Lab Members

 David Grunwald

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Associate Professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute

The interface between microscopy development and (nuclear) cell biology, with a strong focus on the travels of mRNA and nucleocytoplasmic transport.  



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Maximiliaan Huisman

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PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

In an age where mastering a single discipline is no longer guarantee for scientific discovery, I aim to bridge the gap between biology and physics by making use of all the features an engineer might add to a biological inquiry. My expertise in simulation, software development and electrical as well as optical system design allow me to create advanced measurement systems that are efficient, automated and user-friendly. Using these unique machines, our lab can investigate phenomena that would otherwise be inaccessible to the scientific community.


Juahdi Monbo                      

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PhD Student, Immunology and Microbiology Program

M.S. in Biotechnology from University of Maryland, Baltimore, B.S in Biology from Loyola University in Maryland


 Li-Chun Tu

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Postdoctoral Associate

I am originally from Taiwan where I studied Chemistry and Biochemistry. I received my PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2013. I am interested in what is happening in the cell nucleus and the traffic between the nucleus and cytoplasm. Since joining the Grunwald Lab, I’ve learned a lot about cell biology and cutting edge microscopy. My focus in the lab is the viral nuclear transport in live cells.



Yuchen Yang

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Research Associate

I am a physicist who turned my attention to Biology (Biophysics). Prior to joining the Grunwald Lab, I earned my Master's degree in Utah, where I attempted to split water into Hydrogen gas and Oxygen gas by utilizing the visible part of the solar spectrum through the catalysis of a nontrivial semiconductor material, Gallium Nitride nanowires. Currently, I am focused on building a MATLAB Graphic User Interface (GUI) system that hopefully will become a universal program that works for cameras from different manufacturers. In the future, I would like to focus on Single Molecule Real-time Tracking (SMRT) Microscope for both building/modifying homemade microscopes as well as data analysis.



Lab Alumni

 Carlas Smith

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Research Associate


Bonginkhosi 'Petros' Vilakati

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Laboratory Research Technician I