PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR

David G. Lynn, PhD

 

BA: University of Chapel Hill, NC

PhD: Duke University, NC

Post Doc: Columbia University, NY

David Lynn is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor in Chemistry and Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at Emory University. His research deals with the origins of molecular order in the biosphere, and he serves as one of the founding members of the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Science Festival.

dlynn2@emory.edu

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Graduate students

Anthony Sementilli

Member since 2015

 

BS: Saint Joseph's College, NY

My research focuses on studying the structure and reactivity of metal-amyloid networks. Up to half all proteins use one or a few metal centers for their functionality, but peptide assemblies can bind thousands along ordered arrays. More specifically, I'm trying to define how an amyloid truncation binds and arranges Cu(II) along the amyloid lattice and how its coordination mode informs its reactivity. Outside of science, I enjoy overanalyzing novels, baking, board games, and dogs.

anthony.sementilli@emory.edu

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Youngsun Kim

Member since 2017

 

BS: Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea

MS: Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea

I study properties and catalytic activities of metal-peptide self-assemblies, trying to use metal arrays in the co-assemblies for redox chemistry. In addition, I am doing structural studies of peptide assemblies with Cryo-EM. Outside of research, I am enjoying photography and watching F1, dramas, and movies. Outside of research I am enjoying photography and watching F1, dramas, and movies.

youngsun.kim@emory.edu​

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Christella Dhammaputri

Member since 2015

 

BS: Emory University, GA

I study how nucleic acids interact with amyloid assemblies and functionalize these networks. My past work includes creating a nuclease-sensitive amyloid-templated hydrogel and exploring a novel multilamellar nanotubes formed by DNA-peptide co-assemblies.  Currently, I am investigating the properties and structural identity of G-Quadruplex DNA-peptide chimera.  Because G-Quadruplexes have been implicated in charge transport, we hope this chimera could be used in bioelectronics. I'm also passionate about languages, food, and my dog, Daisy!

christella.dhammaputri@emory.edu

Ayanna Jones

Member since 2020

 

BS: Clark Atlanta University, GA

MS: Georgia Institute of Technology, GA

With my research, I examine the unique chemistry of the rhizosphere in plants using both experimental and computational approaches. My work examines cellular signaling between parasitic plants and pathogens to provide a window into the chemical dynamics that might ensure cellular order. I seek to show that we can control this complex and highly organized organ and provide valuable insight into the stabilization of plant health and food production in the face of climate change. ​In my free time I enjoy reading, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family. 

ayanna.j.jones@emory.edu

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underGraduate students

Jack Sheehy

Member since 2020

BS: Emory University (2021)

I am an undergraduate researcher in the Lynn lab, working on mapping the Rhizosphere! Outside of lab, I enjoy watching baseball, playing piano, and hanging out with my friends!

jack.sheehy@emory.edu

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Griffin Davis

Member since 2020

BS: Emory University (2021)

In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, baking, going to the movies, and giving my friends and family unsolicited music recommendations.

griffin.joseph.davis@emory.edu

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Regina Luu 

Member since 2019

BS: Emory University (2021)

regina.luu@emory.edu

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LAB MASCOTS

Daisy

Member since 2017

I'm the group's branch manager (see picture). I make sure all squirrels are off the premises and that the contents of our trash cans are delicious. I like taking long walks, getting pats, ​om-nomming sleeves, and attacking my own leash. All in all a fun-loving pupper.

crazy.daisy@woofmail.grr