Link: University of Iowa

Department to welcome 9 new graduate students

The graduate recruiting season has come to a successful close with nine students committing to the Department of Biochemistry.

Casey Andrews hails from Spring Lake, Michigan and attended Grant Valley State University. An inorganic chemist by training, he has a primary research interest in carcinogenesis.

John Brogie is from Oskaloosa, Iowa and attended Wayne State College. He has conducted research on biofuel production from Clostridium acetobutylicum and plans to do high tech research with awesome facilities.

Yingyue (Annie) Li is from Cangzhou City in China. At Hebei University, she cloned odorant receptor genes from snail antenna. She remarked in her application that she is eager to apply her inquisitiveness, research ability and determination to her PhD at Iowa.

Sufang Mao is from Guangzhou, China and attended South China Agricultural University, where she worked on natural products from the mushroom, Cordyceps militaris. Her main interests are allosteric regulation, large scale modeling and structural biology.

Yuan Pan is from Shenzhen, China and attended Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has conducted research on microtubule plus-end protein EB1 and will pursue her PhD in an area of fundamental biochemistry.

Nicole Vanderpool is from Mason City, Illinois and attended University of Illinois, Springfield. She conducted undergraduate research on the relationship between iron availability and nitrogen consumption in soil microbes. Going into graduate school, she has a strong interest in chromatin.

Om Kumar Shrestha is from Bharatpur, Nepal and attended Monmouth College, where he did NMR on enzymatic digestion of cellulosic biomass and engineered E. coli to resist ethanol. His interest in biochemistry was inspired by research mentors. He therefore wants to conduct research and continue the chain of mentorship to the next generation.

Zhen Xu is from Hefei, China and attended University of Science and Technology of China, where he did structural biology research. He enters graduate school with a strong interest in membrane proteins.

Chaoqun Zheng is from Beijing, China and attended Shanghai Jiaotong University, where he worked on C. elegans genomics. He enters graduate school with a strong interest in epigenetics, function of tumor suppressor genes, and metabolism.

Watch for the arrival of this class of graduate students this summer!

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