Current Members

Katya Heldwein, PhD, Principal Investigator

Katya received her PhD from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR where she studied ligand recognition by bacterial transcription regulators using x-ray crystallography in the laboratory of Richard Brennan. She then did her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Stephen Harrison where she initially worked on clathrin adaptor complexes and later delved into herpesvirus cell entry. She opened her own laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Fall of 2006.

 

Elizabeth Draganova, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth received her PhD in Chemistry from Georgia State University after completing her BS in Biochemistry from Kennesaw State University. She is interested in understanding the structural and mechanistic features of the HSV-1 nuclear egress complex by utilizing a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques.

 

 

Xuanzong Guo, MS, Senior Research Technician

Xuan received his master’s degree in Biology from MIT and is working with many members of the lab to characterize everything from the structures and binding partners of inner tegument proteins to the roles of various domains of gB in regulating viral fusion.

 

 

Andrea Koenigsberg, PhD Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Andrea received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College shortly before starting her graduate training. Andrea’s project focuses on conserved tegument proteins that are necessary for capsid trafficking and characterizing their interactions with unidentified viral and host partners.

 

 

Claire Metrick, PhD Student, Biochemistry Program

Claire graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before starting her graduate studies. Her project deals with a trio of HSV-1 proteins that are necessary for the cytoplasmic budding of capsids yet mysteriously spend much of their time in the nucleus.

 

 

Anshu Mittal, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Anshu joined our lab after receiving his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Zurich and completing fellowships at the University of Utah and the Francis Crick Institute. Anshu has just begun his project in the lab.

 

Jimmy Schiemer, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Jimmy recently defended his thesis in Cellular and Molecular Physiology also at the Tufts Sackler School and has just started his work in lab.

 

 

 

 

Michael Thorsen, PhD Student, CMDB Program

Mike graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and is just beginning his project in the lab.

 

 

 

 

Ellen White, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ellen came to us from Yale University, where she received her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry after completing her BS in Chemistry at James Madison University. Ellen is working on isolating and characterizing the prefusion form of gB.