Current Lab Members

March 2019

From left to right: Grant Shain, Ben Cantor, Frank Lovering, Nina Barr, Jessica Lloyd, Dr. Roland Wolkowicz, Danielle Slemons, Nick Allsing, Francesca Ventola, Alex Escobar, Nate Mercdai, Majid Salami, Kevin Zarghan.

Dr. Roland Wolkowicz, PhD Cellular and Molecular Biology

-PhD. 1992-1998 Weizman Institute of Science. Rehovot, Israel.

-Post Doctorate 1998-2002 Laboratory of Gary P Nolan. Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Stanford, CA.

-Research Associate 2002-2006 Laboratory of Gary P Nolan. Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Stanford, CA.

Principal Investigator, Flow Cytommetry Director

Email: roland@sdsu.edu

 

Francesca Ventola, MSc Student in Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Lab Member Since August 2016

Lab Manager

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2012- August 2017

Masters student: SDSU – August 2017- Present

HIV Envelope Maturation: Monitoring cleavage of HIV Envelope protein through cell-based assays with the aim to discover novel antivirals that inhibit protease activity.

Email: francescaventola@comcast.net

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Alex Escobar, MSc Student in Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Lab Member Since January 2017

Biosafety Coordinator and Tissue Culture Room Manager

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2012- May 2018

Masters student: SDSU – August 2018- Present

Chikungunya Virus Protease Assay: Developing a cell-based assay for the discovery of protease inhibitors for the structural and non-structural proteases of the Chikungunya Virus.

Email: ajescobar@sdsu.edu

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Majid Salami, MSc Student Bioinformatics, and Medical Informatics

– Lab Member Since August 2016

Website Manager

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2012- August 2017

Masters student: SDSU – August 2017- Present

Dengue And Zika Virus Substrate Discovery: Using a bioinformatics approach for the discovery of both Dengue and Zika Virus substrate discovery.

Email: Submit via Contact Page.

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Danielle Slemons, MSc Student in Cellular and Molecular Biology 

Lab Member Since January 2017

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2012- May 2017

Masters student: SDSU – August 2018- Present

Dengue Virus Protease AssayDeveloping a cell based assay aimed at monitoring the protease activity of Dengue virus.

Email: danielleslemons@gmail.com

Nina Barr, MSc Student in Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Lab Member Since August 2018

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2013-May 2017

Masters student: SDSU – August 2018- Present

Dengue Virus Substrate Assay: Monitoring Cleavage of Host Substrates by the Dengue Protease

Email: ninabarr95@gmail.com

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Benjamin Canter, MSc Student in Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Lab Member Since May 2018

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2014-November 2018

Masters student: SDSU – Starting August 2019

Dengue and Chikungunya: Dengue Pre-Membrane Domain cell line analysis and Chikungunya Capsid Analysis.

Nicholas Allsing,  B.S. Student in Biology

 Lab Member Since August 2018

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2015- Present

Chikungunya Virus Protease AssayDeveloping a cell-based assay for the discovery of protease inhibitors for the structural and non-structural proteases of the Chikungunya Virus.

Grant Shain,  B.S. Student in Biology

 Lab Member Since September 2018

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2016- Present

Zika Virus Substrate Assay: Monitoring cleavage of host substrates by the Zika Protease

Email: abe.shain@gmail.com

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Frank Lovering,  B.S. Student in Biology

 Lab Member Since August 2018

Undergraduate student: SDSU – August 2015- Present

HIV Envelope MaturationMonitoring cleavage of HIV Envelope protein through cell-based assays with the aim to discover novel antivirals that inhibit protease activity.

Email: flovering@sdsu.edu

Nathnael Abebe,  Volunteer

 Lab Member Since January 2019

Undergraduate student: UCSB – August 2016-November 2018

Chikungunya Virus Protease Assay: Assisting with Chikungunya Capsid Cloning and Analysis.