ASRC Welcomes New Faculty to Structural Biology, Environmental Sciences Initiatives

The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY has welcomed a number of new faculty hires in the past several months, including founding Photonics Initiative Director Dr. Andrea Alu. Please read about our other teaching faculty hires below, including biographies and research interests.

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Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle 

Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, PhD, joined the faculty of the ASRC as the fourth and final tenure-track faculty member with the ASRC’s Structural Biology Initiative. She is a CUNY trainee, having earned her B.A. in Physics from Hunter College in 2006. She then completed her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University under the tutelage of Elizabeth Rhoades. As a postdoctoral fellow with Clifford Brangwynne at Princeton University, she was awarded a NIH K99/R00 career award where she had the opportunity to work under the additional advisement of Monica Driscoll at Rutgers University.

Elbaum-Garfinkle’s research concentrates on protein and RNA granules, intracellular liquid organelles, and protein assembly and aggregation, as well as neurophysiology and degeneration, opening up clear partnership opportunities with the Neuroscience and Nanoscience Initiatives, housed in adjacent floors within the ASRC.

Dianne Greenfield

Dianne Greenfield, PhD, joined the ASRC in September 2017 after her time as an Associate Research Professor at the University of South Carolina (USC)’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, where she was also Director of the South Carolina Algal Ecology Laboratory. During this time, she also held a joint appointment with the Marine Resources Research Institute of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Greenfield — who also holds an Associate Professorship with Queens College’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences — has a research focus on marine and coastal phytoplankton, or microalgae that form the foundation for marine and coastal food webs and play a major role in the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients.

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Daniel Keedy

Daniel Keedy, PhD, joined the ASRC from the University of California, San Francisco where he was an A.P. Giannini Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. James Fraser in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. He completed his doctoral work at Duke University under the advisement of Drs. David and Jane Richardson. Previously, he completed his B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Keedy’s research centers on the development and exploitation of a new strategy in structural biology: multitemperature multiconformer crystallography (MMX). By combining experimental and computational methods, his work may reveal new opportunities for targeted small-molecule discovery and protein engineering. Ultimately, this may be used to identify and dissect the functional roles of members of the protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) class of proteins in healthy cells in order to correct their misregulation in disease states.

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Andy Reinmann

Andy Reinmann, PhD, joined the ASRC’s Environmental Sciences Initiative in January 2017 after his time as a postdoctoral research associate in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment. He conducted his doctoral work at Boston University as well, where he earned his PhD in Biology with a certificate in Biogeosciences. Previously, he earned his MS in Forestry from the University of Maine, Orono and his BS in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University.

Reinmann—who will also hold an assistant professorship with Hunter College’s Department of Geography—has a research focus on the carbon exchange between the biosphere and atmosphere, examining the human effect on biogenic carbon dioxide fluxes and carbon sequestration.