Kootnai Canyon Hike, 2011
From left: Deborah Nycz, Ting Wang, Dr. Jared Helm, Dr. Jesse Hay (with children Henry and Clara), Dr. Meg Trahey, Nandhakumar Thayanidhi
Dr. Jesse C. Hay
Dr. Jared Helm
Dr. Jared Helm finished his PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 2007 before joining the Hay lab as a postdoctoral researcher in the summer of 2008. Dr. Helm recently received a prestigious 3-year NRSA postdoctoral fellowship. His research projects include the mechanism of alpha-synuclein toxicity in the secretory pathway (see Thayanidhi et al. 2010), as well as the role of luminal calcium and the calcium sensor ALG-2 in pre-Golgi membrane tethering and fusion.
Nandhakumar Thayanidhi completed his B.tech in Biotechnology at Sathyabama University, India in 2006. He joined the Hay lab in 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate in the Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry PhD program. Mr. Thayanidhi discovered a role for alpha-synuclein as an inhibitor of ER-to-Golgi transport in mammalian cells (see Thayanidhi et al. 2010). His current research focuses on dissecting the SNARE and potential non-SNARE functions of neuronal SNARE, ykt6 (Thayanidhi et al., 2012).
Dr. Meg Trahey
Dr. Meg Trahey received her PhD from Stanford University in 1990, and has held numerous research positions in industry and academia. She received an NIH diversity postdoctoral fellowship to begin work in the Hay lab in 2008, where her main focus has been on interactions between viruses and early secretory pathway components such as coats (see Trahey and Hay, 2010). Claim to fame: she was the first scientist to detect GTPase activating protein (GAP) activity and identified Ras-GAP (Trahey and McCormick 1998, Trahey et al 1988).
Ting Wang completed her B. T. degree in Biotechnology at the China Pharmaceutical University in 2007. She joined the Hay lab in 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate in the Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry PhD program. Her project is to understand the functions and mechanisms of p115-SNARE interactions in pre-Golgi membrane tethering and fusion.