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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Shuo Sui

E-mail
ss4257@cornell.edu
Education
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Favorite beamtime snack
Pepsi and coffee (decaf also works)
About
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.

Ph.D. Students

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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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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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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 and computational modelling. He enjoys painting, video games, and cooking to podcasts.