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The University of Massachusetts Medical School
Albert Sherman Center,
368 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
David Grunwald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
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.
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, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Bonginkhosi 'Petros' Vilakati
Laboratory Research Technician I