People

Current Members

Som Mukhopadhyay,
M.B.B.S.; Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Steven Hutchens, B.S.
Lab Manager
(Formerly; Medical Univ of South Carolina)
Andrey Selyunin, Ph.D. 
Post-doc
(Ph.D.: UT Southwestern)
Chunyi Liu, Ph.D. 
Post-doc
(Ph.D.: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Danyang Li, B.S. 
Graduate Student, Cell & Molecular Biology  Program
(B.S.: Peking University)
Cherish Taylor, B.A.
Graduate Student,
Neuroscience Program
(B.A.: Harvard University)

Former Members

Jessica Myers, Post-doc. Jessica is now a Toxicologist at the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, in Austin, TX. 

Dinorah Leyva-Illades, Post-doc. Dinorah is now an Application Scientist at NanoTemper Technologies in Houston, TX. 

Jonathan Mercado, Undergrad. Jon went on to pursue his PhD (Cell and Molecular Biology) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. 

Charles Zogzas, PhD student (Biochemistry). Charlie graduated in 2017 and took a position at Nikon, Inc. as a confocal specialist.  

Adeline Supandy, Undergrad. Adeline’s next career step was a PhD in Biochemistry at Rice University (Houston, TX). 

Som’s Brief Bio

Current position

Associate Professor (2019 onwards)
Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology; Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology; and
Institute for Neuroscience
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712.

Previous position

Assistant Professor (2013 – 2019)
Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology; Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology; and
Institute for Neuroscience
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712.

Education & Training

Post-doctoral Fellow with Dr. Adam Linstedt
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; 2008-2013.

Ph.D. in Cell Biology
New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY; 2004-2008.

M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India; 1998-2004.
(M.B.B.S. is equivalent to M.D. in the USA).

Selected Awards & Honors

Bruce A. Fowler Young Investigator Award, Society of Toxicology; 2019.
Awarded to an early career scientist with significant contributions to the field of metals toxicology

NIH/NIEHS Extramural Paper of the Month; March 2019 (Taylor et al, J Biol Chem, 2019).
Link: Novel mechanism for manganese regulation in the brain.

NIH/NIEHS Paper of the Year 2019 (Taylor et al, J Biol Chem, 2019).
Link: NIEHS Papers of the Year 2019.

Highlight of career by NIH/NIEHS in “Stories of Success”; 2018.
Link: Studying the biological mechanisms of parkinsonism.

NIH/NIEHS “Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES)” R01; 2016-2020. 

NIH/NIEHS K99/R00 “Pathway to Independence”; 2011-2017.

Major Invited Presentations

  • Society of Toxicology, Workshop on “Genetic mutations of manganese transporters” (scheduled) 2020.

  • FASEB meeting on Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine (scheduled) 2020.

  • Gordon Research Conference on Cell Biology of Metals 2019.

  • American Society for Nutrition, Symposium on Metals in Health and Disease 2019.

  • Gordon Research Conference on Cell Biology of Metals 2017.

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Symposium on Metal Homeostasis 2017.

  • Manganese 2016, International Conference on Manganese Neurotoxicity, NYC 2016.

  • Society of Toxicology, Symposium on SLC30A10 2016.

  • International Conference on Metals in Genetics, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, India 2016.

  • Gordon Research Conference on Cell Biology of Metals 2012.