Baconguis Lab

Assistant Scientist and Principal Investigator: Isabelle Baconguis

Current lab members

Arpita Bharadwaj, PhD

Arpita Bharadwaj
Senior Research Associate

Arpita graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Immunology. She investigated the phenotype of dendritic cells in the lungs after treatment of bronchial asthma with Flt3 ligand. Arpita worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Mt. Sinai Medical Center where her research involved identifying mechanisms that result in factor IX tolerance following gene therapy with adeno-associated viral serotype-1 vector. In her second postdoctoral fellowship, in the laboratory of Justine Smith at Oregon Health & Science University, she studied the role of immune cells in the inflammation of the eyes. She joined the Baconguis lab in February 2014 to work on the structure and function of sodium channels.

Alex Houser

Alexandra Houser
Graduate Student

Alex received her B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. While there she studied the autoregulation of the motor protein Kinesin under the mentorship of Dr. William Saxton. Following her undergraduate work, she spent two years working in Dr. David Bilder’s lab at the University of California Berkeley. Her research focused on the glycosylation of the Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor in a Drosophila melanogaster tumor model. Alex started in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU in September 2018. She joined the Baconguis Lab in September 2019 and is focusing on ENaC in the nervous system for her doctoral thesis.

Sigrid Noreng

Sigrid Noreng
Graduate Student

Sigrid graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physics from University of Oslo in 2014. She spent one year of her undergraduate studies as an exchange student at the University of Oregon where she took classes and worked in the Parthasarathy lab. She assisted a graduate student in his research project that involved calculating the rigidity of biological membranes using light sheet fluorescence imaging. Sigrid joined the Baconguis lab June 2015 as a Ph.D. student and will be focusing her research on the function and structure of sodium channels.

Rich Posert

Rich Posert
Graduate Student

Rich earned his B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology just across the river at Reed College in 2015. He spent two years working on ion channel structure-function in Matt Whorton's lab at the Vollum Institute as a research assistant. Rich then joined OHSU's Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (PMCB) in 2017 and the Baconguis lab in April 2018 to study the structure of ENaC in complex with regulatory proteins. When he's not in lab he can be found riding his bike or playing with his cat, Nooch.

Contact information

Lab phone number


Lab location

Vollum Room 1411

Faculty support

Ruth Frank
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 503-494-0517

Mailing address

Isabelle Baconguis Lab
Vollum Institute, OHSU
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Mail code L474 (regular mail)
Dock 4, Vollum Rm. 1411 (express mail)
Portland, OR 97239-3098