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OUR TEAM

François St-Pierre, Ph.D.

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Principal Investigator & Chief Protein Hacker

Assistant Professor & McNair Scholar

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rice University Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Alex James McDonald, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Alex joined the lab in 2020.

Michelle Ann Land, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Michelle joined the lab in 2020 shortly after receiving her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Matthew Shorey, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Matthew joined the lab in February 2022 shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Penn State University.

Jihwan "James" Lee, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

In 2022, James received his Ph.D. in Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology from Rice University — making him the first student to graduate from the St-Pierre Lab.

Zhuohe "Harry" Liu, Ph.D.

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Post-Graduate Student

Rice University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Harry is one of the first students to join the lab in 2016. He created an interactive software to display spatial and temporal properties for cell selection in SPOTlight, our single-cell high-throughput screening platform. He also designed a motorized electrode system to induce voltage changes in cells to screen for better GEVIs, which led to the next generation two-photon compatible voltage indicator JEDI-2P. Fun fact: did you know he created the GEVI wikipedia page

 

His expertise in programming, hardware control, and microscopy help us to push the frontier of biosensor engineering, and advanced smart microscopy.

Xiaoyu "Helen" Lu

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Graduate Student

Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering

Xiaoyu joined the lab in 2017. She is currently a 5th-year student in the Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology (SSPB) Ph.D. Program at Rice University.

Shuyuan Yang

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Graduate Student

Rice University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Shuyuan joined the lab in 2019. She is currently a 3rd-year graduate student at Rice University.

Anh Pham

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Graduate Student

Rice University Department of Bioengineering

Anh joined the lab in 2022. He is currently a 1st-year graduate student at Rice University.

Shujuan Lai

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Research Assistant II

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Xiaoyu Dong

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Research Assistant II

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Elsayed Zaabout

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Research Assistant I

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Elsayed obtained his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Ain Shams University in 2012. then, He earned his M.Sc. in biotechnology from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey in 2019. Elsayed joined St-Pierre lab as a research assistant in December 2020, and his research focused on developing the next generation of genetically encoded voltage indicators. Currently working on optogenetics. 

Beatriz Campillo Miñano, M.S.

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Research Assistant I

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Shaminta Hamidian

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Research Technician II

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Shaminta joined the lab in August 2021. Her current work involves improving methods for ultra-high-throughput multi-parameter screening of fluorescent proteins and indicators.

Nathan Nguyen

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Undergraduate Student

Rice University

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