PEOPLE

We are in the process of growing our team. See the Open Position page for information!


Principal Investigator

Maggie Lam, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine

Maggie is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her bachelor degree in biology (hon.) and computer science (min.) at the University of Waterloo and her doctorate degree in Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research interest is in understanding protein homeostasis and dynamics in cardiovascular and fibrotic diseases. Outside the lab, she likes building miniatures, horror movies, and Square Enix games.



Fellows, Staff, and Students

Postdoctoral Fellow Erin Han, Ph.D.

Erin received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from CU Boulder in August 2018, where she developed several fluorescence imaging tools in Dr. Amy Palmer's lab to visualize protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions. For her postdoctoral research project, Erin is focusing on characterizing the regulation of alternative splicing and expression of protein isoforms in aging-relate cardiac hypertrophy in animal models. Outside the lab, Erin enjoys spending time with her family in beautiful Colorado.


Postdoctoral Fellow Vishantie Dostal, Ph.D.

Vishantie received her PhD in Structural Biology and Biochemistry from CU AMC in 2018, where she used biophysical approaches to determine the mechanism by which cytosine methylation alters mitochondrial transcription initiation. For her postdoc project, Vishantie will apply her classical protein biochemistry knowledge to understanding the altered protein interaction landscape in heart diseases using mass spectrometry.  Outside of the lab she enjoys rock climbing, trail running with her dog Ender and cooking.


PhD Student (STBB) Silas Wood, B.S.

Silas is a second-year PhD student in Structural Biology and Biochemistry at CU AMC. Originally from Kansas City, MO, he received his BS in Biology from Truman State University in May 2017. His research focuses on characterizing changes in protein glycosylation during the progression of heart disease and determining how these changes may affect cardiac proteostasis and protein-protein interactions. While not in the lab, he enjoys watching horror movies, hiking in the mountains, and illustration.


Professional Research Assistant Sara Wennersten, B.S.

Sara is a professional research assistant in the lab. She originates from Ironwood, MI and received her B.S. in Human Biology from Michigan State University in December 2012. From January 2015 to July 2019, Sara was a PRA in Tim McKinsey's lab where she was involved in setting up, carrying out, and interpreting the data of many pre-clinical animal studies. She hopes to continue her academic career by attending graduate school in the future. Outside the lab, Sara enjoys spending time outside with friends and family.


Undergraduate Assistant Julianna Wright

Julianna is a biology major at the University of Colorado Denver.



Alums

Cody Thomas, B.S. Professional Research Assistant
Yasmeen Ashour Undergraduate Assistant
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