CURB Members

Current CURB Members

Xindi Tang

Email: xtang89@wisc.edu

Hi! I am a junior majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a certificate in Computer Sciences. I joined Dr. Lingjun Li’s lab in fall 2020. I am currently working with Andrew Zhu on studying collision-induced unfolding/dissociation pathways of protein complexes as well as identifying structural isomers of bio molecules with IM-MS. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about undergraduate research!

Shuyi Zhang

Email: szhang686@wisc.edu

Hi! I’m a junior double majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. I joined the Boydston group in January 2020 and have been working on a few projects. My major focus is on Metal-Free Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization. Other than that, I’m also involved in studies about 3D printing. I really joined working as an undergraduate researcher and would love to help you out. Feel free to reach out if you are interested in undergraduate research.

Jasmine Machhi

Email: machhi2@wisc.edu

Hi! I am a sophomore currently undecided in my major, but pursuing certificates in global health and Biocore. I joined the Cavaganero group in January 2020. My project investigates the conformational changes client proteins undergo during the chaperone folding cycle. I am so excited to be involved in research and would be glad to answer any questions about your interests in research!

Nicholas Juntunen

Email: njuntunen@wisc.edu

Hi! I’m a junior majoring in chemistry. I joined the Brunold Group in March of 2019. Since then, I have been investigating the structure and activity of a thiol dioxygenase by creating protein variants and running spectroscopic and activity studies on them. I’m excited about research and would be happy to field any questions you might have about getting involved!

Evan Jensen

Email: etjensen@wisc.edu

Hello! I am a junior majoring in Chemistry. In January of 2020, I joined the Goldsmith Group where I have worked on a number of projects from computer simulations to designing and building a light-tight microscope table enclosure to single-mode optical fiber production. My current project involves using widefield fluorescence microscopy to investigate the release functions of Li+ ions from lithium cobalt oxide particles in a Li-ion-battery-like environment. I am happy to have had all of these experiences and would love to talk about them with anyone with questions!

Alex Pavelic

Email: apavelic@wisc.edu

Hey! I am a senior majoring in Chemistry. I joined the Berry Group in March of 2020 where I have been developing new bimetallic homogeneous electrocatalysts that facilitate ammonia oxidation. My project contributes to the design of a direct ammonia fuel cell, which is an alternate energy solution to carbon-based systems. If you have any questions regarding undergraduate research, please reach out!

Isa Madrigal Harrison

Email: madrigalharr@wisc.edu

Hi! I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry. I joined the Buller Group at the start of the fall semester in 2020. As an undergrad researcher, I have been focused on characterizing the biosynthesis of functionalized serine analogues by β-O-substitution using the O-acetylserine sulfhydrylase from watermelon, CvOASS. Please reach out if you have any questions or interest in undergraduate research!

Max Unger

Email: mjunger@wisc.edu

Hey! I’m a junior majoring in chemistry with certificates in physics and education & educational services. I joined the Martell Group in Feburary 2020 and have been working on the protein team since. My project looks at evolving enzymes to be able to degrade plastics (bioremediation-type work rooted in chemical biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry). Additionally, I’ve worked on subprojects that involve synthesising a mock-substrate for quantitive enzyme analysis. Feel free to reach out if you have questions about navigating undergraduate research!