CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

Sujith Puthiyaveetil

Sujith Puthiyaveetil

Biochemistry
Associate Professor

Dr. Puthiyaveetil received bachelor's and master's degrees in Botany from Sir Syed College, Kerala, India. He obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from Queen Mary University of London under the guidance of Prof. John F. Allen. He stayed on at Queen Mary as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellow for another three years before moving on to further postdoctoral research at Washington State University, Pullman, with Prof. Helmut Kirchhoff. Dr. Puthiyaveetil joined Purdue Biochemistry Department as an Assistant Professor in 2016. He is a member of the Purdue Center for Plant Biology.

Steven Mckenzie

Steven Mckenzie

Biochemistry
Graduate Student

Steven obtained a bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. He joined Purdue Biochemistry as a graduate student in 2018 and is a member of the Interdisciplinary PULSe training program. Steven's graduate research focuses on the determinants of the functional and biosynthetic assembly of photosystem II, a 1.4 MDa heterooligomeric pigment-protein complex at the heart of oxygenic photosynthesis. Steven received the Department of Biochemistry 2020 Henry A. Moses Award and recently a NIFA-AFRI Predoctoral Fellowship.

Matthew Martin

Matthew Martin

Biochemistry
Graduate Student
Matt received a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. He joined Purdue Biochemistry department as a graduate student in 2022. In his graduate research, Matt studies the structure and function of Chloroplast Sensor Kinase (CSK), a bacterial-type two-component sensor kinase retained by chloroplasts of various photosynthetic eukaryotes at great evolutionary odds. 

Undergraduate research associates: 

Sarah Larsen

Emily Fannin

 

Lab alumni:

Lauren Macadlo, Undergraduate research associate, 2017-2018 (Current position: Research Technician, Duke University)

Iskander Ibrahim, Postdoctoral research associate, 2017-2012 (Current position: Assistant Professor, Towson University)

Gilbert Kayanja, Graduate student, 2016-2023 (Current position: Research Scientist, Plastomics)