BECKMAN INSTITUTE
at Caltech


Beckman Fellowship Recipients

 
 

NAME
and BACKGROUND

PROJECT INFORMATION

Arash Komeili
Term: 2001-2004
Ph.D. degree: Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Beckman Fellowship Project: Molecular Dissection of Magnetite Synthesis in Magnetotactic Bacteria
Caltech Mentor: Dianne Newman
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
Paul Rothemund
Term: 2001-2004
Ph.D. degree: Computer Science, USC
Beckman Fellowship Project: DNA Self-Assembly for Computation and Complex Pattern Formation at the Nanoscale
Caltech Mentor: Eric Winfree
Position on leaving: Senior Research Fellow, Caltech

Michael Diehl
Term: 2002-2005
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, UCLA
Beckman Fellowship Project: Engineering Functional Protein Assemblies: Exploring Cooperative Biomotor Dynamics with Single Molecule Sensitivity
Caltech Mentor: David Tirrell
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry, Rice University

Achilleas Frangakis
Term: 2002-2004
Ph.D. degree: Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich
Beckman Fellowship Project: Development of Pattern Recognition Techniques for Cryo-Electron Tomograms
Caltech Mentor: Pietro Perona
Position on leaving: Group Leader in Structural and Computational Biology, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg
Cora MacBeth
Term: 2002-2005
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, University of Kansas
Beckman Fellowship Project: Designing Iron Complexes Capable of Dinitrogen Reduction
Caltech Mentor: Jonas Peters
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Emory University
Jordan Gerton
Term: 2003-2005
Ph.D. degree: Physics, Rice University
Beckman Fellowship Project: Live and in Technicolor: Dynamic Optical Imaging of Biological Structure and Function at the Nanometer Scale
Caltech Mentor: Stephen Quake
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Utah
Jennifer Lee
Term: 2003-2006
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, Caltech
Beckman Fellowship Project: Probing Amyloidogenic Peptide Structure and Dynamics Using Fluorescence Energy-Transfer Kinetics
Caltech Mentor: Harry Gray
Position on leaving: Investigator (Tenure-Track), Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
Chris Gandhi
Term: 2006-2009
Ph.D. degree: Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
Beckman Fellowship Project: Understanding the Gating Mechanisms of Ion Channels at the Atomic Level
Caltech Mentor: Doug Rees
Position on leaving: Senior Research Fellow, Caltech
Rich Olson
Term: 2003-2006
Ph.D. degree: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University
Beckman Fellowship Project: Structural Studies of Pheromone Receptor/Class I MHC Interactions
Caltech Mentor: Pamela Bjorkman 
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Wesleyan University
Long Cai
Term: 2006-2009
Ph.D. degree: Molecular Cellular and Chemical Biology, Caltech
Beckman Fellowship Project: An interdisciplinary research plan for a system wide study of low expression gene in living cells using combined single molecule microscopy and microfluidics technologies
Caltech Mentor: Michael Elowitz 
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Caltech
Eric Toberer
Term: 2007-2010
Ph.D. degree: Materials, UC Santa Barbara
Beckman Fellowship Project: Metal-organic hybrids: A new class of conpounds for thermoelectricity
Caltech Mentor: Sossina Haile/Jeff Snyder 
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Physics, Colorado School of Mines
Ingmar Riedel-Kruse
Term: 2007-2010
Ph.D. degree: Molecular Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute, Dresden
Beckman Fellowship Project: Criticality, short-term memory, and optimization of computation in an olfactory system
Caltech Mentor: Gilles Laurent 
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University
Brad Olsen
Term: 2008-2010
Ph.D. degree: Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley
Beckman Fellowship Project: Thermodynamics of gelation and dynamic properties of biosynthetic protein hydrogels
Caltech Mentor: Zhen-Gang Wang/David Tirrell/Julia Kornfield 
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Todd Anthony
Term: 2008-2011
Ph.D. degree: Biology, Rockefeller University
Beckman Fellowship Project: Whole-Brain Imaging of Neural Activity in Freely Behaving Mice
Caltech Mentor: David Anderson 
Position on leaving:
Jesse Bloom
Term: 2008-2011
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, Caltech
Beckman Fellowship Project: Biological Underpinnings of Virus Evolvability
Caltech Mentor: David Baltimore 
Position on leaving: Principal Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Rosemary Conrad
Term: 2008-2011
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, Stanford University
Beckman Fellowship Project: Design and Synthesis of Elastic Polymers for Use in Vascular Grafts
Caltech Mentor: Bob Grubbs 
Position on leaving: Materia, Inc.
Jeremiah Johnson
Term: 2009-2012
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, Columbia University
Beckman Fellowship Project: Library Synthesis of Photo-Releasing Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery 
Caltech Mentor: Bob Grubbs/David Tirrell
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, MIT
Ali Mortazavi
Term: 2009-2012
Ph.D. degree: Biology, Caltech
Beckman Fellowship Project: The Genomic Basis of Behavorial Evolution in Nematodes 
Caltech Mentor: Paul Sternberg 
Position on leaving: Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, UC Irvine
Casimir Wierzynski
Term: 2009-2012
Ph.D. degree: Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech
Beckman Fellowship Project: Real-Time Tracking and Modulation of Memory Consolidation 
Caltech Mentor: Thanos Siapas/David Anderson/Pietro Perona 
Position on leaving:
Daniel Kim
Term: 2010-2013
Ph.D. degree: Molecular Biology, City of Hope
Beckman Fellowship Project: The Molecular Circuitry of Cellular Reprogramming 
Caltech Mentor: Barbara Wold 
Position on leaving:
Chris Richards
Term: 2010-2013
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Beckman Fellowship Project: Single Molecule Characterization of Nicotinic Membrane Receptor Structure and Function 
Caltech Mentor: Henry Lester 
Position on leaving:
Bryce Sadtler
Term: 2010-2013
Ph.D. degree: Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Beckman Fellowship Project: Self-assembly of Semiconductor Microwires for Solar Energy Conversion 
Caltech Mentor: Nate Lewis 
Position on leaving:
Jacob Waldbauer
Term: 2010-2013
Ph.D. degree: Chemical Oceanography, MIT & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Beckman Fellowship Project: Molecular Basis of Isotope Effects in Microbia Sulfate Reduction 
Caltech Mentor: Alex Sessions 
Position on leaving:
Lacramioara Bintu
Term: 2011-2014
Ph.D. degree: Physics, UC Berkeley
Beckman Fellowship Project: Connecting Promoter Architecture and Gene Expression: A Systematic and Quantitative Genome-Wide Approach 
Caltech Mentor: Michael Elowitz 
Position on leaving: