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The Esser-Kahn lab is looking for a few good postdocs! Contact Aaron with an email titled Postdoctoral Researcher, a current CV, and a brief summary of your research interests. A departmental call will be posted shortly as well.
Maya Kleiman


Ph.D.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Beersheva, Isreal; 2012
Prof. Emmanuel Tannenbaum
Evolutionary Dynamics

M.Sc.
Technion; Haifa, Israel; 2006
Prof. Michael Glickman

B.S.
Technion; Haifa, Israel; 2003

Research Interest
Biomimetic structures, modeling complex biological systems, carbon capture

Biography
I was born in a suburb of Haifa, Israel. I received a dual B.Sc in Biochemistry and Mathematics, graduating suma cum lauda from the Technion. I then obtained a M.Sc. in biology also from the Technion, under the supervision of Prof. Michael Glickman. In this lab, I studied aspects of the ubiquitin system in yeast. My Ph.D. studies in computational biology were conducted at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, under the supervision of Prof. Emmanuel Tannenbaum. I explored the evolutionary advantage of sexual reproduction. I arrived to UCI as part of the Ben-Gurion Post-Doctoral Fellows Program. My two cute children, Rotem and Michal, and husband (who looks like Pau Gasol) joined me in Irvine.

Quote
“Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.” – Richard Feynman

Email
mkleiman at uci.edu
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Troy Moore

Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley; 2013
Prof. Matt Francis
Lanthanide Separation Media

B.S.
University of California, San Diego; 2008
Prof. Mike Sailor

Research Interest
Immune Programming, Bioconjugation, Lanthanide Separation

Biography
I was born not too far from UCI, and seem to have made my way back. I received a B.S. in Pharmacological Chemistry at UCSD while working in the lab of of Prof. Mike Sailor studying porous silica/polymer hybrids for triggered drug release. I then moved to UC Berkeley, where I received my Ph.D. in Chemistry under the direction of Prof. Matt Francis. While there I split my time examining protein-polymer conjugates for detection of estrogens in drinking water, and working on the highly unrelated development of novel separation media for lanthanide ions. I joined the Esser-Kahn group at the beginning of 2013 as a lab manager and specialist.

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“...you are technically correct--the best kind of correct.” -Number 1.0

Email
troy.moore at uci.edu
Hemakesh Mohaptra


Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University; University Park, Pennsylvania; 2014
Prof. Scott Phillips
Synthesis of small molecule reagents for diagnostic assays

M.Sc.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT); Kharagpur, India; 2008
Prof. J. K. Ray

B.S.
IIT; Kharagpur, India; 2008

Research Interest
Self-strengthening Materials, Smart Polymers

Biography
I grew up in Bhubaneswar, India. I received my B.S. and M.Sc. degrees from Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, majoring in Industrial Chemistry. I worked with Professor J. K. Ray to develop methodologies to synthesize oxygen containing heterocyclic compounds. I conducted my Ph.D. research under the supervision of Professor Scott Phillips at Penn State. I worked on several projects involving the design and synthesis of small molecule reagents for diagnostic assays.

Quote
“There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before.” – Isaac Asimov

Email
hemakesh.m at gmail.com
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