People

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Dave Savage
Dave grew up in Iowa and attended Gustavus Adolphus College, where he majored in Chemistry and minored in Computer Science.  He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from UCSF for his work on membrane protein structure determination with Robert Stroud.  From 2007 to 2011 Dave was a Life Sciences Research Foundation fellow with Pamela Silver in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.  He is currently Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology at UC, Berkeley and is interested in the regulation, evolution, and engineering of microbial metabolism.

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Dave's CV


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Cecilia Blikstad

Cecilia (Cissi) is interested in the structure and function of microcompartments and their associated proteins. 

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Julia Borden

Julia is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cell Biology program. She is interested in the principles protein compartments use to create unique chemical environments in the cell.

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Emeric Charles

Emeric is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cell Biology program. He is interested in the application of protein engineering to create more robust and selective genome editing proteins.

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Jack Desmarais

Jack is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cell Biology program. He is interested in both high-throughput strategies and mechanistic biochemical approaches for investigating bacterial carbon dioxide fixation.

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Avi Flamholz

Avi is an NSF fellow and graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. He is interested in systems biology and microbial ecology and works on understanding the evolution, physiology and engineering of carbon dioxide concentrating mechanisms.

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Sean Higgins

Sean is a graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. Originally from Seattle, he majored in biochemistry at the University of Washington. He is interested in the development of novel tools for genome and protein engineering.

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Shin Kim

Shin is a staff research associate in the lab working on the engineering of CRISPR proteins.

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Tom Laughlin

Tom is an NSF fellow and graduate student in Molecular & Cell Biology. He is interested in the structures of proteins associated with the CO2 Concentrating Mechanism. Tom is jointly advised with Karen Davies. 

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Rob Nichols

Rob is a graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. Coming from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, Rob majored in biochemistry at Ithaca College. In the Savage lab, Rob studies the structure and physiological importance of bacterial nanocompartments.

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Luke Oltrogge

Luke is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab who obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford.  He is interested in the biophysical mechanisms driving the self-assembly of bacterial microcompartments, in particular the α-carboxysome.

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Arik Shams

Arik is an NSF fellow and graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. He is interested in the engineering of CRISPR proteins with new functions.

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