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. Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Favorite beamtime snack
Pepsi and coffee (decaf also works)
Shuo develops innovative methods to investigate structural dynamics of biomolecules (proteins and nucleic acids) using advanced X-ray sources. He is also interested in advanced cleanroom fabrication methods to build microfluidic devices. Outside of the lab, Shuo likes short road-trips to explore historical sites and local eateries.
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.
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.