Ramya Chandrasekaran, PhD
Nicholas Dambrauskas, BS
Research associate II, bench
Nicholas Dambrauskas received his BS in biology from the University of Vermont in 2004 and then took a position at the University of Utah, where he studied receptor ligand interactions and their role in cell motility during CNS development. He joined the Sather Lab in 2014 and is focused on immunogen design, production and characterization. He spends his time outside of the lab practicing Aikido and climbing.
Rossana de la Noval, MA
Grants and contracts administrator
Rossana de la Noval received her MA in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and worked as an archaeologist before shifting to administrative and project coordination roles in the design and science fields in the past 10 years. Outside of the office she enjoys volunteering, yoga and hiking, and is an avid soccer fan.
Olesya Trakhimets, BS
Research technician II
Olesya Trakhimets received her BS in biology and anthropology from the University of Utah in 2013, where she worked in the Trede Lab conducting pre-clinical drug studies against acute lymphoblastic T-cell leukemia and in the Dearing Lab studying the Cyp2B detoxification enzyme in desert woodrats. In 2014 she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and spent two years working in Ghana as a community development worker, with a focus on malaria and HIV prevention, education and clean water access improvement. Inspired by her Peace Corps experience, she joined the Sather Lab in 2017 with the hopes of pursuing a career in infectious disease research. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, hiking, reading and eating cheese as often as possible.
Vladimir Vigdorovich, PhD
Research scientist III
Dr. Vladimir Vigdorovich’s interests span the subjects of protein structure, recognition and host-pathogen interactions. He received his BS at the University of Minnesota, where he studied the molecular genetics of the parasite Cryptosporidium parvum. His interest in virology then brought him to Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for graduate studies focusing on molecular mechanisms of retroviral entry. After receiving his PhD, he went on to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where his work focused on protein interactions and structural biology of the immunological synapse. In the Sather Lab, Vigdorovich is working on developing new immunogens from proteins made by malarial parasites, as well as developing the computational tools for analysis of the immune response.