Elka R. Georgieva, PhD (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor, PI
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at TTU
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics at TTUHSC
Member of the Center for Membrane Protein Research, TTUHSC
Office: 402F, Experimental Science Building 2
PhD in Chemistry from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with Prof. Nicola Yordanov
(1) Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University with Prof. Astrid Gräslund; (2) Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University with Prof. Jack Freed.
2000-2001 High School Teacher in Chemistry and Physics, Bulgaria
2002-2005 Graduate Researcher, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2006-2007 Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist, Stockholm University
2007-2010 Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University
2010-2015 Research Associate, Cornell University
2015-2020 Senior Research Associate, Cornell University
2020- present Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University.
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
NIAID R03 AI137735 (2018-2021)
Elka R. Georgieva, PI "Production and functional characterization of the L-lysine exporters from bacterial pathogens"
Young Investigator Travel Grant, The Protein Society Finn World Travel Award, 24th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society
Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Carl Trygger Foundation with Professor Astrid Gräslund, Stockholm University, Sweden,
Ph.D. Predoctoral Fellowship from the Marie Curie Foundation European Commission with Professor Gunnar Jeschke, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
Ph.D. Predoctoral Fellowship from the Marie Curie Foundation European Commission with Professor Dante Gatteschi, University of Florence, Italy
Protein engineering, Mechanisms of membrane proteins, Molecular mechanisms of virus-host interactions, Membrane proteins in drug development.
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
Reviewer for multiple high-impact scientific journals
Topic Board Editor for the open access journal Membranes (MDPI)
Mentoring and advising
CHEM 7000 (Research, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021)
CHEM 3000 (Undergraduate research, Summer 2021)
CHEM 5337 (Enzymes, Graduate course, Spring 2021)
CHEM 5336 (Lipids, Graduate course, Fall 2021 – scheduled)
CHEM 5101 (Seminar, Graduate course, Fall 2021 - scheduled)
Saman Majeed, Pharm. D.
Multidisciplinary approaches to molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins from human pathogens
M.Phil. Biochemistry, Sep. 2013- August 2016 (CGPA 3.88/4.00, Distinction) University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Sep. 2007- July 2012 (CGPA 3.33/4.00) The University of Faisalabad (TUF), Pakistan
Forensic Scientist, Narcotics Department, Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), Pakistan
Research Assistant, Enzymology Lab, The University of Faisalabad (TUF), Pakistan
Akram Bani Ahmad
Biophysical and analytical approaches to protein structure, conformational dynamics and function
Master's degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2017-2019)
REGULATION OF PYRIMIDINE BIOSYNTHESIS IN PSEUDOMONAS CHLORORAPHIS
2008 to 2015: Working in pharmaceutical and medical devices industries
2017-2019: Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Ujala Sehar, PhD
Molecular mechanisms of membrane exporters from M. tuberculosis
Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics from Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Master's in Biotechnology from Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA.
2012-2014: Characterization of Marine Macroalgae for Biofuel Production.
2014-2016: Fungal-mediated degradation of indigenous brown coals and subsequent transformation into humic materials.
2016-2021: Cellulose degradation by the unicellular extremophilic red alga Galdieria sulphuraria
Claudia Hinojosa (Summer 2021)
We are looking for interested and motivated undergraduate students to do research with us.
They will join an active project and work with the PI Elka Georgieva, experienced Postdocs and Graduate Students. We will train the student in protein mutagenesis, expression, purification and characterization by biochemical and biophysical methods, as well as data analysis, interpretation and presentation. The undergraduate students trainees will co-author research papers and presentation in the case of substantial contribution.