Elka R. Georgieva, PhD

Assistant Professor, PI

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at TTU
Member of the Center for Membrane Protein Research, TTUHSC

Office: 402F, Experimental Science Building 2

Telephone:

E-mail: elgeorgi@ttu.edu

EDUCATION

 PhD in Chemistry from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with Prof. Nicola Yordanov

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

(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.

POSITIONS

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

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

TEACHING/COURSES

Enzymes  CHEM 5337 Graduate course, Spring 2021

Research CHEM 7000 Graduate course, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

GRADUATE STUDENTS

                               Saman Majeed, Pharm. D.

                                Office: 413C

                                Telephone:

                                E-mail: saman.majeed@ttu.edu

Research Project

Multidisciplinary approaches to molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins from human pathogens

Education

  1. M.Phil. Biochemistry, Sep. 2013- August 2016 (CGPA 3.88/4.00, Distinction) University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan 

  2. Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Sep. 2007- July 2012 (CGPA 3.33/4.00)  The University of Faisalabad (TUF), Pakistan

Professional Experience 

Forensic Scientist, Narcotics Department, Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), Pakistan

Research Assistant, Enzymology Lab, The University of Faisalabad (TUF), Pakistan

                                Akram Bani Ahmad

                                 Office: 413C

                                 Telephone: 

                                 E-mail: abaniahm@ttu.edu

Research Project

Biophysical and analytical approaches to protein structure, conformational dynamics and function

Education

Master's degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2017-2019)

REGULATION OF PYRIMIDINE BIOSYNTHESIS IN PSEUDOMONAS CHLORORAPHIS

Professional Experience

2008 to 2015: Working in pharmaceutical and medical devices industries

2017-2019: Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

 

                               

                                Ujala Sehar, PhD

                                 Office: 413C

                                 Telephone: 

                                 E-mail: 

Research Project:

Molecular mechanisms of membrane exporters from M. tuberculosis

Education:

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.

Professional Experience

Projects conducted:

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

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

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.