The group


Peter Kassonringleader.

Peter obtained his initial scientific training with Harden McConnell.  He then worked with Axel Brunger, completing his PhD/MD in Stanford’s MSTP program.  After a postdoctoral fellowship with Vijay Pande, he started his independent group at the University of Virginia in 2010.

Cara BroshkevitchMultiscale modeling of membrane binding by influenza virus

Cara completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, first joining the lab as an undergraduate researcher and now as a master’s student.

Ricardo FerreiraSimulations of antibiotic uptake by gram-negative bacteria

Jennifer HaysSimulation-guided spectroscopy and flexible molecular recognition

Jennifer trained as a physicist, completing her undergraduate degree at William and Mary, before joining the group as a graduate student.  She uses molecular dynamics simulations to both guide and incorporate spectroscopic measurements to understand flexible conformational ensembles.  Jennifer is supported by Blue Waters and ARCS graduate fellowships.

Eric IrrgangBuilding interfaces for flexible and extensible molecular dynamics simulation

Eric completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, Austin and his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering with Sharon Glotzer at the University of Michigan before joining the group as a postdoctoral fellow.  Eric believes strongly in proper software engineering design and flexible simulation interfaces but keeps a soft spot in his heart for Monte Carlo methods.  He is supported by a MolSSI Software Fellowship.

Kenta OkamotoStructures and kinetics of viral membrane fusion

Kenta completed his PhD at the Institute of Tropical Diseases, Nagasaki University, where he isolated and and characterized novel mosquito-borne viruses.  He then acquired initial postdoctoral training at Uppsala University, focusing on cryo-EM and XFEL methods to study viral structure, before joining the group as a postdoctoral researcher.

Ania PabisSimulations of influenza membrane fusion

Anjali SengarAntibiotic uptake by gram-negative bacteria

Ana Villamil GiraldoMembrane requirements of influenza viral fusion

Ana completed her PhD at the University of Buenos Aires, where she worked on measuring protein-membrane interactions and the stability of membrane proteins.  After postdoctoral training at the University of Montréal and Linköping University, she joined the group as a research scientist.

Isabel Goronzy (joint with Steven Boxer)  Experimental physical chemistry of viral entry






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Recent lab alumni:

George Cortina, PhD 2017.  Antibiotic resistance in gram-negative bacteria.  Currently completing medical school as part of MSTP program.

Robert Rawle, postdoctoral fellow 2014-2017.  Experimental physical chemistry of viral entry.  Now an assistant professor at Williams.

Katarzyna Zawada, research specialist 2015-2017.  Biophysical experiments on membrane composition and influenza entry.  

Malgorzata Latallo, MS student, 2014-2016.  Structures and kinetics of beta-lactamase enzymes with increased drug resistance.  Currently a PhD student at Johns Hopkins.

Per Larsson, postdoctoral fellow 2011-2014.  Simulations of viral fusion peptides.  Now an assistant professor at Uppsala University.

Marta Domanska, postdoctoral fellow 2011-2014.  Influenza viral fusion.  Now a drug safety researcher at PRA Health Sciences.

Matt Eckler, master’s student 2013-2015, now at IBM.

Marta Jeleń, visiting graduate student 2016-2017.


Sander Pronk, postdoctoral fellow joint with Erik Lindahl 2010-2013, now researcher/developer, Oxford Asset Management.

Rich Salaway, postdoctoral fellow 2014-2015, currently Data Scientist, IST Research.

Dominik Wrona, visiting graduate student 2012-2013, now PhD Student, University of Zurich.