The PI
  • Carlos A. Castañeda
    PhD, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
    BA, Chemistry and Mathematics, La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA)
Research staff
  • Thuy Dao
    PhD, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Amber Rusnock
    MSc, Biology, Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Sarasi Galagedera
    PhD, University at Albany – SUNY (Albany, NY)
Graduate Students
  • Peter Raymond-Smiedy, Biology (praymond_at_syr.edu)
  • Yiran Yang, Chemistry, PhD Candidate (yyang85_at_syr.edu)
  • Tongyin Zheng, Chemistry, PhD Candidate (tzhen100_at_syr.edu)

Undergraduates

  • Julianna Paladino ’22 (Biotechnology)
  • Audrie Guo ’21 (Biology)

Alumni

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Emily at the 2015 Summer REU poster session!

 

Christine at the 2018 Summer Research Symposium @ SUNY-ESF!

 

Jules Riley ’20 presenting her research at the 2018 summer undergraduate research symposium.
AlumYears in LabLevelCurrent Position
Emily MortonREU 2015Undergraduate
(Biochemistry)
Research Technician at Peloton Therapeutics
Alexandria Remillard2014-2016Graduate (Chemistry Masters)Pfizer
Zachary Lanzar2016-2017Undergraduate (Biochemistry)PhD Graduate Student in Immunology, University of Pennsylvania (started Fall 2020)
Ismael Gonzalez2015-2018Undergraduate (Biochemistry, Neuroscience)Trainee, Johns Hopkins University Doctoral Diversity Program
Esther Park2016-2018Undergraduate (Biochemistry)PhD Graduate Student in the Johns Hopkins Molecular Biophysics Program (PMB) (started Fall 2019)
Maria PonsREU 2017Undergraduate (Biochemistry)Research Technician @ University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Yongna Lei2016-2019Undergraduate (Biochemistry)Researcher, Cohen Lab, NIH; starting MD/PhD program @ Yale in Fall 2021
Christine Habjan2017-2019Undergraduate (Biotechnology)Associate Study Manager, Invicro
Brian Martyniak2016 -2018Graduate (Chemistry Masters)QA/QC Supervisor, Acreage Holdings
Julia Riley2016-2020Undergraduate (Biochemistry and Neuroscience)PhD Graduate Student in the University of Pennsylvania Neuroscience program (started Fall 2020)
Holly Jones2018-2020Graduate (Biology MSc)Acreage Holdings
Barrington Bucknor2017-2021Undergraduate (Biochemistry and Neuroscience)Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Program at University of Pennsylvania (starting Fall 2021)
Savanna Macchio2019-2021Undergraduate (Medicinal Chemistry)Medical School Preparation

Honorary Lab Members

Luke (born November 2015), Ava (born February 2018), Leo (born June 2019)