People

       

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 Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC, Berkeley and is interested in the regulation, evolution, and engineering of microbial metabolism.

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Caleb Cassidy-Amstutz

Caleb is a graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology who is interested in systems biology, protein biophysics, and the role of allostery in controlling metabolism.

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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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Rachel Hood
Rachel is an NSF fellow and graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is interested in the cell biology of bacterial photosynthesis.

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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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Ben Oakes

Ben is a graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. His focus is on protein engineering CRISPR-associated proteins, specifically Cas9, an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease that can be used to engineer and manipulate the genetic code. Ben is interested in creating CRISPR-Cas9 molecules which can sense diverse cellular inputs and accordingly respond by genome cleavage, gene repression and/or activation.

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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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