L. Zastrow Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2017–present
Fellow, 2013-2017 (Stephen J. Lippard)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Inorganic Chemistry, 2013
(Vincent L. Pecoraro)
B.S. University of Connecticut, Chemistry, 2008 (Christian
Uyen received her
B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2009 from Texas Christian
University. She carried out undergraduate research with
Prof. Jeffery Coffer. In 2011, she received her M.A. in
Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin,
where she worked with Prof. Bradley Holliday. Then Uyen
pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Houston
under the supervision of Prof. Don Coltart. After completing
her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2017, she joined the
Zastrow lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Now, she is studying
bioinorganic chemistry in gut bacteria using in vitro
culturing, essential metal quantification, and
metalloproteomics. Outside of the lab, Uyen enjoys listening
to music, doing crafts, cooking and eating.
Wenping received his
B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2014 from HeFei University of
Technology and his M.S. degree in Chemistry from the
University of Science and Technology of China in 2017.
There, he worked with Dr. Changle Chen. He enrolled in the
chemistry graduate program at UH in Fall 2017 and joined the
Zastrow lab. His research is focused on using cofactor-based
fluorescent proteins as platforms for anaerobic metal ion
sensors. Outside of lab, he enjoys singing, swimming, and
Haowen received his
B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2016 from Nankai University,
where he gained undergraduate research experience with Dr.
Jinlei Tian. In Fall 2017, he enrolled in the chemistry
graduate program at UH and joined the Zastrow lab. His
research is focused on developing protein-based metal ion
sensors that fluoresce in the near infrared. In his free
time, he enjoys sports, cooking, and computer games.
Trinh Undergraduate Student Spring 2018–present
Brittany is a senior
majoring in chemistry with a minor in psychology. She joined
the Zastrow lab in January 2018 and is using analytical
chemistry and bioinformatics to determine the
metalloproteome of individual bacterial species from the
human gut microbiota. In her free time, Brittany enjoys
playing piano and violin, rock climbing, and dreaming about
being the next MasterChef.
Marium Haq Undergraduate Student Summer 2018–present
Marium is a senior
majoring in chemistry. She joined the Zastrow lab in June
2018 and is analyzing zinc ion uptake and use in individual
bacterial species from the human gut microbiota. In her free
time, Marium enjoys movies, cooking, and running.
Valdez Undergraduate Student Fall 2017–present
Khoa Le Undergraduate Student Spring 2018–present
Khoa is a senior
majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics. He joined
the Zastrow lab in May 2018 and is designing protein-based
metal ion sensors for studying trace metals in human gut
bacteria. In his free time, Khoa enjoys listening to music,
reading, and traveling.
Amy Vo High School Student 2018 Summer Welch Scholar
Amy is a rising high
school senior. As a member of the 2018 Welch Scholars
Program, she is working in the Zastrow lab to prepare
protein-based near infrared metal ion sensors for studying
trace metal ions in human gut bacteria. In her free time,
Amy enjoys reading, dance, and piano.