Grishin Lab Members

  Nick V. Grishin

Born and educated in Russia, Nick received a Diplom (the Russian equivalent of a master's degree) in biochemistry from the Moscow State University (1993). His doctoral research in molecular biophysics was done with Margaret Phillips at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1998). After a postdoctoral year with Eugene Koonin at the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern. Nick is interested in most projects in the lab.

Saveliy Belkin  Postdoc  

Saveliy received a Bachelor of Science, Pharmaceutical Science, May 2010 From Ohio State University, School of Pharmacy, and did undergraduate work on structural predictions for alternative splice proteins at the University of Michigan, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. Saveliy recently graduated from the University of Kansas, Center of Computational Biology (March, 2019) with primary focus on Structural and Functional Characteristics of Protein-Protein Interfaces. He is interested in discerning domains among and within biological pathways, distinguishing them in terms of sequence/structure and evolution.

   Archana Bhat  Research Associate  

Archana graduated with a MS degree in Bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Before joining Grishin lab in 2018, she worked in a Microbiology and Immunology lab in Drexel University as a Bioinformatics analyst where she developed automated pipelines for analyzing microbiome sequencing and RNAseq data. In Grishin lab she has been involved in computationally studying protein sequences, structures and domain interactions.

Raquel Bromberg  Postdoc     

Raquel received her Masters in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her focus was in algorithms and her thesis was a statistical analysis of the pancake problem, a problem involving prefix reversals. She is now a student of the Division of Basic Sciences at UT Southwestern.  She is interested in the evolution of proteins and is currently working on determining phylogenetic distances between prokaryotic organisms.  Her work is a collaboration between the labs of Prof. Nick Grishin and Prof. Zbyszek Otwinowski.

  Ping Chen  Research Technician

Ping Chen Received her Master’s degree of Biomedical Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. Now she works as a research technician in Grishin lab, and is working on the DNA extraction and library.

Lisa N. Kinch  Bioinformatics Scientist  

Lisa received her Ph.D degree in Molecular Biophysics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where she studied enzymes of Trypanosoma polyamine biosynthetic pathways under the guidance of Margaret Phillips. She also carried out postdoctoral work in the lab of Elliott Ross examining the complex kinetics of G-protein signaling systems. Her experience relating enzyme structure to function attracted her to the bioinformatics field, where she developed an expertise in using sequence and structure analysis tools to classify proteins. Her current research interests include prediction of protein structure and function from sequence and exploration of fold changes in protein evolution.

Yoonji Lee Bioinformatics Scientist 

Yoonji majored in Pharmacy (B.S.) and received her Ph.D. in Molecular Modeling and Computer-Aided Drug Design at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea in 2013. After joining Grishin lab in 2017, her research is focused on the development of structure-based predictor of nuclear export signals. She also plays the role of a manual curator of the Evolutionary Classification of Protein Domains (ECOD) database.

Kirill Medvedev Postdoc    

Kirill received his M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from Novosibirsk State University, Russia in 2010 and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology and Bioinformatics from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russia in 2015. His thesis focused on molecular dynamics of extremophilic archaea proteins and understanding of their adaptation tools to extreme conditions. He joined the Grishin lab in 2016. His research projects are focused on functional and evolutionary analysis and classification of all known structures of Rossmann-like proteins and studying of intrinsically disordered regions and proteins in human proteome.

   Erik D. Nelson  Bioinformatics Scientist 

Erik received his Ph. D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests include protein folding kinetics, energy landscape theory and the influence of biological function requirements on protein self assembly. Erik is currently using explicit chain Langevin and Monte Carlo models to describe the effects of water and cooperative interactions on the folding of small, fast folding proteins. One of his goals is to develop a simple statistical model of protein free energy landscapes that can provide a quick and qualitatively accurate method of inference from kinetics and thermodynamics measurements.

Jimin Pei  Bioinformatics Scientist  

Jimin Pei received his Ph.D. in biophysics from UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2004. His research is about the development and application of computational methods for analysis of biological sequences and structures. He has developed methods in multiple sequence alignment, protein design, functional site prediction, and evolutionary analysis. His computational work has facilitated annotation, classification, and structure/function prediction of protein families.

