Audrey will receive her B.S in biochemistry from Portland State University in Spring 2023. She joined Gouaux lab in Fall 2021 to study the composition of the mechanosensory transduction complex.
Guna received a B.Tech. degree in Bioinformatics from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 2012. He then completed an M.Sc. degree in Genomics at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. While working at RMRC (ICMR), Port Blair, his research focused on characterization of recombinant proteases of Leptospira interrogans and identification of their role in invasion. Later, he joined the lab of Dr. Guy Patchornik at Ariel University, Israel in 2017. In his doctoral research, he worked on development of novel purification methods for IgGs, Fabs, and IgM antibodies. After receiving his Ph.D., Guna joined the Gouaux lab in Dec 2022 to develop new labeled mAbs, Fabs, and scFvs to study the molecular organization and function of chemical synapses.
Chengli received B.S. degree in Biological Engineering from Hunan University of Science and Technology, in 2016. Then, he joined Dr. Yu Zhang’s lab at Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to study the mechanisms for RNA polymerase (RNAP) transcription, transcription initiation, and activation. After receiving his Ph.D., Chengli joined the Gouaux lab in June 2022 to study the structural and functional basis of neurotransmitter receptors.
Makayla received B.S. degrees in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2019. At UA, she worked with Professor Rebecca Page to study the highly dynamic, interacting proteins that comprise signal transduction networks using X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Makayla joined the Gouaux lab in the summer of 2020 to study the structure and function of transmembrane proteins using cryo-EM.
Senior Research Associate
April Goehring earned a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1993, and as an undergraduate participated in projects to characterize the regulation of MAP kinase kinase. In her graduate research, April’s work focused on the identification and characterization of proteins in yeast involved in polarized cell growth. She was granted a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2002 from the University of Oregon. Her postdoctoral training was carried out at the Vollum Institute where she studied anchored PKA signal transduction. Since joining the Gouaux lab in 2008, she has spent her time studying the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter transporters and receptors.
Hanbin received his B.S. degree in Life Sciences from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea in 2014. He then joined the lab of Dr. Changwook Lee at UNIST. In his doctoral research, Hanbin mainly focused on the structural studies of membrane contact sites (MCSs) protein complex using X-ray crystallography. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in 2019, he continued his work in the Lee Lab. Hanbin joined the Gouaux Lab in 2021 to study the structure and function of transmembrane channel proteins using cryo-electron microscopy.
Junhoe received his B.S. degree in Life Sciences in 2011 at Korea University, Republic of Korea and started a Ph.D. course in Molecular Biology in the lab of Professor Hyun Kyu Song at the same university. His thesis focused on the studies of structure and function of human autophagy-related (ATG) proteins underlying autophagosome maturation mechanism. After earning his Ph.D. degree, Junhoe joined Eric Gouaux’s lab in the summer of 2019 to study the structure and function of neurotransmitter receptors.
Senior Research Associate
Aya received a B.S. degree in Neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2007. She joined the lab of Dr. John Williams at OHSU for her Ph.D. research, which investigated how activation of the mu-opioid receptor disinhibits the dopamine neuron and its modulation following chronic opioid treatment. Aya completed her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Veronica Alvarez at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH), where she studied neuronal modulation following drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and alcohol. She joined the Gouaux lab in 2020 to study the structure and function of synaptic receptors.
Jumi received a B.S degree in Life Sciences from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea in 2016. She then joined Prof. Changwook Lee’s lab at the same university, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of membrane contact sites between organelles and DNA/RNA processing proteins. After earning her Ph.D., Jumi joined the Gouaux lab in April 2021 to investigate the structure and function of neurotransmitter receptors.
Natalie was born and raised in Oregon and earned a B.S. in Biology from Hope College in Holland, MI. While earning her degree she worked on the transporter system xc- in Leah Chase's lab. After graduation in 2006 she joined the Gouaux lab, and her primary role has been to do support work for the entire lab. Natalie also does the purchasing for the lab and tries her hardest to maintain some organization and cleanliness around the lab.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Cathy received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. She went on to conduct her graduate research at the same institution in the lab of Dr. Robert McGinty, where she used single particle cryo-electron microscopy to investigate how chromatin-interacting proteins bind to and enzymatically target specific sites on the nucleosome. After earning her PhD, Cathy joined the Gouaux lab in the Spring of 2022 and is exploring the structural and functional basis of neurotransmitter receptor misregulation in glioblastoma.
Dushyant received his B.Sc. degree in 2011 and M.Sc. degree in 2013 in Zoology from University of Calcutta, India. He then joined the lab of Dr. Siddhartha Roy at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology to pursue his doctoral research work in the field of chromatin biology where he pursued structural studies on histone chaperones and chromatin reader protein by X-ray crystallography. After receiving his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Calcutta, India he joined Gouaux Lab in June 2022 to study the structural and functional aspects of neurotransmitter transporters.
Chang received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Fudan University, China, in 2010. He then started his graduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois, under the supervision of Profs. Colin Wraight and Robert Gennis. Chang's research focused on characterizations of bioenergetic enzymes with magnetic resonance spectroscopy and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. After receiving his Ph.D. in May 2016, he remained at the University of Illinois to work on a joint project with Profs. Gennis and Emad Tajkhorshid, and Prof. John Rubinstein from SickKids, Canada. Together, they solved a new respiratory protein structure with the styrene-maleic acid copolymer. Chang joined the Gouaux Lab in November 2018 to study the molecular mechanism of ligand-gated ion-channel by cryo-electron microscopy.
Gaoqi received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Zhejiang University, China, in 2018. He then started his graduate studies in computer-aided drug design at Zhejiang University, under the supervision of Prof. Tingjun Hou. Gaoqi's research focused on the computational methodology study on protein-protein interactions and PROTACs. After receiving his Ph.D., Gaoqi joined the Gouaux Lab in November 2023 to study the molecular mechanism of transmembrane channel proteins using cryo-electron microscopy.