Current Lab Members

Ben Garcia


Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Research Interest: Everything

Francisca Vitorino

Lab Manager

Ph.D., Biotechnology, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Research Interest: Proteomics based Mass Spectrometry

Emily Zahn

Mass Spectrometry Lab Manager

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Research Interest: Protein Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics, PTMs
Fun Fact: I have strong opinions about heirloom varieties of green beans.
E: zahn(at)wustl(dot)edu
X: @emilyzahn10

Tom Lin


Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry, University of Tennessee HSC, Memphis, TN
Research Interest: Posttranslational Arginylation and Its Biological Functions Using Chemical, Proteomic, and Biochemical Approaches.
Fun Fact: Tom is a strong believer of three principles to academic success: work well with others, work hard, and be scientifically smart.
E: zongtao(at)wustl(dot)edu

Joanna Gongora

Lab Technician

B.Sc., Chemical Biology and Pharmacology, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Research Interest: Histone Post Translational Modifications
Fun Fact: I’m a Soca music enthusiast
E: gjoanna(at)wustl(dot)edu
X: @JoannaGongora

‪Yixuan “Axe” Xie

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Research Interest: 1) Protein and RNA modifications. 2) Glycan-dependent protein-protein interatcome.
X: @axe_xie

Joanna Lempiainen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Molecular Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Research Interest: Applying MS-based proteomics and genome-wide sequencing methods to understand transcription in diseases.
Fun Fact: I absolutely love to snorkel with tropical fish!
E: ljoanna(at)wustl(dot)edu
X: @JK_Lempiainen

Xingyu Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., in Biology from the Graduate School of Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO Research Interest: Quantitative proteomics in chromatin biology and cancer biology. The role of glycosylation in protein-protein interaction.
X: @XingyuLiu_SCAP

Bibhuti Bhusana Palai

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D., Chemistry, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneshwar, India. Research Interest: Chemical approaches for understanding RNA and protein post-translational modification (PTMs). E: palai(at)wustl(dot)edu X: @BhusanaPalai

Carolina Bras Costa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Biochemistry, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Research Interest: PTMs, Mass spectrometry, Glycoproteomics
Fun Fact: I’m a lover of dance (forró), music and regional accents. I could spend the whole day birdwatching and being surprised by simple things in nature and people.
E:  brascosta(at)wustl(dot)edu
L: Carolinabras

Daniel Ramirez

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Research Interest: PTMs, O-GlcNAc, arginylation, mass spec, protein engineering, gene regulation 
Fun Fact: EHS the beaker is dry ice, water, blue sharpie, and soap 😬
E: ramirez(dot)d(at)wustl(dot)edu
X: @danhramirez

Rick Searfoss

Graduate Student

MS, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Research Interest: Mass spectrometry method development for histone post-translation modifications
Fun Fact: In my free time, I enjoy cooking, homebrewing, and photography!
X: @RickSearfoss

Rashmi Karki

Graduate Student

M.Sc., Chemistry, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Research Interest: Epigenetics, Structural biology, Mass spectrometry, drug discovery and mechanism
Fun Fact: I could eat momos (Nepali dumplings) for the rest of my life if I had to pick.
E: karkir(at)wustl(dot)edu

Kirill Miachin

Graduate Student

BS., Chemistry, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Research Interest:
Cancer Biology, Proteomics, Bench to bedside, epigenetics
Fun Fact:
I have a cat!