Research scientists and technicians

Jared Eller
Research Scientist and Lab Technician, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
Education

BS in Genetics, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University

Research

Jared served as our lab manager and research assistant from the time of his graduation from Clemson with a BS in the Spring of 2016 until his departure for UT Austin to pursue a PhD in the Summer of 2017. He maintained our Chlamydomonas cultures, expressed and purified protein, biochemically characterized purified proteins, prepared chemical reagents, buffers, and culture media, and generally ran the lab. He worked on biological and genetics projects with various motor protein constructs.

Where he is now

Jared is in the Cambronne Lab at UT Austin pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry.


Rachel Andorfer
Research Scientist and Lab Technician, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
Education

MS in Bioengineering, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University
BS in Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University

Research

Rachel served two stints as our lab manager, during the spring of 2016 and from the time of her graduation in the summer of 2017 through May 2018. Rachel was largely instrumental in setting up the lab, maintained our Chlamydomonas cultures, expressed and purified protein, biochemically characterized purified proteins, prepared chemical reagents, buffers, and culture media, and generally ran the lab. She worked on biological and genetics projects with various motor protein constructs, and engineered motile biological microstructures from cytoskeletal elements.

Where she is now

Rachel has started her own web-based business, The Essential Girl, and is pursuing that full time.


Graduate Students

Rachel Andorfer
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
Graduate Student, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University
Previous Education

BS, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University

Research

Rachel characterized the structure and dynamics of microtubule bundles made with dynein and kinesin for use in engineered entirely biological isolated microstructures.

Where she is now

Rachel stayed in the Alper lab as our lab manager and a research scientist upon graduation.

Marshall Trout
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
Graduate Student, Department of
Previous Education

Research

Where he is now

Marshall is now going to the University of Utah.


Undergraduate Students (and high school students)

