​Ray Blind, PhD - Principal Investigator       C.V.  and  Speaker Biography

2016 Herb Tabor / JBC Young Investigator             2017 American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award

2016 Vanderbilt Young Ambassador Award            2017 Vanderbilt Diabetes Discovery Award

2017 Jimmy-V Foundation V-Scholar Award            2018 Journal of Lipid Research Junior Investigator Award

2017 Vanderbilt Diabetes RTC Award                      2018 Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Program Award

Spouse:         Zdravka Tzankova, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Sociology

Hometown -   Buffalo, NY

B.S.                Molecular Genetics & Chemistry ...  Fredonia State College (Fredonia, NY)

Ph.D.              Molecular Pharmacology ...............  NYU Medical Center (Michael Garabedian)

PostDoc         Pharmaceutical Chemistry .............  UC San Francisco (Tom Scanlan)
PostDoc         Cell & Mol Pharmacology ..............  UC San Francisco 
(Holly Ingraham and Robert Fletterick)

Asst Prof        Medicine                                           Vanderbilt Diabetes Research Center (Al Powers)

Asst Prof        Biochemistry                                     Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology  (Walter Chazin)

Asst Prof        Pharmacology                                   Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (Jennifer Pietenpol)

                                                                                Vanderbilt Institute for Chemical Biology (Gary Sulikowski)

See Ray's Publications on PubMed

See Ray's Academic Family Tree

M. Merced Malabanan, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Designing, developing and validating new kinds of nuclear receptor drug screens.

                                                                                       

Hometown -  Batangas, Philippines

B.S.               Chemistry                                           University of the Philippines (Diliman)

B.S.               Food Technology                               University of the Philippines (Diliman)

Ph.D.             Medicinal Chemistry                          University at Buffalo  (John Richard)

PostDoc        Biochemistry                                      Vanderbilt University (Richard Armstrong)
PostDoc        Biochemistry & Pharmacology           Vanderbilt University (Ray Blind)

 

See Merced's Publications on PubMed

Corey D. Seacrist - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Quantitative Chemical Biology Program

NIH Predoctoral Fellow, T32 DK007563  Molecular Endocrinology Training Grant

NIDDK National Research Service Award, F31DK120214-01

 

Integrated structural approaches to understanding nuclear receptors, and chemical biology of IPMK.

                                                                             

Hometown -  Charleston, SC

B.S.               Biochemistry                                   College of Charleston, SC

B.S.               Molecular Biology                           College of Charleston, SC

B.A.               Chemistry, Minor in Math                College of Charleston, SC

MBA              Master of Business Admin              College of Charleston, SC

Intern             Technology Transfer                       Medical University of South Carolina

Ph.D.              Pharmacology                                Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

See Corey's Publications on PubMed

Meredith Mattlin - Masters in Medicine Health and Society, Vanderbilt University

Correlating intravenous drug abuse with hepatocellular carcinoma in electronic medical records.

                                                                                       

Hometown -  Manhattan, NY

Major in Medicine, Health and Society

Major in Sociology

Minor in Film

Pre-Medical student, Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Sophia Danzeisen - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2022)

Genetic analysis of IPMK and NHR25 function in C. elegans                                                                                       

 

Hometown - Napa, CA

Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

 

Harry Choi - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2021)

Structure-function analyses of NR5A ligand binding domains                                                                                       

 

Hometown - Seoul, South Korea

Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

 

Former Blind Lab Members:

Anushka Choudhary - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2019)

The effects of dietary and environmental chemicals on liver cancer gene expression.                                                                                      

Hometown -  Houston,TX

Major in Neuroscience

Major in Child Development

Pre-Medical student, Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

​Monica Bhanot, MD, PhD - Vanderbilt Endocrine Clinical Fellow

Molecular mechanism of LRH-1 activation by small molecules in the liver. 

                                                                                       

Hometown -  New York, NY

B.A.              Classical Civilization                         New York University, New York, NY

M.D.             General Medicine                             State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

Ph.D.            Biomedical Sciences                        Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY

PostDoc       Pathology                                          New York University Medical Center
Resident       Internal Medicine                              
State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

Fellow           Diabetes & Endocrinology                Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Ray Blind)

 

See Monica's Publications on PubMed

​Gregory A. Sowd, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Discovery and characterization of IPMK-regulated transcriptional units.

                                                                                       

Hometown -  North Canton, OH

B.S.               Biochemistry                                     Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

                                 Minor Math

                                 Minor Chemistry

Specialist     Environmental Health                         University of Pittsburgh, PA (Patricia Opresko)

Ph.D.            Biological Sciences                           Vanderbilt University  (Ellen Fanning)

PostDoc       Dana Farber Cancer Institute            Harvard University  (Alan Engelman)
PostDoc       Biochemistry & Pharmacology          Vanderbilt University  (Ray Blind)

 

See Greg's Publications on PubMed

Phoebe Ahn - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2020)

Structural analyses of novel nuclear receptor/phospholipid complexes.

                                                                                       

Hometown -  Chicago, IL

Major in Chemistry

Major in Medicine Health and Society

Major in Spanish

Pre-Medical student, Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

 

Grayson Thompson - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2018)

Correlating intravenous drug abuse with hepatocellular carcinoma in electronic medical records.

