Sarah received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis in 2011. She then completed an M.S. degree in Systems Engineering at George Washington University while working at a startup pharmaceutical company in Maryland that focused on the development of therapeutic antibodies. Sarah joined the lab of Dr. Elisar Barbar at Oregon State University in 2013. In her doctoral research, she explored the structure and dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins using NMR spectroscopy. After receiving her Ph.D., Sarah joined the Gouaux lab in March 2018 to study the structure and function of transmembrane proteins.
Johannes received a B.A. degree in Molecular Biotechnology from the Technical University Munich, Germany in 2010. He then joined the lab of Dr. Ujwal Shinde at OHSU. In his doctoral work he investigated the effect of pH on activation of proprotein convertases using computational and biophysical techniques. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2015 he joined the Gouaux lab to study the structure and function of transmembrane proteins.
Jingpeng received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biology from Jilin University, China in 2010. He then joined Dr. Maojun Yang's laboratory at Tsinghua University, where he studied the structure and mechanism of mammalian mechanosensitive channel Piezo1 using both cryo-EM and X-ray crystallography. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Jingpeng joined the Gouaux lab in February 2016 to investigate the structure and function of transmembrane proteins.
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.
Prerana received her bachelor’s degree in 2010 and master’s degree in 2012 in Biotechnology from North Eastern Hill University, India. She then joined the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India, for a Ph.D. program in Structural Biology and earned her Ph.D. in 2019. Her doctoral research work in Dr. Shankar Prasad Kanaujia’s laboratory comprised structural characterization of protein translation initiation factors in archaea using X-ray crystallography. Prerana joined the Gouaux laboratory in 2020 to study the structural mechanisms of neurotransmitter receptor functions using cryo-electron microscopy.
Farzad received his B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology from MIT. At MIT, he worked with Professors Langer and Cima to develop implantable devices to monitor hCG concentrations in cancer patients. After MIT, Farzad worked for two years as a scientist and engineer at BioScale, Inc., a biotechnology startup company in Cambridge, developing accurate and sensitive assays on a new MEMS platform. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from USC, working to develop and characterize peptide ligands using mRNA display. His research in Professor Roberts' laboratory focused on developing a peptide-targeted peptide ligand capable of stopping HCV virus particle production in human liver cells, as well as using mRNA display and NextGen sequencing to characterize the binding kinetics for thousands of ligands simultaneously. He joined the Gouaux lab in fall of 2016 to study the structural mechanisms of neurotransmitter receptor functions by 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.
Vikas graduated from Osmania University, India, with a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology in 2005 and master's degree in Biochemistry in 2007. He then joined the Molecular Biophysics Unit (MBU) of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India, for a Ph.D. program in Structural Biology and Biochemistry. His research work in Professor B. Gopal's laboratory comprised structural and biochemical characterization of proteins involved in peptidoglycan synthesis, antibiotic resistance and essential amino acid metabolism in gram-positive bacteria. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 and continued working at IISc as a Research Associate. He studied RNA degradosome machinery of gram-positive bacteria briefly, before joining the Gouaux laboratory in February of 2015 to research the structural and mechanistic aspects of neurotransmitter transporters.
Prashant received his B.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland in 2011. He went on to join the lab of Dr. Sriram Subramaniam at the National Institutes of Health, focusing primarily on optimization of sample preparation and cryo-electron microscopy techniques. Prashant joined the Gouaux lab in the summer of 2018 to investigate the structural and functional properties 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.
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.
Dongxue received her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011. She then joined the lab of Professor Ruiming Xu in the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to study the structure of a nucleosome-related complex. After earning her Ph.D., Dongxue joined the Gouaux lab in September of 2016 and is currently investigating the structure and function of neurotransmitter transporters.
Jie received a B.S. degree in Biology from Jilin University, China in 2010, then joined the lab of Dr. Maojun Yang in the Center for Structural Biology at Tsinghua University. In her graduate research, she mainly focused on the underlying mechanism for substrate specificity of amino acid ABC transporters using X-ray crystallography. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in the summer of 2015, Jie joined the Gouaux Lab in early 2016 and is currently investigating the structural and functional properties of the key proteins in the development of chronic myelogenous leukemia, combining X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy.
Hongtao received his B.A. degree from Ocean University of China in 2009, then began his Ph.D. work in the lab of Ping Zhu at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he worked mainly on virus-like particles using CryoEM. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2014, he continued his work in the Zhu lab for a year. Hongtao joined Eric Gouaux's lab in November 2015 to study the structure and function of neurotransmitter receptors.