Group Members

Group Members

Aldo  Salazar Morales (Postdoc  – Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)

Anthony Coelho (NIH-PREP fellow)

Cong Shen (Postdoc)

Joey Erwin (Graduate student in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)

Sibel Ebru Yalcin (Research Scientist)

Vasilije Pantelic (Undergraduate Student - Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)

Aiwei Sui (Technician)

Jackie Mendes (Technician)

SUPERVISION OF POST-DOCTORAL/RESEARCH SCHOLARS – Former: 7, Current: 4 (in parenthesis: present position)  

  1. Anthony Coelho 2023-present (NIH PREP Fellow)
  2. Cong Shen, 2023-present
  3. Aldo Salazar-Morales, 2023-present
  4. Sibel Ebru Yalcin, 2017- present
  5. Yuri Londer, 2020-2021 (Visiting Research Scientist, Yale)
  6. Jens Neu, 2019-2022 (Assistant Professor, University of North Texas) 
  7. Matthew Guberman-Pfeffer, 2019-2022 (Postdoc, Shaw Group, Baylor University, Texas)
  8. Ruchi Jain, 2018-2020 (Senior Scientist, Artizan)
  9. Xinglong Ren, 2019 (Postdoc, Sirringhaus Group, University of Cambridge, UK)
  10. Fadel Samatey, 2019-2022 (Senior Scientist, Texas A&M University)
  11. Sophia Yi, 2016-2021

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS – Former: 10. Current: 2 (in parenthesis: present position)  

  1. Patrick Obrien, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2016-10/2020 (Boston Consulting) Thesis title: A Tale of Two Nanowires: Biochemical and spectroscopic characterization of the conductive cytochrome OmcS and OmcZ filaments of Geobacter sulfurreducens
  2. Yangqi Gu, PhD. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. 4/2016-3/2022 (Postdoc, Chin Lab, University of Cambridge, UK). Thesis title: Trinity of Geobacter Filaments: Discovery and characterization of OmcS, OmcZ, and Pili filaments.
  3. Raj Basak, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2016-3/2018 (Pharma Industry)
  4. Amber Hudspeth. MS Physics 5/2016-8/2016, (Visiting Professor, Montana State University)
  5. Catharine Shipps, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2018-10/2022 (Scientist, Quantum-Si). Thesis title: Electrons on the move proteins: microbial cytochrome nanowires in extracellular electron transfer and as functional materials
  6. Vishok Srikanth, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2018-10/2022 (Consultant, Bain & Co.) Thesis title: Structural basis for assembly of OmcS-like nanowires in diverse microbial species. Winner of the Mary Ellen Jones Prize for the most distinguished dissertation.
  7. Peter Dahl, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2018-8/2023. (Postdoc, National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Thesis title: Toward understanding the mechanism of charge transport in protein nanowires.
  8. Aldo Salazar-Morales, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2019-6/2023. (Postdocs, Yale)  Thesis title: Molecular mechanism of assembly and secretion of Geobacter sulfurreducens pili and  cytochrome nanowires for extracellular electron transport
  9. Cong Shen, PhD. Microbiology, 6/17- 6/23. (Postdocs, Yale) Theis title: Assembly machinery of OmcS-like cytochrome nanowires in diverse microbial species involved in direct interspecies electron transfer.
  10. Andrew Rodriguez, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2021-4/2022 (PhD student, Yale)
  11. Joey Erwin, PhD. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. 4/2020- Present. Thesis title: Widespread bacterial cytochrome complex required for extracellular electron transfer.
  12.  Pilar Castillo Portela, PhD. Biochemistry, University of New Lisbon (Co-mentor) 4/2021- Present. Thesis title: ­NMR characterization of electron transfer pathway for charging cytochrome nanowires.

SUPERVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS - Former: 18. Current: 1. %indicates published.  (in parenthesis: present position)

  1. Guna Mandava%, B.S./M.S. Mol. Biophy. & Biochem., 2019-2023 (Graduate Student, University of Chicago). Thesis title: Controlled Self Assembly of Microbial Nanowires into Ordered Lattices.
  2. Daniel Shapiro%, B. S. Physics, 2018-2020 (Graduate Student, Duke University)
  3. Dennis Vu% (Medical School) 2016-2020
  4. Winston Huynh% (Graduate Student, Stanford University) 2016-2019
  5. Vanessa Saldivar  (REU) – UC Irvine 2022 (Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles)
  6. Andrew Rodriguez,  B. S. Physics, 2020 (Graduate Student, Yale University)
  7. Titir De. B.S./M.S. Biology. 2020 (Graduate Student, New York University)
  8. Disha Kashyap B.S. Chemistry 2021 (Graduate Student, University of Cambridge)
  9. Rakshi. Qureshi  2016 (REU-Regulator at Maesa),
  10. Nuzzrath Mohamed Jabarullah (Hazzeena) (Exchange student - Singapore), 2016
  11. Ronald Hood (Software Engineering Intern, 2019-2021
  12. Lauren Delgado 2019-2021  (Medical School)
  13. Michelle Lee 2020 (Medical School)
  14. Hyerim Bianca Nam 2019-2021(Research Fellow, DAAD German Academic Exchange Service)
  15. Claire Sheen 2016-2017 (Science Writer)
  16. Hanwen Zhang 2021-22 (Yale undergraduate student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
  17. Jerry Ruvalcaba% 2020-2023 (Medical School)
  18. Anthony Coelho% 2022-2023 (NIH PREP Fellow)
  19. Vasilije Pantelic 2023- (Yale undergraduate student, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)


  1. Sachita Ganesa (2017-18),
  2. Matthew Cook  (2017-18)
  3. Emerson Santiago (2018-19),
  4. Zion Perry (2020-21)
  5. Anjana Kammath (2020-21)
  6. Christian Freniere (2020-21)
  7. Andrew Verdegaal (2018-19)
  8. Elizabeth Nand (2018-19)
  9. Gabrielle Andrade (2019-20)