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Dr. Lauren J. Webb
Associate Professor
Graduate Advisor

A.B., Bowdoin College, 2000
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2005
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2005 - 2008

Office: WEL 3.212B
Email: lwebb@cm.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-9361
Lab: 512-471-7851

Department of Chemistry
The University of Texas at Austin
105 E. 24th Street, STOP A5300
Austin, TX 78712-0165

Graduate Students

Cari Anderson

Plumsteadville, PA
B.S., Iona College, 2013

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: canderson45@utexas.edu

Cari was born in Austin and raised in Lansdale, PA.  She graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 2013 from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, where she was also a member of the softball team.  She spent two summers as a research intern for Biodel, Inc., where she used IR spectroscopy and HPLC to investigate insulin and glucagon.  In the Webb group, she is investigating electrostatic fields in membrane systems.

Josh Corriera

B.S., RPI, 2018

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: josh.correira@utexas.edu

Josh grew up in central Massachusetts and graduated from RPI with a BS in chemistry.  While at RPI, he worked on synthesizing novel photo-initiator molecules for use in 3D printing applications, mentored first-year students, and worked as a Firefighter/EMT.  Josh joined the Webb group in the Fall of 2018.

Whitney Fies

B.S., University of California - San Diego, 2010

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: wfies@utexas.edu

Whitney received her BS in Chemistry at UCSD.  While in school, she interned at Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc., and then stayed at Wildcat for over 3 years after graduating.  At Wildcat, she worked on inorganic synthesis and particle size control, mostly for lithium ion cathode material discovery.  In 2013, she transitioned to another industry role at Verenium (now a part of BASF) working on new formulations for industrial enzymes.  Whitney joined the Webb group in the Fall of 2014 in order to figure out how to attach proteins to inorganic surfaces without loss of protein stability or function.

Jeremy First

B.S., Baylor University, 2014

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: jeremy_first@utexas.edu

Jeremy received his BS in Chemistry in the Spring of 2014 from Baylor University, where he served in the Air Force Reserve and as president of Texas Rho Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon.  In the Webb group, he is interested in studying computational chemistry of biomolecules.

Paul Handali

B.S., Trinity College, 2018

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: paul.handali@utexas.edu

Paul was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and was raised there untill he was 11 years old, after which he returned to his passport country of Indonesia.  After graduating high school he obtained a BS in chemistry at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with a minor in Japanese.  While at Trinity, he worked with Dr. Timothy Curran developing organometallic models of beta-sheets.  He joined the Webb group in Fall 2018, interested in developing methods of attaching proteins to abiotic surfaces without loss in protein structure or function.

Frank Jermusek

B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: fajermusek@utexas.edu

Originally from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, Frank earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2017.  During this time, Frank worked in Dr. William Fahl's laboratory studying the efficacy of PrC-210 as a reactive oxygen species scavenging molecule.  Frank handled mice for a tumorigenesis study and learned DNA damage analysis. In the Spring of 2019, Frank joined the Webb laboratory to investigate electrostatic interactions between proteins.

Molly Kogan

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013
Office: FNT 3.134
Email: molly.kogan@gmail.com

Molly was born and raised in Cleveland, OH.  She graduated from RPI in 2013 with a BS in chemistry.  While at RPI, she worked with Dr. Linda McGown on MALDI-TOF-MS to analyze aptamer-modified surfaces.

Yu-Chun Lin

B.S., National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2017

Yu-Chun received her BS in Chemistry with a concentration of Energy and the Environment from NTHU in 2017.  She did her undergraduate research at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, focusing on the applications of orbital overlap in semiconductors. In the Webb group, she plans to focus on computational approaches to predict pKa values in proteins. 

Elisa Novelli

Wayne, PA
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013

Office: FNT 3.134
Email: elisatnovelli@utexas.edu

Elisa was born in South Philadelphia, and grew up in nearby Wayne, PA.  She graduated from RPI in 2013 with a BS in Chemistry, where she was a member of Alpha Phi.  While at RPI, she worked with Dr. Jim Kempf studying solid-state NMR, and with Dr. Linda McGown on MALDI-TOF MS of oligonucleotides in astrobiology.  She also studied the use of quantum dots as fluorophores for art conservation applications.  Elisa joined the Webb group in the Fall of 2013.

