Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

HariCongratulations to Sanjay Hari, who defended his Ph.D. work “Investigating Inactive Conformations of Protein Kinases” on August 16. Sanjay was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. He received his B.S. from Ohio State University in 2008 and entered the Biomolecular Structure and Design (now Biophysics, Structure, and Design) program at UW the same year. Sanjay has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2009, where he has been studying protein kinase conformations. Sanjay will continue working in Professor Maly’s lab for the next few months while searching for a postdoctoral position.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Gayani Perera, who defended her Ph.D. work “Chemical Proteomic Tools for Studying Protein Kinase Active Sites” on August 2. Gayani was a graduate student in Professor Dustin Maly’s laboratory since 2006 and was involved in designing and synthesizing small molecule inhibitors that can be utilized in a variety of applications to study protein kinases. She is excited to return to the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, and resume duties at the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Ratika Krishnamurty, who defended her Ph.D. work “Chemical Probes to Investigate Protein Kinase Function and Dynamics” on December 1. Ratika grew up in Austin, TX and completed her B.S. in Chemical Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2006 where she developed a series of small-molecule tools to study protein kinase function and regulation in cells. Ratika is excited for future opportunities to work in chemical biology and is currently considering several post-graduate options.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Inna Goreshnik, who defended her Ph.D. work “Engineering of a Small Molecule-Regulated Switch for Studying Signaling Enzymes” on August 11.  She was born in Kishinev, Moldova, and moved to Seattle at the age of nine.  She attended the University of Washington where she received her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2004.  Inna has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2006, where she has developed chemical genetic tools to study signaling enzymes and cellular signaling pathways.  Inna is currently looking for a position in the pharmaceutical industry where she hopes to continue research in cellular biology.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Zachary Hill, who defended his Ph.D. work “A Chemical Genetic Method for Studying the Location-Specific Function of Protein Kinases” on July 22. Zachary was raised in the small village of Sleetmute, AK. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where in 2006 he received his B.S. in Chemistry. Zachary has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2008, where he has used chemical tools to study protein kinases and cellular signaling pathways. Zachary is currently interviewing for several academic postdoctoral positions where he hopes to continue his study of cellular signaling pathways.