The Kawate Lab

Members

Toshi Kawate

A graduate from Osaka University, he received his Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular, and Biophysical Studies at Columbia University. He established his research background in X-ray crystallography and biochemistry in the lab of Dr. Eric Gouaux. He did his postdoctoral research in the Swartz lab at the NIH where he learned ion channel biophysics and electrophysiology. Toshi became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University in the summer of 2011. He plays ice hockey in his free time.

Email: toshi.kawate@cornell.edu

Akira Karasawa

Akira is interested in how membrane proteins transport their substrates. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Science at Osaka University in the lab of Dr. Hiroshi Kanazawa where he worked on bacterial secondary transporters. Before he joined the Kawate lab, he was a postdoc in the Membrane Enzymology group headed by Dr. Bert Poolman at University of Groningen to study osmosensing mechanisms. He likes cycling, hiking, skiing, playing the violin, and techno music.

Email: ak936@cornell.edu

Kevin Michalski

Kevin is a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology program. He received a BS in Biochemistry from Siena College where he developed interests in signal transduction, enzymology, protein structure, and membrane proteins. In his free time Kevin enjoys reading fantasy, rollerblading, computer games, and electronic music. Since moving to Ithaca he has also started rock climbing and hunting bugs that get into his apartment.

Email: krm237@cornell.edu

Phillip Nguyen

Phillip is a graduate student in the field of Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology (BMCB). He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. There, he conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. David Dawson, where he studied aberrant Wnt signaling in pancreatic carcinogenesis. Additionally, he was a member of UCLA iGEM, a research team that participates in a global, synthetic-biology competition. Phillip is currently interested in understanding the structural basis of protein acyltransferases and how this affects the enzymology and interactions of these proteins.

Email: pln27@cornell.edu

Erik Henze

Erik completed his BS in Biochemistry at Hawaii Pacific University, where he became intrigued with ion channels, the fundamental regulators of nervous system activity, and decided to pursue a biophysics PhD at Cornell to further develop this passion. He is currently fascinated with the behavior of ion channels and enzymes at the single-molecule level, as well as how this information helps us to understand broader questions in biology. In his free-time, he enjoys weightlifting, cooking with friends, listening to new music and podcasts. He also has a strong interest in futurism and philosophy of the mind.

Email: ekh58@cornell.edu

Jenny Kim

Jenny is a senior in the college of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology (concentrating in Neurobiology) and minoring in East Asian Studies. She has been working with Akira in the lab, and on campus, she has been a TA for BioMG 1290 (Personalized Medicine) and BioMG 1150 (Human Genetics and Society and a member of Biology Service Leaders. In her free time, she likes to hike, run, and watch movies.

Email: jk2279@cornell.edu

Patrick Lynch

Patrick is completing his undergraduate degree in Physics at the College of Arts and Sciences. In his free time, he enjoys playing the cello, cooking fun recipes, and playing games.

Email: ptl24@cornell.edu

Claire Malkin

Claire is a second year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University pursuing a biology major with a concentration in computational biology. She is interested in molecular biology, systems biology, cell biology, and bioinformatics. Claire is from Brookline, Massachusetts and a graduate of Brookline High School. At Cornell University, Claire is a member of the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board and a student mentor through the club Step Up.

Email: clm294@cornell.edu