The Daniel Team
Seven languages are spoken in the Daniel Team!
Daniel Team members come from Bangladesh, China, Columbia, India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States.
Five of our team members are married – we are a family-friendly team!
Our team values diversity of all kinds and invites you to bring your unique perspectives to our team!
Postdoctoral Researchers & Technical Staff
Miriam Huerta, PhD
I am developing a plant membrane sensor to study metal and hormone transporters in plants.
Mary Machado, PhD
I study host-pathogen interactions, in particular the interaction with the host membrane and the entry processes that precede infection.
Zhongmou Chao, PhD
I will join the lab soon in May!
Graduate Student Researchers
I am studying the ability of bacteria to metabolize waste and create electrons. I am interested in how bacterial form biofilms.
I focus on the biophysics of virus infection, virus-host interactions, and the coronavirus.
I am studying virus infection and how receptor glycosylation and ionic environment influence it.
Samavi Farnush Bint E Naser
I study bacteria fuel cells, biofilm development, and multi-species networks.
I study bacteria membranes and antibiotics that kill them!
I am working to understand how microvesicles shed from cancer cells interact with healthy cells and drive biological changes that aid cancer progression.
My research interests include cell-free protein synthesis, glycosylation on a chip, and microfluidic devices and transport.
I study the pathogenesis of bacteria outer membrane vesicles, gram negative bacteria membrane models, and antibiotic activity and transport.
I am interested in the “rules of life” and how organelles in the cell work together to carry out specific biochemical processes that give rise to life.
My research interests include studying the biophysics of viral infections, coronaviruses and virus-host interactions.
My research interests include cell-free production of gangliosides, development of a Golgi-on-a-chip, and therapeutic development.
My research interests include the biophysics of virus infection, host-pathogen interactions, and coronavirus infection.
My research interests include oncogenic extracellular vesicle characterization, the biological impact of EVs, and metastasis.
Undergraduate Student Researchers