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People


 

Principal Investigator

 
MARKUS A. SEELIGER

MARKUS A. SEELIGER

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Hometown: Hannover, Germany
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites:  Jessica Seeliger, Hannover 96, Diving

Markus received his Diploma in Biochemistry from Hannover University, Germany. He performed his graduate research at Cambridge University with Laura Itzhaki and Alan Fersht in Protein Folding and Protein Engineering. In 2003 he joined John Kuriyan’s group in Berkeley to work on structure and function of protein kinases. He joined the faculty in Stony Brook 2009 to start his independent career.

My Webpage: https://www.pharm.stonybrook.edu/faculty/s/seeliger   


 Lab Members

 

PETER ALSALOUM

PETER ALSALOUM

Undergraduate, Biochemistry

Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Favorites: Basketball, swimming, football

 

Peter’s goal is to attend medical school after completing a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at Stony Brook University. He is interested in becoming an Infectious Disease Specialist as well as continuing his career in research. 

 

EMILIE BOUDA

EMILIE BOUDA

Doctoral Student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Hometown: Burkina Faso
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120       
Favorites: Family, Cooking and Exploring.

 

Emilie graduated High School in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and received a BA in Biochemistry from Hunter College, CUNY. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Choudhary at Brown University to investigate the potential of Anoctamin-1 as a target for treating Pulmonary Hypertension using small molecule inhibitors. In 2015 she entered Stony Brook Pharmacology PhD program and is currently working on understanding the structural basis of small molecules binding to their target enzymes. 

 

DIANA HU

DIANA HU

Masters student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorites: weight-lifting, traveling, cooking

 

Diana graduated from Stony Brook with a Bachelors in Pharmacology, working with Dr. Takemaru on Chibby and ciliogenesis. Post-graduation, she worked as a analytical chemist at Cipla Pharmaceuticals before joining Stony Brook Pharmacology Masters program.

 AGATHA LYCZEK

AGATH LYCZEK

Graduate student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, MSTP fellow

Hometown: NYC 
Office:  Basic Science Tower, 7th Floor, Room 120
Favorites: Cats, meats

 

Agatha received a Bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Chemical Engineering where she worked on neuroimaging research. In 2013, she entered Stony Brook's MSTP program.

 GRACE TAN

GRACE TAN

Graduate student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Hometown: Singapore
Office:Basic Science Tower, 7th Floor, Room 120
Favorites: Bird cams, cooking & travel

 

Grace received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at Vassar College. She was a research technician at Weill Cornell Medical College studying the role of Her2/neu signaling in breast cancer before joining the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at Stony Brook as a PhD candidate.

 

 MICHAEL TONG

MICHAEL TONG

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: London, UK
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Manchester United, hot food and bodybuilding

 

Mike received his BA in Biochemistry from University College London and his PhD in Structural Biology from Birmingham University. Michael is working on the solution dynamics of protein tyrosine kinases.

 

 WEIBING ZHANG

WEIBING ZHANG

Research Support Specialist

Hometown: New York
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Gardening, Chinese Opera, Cookies

 

Weibing received her Medical degree from Anhui Medical University, China.  Since 1996, she has worked as a research technician/support specialist at Stony Brook University. In 2012, she joined the Seeliger lab to work on protein purification, molecular biology, and provide support for various studies and activities.

 

 CRYSTALLOGROWBEAR

CRYSTALLOGROWBEAR

Lab Mascot

Hometown:  Berkeley, California
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: PEG3350, Cal Bears, Churrascaria

 

Crystallogrowbear moved from Berkeley with Markus to Stony Brook in 2009. He is currently working on all aspects relating to lab morale and discipline.

 

 


Past Members

 IGOR BUNDALEVSKI

IGOR BUNDALEVSKI

Undergraduate Fellow, Biology

Hometown: Skopje, Macedonia
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Traveling, chocolate, swimming, Macedonia
 

Igor Bundalevski is an international student from Macedonia studying Biology at Stony Brook. He joined Dr. Seeliger’s lab in May 2012 and is currently working on understanding Src kinase dynamics. Igor has aspirations in pursuing an MD/PhD career.

 

 JEVON FRAGOSO

JEVON FRAGOSO

Undergraduate Fellow, Pharmacology

Hometown: Queens, New York
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: TTX, Oxtail, Action movies

 

Jevon graduated from the Pharmacology program at Stony Brook in 2014. He is aspiring to become a doctor - either of the scientific or the medical variety.

 

ZACK FODA

ZACK FODA

Graduate Student in Molecular and Cell Biology, MSTP Fellow

Hometown: Stony Brook, NY
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Van Morrison, Rugby, Quality Barbecue
 

Zack received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Dartmouth College. In 2009 he entered Stony Brook's MSTP (MD/PhD) program. In the fall of 2011, after the first 2 years of medical school, he joined the Seeliger lab full time and started his work as a doctoral candidate in the Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program.

 

GEORGE GEORGHIOU

GEORGE GEORGHIOU

Graduate student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Hometown: Medford, New York
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: History, Cooking, Music, and playing Bass Guitar

 

George received his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Stony Brook University in 2009. During his undergraduate career, he conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. Stella Tsirka on the role of tissue plasminogen activator and it’s role in memory and learning (2005-2009). George joined the lab of Dr. Markus Seeliger in January 2010 for his graduate work as gradstudent Nummer 1. He studies the structure and function of protein kinases.

 

LAURA GOLDMAN

LAURA GOLDMAN

Undergraduate Fellow, Pharmacology

Hometown: Syosset, New York
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Soccer, reading and sushi

 

Laura is an undergraduate student at Stony Brook pursuing a degree in Pharmacology.  She hopes to fulfill her dreams of attaining an MD/PhD degree.

MAJA KORNAJ

MAJA KORNAJ

Undergraduate Fellow, Pharmacology

Hometown: Wroclaw, Poland
Office:  Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Snowboarding, traveling, Yorkshire Terriers, Hawaiian Pizza

 

Maya moved to the United States from Poland in 2010. Her goal is to pursue a PhD after she graduates from Stony Brook University. She hopes to work on drug research and development in the future.

THERESA (CHIA-YU) KUNG

THERESA (CHIA-YU) KUNG

Undergraduate Fellow, Biochemistry

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Basketball, Asian Dramas

 

Theresa is an international student from Taiwan, and is a junior studying Biochemistry at Stony Brook University. She joined the Seeliger lab in Jan 2014, and is eager to pursue a PhD after graduation.

IVAN LEBEDEV

IVAN LEBEDEV 

Graduate student in Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Hometown: San Diego, California
Office:  Basic Science Tower, 7th Floor, Room 120
Favorites:  California, being outdoors and tinkering with cars

 

Ivan received a Bachelors of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering where he worked on designing an 'atomizing' pipette tip and improving a dimensional stem cell-scaffold seeding device for dimensional tissue regeneration research. He went on to work for the nonprofit MassBiologics in the Boston area for a year before coming to Stony Brook University in the Fall of 2012. He is currently investigating a novel role of p53 in the cell.

 

 

MICHAEL PULKOSKI-GROSS

MICHAEL PULKOSKI-GROSS

Undergraduate Fellow, Pharmacology

Hometown: Brentwood, New York
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th floor, Room 120
Favorites: Bowling, Sushi, Classic Rock and Roll

 

Michael received his B.S. in Pharmacology from Stony Brook University in May 2012. His undergraduate research in the Seeliger Lab focused on the specificity of Src kinase inhibitors for regulated Src kinase. Upon graduation, Michael joined the Ph.D. program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at SBU and now studies cancer biology.

SAMANTHA SCIBELLI

SAMANTHA SCIBELLI

Undergraduate Fellow, Pharmacology

Hometown: Wantagh, New York
Office: Basic Science Tower, 7th Floor, Room 120
Favorites: The beach, hiking, french fries

 

Samantha is an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, majoring in Pharmacology. She would like to pursue a career in research and drug development.

ROBERT SHROYER

ROBERT SHROYER

Senior Resident, Department of Radiology, Stony Brook University Hospital

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Office: Health Sciences Center, 4th floor
Favorites: Animal rescue, SCUBA, skiing

 

Robert received his Bachelor's degree in  from the University of Utah and attended medical school at Stony Brook University. He joined the radiology residency training program at Stony Brook Hospital in 2012.

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