The Daniel Team

Professor Susan Daniel

Principle Investigator
sd386@cornell.edu

Fun Fact

Seven languages are spoken in the Daniel Team!

Fun Fact

Daniel Team members come from Bangladesh, China, Columbia, India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States.

Fun Fact

Five of our team members are married – we are a family-friendly team!

Fun Fact

Our team values diversity of all kinds and invites you to bring your unique perspectives to our team!

Postdoctoral Researchers & Technical Staff

Surajit Ghosh, PhD

Surajit Ghosh, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

sg2382@cornell.edu

I am creating a platform to detect bacteria membrane disruption for drug testing. I am also interested in bacteria ion channel function.

Miriam Huerta, PhD

Miriam Huerta, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

gh437@cornell.edu

I am developing a plant membrane sensor to study transport in plants.

Arpita Roy, PhD

Arpita Roy, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

ar2464@cornell.edu

My research involves understanding how transmembrane proteins and lipids interact and how that leads to functional changes.

Mary Machado, PhD

Mary Machado, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

mcm389@cornell.edu

I study host-pathogen interactions, in particular the interaction with the host membrane and the entry processes that precede infection.

Graduate Student Researchers

Barituziga Banuna

Barituziga Banuna

PhD Candidate

bb675@cornell.edu

I am studying the ability of bacteria to metabolize waste and create electrons. I am interested in how bacterial form biofilms.

Miya Bidon

Miya Bidon

PhD Candidate

mrb346@cornell.edu

I focus on the biophysics of virus infection, virus-host interactions, and the coronavirus.

Yu-an Chien

Yu-an Chien

PhD Candidate

yc2499@cornell.edu

I am studying virus infection and how receptor glycosylation and ionic environment influence it.

Samavi Farnush Bint E Naser

Samavi Farnush Bint E Naser

PhD Candidate

sb2535@cornell.edu

I study bacteria fuel cells, biofilm development, and multi-species networks.

Alexus Locke

Alexus Locke

PhD Candidate

adl232@cornell.edu

I am working to understand how microvesicles shed from cancer cells interact with healthy cells and drive biological changes that aid cancer progression.

Zachary Manzer

Zachary Manzer

PhD Candidate

zam42@cornell.edu

My research interests include cell-free protein synthesis, glycosylation on a chip, and microfluidic devices and transport.

Zeinab Mohamed

Zeinab Mohamed

PhD Candidate

zjm24@cornell.edu

I study the pathogenesis of bacteria outer membrane vesicles, gram negative bacteria membrane models, and antibiotic activity and transport.

Alexis Ostwalt

Alexis Ostwalt

PhD Candidate

ao429@cornell.edu

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.

Ferra Pinnock

Ferra Pinnock

PhD Candidate

fkp22@cornell.edu

My research interests include cell-free production of gangliosides, development of a Golgi-on-a-chip, and therapeutic development.

Tiffany Tang

Tiffany Tang

PhD Candidate

tt528@cornell.edu

My research interests include the biophysics of virus infection, host-pathogen interactions, and coronavirus infection.

Johana Uribe

Johana Uribe

PhD Candidate

ju65@cornell.edu

My research interests include oncogenic extracellular vesicle characterization, the biological impact of EVs, and metastasis.

Undergraduate Student Researchers