Current group members
Alyssa was raised in Sammamish, Washington and has always
had an interest in research and science. She is currently a
sophomore and aiming towards a degree in genetics and cell biology. She hopes to become a
dentist one day in Seattle. Alyssa also works on the fourth floor of the CUB as a student
mentor for the office of multicultural affairs so feel free to visit anytime for free printing. Her
favorite thing to do is travel and she has been to over ten countries!
Devin grew up in Kirkland, Washington on the beaches of Lake
Washington. Ever since 9th grade biology Devin has been working his
way towards a degree in the sciences that has brought him to
Washington state university where he is majoring in cell biology and
genetics. His hobbies consist of fishing, playing the saxophone, playing
and watching soccer, and going jogging. His goal is to one day become a renowned scientist
and discover something that will change the way people live forever.
Dipika grew up in a small town in the state of Gujarat, India. After completing her undergraduate studies back in India, she decided to study in the US. She finished her masters at Adelphi University, NY. Now she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Plant Stress Physiology at WSU, Pullman. According to her, Pullman is very natural, beautiful, and quiet place. The only time she doesn’t like Pullman is when she has to walk the uphill! Her hobbies include cooking, eating good food, watching TV, travelling, reading and playing chess. She likes bicycling too, but absolutely not on Pullman hills!
Joo Hyun Lee
She graduated in Korea-thirteen hours by flight from Pullman- majoring Economics and Biology. Before moving in here, she studied cancer cell in her master course. Now she wishes to be a plant person. She loves tennis, camping, guitar and brewing. Also she is a good angler. Don’t be afraid of calling her name, be brave!
Tianjin is Liyuan's hometown. Tianjin is one of the four
municipalities of China. Its urban area is the third largest in China,
after Shanghai and Beijing. Over eleven million people are living in
Tianjin. Her PhD study about the transcriptional regulation in
Jasmonate signal pathway in Prof. John Turner's group at University of East Anglia, UK. Now
her research interests are the transcription regulatory mechanism of phytohormone and the
generic mechanism of ubiquitin proteasome pathway. She is enjoying practising yoga and
listening Mozart's music. At this moment, she is planning to learn how to drive in Pullman.
Sutton grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she completed her undergraduate degree at NC State. She worked at Duke, UNC-CH, and various other places around the triangle area for a number of years before heading down to Austin, Texas to pursue doctoral work in microbiology. However, she ‘saw the green’ and joined the lab of Mark Estelle , who promptly moved to Bloomington, IN. Having survived 4 years in the mid-west working on auxin-regulated protein degradation, Sutton is happily broadening her scientific endeavors by working on all of the projects in the Hellmann lab. When not at the bench, she is advising undergraduates at WSU who want to go on to medical school. Her main hobby currently is dealing with a rambunctious 6 year old.
Hanjo Hellmann studied biology in Kaiserslautern, Germany, before beginning his PhD thesis in the group of Wolf Frommer (Berlin and Tubingen, Germany). His focus was on sugar and amino acid signal transduction. After graduation in 1997, he continued to work on these topics as a group leader with Wolf Frommer. In 1999 he was awarded a two-year DFG fellowship, and joined the lab of Mark Estelle, then in Austin, TX. Here he began to work on E3 ligases and auxin. In 2002 he went back to Germany and started his own group as an Assistant Professor at the Freie University Berlin. In 2007 he decided to move back to the US and continue his research and teaching at Washington State University. His current scientific interests are located in the fields of metabolism and regulatory pathways that control stress tolerance. Outside of lab he liked to play squash and badminton (which is difficult to do in Pullman), but the region provides great opportunities for bicycling and photography.
Former Group members
Undergraduates at WSU:
Ryan Lauta Landingin (TEAM mentoring program WSU)
Phirakny Chau (TEAM mentoring program WSU)
Jan Erik Leuendorf