Henry Pan

Troy, MI
B.S., Michigan State University, 2016

Office: FNT 3.134

Henry was born in Boston and raised in Troy, MI.  He graduated with a BS in Chemical Engienering at MSU, where he was president of the MSU Chapter of AIChE. While at MSU, he worked with Dr. David Hodge on enzymatic surface accessibility of biofuel substrates.  He also spent a summer as a R&D intern at Dow Corning, working on silicon chemistry for wearable electronics.  In the Webb group, he is interested in studying how surface chemistry can control protein fibrillization.  


Danielle Landry

Dani was born and raised just outside of Saint Louis, Missouri.  She moved to Texas in 2013 and is the second year of her chemistry major.  She joined the Webb group in 2018 is is working with Elisa on understanding protein-protein interactions and their electrostatic properties.  Outside of lab, she enjoys spending her time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

Annie Zhang

Annie grew up in College Station, TX, and is a third-year chemistry student minoring in science communications.  She joined the Webb group in the spring of 2018, and is currently working with the Roberts group to map out the excited states of photoactivatable green fluorescent proteins.  In her free time, she enjoys baking desserts, bouldering, and looking for good taco spots around Austin. 

Rotation Students

Frank Jermusek (Cell and Molecular Biology, Fall 2018)

Aaron Ledet 
(Cell and Molecular Biology, Winter 2017)

Levi Walker
(Biochemistry, Fall 2016)

Tyler Stack (Biochemistry, Spring 2011)

Kristin Fathe (Biochemistry, Spring 2010)

Adam Meyer (Biochemistry, Spring 2009)


Michelle Nguyen
(BS, Microbiology, 2010)
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD program)

Huong Tran (BS, Chemistry, 2010)
PhD (Chemistry), The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016
Postdoc, DeGrado Laboratory, University of California - San Francisco

Daniel Ensign (Postdoctoral Scholar)
Two Sigma Investments, Houston, TX

Layking Chang (BS, Chemical Engineering)

Juana Rivas (Texas A&M University-Commerce, NSF REU Scholar)

Robert Newberry (BS, Biochemistry, 2011)
PhD (Chemistry), The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016
Postdoc, DeGrado Laboratory, University of California - San Francisco

Ellen Hays (BS, Biochemistry, 2011)
The University of Washington (chemistry graduate program)

Wenhui Hu (MS, Chemistry, 2011)

Ignacio Gallardo (Postdoctoral Scholar)
Environmental Scientist, AECOM, Austin, TX

Nicholas Albanesi (BS, Neuroscience)

Coriyon Arrington (East Carolina University, NSF REU Scholar)

Ruifei Wang (BS, Aerospace Engineering)
Baylor College of Medicine (MD Program)

Nancy Gonzalez (BS, Chemistry, 2014)

Germain Martinez (BS, Chemistry)

Kristeen Onyirioha (BS, Chemistry, 2014)
University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center (MD Program)

David Walker (PhD, Biochemistry, 2014)
Postdoc, Harshey Laboratory, UT-Austin

Christina Ragain (PhD, Chemistry, 2014)
Department of Chemistry, Southeastern Missouri State University

Annette Raigoza (Postdoctoral Scholar)
Department of Chemistry, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University

Kjell Schroeder (PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, 2015)
Big Delta Systems, Houston, TX

Andrew Ritchie (PhD, Chemistry, 2015)
Epic, Madison, WI

Jason Dugger (PhD, Chemistry, 2015)
Postdoc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mahnoor Zia (BS Chemistry, 2015)
Texas A&M University (MD Program)

Seth Norman

Rebika Shrestha (PhD, Chemistry, 2016)
Postdoc, National Institutes of Health

Joshua Slocum (PhD, Chemistry, 2017)
Postdoc, UC-Boulder and JILA

Benjamin Chang (BS, Chemistry, 2017)

Desiree Fernandez (BS, Chemistry, 2019)

Santiago Sanchez (BS, Chemistry, 2017)
MPhill Program, Cambridge University, UK

Bella Shah (BS, Computer Science, 2017)

Lisa Strong (BS, Biochemistry, 2018)
PhD Program, UC-Berkely

Positions available for graduate, undergraduate, and postdoc researchers.  
Please contact Dr. Webb.