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Principal Investigator

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Gregor Neuert

Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

I am trained interdisciplinary with an M.Eng. in Technical Physics from Technical University Ilmenau (Ilmenau, Germany), Montana State University (Bozeman, MT), and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL, Richland, WA) focusing on surface science and solid-state physics. Following graduation, I switched research fields to biophysics to obtain a Ph. D. in Physics in the lab of Dr. Hermann Gaub at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. After finishing my Ph.D. I switched fields again, focusing on underlying mechanisms of signal transduction and gene regulation as a DFG Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander van Oudenaarden in the departments of physics and biology at MIT. I started my independent lab at Vanderbilt University, supported by an NIH Directors New Innovator Award in 2014 and as a Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean’s Faculty Fellow in 2021. My passion for science is to understand the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction and gene regulation using quantitative approaches. In my free time, I like to cook and bake, go hiking and camping, and enjoy the arts.

 


    Postdoctoral Fellows

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    Hossein Jashnsaz

    Post-doctoral Fellow, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    I received my bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Tabriz in Iran and my master’s degree in Photonics from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran, after relocating the US to earn a Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University in Indianapolis. During my Ph.D., I researched on fundamental theoretical and experimental questions of biological predator-prey systems. In my postdoc, I am interested in predictive modeling and experimental validation of signal transduction in eukaryotic cells. In my free time, I like to hike and cook and play FIFA on playstation4 whenever I get a chance.

     


      Graduate Students

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      Blythe Hospelhorn

      Graduate Student, Human Genetics

      As an undergraduate student, I majored in with a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Before joining the IGP program, I worked for two years full time as a postbaccalaureate fellow for the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) at the National Institutes of Health. I am currently a graduate student in the Human Genetics (HGEN) program. My research as an ​NIH Big Biomedical Data Science (BIDS) Training Grant Fellow focuses on the quantitative understanding of transcription regulation in eukaryotic cells. I enjoy coding frivolous programs, audio engineering, and voice acting in my free time.


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        Jason Hughes

        Gradaute Student, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

        I graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  I am currently a graduate student in the Molecular Physiology and Biophysics program. My research as an ​NIH ITED Training Grant and NSF predoctoral Fellow focuses on the quantitative understanding of transcription regulation in single cells.  In my free time, I enjoy playing board games, breakdancing, playing musical instruments, and going to the symphony.


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          Benjamin K Kesler

          Graduate Student, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

          As an undergraduate student, I majored with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. I am currently a graduate student in the Molecular Physiology and Biophysics program. My research as an ​NIH Molecular Biophysics Training Grant Fellow focuses on the quantitative understanding of long non-coding RNA regulation in eukaryotic cells. In my free time, I like to play the trumpet, video games, and board games.


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            Abraheem Khouqeer

            Graduate Student, Chemical and Physical Biology

            I received a B.S. and double major in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Colorado in Denver.  After graduating, I was a Research Associate with Eltron Research & Development and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I then started my graduate research at Vanderbilt University in the CPB program. My research as an ​NIH Molecular Biophysics Training Grant Fellow focuses on the fundamental understanding of dynamic signal transduction in mammalian cells.


            Alumni

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            Rama Ali

            Post-doctoral Fellow, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics


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              Joseph Cleland

              Gradaute Student, Chemical and Physical Biology


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                Zachary Fox

                Visiting Graduate Student, Munsky lab, CSU


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                  Robin Hohe

                  Visiting Master Student, Current Position: Innovation Manager, Voith Paper, Germany


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                    Amanda Johnson

                    Post-doctoral Fellow, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics


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                      Guoliang Li

                      Post-doctoral Fellow, Current Position: Assistant Professor, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China


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                        Jenna Oratz

                        Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Engineering


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                          Dustin Cory Rogers

                          Research Assistant I, Current Position: Research Associate I, Pierian Biosciences, Franklin, TN


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                            Arunabh Singh

                            Undergraduate Student, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


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                              Alexander Thiemicke

                              Graduate Student, Chemical and Physical Biology


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                                Rohit Venkat

                                Graduate Student, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics