The Araç lab is a multicultural group committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Isabel is a native Chicagoan and received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduating, she worked as a Research Technician for the Biophysics Core at UIC where she specialized in the characterization of macromolecules using biophysical instruments such as Surface Placemon Resonance, Isothermal Tritration Calorimetry, and Circular Dichorism. She joined the lab as Lab Manager in 2020.
Jingxian grew up in China and got her PhD in biology from Tsinghua University in 2015. She joined the Araç Lab as a postdoctoral scholar and is currently continuing her work focusing on the interaction between Latrophilin and its ligand Teneurin.
Gabriel Carmona Rosas
Gabriel was born and raised in Mexico City. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2014, and his PhD degree in Biochemistry in 2019, both from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During graduate school, Gabriel worked on the function and regulation of adrenergic receptors using different biochemical and microscopic approaches. He joined the Araç Lab in 2019 as a postdoctoral scholar.
Sumit completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he majored in Biochemistry with a minor in Physics. He completed his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan in 2019 in the laboratory of John Tesmer (now at Purdue University). Sumit’s graduate work centered around structural biology of the RhoGEF Trio, a Gq/11 effector implicated in uveal melanoma. He joined the Araç Lab in 2020 as a postdoctoral scholar.
Graduate Student - Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Szymon grew up in Poland, where he received his master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. After finishing his studies he moved to the US in 2015, where he worked in the Bob Keenan laboratory at University of Chicago, studying membrane protein co- and post-translational targeting and insertion pathways. Szymon joined the lab in 2019 through the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program.
Graduate Student - Neurobiology
Jorge was born in Peru and grew up in Miami, FL. He completed his undergrad at Amherst College in MA, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Russian in 2012, and decided to pursue a career in research. Previous work includes CSPα and Tau in SNARE-complex assembly at the Dr. Thomas Südhof lab, and OCRL in intraocular pressure and primary cilia in the dLGN and superior colliculus at the Dr. Yang Sun lab at Stanford University. He is now completing his PhD in Neurobiology at UChicago and joined the Arac lab in 2019. Hobbies include swimming, video editing, and salsa (the dancing kind).
Graduate Student - MSTP/Neurobiology
Hagerah is from NY and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2018. During undergrad, she studied post-translational modifications of CIITA and its interaction with the scaffolding protein 14-3-3B. She then worked at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in NYC studying the role of purinergic signaling in HIV infection before moving to Chicago in 2019 to begin her studies in UChicago’s Medical Scientist Training Program. She joined the lab in September 2020 to pursue her PhD in neurobiology. Her hobbies include reading, trying new recipes, decorating cakes, taking walks by the lake, drawing, and spending time with her cats.
Ethan was born in Los Angeles, California and later moved to Austin, Texas before attending UChicago as an undergrad in 2019. He joined the Araç Lab early 2020 and is working towards a degree in molecular biology and mathematics. In Ethan’s free time he likes to read, walk and study music.