People


Principal Investigator

Ken

Ken Lau (email: ken.s.lau at vanderbilt.edu)
My background is in combining experimentation and modeling to study complex biological phenomena. I completed my PhD (bioinformatics and proteomics) in 2008 at the University of Toronto, Canada. After a 4 year postdoc at Harvard/MIT under the tutelage of Drs. Kevin Haigis and Douglas Lauffenburger, I started my own lab at Vanderbilt in the spring of 2013. I am interested in technologies that can interrogate signaling networks at high dimensional and high resolution (single cell) levels. In my spare time, I like to do home improvement projects.


Lab Manager

Joey

Joey Simmons (email: alan.j.simmons at vanderbilt.edu)
I graduated with a B.S. from Western Kentucky University in 2009 where I studied biology and chemistry while carrying out phylogenetic research. I spent the following year working with In-Situ Hybridization for cancer screening before returning to academic research in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 I investigated bacterial manipulation of drosophila reproduction for the Bordenstein Lab. I joined the Lau Lab in July of 2013 and I'm currently helping to optimize a procedure for the quantitative analysis of in vivo cellular signaling responses. I believe that a diverse interdisciplinary background is a valuable asset in the creation of novel ideas in the laboratory.


Postdoctoral Fellow

SunWook

Sun Wook Kim (email: sun.wook.kim at vanderbilt.edu)
I graduated with a B.S. and M.S. from Korea University in 2005 and 2007, and a PhD from University of Cincinnati in 2013. During this time, I studied the effects of electrical stimulation on various cell types, including stem cells. My research interests are in cell responses to the microenvironment (e.g., different physical constraints and cell-to-cell communication mechanisms). I am enjoying the new challenges in this area of research, while generating many ideas and discussing them with Dr. Ken and Joey every day.


Graduate Students

Chuck

Chuck Herring (email: charles.a.herring at vanderbilt.edu)
I graduated with a B.S. in physics from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte in 2012. My undergraduate research experience focused primarily on the structural dynamics of proteins. I used molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the mechanics of the recovery stroke in the myosin II motor under the guidance of Andre Baumketner, and I also used a minimal Distance Constraint Model to guide flexibility and stability experiments of CC vs CXC chemokines in Irina Nesmelova's lab. Currently, I am interested in developing novel quantitative methods that can be used to aid our understanding of complex cell signalling networks and to guide future experiments. In my spare time I enjoy playing disc golf.

Amrita

Amrita Banerjee (email: amrita.banerjee@vanderbilt.edu)
I graduated from Duke University in May of 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I worked in numerous laboratories during my undergraduate career in both the Duke University Medical School and the Duke Biology department. My senior year research experience consisted of investigating drug resistance in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The project consisted of utilizing high-throughput sequencing techniques to probe genetic differences between mCRC cell lines sensitive or resistant to standard-of-care therapies such as Oxaliplatin and Irinotecan. Presently, I am working on growing enteroids ("mini-guts") in the lab and learning about single-cell analysis techniques. I am interested in utilizing enteroids to probe signaling networks in the intestinal epithelial lining. When not in lab, I enjoy reading fiction and swimming.