Principal Investigators

Irina Bezsonova, Ph.D.
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Dmitry Korzhnev, Ph.D.

Dmitry Korzhnev, Ph.D.

Current Students

Gabrielle Valles, Ph.D. Student 

Gabi studies conformational dynamics of USP7 enzyme in solution to understand its activation mechanism and explores USP7 as a target for cancer therapies.


Socheata LimSocheata Lim, Ph.D. Student

Socheata works on dynamics and interactions of beta-clamp proteins in bacterial DNA replication.

Thomas Bregnard, M.S., Ph.D. Student 

Thomas studies structure of Promyelocytic Leukemia Protein (PML) and its self-assembly into PML-nuclear bodies in response to viral infections and other cellular stress.

Kerry McPherson, M.S., Ph.D. Student 

Kerry works on characterization of protein interaction network in DNA Translesion Synthesis in yeast.

Protein crystallography wizard.

Affrin Ahmed, Ph.D. Student 

Affrin works on structural and functional characterization of E3 SUMO ligase PML and its functional complexes involved in cellular stress response.


Sam Mahdi, Ph.D. Student 

Sam works on dynamics and interactions of gamma clamp loader in E. coli.

Emilie Korchak, Rotation Student 

Emilie studies how USP7 gene mutations causing Hao-Fountain Syndrome effect structure and function of USP7 enzyme.

Gianluca Arianna, M.D./Ph.D. Student 

Gianluca works on interactions of Translesion Synthesis DNA polymerases.

Post Doctoral Fellows

Nancy Jaiswal, Postdoctoral Fellow 

Nancy uses integrational structural biology approach to characterize large dynamic proteins in solution.


Kaitlyn Voity, Lab Assistant

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Yulia Pustovalova, Ph.D. (currently at University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Structural Characterization of Translesion Synthesis (TLS) DNA Polymerases

Mariana Quezado, Ph.D. (currently at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Structural Characterization of Human Helicase-Like Transcription Factor (HLTF)

Former Students

Alessandro Rizzo, Ph.D. student (Dr. Korzhnev's lab)

Alexandra Pozhidaeva, Ph.D. student (currently a postdoctoral fellow at UMass).

Luciana Elena de Souza Fraga Machado, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro visiting Ph.D. student (currently at University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Esmael Alyami, Quinnipiac University M.Sc. student (currently a Ph.D. student at University of Idaho)

Matt Kosakowski, honors undergraduate student (currently a D.M.D. candidate class of 2020, UConn School of Dental Medicine)

Chelsea Cassidy, Bay Path College undergraduate student

Former Rotation Ph.D. Students

Tima Karginov

Mathew Sticco

Marc Gillig

Scott Adamson

Yinzhou (Joe) Zhu

Charlene Campbell

Undergraduate Summer Research

Sherif Eldirani, summer undergraduate student

Frank Monney, summer undergraduate student

Yustyna Bobak, summer undergraduate student

Hannah Sowalsky, summer undergraduate student

Paige Salerno, summer undergraduate student

Kirsten Salline, a summer undergraduate student

Briana Munoz, a summer undergraduate student