. D. there. He is now a professor at Scripps in Florida.

Matt "Pokey" Pokross

Matt signed a lucrative deal and began working for a small local firm in Cincinnati, OH (Proctor and Gamble).