Current Members

Principal Investigator

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Lois Pollack

John Edson Sweet Professor of Engineering,
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).

Ph.D. Students

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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.
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George Wang

E-mail
tw497@cornell.edu
Field
Biophysics
Education
B.S. Physiology, University of Toronto
Favorite beamtime snack
Grapes
About
George studies non-coding RNA structure and RNA-protein interactions using solution X-ray scattering, single-molecule spectroscopy, and computational modelling. He enjoys painting, video games, and cooking.

Undergraduate Students

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Brady Sites

E-mail
bas339@cornell.edu
Education
Cornell University Engineering Physics
Favorite beamtime snack
Trader Joe’s multigrain crackers with hummus
About
Brady applies the method of contrast variation SAXS to study the formation of biomolecular complexes, such as viruses. In his free time he likes to read, exercise, and produce/listen to music. 
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Alex Kurland

E-mail
apk57@cornell.edu
Education
Cornell University Materials Science
Favorite beamtime snack
Oxygen
About
Alex develops single molecule fluorescence methodologies.