Members

Graduate Students

Chris Whittington

Chris graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry in 2019 and a M.S. in Chemistry in 2021. His advisor at ECU was Adam Offenbacher. Chris researched C-H activation via hydrogen tunneling and the effect of glycosylation on enzyme activity in MnLOX. He joined the Lieberman lab as a PhD student in Fall 2021.

 

 

 

Hailee Scelsi

Hailee graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2019 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She started her PhD in Fall 2020. She is currently working on characterizing common allele variants of OLF and determining the structure of full length myocilin.

 

 

 

 

Gwendell Thomas

Gwendell graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned her M.S. in chemistry from Georgia Tech in May 2022. Gwen is continuing on as a PhD student in the Lieberman lab as of Fall 2022.

 

 

 

 

Kamisha Hill

Kamisha graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in Fall 2018 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is currently working on cellular characterizing common allele variants of the OLF domain. She joined the Lieberman lab as a PhD student in Spring 2020.

 

 

 

Emily Saccuzzo

Emily obtained her B.S. degree from University of Connecticut in 2018. She joined Lieberman lab and worked on optimization of a growth protocol for generating high yields of the C-terminus olfactomedin (OLF) domain of myocilin.

 

 

 

 

Minh Thu (Alice) Ma

Alice received her B.S in Biochemistry at Stetson University, Florida. She is conducting research in myocilin biophysical characterization and antibody development. She started her PhD in the Lieberman lab in 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

Yuqi Wu

Yuqi received his B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry at Emory University. He is currently studying the substrate preferences and activity of intramembrane aspartyl protease. He joined the Lieberman Lab in 2018.

 

 

 

 

Research Scientist and Post Docs

Lisa Schildmeyer, Ph.D.

Lisa graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky with a double major in biology and chemistry. She received her PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After doing post-doctoral fellowships at Baylor and Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, she joined TEI Biosciences in Boston as a Senior Staff Scientist. She has been at Georgia Tech since 2003 and is currently working part time with Dustin on the GCase project for MJFF.

 

 

Dustin Huard, Ph.D.

Dustin obtained his B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Seattle University. He then obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, specializing in bioinorganic, biophysics, and structural biochemistry. His advisor was Akif Tezcan. He joined the Lieberman Lab in Fall 2013.

 

 

 

Technicians

Brett Barlow

Brett received his B.S. in Biology from Alabama State University in 2017. He joined the Lieberman lab in 2019 as a research technician working with the myocilin subgroup.  

 

 

 

 

Yemo Ku

Yemo worked in the Lieberman lab as an undergraduate. After graduating with his B.S. in Biochemistry in 2021 he came back to work as a technician working with the myocilin subgroup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Lydia Kenney

Lydia is an undergraduate researcher pursuing a B.S. in biochemistry at Georgia Tech. She is an awardee of the Beckman Scholar Program and is currently working on the identification of hypothetical clathrate binding proteins.

 

 

 

Kenneth Liu

Kenny is an undergraduate student pursuing his B.S. in Biochemistry. He is an awardee of the Petit Fellows Scholarship and is working on characterizing the folding of myocilin OLF variants.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Bahri and Max Thomsen, too!