                                                                                       

Hometown -  Greensboro, NC

Major in Medicine, Health and Society

Pre-Medical student, Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Jamal M. Bryant - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

NIDDK Predoctoral Fellow, T32 DK007563  Molecular Endocrinology Training Grant

Nuclear Phospholipid regulation of NR5A Nuclear Receptors.                                                                            

       

Hometown -  St. Petersburg, FL

B.S.               Biochemistry                                 Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)

Ph.D.             Pharmacology                              Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

See Jamal's Publications on PubMed

                      

Mark K. Crowder - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

NIGMS Predoctoral Fellow, T32 GM007628  Pharmacology Training Grant

Mechanisms of nuclear PIP3 gene regulation in liver cells.

                                                                                 

Hometown -  Nashville, TN

B.A.               Biology                                         Fisk University (Nashville, TN)

B.S.               Dinner Conversation                    Nashville Culinary Institute (Nashville, TN)

Ph.D.             Pharmacology                              Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

See Mark's Publications on PubMed

Urvashi Mathur - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2018)

The effects of dietary and environmental chemicals on liver cancer gene expression.                                                                                      

Hometown -  Houston, TX

Major in Neuroscience

Major in Medicine Health and Society

Minor in Spanish

Pre-Medical student, Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Daniel Press - Undergraduate Researcher (Vandy Class of 2019)

Mechanisms of nuclear PIP3 gene regulation in liver cells.

                                                                                 

Hometown - Boca Raton, FL

Major in Biological Sciences

Minor in Chemistry

Pre-Medical student, Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences

                      

Sara Ramirez - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Winter 2018 Rotation Student

Chemical biology of the nuclear lipid signaling kinase IPMK.                                                                                      

Hometown -  Fort Collins, CO

B.S.               Biochem, Cell & Mol Biology       University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)

                                 Minor Chemistry               University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)          

Ph.D.             IGP Program                                Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Jonah Zarrow - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Quantitative Chemical Biology Program

Fall 2017 Rotation Student

Biophysical and structural analyses of nuclear PIP3 reader proteins.       

Hometown -  Los Angeles, CA

B.S.               Biopsychology                               Tufts University (Boston, MA)

B.S.               Chemistry                                       Tufts University (Boston, MA)

Ph.D.             QCB Program                                Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

See Jonah's Publications on PubMed

                      

Sheryl Anne Vermudez - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Spring 2016 Rotation Student

Chromatin Immunoprecipitation of nuclear signaling enzymes

                                                                                       

Hometown -  Pinili , Philippines

B.S.               Biochemistry                                Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu, HI)

B.S.               Forensic Science                        Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu, HI)

Ph.D.             Vanderbilt IGP                               Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

 

Kelvin Luong - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Fall 2016 Rotation Student

Novel biochemical functions for PH domains.

                                                                                      

Hometown -  Winnetka, CA

B.S.               Biochemistry                                California State University (Northridge, CA) 

Ph.D.             Vanderbilt IGP                               Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 

 

Danielle Worrell - Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Student

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Using natural product kinase inhibitors to examine NR5A nuclear receptor target gene epxression.

                                                                                     

Hometown -  Harrisburg, PA

Biology Student, Tuskegee University 

 

 

​Bree L. Hamann, PhD. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Dec 2015 - Jul 2016

IPMK regulation of nuclear lipid signaling in cancer cells.

                                                                                       

Hometown -  Dickinson, ND

B.A.              Chemistry  & Biology                        Minnesota State (Moorhead, MN)

B.A.               East Asian Studies                           Minnesota State (Moorhead, MN)

Ph.D.             Biochem, Biophysics, & Mol Bio     University of Minnesota (Arkady Khodursky)

Analyst          Biochemistry                                    Vanderbilt University (Walter Chazin)
PostDoc         Biochemistry & Pharmacology         Vanderbilt University (Ray Blind)

See Bree's Publications on PubMed

​Nathaniel C. Gilbert, PhD. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Jan 2016 - May 2016

Structural analyses of the human orthologue of IPMK. 

                                                                                     

Hometown - West Monroe, LA

B.S.                Biology                                              Lousiana State University

                       Chemistry Minor                              

Ph.D.              Biochemistry                                     Lousiana State University  (Marcia Newcomer)

PostDoc         Biochemistry                                      Vanderbilt University (Tina Iverson)
PostDoc         Biochemistry                                      Vanderbilt University (Ray Blind)

See Nathan's Publications on PubMed

Daniel Chazin - Biochemistry Research Associate

Sep 2016 - Mar 2016

Biochemical protein expression, purification and characterization.

                                                                                       

Hometown - Oakland, CA & Nashville, TN

B.A.              Sociology                                       Pitzer College, Claremont, CA   

PostBac        Protein Biochemistry                       Vanderbilt University

                                                                               Center for Structural Biology

 

Don E. Davis - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Department of Chemistry                                    

2016 Winter Rotation Student

Mammalian expression and purification of the human orthologue of IPMK.

                                          

Hometown - Greenville, MS

B.S.              Chemistry                                        Tougaloo College, Mississippi

Ph.D.            Vanderbilt University                       Vanderbilt University Department of Chemistry

 

 

Tyson Rietz - PhD Student, Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program       

2015 Fall Rotation Student

High-density bioreactor overexpression of NR5A nuclear receptors. 

                                                                           

Hometown - Granite Bay, CA

B.S.              Chemistry                                           Emmanuel College - Boston, MA

                     Concentration in Biochemistry           Emmanuel College - Boston, MA

Ph.D.             Vanderbilt IGP                                   Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

                      

See Tyson's Publications on PubMed

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The Journal of Biological Chemistry Herb Tabor Award to Ray Blind Vanderbilt University.
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National Cancer Institute Transition to Indepedence Award to Ray Blind Vanderbilt University
National Institute of General Medical Sciences Institutional Research and Career Development Fellowship to Ray Blind, Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology
Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology
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