Brad Scammon Info
Major: Bioelectrical Engineering
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: wscammo@g.clemson.edu
Research
Brad used the optical tweezers to construct neural circuits through the Creative Inquiry program.
Where he is now
Brad is going to Carnagie Mellon University to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering.
Hailey Lovelace Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
eMail: hlovela@g.clemson.edu
Research
Hailey used TIRF microscopy and FCS to investigate the role of electrostatic interactions in the binding affinity of dynein microtubule binding domains for microtubules.
Where she is now
Hailey is at Vanderbilt as a research scientists in the Zanic Lab.
Nick Whitesides Info
Major: Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: whites9@g.clemson.edu
Research
Nick worked on cloning experiments with the microtubule binding domain of dynein.
Where he is now
Nick is going to the Medical University of South Carolina to pursue an MD.
Andrew McKamy Info
Major: Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: amckamy@g.clemson.edu
Research
Andrew worked on purifying axonemal dynein from trypanosome.
Where he is now
Andrew is finishing his degree in biological sciences her at Clemson.
Tyler Kennedy Info
Major: Computer Science
Department of Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: tmkenne@g.clemson.edu
Research
Tyler worked on development of the software to run the optical tweezers in LabView.
Where he is now
Tyler is interning at Michelin and finishing his degree at Clemson.
Lawrence Coleman Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: lfcolem@g.clemson.edu
Research
Lawrence is working on various biophysical characterizations of dynein motor proteins.
Where he is now
Madeline Hemmingsen Info
Major: Genetics
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Research
Madeline worked with the microtubule binding domains of axonemal dynein from Chlamydomonas. She also designed this website.
Where she is now
Madeline is going to Baylor College of Medicine to pursue a PhD.
Grace McNamara Info
Major: Bioengineering
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Research
Grace worked on biochemical analysis of microtubule binding domain affinity among other projects.
Where she is now
Grace is working for Eurofins in the New York City area.
Regan Van Metre Info
Major: Bioengineering
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: rvanmet@clemson.edu
Research
Regan worked on biological projects with various Chlamydomonas strains and on biochemical analysis of microtubule binding domains.
Where she is now
Regan is going to the USC School of Medicine, Greenville to pursue an MD.
Andrew Shore Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: amshore@g.clemson.edu
Research
Andrew worked on theoretical models of beating cilia and flagella.
Where he is now
Andrew is going to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to pursue a PhD in physcis.
Melanie Horkan Info
Major: Bioengineering
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: mhorkan@g.clemson.edu
Research
Melanie worked on purifying the proteins for and characterizing the dynamics of microstructures composed of microtubule bundles made with dynein and kinesin for use in engineered biological microstructures.
Where she is now
Melaine is Co-oping at Biogen.
Matt Spencer Info
Major: Biophysics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: matheus@g.clemson.edu
Research
Matt worked on biological and genetics projects with various motor protein constructs.
Where he is now
Matt is now attending Virginia Tech to pursue a Masters Degree in civil engineering.
Mikaila Gossman Info
Major: Computer Science
Department of Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: mikailg@g.clemson.edu
Research
Mikaila worked on development of the software to run the optical tweezers in LabView.
Where she is now
Mikaila is still at Clemson finishing her degree.
Brandon Renda Info
Major: Genetics
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail:
Research
Brandon worked on cloning projects.
Where he is now
Brandon is still at Clemson finishing his degree.
James Oristian Info
Major: Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Research
James really pioneered our work on trypanosome.
Where is he now
At NIH pursuing postbac research.
Donovan McKinley Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Research
Donovan was the first member of the Alper Lab.
Where he is now
Left to pursue a career in IT.
Siyuan (Daniel) Shao Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Research
Daniel worked with Subash on the optical tweezers.
Where he is now
Siyuan is still at Clemson finishing his degree.
Rachel Conway Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astonomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: rmconwa@g.clemson.edu
Research
Rachel worked with Subash on the alignment and calibration of our optical tweezers.
Where she is now
Rachel is still at Clemson finishing her degree.
Tanner Roberson Info
Major: Bioengineering
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail:
Research
Tanner worked on software development projects.
Where he is now
Lost touch.
Olivia Newkirk Info
Major: Biological Engineering
Department of Biological Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: onewkir@g.clemson.edu
Research
Olivia worked on developing motor driven microstructures.
Where she is now
In the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson, soon to be starting her masters.
Zachary Hubbarth Info
Major: General Engineering
College of Engineering and Applied Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: zshubba@g.clemson.edu
Research
Zach worked on motile biological microstructures through the EUREKA! program.
Where he is now
Pursuing his education at Clemson. We hope he will come back at some point to work some more in the lab.
Sarah Langell Info
Major: Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: slangel@g.clemson.edu
Research
Sarah worked on purifying axonemal dynein from trypanosome.
Where she is now
Pursuing her education at Clemson.
Mitch Woodhouse Info
Major: Biological Systems Engineering
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: wmitch@vt.edu
Research
Mitch was an NSFREU recipient who participated in our Active Matter project.
Where he is now
Mitch is now going to Virginia Tech.
Sam Kistler Info
Major: Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: skistle@g.clemson.edu
Research
Sam worked on purifying axonemal dynein from Trypanosome.
Where he is now
Valerie Hinsch Info
Majors: Microbiology and Genetics
Departments of Biological Sciences and Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: vhinsch@g.clemson.edu
Research
Valerie is worked on purifying axonemal dynein from Trypanosome.
Where she is now
She is now going to Georgia Southern University
Andrew Billings Info
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail:
Research
Andrew used the optical tweezer and microelectrode arrays to study the effect of lasers on dendrite growth.
Where he is now
Samantha Markley Info
Major: Biology
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: snmarkl@g.clemson.edu
Research
Samantha is working on growing lots of Trypanosome cells.
Where she is now
She is now going to Georgia Tech
Parastoo Amlashi Info
Major: Microbiology
Department of Biological Systems, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: pamlash@g.clemson.edu
Research
Parastoo is working on purifying and imaging axonemal dynein from Trypanosome.
Where she is now
Samantha Salley Info
Major: Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: smsalle@g.clemson.edu
Research
Samantha worked on the motility of trypanosome cells with Apurba.
Where she is now
 
Braden Holst Info
Major: Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail:
Research
Braden worked on hardware, software, and optical integration in our optical tweezer system.
Where he is now
Jacob Jensen Info
Major: Computer Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: jajense@g.clemson.edu
Research
Jacob is working on hardware, software, and optical integration in our optical tweezer system.
Where he is now
Aaron Williams Info
Major: General Engineering
College of Engineering and Applied Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
eMail: awill33@clemson.edu
Research
Aaron participated in the neuronal circuitry project as a part of the EUREKA! program.
Where he is now
Continuing his education at Clemson University.