Postdoctoral Fellows

Guillaume Ferré, PhD

Guillaume earned his PhD in Biochemistry in 2019 at the University of Toulouse, France, supervised by Prof. Alain Milon and Dr. Pascal Demange.  There, Guillaume studied GPCR-ligands interactions via NMR spectroscopy to characterize the structure, dynamics and binding epitopes of receptor-bound neuropeptides. Guillaume also developed novel GPCR isotopic labeling strategies and new collaborative approaches to integrate NMR data with molecular mechanics calculations. Guillaume is currently interested in understanding the role of GPCR membranes as allosteric modulators of GPCR drug binding and signaling

Graduate Students

Kara Anazia

2nd Year Student

Kara obtained her BA in chemistry from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2018. Kara carried out undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Dustin Patterson’s where she studied applications of virus-like particles (VLPs) and protein cages in medicine. Currently she is interested in the application of NMR to study structures and dynamics of G protein-coupled receptors and their partner proteins. Kara enjoys music and loves to sing in her free time.

Naveen Thakur

2nd Year Student

Naveen obtained his MS degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2018.  During his masters' program training, Naveen focused on techniques in synthetic organic chemistry. Currently he is interested in investigating the role of membrane in conformational equilibria of GPCRs using solution NMR.  In his free time, Naveen enjoys photography.

Beining (Kim) Jin

1st Year Student

Beining received her BA in Chemistry from Zhengzhou University, China, in 2018. As an undergraduate student, Beining worked on the synthesis of polymers and new methods to test approaches using alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and micro-RNA. Currently, she is interested in studying the structures and conformational dynamics of G protein-coupled receptors with NMR spectroscopy. Beining loves watching movies and listening to music in her free time.

Emma Mulry

1st Year Student

Emma obtained her BS in chemistry from Clemson University in 2019. During her undergraduate research, Emma worked with Dr. Leah Casabianca studying nanoparticle interactions with biological molecules using NMR.  Currently she is interested in the application of NMR to study structures, dynamics, and functions of G protein-coupled receptors. Outside of the lab, Emma enjoys listening to music, traveling, and watching football.

Niloofar Gopal Pour

1st Year Student

Niloofar received her masters' degree in Biotechnology from the University of Tehran in 2018. During her masters, she studied the structural and functional properties of a tuberculosis-related enzyme Pyrazinamidase. She is interested in understanding protein structure-function relationships and engineering biomolecular macromolecules to introduce new functions. Niloofar is applying these interests in her studies of human GPCRs and seeks to characterize the dynamics of GPCRs with NMR and single molecule fluorescence. Niloofar is also an enthusiastic dancer, loves swimming and enjoys traveling all over the world.

Arka Prabha Ray

1st Year Student

Arka obtained his masters in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur, India in 2018.  During his MS, he worked on establishing metallophillic interactions in porphyrin trimers.  He also studied mechanisms of pHLIP insertion in membranes at CCMB, Hyderabad before joining the Eddy lab in 2019. Currently, he is interested in studying how the bulk properties of the membrane and lipid raft domains affect GPCR functioning and conformational equilibria. Outside the lab, Arka enjoys soccer, reading and eating! 

Undergraduate Researchers

Alexander Duong

Alex is a UF undergraduate currently pursuing a major in chemistry with a minor in physics. He is passionate about studying chemistry in and out of the classroom and is interested in how chemistry, biology, and physics intersect in biophysical studies of proteins. After graduation, Alex plans on continuing his chemistry education and training in graduate school and eventually pursue a career in academia.  Outside of lab work and his studies, Alex enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, listening to classical music, and exercising.

Hala Hachem

Hala is an undergraduate pursuing her degree in chemistry with a minor in education. She is interested in how chemistry shapes the food we eat, art is conserved, and proteins react. She plans on going to graduate school to further her chemistry education and go into academia. Outside of the lab, Hala enjoys cooking, reading, and being involved on campus. 

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