Lab Members

Andrew Truman

Principal Investigator

Dr. Truman obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at University College London, UK, focusing on the interplay between molecular chaperones and MAP kinase pathways in yeast. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar at both Johns Hopkins University and Boston University under the advisement of Dr. David E. Levin examining how MAP kinase specificity is achieved.


He joined the University of Chicago as a Research Professional to gain expertise in phospho-proteomics and global interactomics under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Kron. His studies on Hsp70 phosphorylation resulted in a 2012 publication in Cell.


In 2015, he established his research lab at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to study the role of chaperones in cancer.

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Graduate student

Understanding chaperone interactions using CRISPR and cross-linking mass spectrometry.

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Siddhi P

Graduate student

Understanding the roles and regulation of Hsp70 phosphorylation.

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Jade Takakuwa

Graduate student

The role and regulation of Hsp70 dimerization.

Laura Knighton

Graduate student

Understanding Hsp70 isoform functional diversity.

Lizbeth Saa

Honors student

Interplay between chaperones and the DNA damage response.

Megan Ward

Undergraduate Researcher

Understanding the role of HSF1 phosphorylation in cancer.

Courtney Shrader

SPARC4 researcher

Regulation and role of co-chaperone PTMs in yeast and cancer cells.

The Mask of Good Results

A gift from Laura to the lab from Africa, this mask bestows good grant/paper/experimental luck to all those within a 2 bay radius.


  1. Jacob Blackman (3900 and 4700 Honors Student). 

  2. Owen Strom (Lab Technician, 2018: Currently at Washington State Medical School. 

  3. Jill Waller (Master’s student, Fall 2016-Spring 2018): PA School

  4. Isaac Sluder (3900, REU and 4700 Honors, Fall 2015-Spring 2018): UNC Chapel Hill Medical School.

  5. Monserrat Cueervas (3900, REU and 4700 Honors, Fall 2015-Spring 2018): Currently at  NC State Veterinary School.

  6. Alexandria Szalanczy (REU student, Summer 2017): Currently a PhD candidate at Wake Forest University Graduate School.

  7. Shahad Nedawi (Lab volunteer, Fall 2016). Currently, lab manager at 360 labs.

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