Current Members

Principal Investigator

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Lois Pollack

Professor and Director, Applied and Engineering Physics

E-mail
lp26@cornell.edu
Phone
607/255-8695
Education
Ph.D. Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. Physics Brandeis University
Favorite Technique
The latest one we’re working on!
Favorite Molecule
The ribosome

Research Associates

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Suzette Pabit

E-mail
sap73@cornell.edu
Education
Ph.D. Physics University of Florida
B.S. Physics University of the Phillipines
Favorite beamtime snack
Wasabi peas (in honor of Jessica Lamb)
About
No molecule is ever alone, so Suzette wants to understand how different types RNA folds in the presence of binding partners, like small and big proteins, inside and outside complex molecular machines and when surrounded by different types of counterions and ligands. Outside the lab, Suzette loves spending time with her family in their backyard; when bored with that she practices top rope rock climbing or running from zombies (using the Zombies Run app).

Postdoctoral Associates

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Andrea Katz

E-mail
amk362@cornell.edu
Field
Applied Physics
Education
Ph.D. Applied Physics Cornell University
B.S. Physics Trinity University
Favorite beamtime snack
Chocolate chip cookies
About
Andrea designs and builds new technology for time-resolved studies at XFELs and synchrotrons. Outside of the lab, she plays Irish fiddle and mandolin, and enjoys exploring Ithaca’s natural beauty.

Ph.D. Students

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George Calvey

E-mail
gdc66@cornell.edu
Field
Applied Physics
Education
B.S. Physics Clarkson University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering Clarkson University
Favorite beamtime snack
Tea
About
George develops new methods and instrumentation for time-resolved structural studies on XFEL and synchrotron beamlines. His hobbies include downhill and cross-country skiing, and playing Irish flute.
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Yen-Lin Chen

E-mail
yc2253@cornell.edu
Field
Applied Physics
Education
B.S. Physics National Taiwan University
Favorite beamtime snack
Korean spicy instant noodles
About
Yen’s research focuses are the following:
1. Studying RNA conformations in vitro using single-molecule techniques and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS)
2. High-throughput forward modeling of solution x-ray scattering profiles, with explicit ions and solvent molecules
3. Wide-angle x-ray scattering
4. Statistical and molecular modeling of experimental observables
Outside of the lab, Yen plays competitive volleyball and he has won championships in more than 10 intramural leagues from indoor to sand volleyball.

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Alexander Mauney

E-mail
mathmauney@gmail.com
Field
Physics
Education
B.S. Physics North Carolina State University
Favorite beamtime snack
Chex Mix
About
Alex works on analyzing the structural dynamics of nucleosomes using novel computational modeling methods. When he isn’t purifying proteins or coding in the lab, he enjoys going on hikes with his dog and playing board games with friends.
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Derrick Lin

E-mail
drl222@cornell.edu
Field
Applied Physics
Education
B.S. Applied Physics Cornell University
B.S. Computer Science Cornell University
Favorite beamtime snack
Saltine crackers
About
Derrick works on discovering the structure of RNA through techniques like electron microscopy and computational analysis. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing video games and arranging music—and, naturally, arranging video game music.
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Alex Plumridge

E-mail
ap866@cornell.edu
Field
Physics
Education
M. Physics University of Sheffield
Favorite beamtime snack
Coffee
About
In the lab, Alex develops experimental tools and technologies to address challenging problems in RNA directed therapeutics. His main focus is on providing microfluidic platforms to allow high-throughput screening of small molecule inhibitors to functional RNA elements, such as riboswitches. Outside of the lab, Alex can be found trail running around Ithaca, running in both freezing Winter rain and scorching Summer sun and regularly participates in the annual Ithaca half marathon. In addition to these outdoor pursuits, Alex enjoys playing electric guitar in genres ranging from country to progressive metal.
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Josue San Emeterio

E-mail
js3262@cornell.edu
Field
Applied Physics
Education
B.S. Applied Physics, RPI
Favorite beamtime snack
Lifesaver mints
About
Josue works on viral ssRNA packaging and assembly. Outside the lab he dances, rock climbs and goes sailing.
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Kara Zielinski

E-mail
kaz42@cornell.edu
Field
Biophysics
Education
B.S. Biophysics, the George Washington University
Favorite beamtime snack
Peanut Butter Pretzels
About
Kara develops methods for serial crystallography at synchrotrons. She also enjoys reading, politics, and travel.

Undergraduate Students

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Luke Meyer

E-mail
lcm227@cornell.edu
Field
Applied Physics
Education
Paradise Valley High School; Phoenix, AZ
Favorite beamtime snack
Hot Cheetos
About
Before imaging protein-RNA complexes, it is vital that laboratories know with certainty that proper association has formed the desired complexes. Luke studies agarose gel and how it can be best utilized to verify the existence of these creations in a sample. When not at his desk, you are likely to find Luke on top of a mountain with a snowboard strapped to his legs or working on music production.