Current Group Members

Alemayehu Gorfe

Alemayehu Gorfe, PhD (Biochemistry, University of Zurich)
Principal Investigator (Google Scholar Profile)

Room: MSB 4.108
Phone: 713-500-7538


Cynthia Pagba, PhD (Chemistry, Rutgers University)
Senior Research Scientist: Biophysics of protein-ligand interactions

Room: MSB 4.107


Jacob Jakubec, BSc
Research Assistant I

Room: MSB 4.304

Mussie Araya

Mussie Araya, MSc
Graduate Student: Membrane binding and organization of lipidated small GTPases

Room: MSB 4.304


Chase Hutchins, BSc
Graduate Student: Protein-membrane interactions and dynamics

Room: MSB 4.403


Vijay Bhardwaj, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow: Protein membrane simulations and drug discovery

Room: MSB 4.403

Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Violeta Casamayor Burns (2021-2022); Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland.

  • Priyanka Prakash (2011-2020); Institute Research Investigator, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Amit Gupta (2015-2019); Computational Chemistry Lead at TMC Innovation.

  • Xubo Lin (2014-2017); Associate Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China.

  • Suparna Sarkar-Banerjee (2015-2018); Scientist, Discovery Technologies, Loxo Oncology at Lilly, New York.

  • Zhenlong Li (2011-2015); Quantitative Analyst at BFS Capital.

  • Hualin Li (2011-2014); Manager at EY.

  • Ming Han (2011); current position N/A.

  • Abdallah Sayyed-Ahmad (2009-2010); Professor of Physics, Birzeit University.

  • Lorant Janosi (2009-2010); Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Romania.

  • Graduate Students (Thesis or Rotation)

  • John Sanchez (2022); GSBS graduate student.

  • Chase Hutchins (2022); GSBS graduate student.

  • Vinay Nair (PhD 2022); Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Shuai Guo (2020); GSBS graduate student.

  • Mechael McCarthy (PhD 2018); Senior Research Scientist, Computer Aided Drug Design at Arvinas.

  • Harrison Hocker (PhD 2014); Senior Software Engineer at Natera.

  • Nabina Paudyal (MSc 2017); GSBS graduate student.

  • Nandini Rambahal (MSc 2013); current position N/A.

  • Zuhal Ozcan (2017); GSBS graduate student.

  • Yash Lagisetty (2016); MDPhD candidate at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston / MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

  • Drew Dolino (2013); Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Thomas

  • Kelsey Maxwell (2013); Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

  • Viralkumar Patel (2009); current position N/A.

  • Undergraduate Students

  • Asenath Genanaw (2022); Undergraduate student, Texas A&M University.

  • Ritam Nandi (2021); High School student.

  • Tia Lal (2018); graduate student at School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

  • Andrew Mu (2018); undergraduate student at Rice University.

  • Matthew Holcombe (2017); graduated from Rice University.

  • John Rogers (2015); graduated with MD from the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston.

  • Kalkidan Getahun (2015); graduated from John Hopkins University.

  • Ruonan Zhao (2014); current position N/A

  • Kevin Zhu (2011); Bionformatician in Dallas

  • Neal Thakar (2009); current position N/A.

  • Visiting and Research Scientists

  • Xiaowen Liang (2022-2023). Currently with Wntrix Inc.

  • Abdallah Sayyed-Ahmad (2014-2017); Professor of Physics, Birzeit University

  • Daniel Erenso (2009); Professor of Physics at Middle Tennessee University