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About the 2020 Accelerator Grant Recipients

Gary J. Bassell, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine

gbassel@emory.edu

Dr. Bassell joined the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine in 2005, where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology http://cellbio.emory.edu. Prior to moving Emory, Dr. Bassell was a member of the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology (1995-1998) and subsequently in the Department of Neuroscience and Rose Kennedy Center for Mental Retardation (1998-2005).

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Gary J. Bassell, PhD

Guy Benian, MD

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

pathgb@emory.edu

Dr. Benian's research focuses on Myofibril assembly and maintenance in the model genetic system, Caenorhabditis elegans; the functions and structures of giant multi-domain proteins, and the mechanism by which myofibrils are attached to the muscle cell membrane and transmit force.

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Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University College of Arts and Sciences

jen.heemstra@emory.edu

Research: Nucleic acids are exquisitely adept at molecular recognition and self-assembly, enabling them to direct numerous key processes that make life possible. These capabilities have been fine-tuned by billions of years of evolution, and more recently, have been harnessed in the laboratory to enable the use of DNA and RNA for applications that are completely unrelated to their canonical biological roles. The common thread that is woven throughout our research program is the utilization of nucleic acid molecular recognition and self-assembly to generate functional architectures for biosensing and bioimaging.  

Heemstra Lab Website
Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD

Nathan Jui, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University College of Arts and Sciences

njui@emory.edu

Dr. Ju's lab focuses on inventing new tools for the production of complex, valuable matter from cheap chemical precursors. Second, they are motivated to learn more about disease with the hope that their findings will help make sick people healthy again, in any way possible. 

Ju Lab Website
Nathan Jui, PhD

Dennis Liotta, PhD

Executive Director, Emory Institute for Drug Development, Emory University Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University

dliotta@emory.edu

Dr. Liotta's research has focused on the discovery and development of antiviral, anticancer and anti-inflammatory therapeutic agents.

 

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Dennis Liotta, PhD

Eric Ortlund, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine

eortlun@emory.edu

Eric received his B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina, and followed this with postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Eric was a Lineberger Cancer Center NRSA postdoctoral fellow and joined the Department of Biochemistry at Emory as an Assistant Professor in September 2008. 

Ortlund Lab Website
Eric Ortlund, PhD

Stephen F. Traynelis, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology,  Emory University School of Medicine

strayne@emory.edu

The Traynelis lab studies the basic mechanisms underlying excitatory synaptic transmission. Its main focus has been on the postsynaptic glutamate receptor, which are ligand-gated ion channels that catalyze the transmembrane flux of cations in response to activation by the neurotransmitter glutamate. Ongoing experiments use electrophysiological approaches and molecular techniques to probe in detail the nature of glutamate receptor structure and function.

Traynelis Lab Website
Stephen F. Traynelis, PhD

William R. Wilcox, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine

william.wilcox@emory.edu

Dr. Wilcox is a clinical, biochemical, and molecular geneticist in the Division of Medical Genetics. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders and genetic disorders of the skeleton, particularly dwarfisms and limb deficiency disorders.

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William R. Wilcox, MD, PhD