Current group members
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