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Principal Investigator

Nicholas Levinson

Ph.D in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California 2008

B.A. in Biochemistry,

University of Cambridge



Postdoctoral Associate

Jason Jones

Ph.D. in Biochemistry,

University of Minnesota 2021


PhD Student

Zach Baker

B.S. in Chemistry and Biology,

Bemidji State University 2019

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Undergraduate Researcher

Noah Zimmerman

Biochemistry Major,

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


Postdoctoral Associate

Katie Dunleavy

Ph.D in Chemistry,

University of Florida 2020

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Minnesota Duluth 2012


PhD Student

Apoorva Limaye

M.S. in Pharmacology,

University of Minnesota 2021

B.S. in Pharmacy,

Mumbai University 2016


PhD Student

Liam Fawcett

B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry,

University of Minnesota, Duluth 2021


Postdoctoral Associate

Nidhi Joshi

Ph.D. in Biotechnology,

Indian Institute of Technology 2020

B.Sc. in Biotechnology, H. N. B.

Garhwal University 2010


PhD Student

Damien Rasmussen

B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 2016


Lab Technician

Tiffany Engel

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Minnesota 2016

Lab Members

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Former Lab Members


Lab Technician

Rosella Stower

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Minnesota 2021

Current Position: Research Associate, Frontier Medicines


Ph.D Student

Abir Majumdar

Ph.D. in Pharmacology, 

University of Minnesota, 2021

Current Position: PostDoc in Tagliabracci Lab, UT Southwestern


Lab Technician

Soreen Cyphers

B.S. in Biochemistry,

Syracuse University. 2012

Current Position: QC Supervisor at Pharmgate Biologics


Lab Technician

Manny Semonis

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Minnesota 2021

Current Position: Graduate Student, UC Irvine


PhD Student

Eric Lake

Ph.D. in Pharmacology,

University of Minnesota 2021

Current Position: PostDoc in Lebeau Lab, UW Madison



Postdoctoral Associate

David Burban

Ph.D in Biochemistry and Biophysics, 

UC San Diego 2008

Current Position: Sr. Cell Culture Engineer, Lifecore Biomedical


Postdoctoral Associate

Emily Ruff

Ph.D. in Chemistry,

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Winona State Univ.

Recruiting Today


We are looking to hire multiple postdocs. Applicants should have strong graduate training in biochemistry, biophysics/biophysical chemistry or structural biology. Candidates with experience in recombinant protein expression in insect cells and/or mammalian cells are particularly encouraged to apply.


Applicants should Send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Levinson at

Graduate Students

We are interested in graduate students with both chemical and life science undergraduate training. Pharmacology and BMBB graduate students are encouraged to rotate in the lab; students in or considering joining the UMN chemistry program or medicinal chemistry program should contact the head of the relevant graduate program.

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