Brittany Belin, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator (she/her)
Brittany received her B.S. in biochemistry and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, under the mentorship of Dr. Dyche Mullins. In 2015 she began to study plant-bacteria symbiosis as a post-doc in the laboratory of Dr. Dianne Newman at Caltech. Her laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Embryology, located on the Johns Hopkins University campus, opened in August 2020. She is interested in cell biology and symbiosis in all of its forms.
Email: belin at carnegiescience dot edu
Huiqiao Pan, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Researcher (she/her)
Huiqiao received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the Hebei University of Science & Technology and her M.S. in Plant Genetics and Breeding from China Agricultural University. In 2020, she received her Ph.D under Dr. Elizabeth Pierson in Molecular & Environmental Plant Sciences at Texas A&M University. She is interested in understanding how signals found in rhizobial membrane vesicles impact plant host immunity during symbiosis.
Email: hpan at carnegiescience dot edu
Matt Lubin, B.S. - Graduate Student (he/him)
Matt graduated with a B.A. in biology and philosophy from Yeshiva University. After graduating, he joined the Yeshiva-based lab of Dr. Josefa Steinhauer, which focuses on phospholipid remodeling enzymes in Drosophila, and spent two years at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center studying the relationship between cancer cell metabolism and immune escape.
Matt is dedicated to furthering our understanding of how biological phenomenon emerge from molecular mechanisms and interactions. Matt is using genetics and quantitative microscopy to uncover the contributions of rhizobial chemotaxis receptors to legume colonization in the rhizosphere.
Email: mlubin at carnegiescience dot edu
Ann Deng, B.S. - Graduate Student (she/they)
Ann received her B.S. from UC Berkeley, where she majored in in Molecular and Cell Biology and Music and studied lyosome membranes in the Roberto Zoncu lab. She then worked as a technician studying RNA biology with Stephen Floor at UCSF before joining the CMDB program at Hopkins.
Ann is interested in studying rhizobial genes important for their endocytosis into legume cells.
Email: adeng at carnegiescience dot edu
Lorna Mitchison-Field, B.S. - Graduate Student (they/them)
Lorna graduated from Mount Holyoke and spent their summers studying marine fungi at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA with Amy Gladfelter of UNC Chapel Hill. They continued to study marine organisms and helped to develop cultivation and genetics protocols for the cnidarian-algal symbiosis, working as a technician with John Pringle at Stanford and close-friend-of-the-lab Phil Cleves, also in the Carnegie Embryology department.
In their thesis work, Lorna plans to use quantitative microscopy to study lipid regulation of rhizobium cell polarity in symbiosis.
Email: lmitchison-field at carnegiescience dot edu
Ashley Shim - Undergraduate (she/her)
Ashley is a student at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Previously, she worked at University of Southern California studying pressure-driven membranes for water recycling and at JHU under Dr. Lutsenko studying effects of copper in the brain. Ashley is gaining laboratory research skills while helping the lab to develop new genetic tools for Bradyrhizobium manipulation.
Email: ashim at carnegiescience dot edu
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Sarah Talamantez-Lyburn, M.S. - Lab Manager/Technician
currently: Research Associate at Exact Sciences
Evan Lawrence, B.S. - Technician
currently: PhD student in Johns Hopkins CMDB program