Dustin Schaeffer  Instructor  

Dustin Schaeffer received his B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle. He joined the Grishin lab in 2010. His thesis work focused on methods for high-throughput molecular dynamics simulations of protein folding and the study of the folding pathways of DNA/RNA-binding three-helix bundle homeodomains. His research focuses on the partition of protein structure and the quantitative classification of protein folds.

  Jinhui Shen  Research Scientist  

Jinhui Shen received his medical doctor degree and master of medical science degree from Wenzhou Medical College. He joined the Grishin lab in 2014 and has been working on genomic experiments and butterfly genome studies.

  Leina Song  Research Technician  

Leina Song Received her Ph.D degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from China Agricultural University. Now she works as a research technician in Grishin lab, mainly working on the genomic DNA extraction and library preparation.

Ming Tang System Administrator    

Ming hold a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Nankai University, Tianjin, China. In 1992 he received a Masters in Mechanics from Tianjin University. Between 1992 and 2000, Ming worked as a computer engineer. In the Grishin lab Ming makes sure all computers are in tip top shape, software is running and the databases are timely updated.

  Darui Xu Postdoc 

Darui received her MS in computer science in 2002 and her Ph.D. in chemistry in 2007, both from Florida State University. Her graduate work focused on the electrostatics and molecular dynamics of nucleic acids. Now she is a postdoc in Yuh-Min Chook's lab collaborating with us on the analysis and prediction of nuclear export signals.

Jing Zhang Graduate Student    

Jing Zhang received bachelor’s degree in Biology, June 2013 from Wuhan University, China. She joined Grishin’s lab as graduate student in 2014 and is working on butterfly genomics.

Previous Lab Members

Name Position Year
Jaime Guerrero Rotation Student 2019
Xiaolong Cao Postdoctoral Researcher 2018-2019
Wenlin Li Graduate Student 2010-2018
Yuxing Liao Graduate Student 2010-2018
Hua Cheng Bioinformatics Scientist 2001-2018
Qian Cong Graduate Student 2009-2017
Adam Haraburda Graduate Student 2011-2015
Shuoyong Shi Instructor 2006-2015
Jing Tong Graduate Student 2009-2015
Jeremy Semeiks Medical PhD Student 2010-2015
Sasha Safronova Graduate Student 2007-2015
Ning Zhang Rotation Student 2013
Fangzhou Zhao Rotation Student 2013
Renkai Ji Graduate Student 2012-2013
Ivan Huang Undergraduate Intern Summer 2011&2012
Tao Wang Rotation Student 2012
Bong-Hyun Kim Postdoctoral Researcher 2003-2012
Chalam Chitturi Postdoctoral Researcher 2007-2011
Adam Coster Rotation Student 2010
Deng Mao Rotation Student 2010
Dorothee Staber Lab Manager 2007-2010
Ruslan I. Sadreyev Bioinformatics Scientist 2001-2010
Indraneel Majumdar Research Associate 2001-2010
Yong Wang Graduate Student 2005-2009
Dhriti Pandya Undergraduate Intern Summer 2008
Jamie O Wrabl Bioinformatics Scientist 2000-2008
Daniel Parente Undergraduate Intern Summer 2007
Yi Zhong Scientific Programmer 2003-2006
Yuan Qi Graduate Student 2001-2006
Anthony Yeh Undergraduate Intern Summer 2005
Mingzhu Zheng Graduate Student 2004-2005
Krzysztof Ginalski Visiting Assistant Professor 2004-2005
Nathan Holladay Medical PhD Student 2003-2005
Sara Cheek Graduate Student 2001-2005
S. Sri Krishna Postdoctoral Researcher 2000-2005
Wei Cai Scientific Programmer 2002-2004
David Mittelman Scientific Programmer 2002-2002
Shunming Fang Research Associate 2001-2002
Shide Liang Postdoctoral Researcher 2000-2002
Lakshmi Iyer Postdoctoral Researcher 2000-2001
Xuguang Shao Postdoctoral Researcher 2000-2000
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