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Mark Young
Tatiana Mishanina

Tatiana Mishanina received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Iowa in 2014, where she was recognized with A. Lynn Anderson Research Excellence Award for her work. She went on to the University of Michigan for her postdoctoral training, and later to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received a Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI) from Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Dr. Mishanina’s main research interest lies in observing proteins in action, enzymes in particular, and she will do so at UC San Diego using traditional kinetic assays and state-of-the-art cryogenic electron microscopy methods. She will specifically study enzymes involved in bacterial and mitochondrial gene expression processes. Dr. Mishanina received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award while a graduate student and is excited to teach at UC San Diego. She will teach courses in protein and nucleic acid biochemistry, structure and biophysics.

Jonathan Slade
Mark Herzik

Mark Herzik was an American Heart Association predoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2014. He was subsequently a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at The Scripps Research Institute where he pioneered the development of single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) methodologies, expanding the known capabilities of cryoEM closer to the theoretical limits and allowing for the structure determination of macromolecular complexes previously deemed intractable for electron microscopy. Dr. Herzik will bring this expertise to UCSD where he will study critically important processes that regulate and facilitate the passage of macromolecules into and within mitochondria. In addition, Dr. Herzik received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award from UC Berkeley and he will use his talents and commitment to teaching to enrich graduate and undergraduate education in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Herzik was a first-generation college student and he plans to engage students with a similar socioeconomic background to aid in their successful education at UCSD.