Lab Members

Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D

Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D

Principal Investigator (Email)

Current Lab Members

Clint Taylor, Ph.D

Assistant Instructor

Research Interest: Using structural biology and classical biochemical approaches, I study how interactions between protein kinases and their signaling partners facilitate pathway regulation.

Clint Taylor, Ph.D

Ana Martin Vega, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interest: My work is mainly focused on uncovering the underlying mechanisms of the uncommon deleterious impact of ERK activation in MEK inhibitor-insensitive squamous cell lung carcinoma and SCLC tumors. A better understanding of the molecular biology of these cancers and of the implication of ERK in tumorigenesis and therapy resistance will let us come up with new therapeutic strategies to overcome the impasse in chemotherapy.

Ana Martin Vega, Ph.D

Ankita Jaykumar, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interest: I am interested in understanding how the With No Lysine kinase 1 (WNK1) regulates endothelial cell migration and proliferation.

Ankita Jaykumar, Ph.D

Jiung Jung, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interest: I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of WNK1 in developmental and cellular processes, and specifically how crosstalk between the WNK1 and other signaling pathways affects major characteristic of cancer malignancy such as cancer invasion and metastasis.

Jiung Jung, Ph.D

Chonlarat (Pearl) Wichaidit, Ph.D

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Image processing, data analysis, and bioinformatics

Chonlarat (Pearl) Wichaidit, Ph.D

Magdalena Grzemska

Graduate Student

Research Interest: I am focused on investigating the implications of WNK1 signaling in breast cancer and cell invasiveness by exploring novel protein-protein interactions of its downstream kinase OSR1. Meanwhile, I work towards better understanding of the function of WNK1 as a scaffolding protein.

Magdalena Grzemska

Steve Stippec

Research Scientist: Cloning guru and WNK specialist

Steve Stippec

Svetlana Earnest

Sr. Research Scientist: Project generator and Jane-of-all-trades

Svetlana Earnest


Dionne Ware

Sr. Administrative Associate
Pharmacology department

Dionne Ware

Joel Villarreal

Lab Technician Assistant I: Miniprep specialist

Joel Villarreal

Eustolia Sauceda

Lab Helper

Eustolia Sauceda

Lab Alumni

    Elma Zaganjor, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor (Molecular Physiology and Biophysics)
    Vanderbilt University

    Jihan Osborne, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor (Pharmacology)
    UT Southwestern Medical Center

    David J. Robbins, Ph.D.
    Professor (Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center)
    Georgetown Univeristy Medical Center

    Angelique Whitehurst, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor (Pharmacology)
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Malavika Raman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor (Developmental Molecular and Chemical Biology)
    Tufts University

    Don Arnette, Ph.D.
    Medical Affairs Director, Disease Area Lead
    AbbVie Inc.

    Michael Kalwat, Ph.D.
    Assistant Investigator 
    Indiana Biosciences Research Institute

    Sachith Gallolu, Ph.D.
    Senior Scientist 
    Ab Studio, Inc.

    Aroon Kara, Ph.D.
    Senior Consultant
    Deloitte Consulting, LLP

    Kathy McGlynn
    Research Associate (Whitehurst Lab)
    UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Michael Kalwat ( - /20)

    Weirui Chai (04/16-07/17)

    Curtis Thorne (08/14-07/17)

    Hashem Dbouk (01/13-06/16)

    Andres Lorente-Rodriguez (05/12-04/16)

    Marcy Guerra (08/11-06/14)

    Wen-huang (Lisa) Ko (01/10-03/11)

    A-Young Lee (06/09-09/12)

    ElHadji Dioum (04/09-11/12)

    Eric Wauson (08/07-12/13)

    Staci Deaton (Heise) (07/07-09/09)

    Zhui Chen (07/04-09/06)

    Anthony Anselmo (04/03-08/06)

    Michael Lawrence (02/02-06/11)

    Wei Chen (12/00-12/03)

    Lori Silvestro (09/00-08/03)s

    Ewen Gallagher (01/00-01/03)

    Tara Beers Gibson (10/99-12/04)

    Cherry Ballard Croft (07/98-08/99)

    Bridgette January (01/98-07/01)

    Bing-e Xu (10/97-04/06)

    Jennifer Swantek (09/95-11/99)

    Lori Christerson (04/95-07/00)

    Megan Robinson (12/94-09/99)

    Jeff Frost (11/93-11/99)

    Jessie English (07/93-07/98)

    Shuichan Xu (11/92-10/97): sr principal scientist

    Erzhen Zhen (10/90-09/93)

    Judit Monis (09/88-06/89)

    Bi-Ching Sang (10/88-10/90)

    Sachitch Gallolu (-/19)

    Aroon Karra (-09/18)

    Elizabeth Zhang (08/14-06/15)

    Min He (03/12-08/15)

    Lauren Weil (04/12-10/13) 

    Jingsha Chen 03/12-06/13)

    Kevin Cormier (11/11-0713)

    Anwesha Gosh (03/11-05/15)

    Andrea McReynolds (06/09-09/13)

    Aileen Klein (03/09-06/15)

    Samarpita Sengupta (03/08-08/12)

    Szu-Wei Tu (04/07-06/13)

    Elma Zaganjor (03/07-09/13)

    Jihan Osborne (03/07-06/13)

    Lingling Duan (08/06-10/10)

    Kyle Wedin (03/05-11/09)

    Chunli Shao (03/05-11/09)

    Arif Jivan (03/05-07/09)

    Jon Self (01/05-05/09)

    Daryl Goad (01/05-09/08)

    Yu-Chi Juang (06/04-10/09)

    Charles Heise (09/03-01/07 - 10/07-12/09)

    Mustafa Yazicioglu (06/02-08/06)

    Lisa Lenertz (06/02-02/07)

    Malavika Raman (06/01-12/07)

    Aarati Ranganathan (06/01-12/05)

    Don Arnette (06/01-02/05)

    Byung-Hoon Lee (06/00-05/06)

    Angelique Whitehurst (06/00-02/04)

    Youngjai You (06/00-08/04)

    Fred Robinson (10/99-09/02) 

    Xiaoshan Min (06/99-09/01)

    Grey Pearson (06/98-01/03)

    Mahesh Karandikar (08/97-06/00) 

    Zhu Chen (06/97-02/01)

    Kevin Berman (06/97-06/00)

    Julie Wilsbacher (06/96-02/00)

    Alf Dang (06/95-03/00)

    Khoo Shih (06/95-08/99)

    Andrei Khokhlatchev (08/93-02/98)

    Michele Hutchison (06/93-04/97)

    Mangeng Cheng (08/91-03/96)

    Doug Ebert (08/90-07/94)

    David Robbins (08/89-04/94)

    Joie C Rowles (09/87-01/92)

    Teri Boulton (06/87-12/91)