People

Principal Investigators

Irina Bezsonova, Ph.D.

Irina Bezsonova, Ph.D.
bezsonova@uchc.edu
860-679 2769

Dmitry Korzhnev, Ph.D.

Dmitry Korzhnev, Ph.D.
korzhniev@uchc.edu
860-679-6124

Current Students

Gabrielle Valles, Ph.D. student

Gabrielle Valles, Ph.D. Student 
valles@uchc.edu

Gabi works on structural and functional characterization of USP7 as a target for cancer therapies.

Alessandro Rizzo, M.S.

Alessandro Rizzo, M.S., Ph.D. Student
arizzo@uchc.edu

Alex studies mechanisms of assembly of multi-protein TLS complexes.

Thomas Bregnard, M.S., Ph.D. Student 
bregnard@uchc.edu

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.

Socheata LimSocheata Lim, Ph.D. Student
solim@uchc.edu

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

Tima Karginov, Rotating M.D./Ph.D. Student
tkarginov@uconn.edu

Tima studies deubiquitinating enzyme USP7.

Kerry Silva, Rotating Ph.D. Student 
kesilva@uchc.edu

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

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

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

Luciana Elena de Souza Fraga Machado, visiting Ph.D. student (currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of Arizona)

Esmael Alyami, 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)

Former Rotation Ph.D. Students

Mathew Sticco

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