The Kawate Lab
Toshi 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 expanded his expertise in ion channel biophysics and electrophysiology. Toshi joined the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University in 2011. He plays ice hockey in his free time.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler completed his BS in Biochemistry at Southern Methodist University, where he studied the protein kinetics that regulate the circadian clock of Arabidopsis thaliana. Tyler is currently a graduate student in the Field of Biophysics. He is interested in characterizing membrane channels, understanding how they work at the molecular level, and ultimately discovering any link they have with human illness. Unrelated to his research, he is intrigued by protein cofactors such as flavin and heme and their undiscovered regulatory potential. Tyler is an avid skier and loves to cultivate plants – especially carnivorous ones!
Claire is a third 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.
Martina is a junior studying Health Care Policy in the College of Human Ecology. She was born in Buenos Aires Argentina, but now lives in Connecticut. In her free time, Martina likes to train for marathons, cook with her family and hang out with friends. In the future she hopes to get her medical degree and become a surgeon.
Yoki is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. She is pursuing a Biological Sciences major with a concentration in Animal Physiology and a minor in Global health. Yoki is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and graduated from Tomorrow Highschool with honors. At Cornell, she is the event Coordinator of the Ethiopian Eritrean Students Association (EESA), the Co-publicity chair of Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service (B.O.S.S.) and a committee member of the Scholars in Our Society and Africa (S.O.S.A.).