Team

First Weiss Lab photo! (August 4, 2021)

Ryan J. Weiss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Dr. Ryan Weiss received his B.S. in chemistry in 2008 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. He then received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2015 at the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Prof. Yitzhak Tor. He then moved to the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Jeffrey Esko’s group. Dr. Weiss began his independent career as an assistant professor at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia in January 2021. His current research interests include drug discovery and using genomic tools to understand the regulation of glycosylation in human disorders.

Email: ryan.weiss at uga.edu

Amrita Basu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Amrita received her M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology in 2010 at VIT University, India, and earned her Ph.D. in Ecotoxicology at RECETOX, Masaryk University (Czech Republic) under the supervision of Prof. Pavel Babica. Amrita joined the Weiss lab at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center to study the regulation of glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis using functional genomics and genetic engineering techniques. The overall goal of her projects are to identify novel drug targets for human disorders of glycosylation.

Email: amrita.basu at uga.edu

Neil Patel

PhD Graduate Student

Neil earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Georgia in 2020. After acquiring his degree, he joined the Weiss Laboratory at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center to study the regulation of glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis in mammalian cells. Neil is very excited to contribute to a new and exciting field of research and plans to pursue graduate school in cellular biology.

Email: neilpatel at uga.edu

Akshar Patel

Undergraduate Researcher (Class of 2023)

Akshar is from Toccoa, Georgia, and is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Biology with a minor in Business. Akshar joined the lab in Spring 2021 and is supported by the CURO Assistantship and the Honors Domestic Experiential Learning Scholarship. He is very interested in biochemical research that can be translated into medicine and can help patients. After graduation, he hopes to enroll into medical school to one day become a surgeon.  

Email: akshar.patel at uga.edu

Rachel Champagne

Undergraduate Researcher (Class of 2023)

Rachel is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Biology with minors in Genetics and Cellular Biology. She joined the Weiss Lab in the summer of 2021 and is excited to make new discoveries about the regulation of glycosylation in mammalian cells, which can be used to develop novel treatments for multiple human disorders. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school. 

Email: rachel.champagne at uga.edu

Emily Spector

Undergraduate Researcher (Class of 2024)

Emily is a 2nd-year undergraduate at the University of Georgia majoring in Genetics, with an intended B.S./ M.S. in Genetics on the Double Dawgs pathway. She joined the Weiss lab in the fall of 2021 and is excited to learn about the role of epigenetic regulation in the structure and biosynthesis of glycoproteins. She is interested in harnessing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 to learn about new areas of glycobiology. After graduation, she hopes to continue learning about genetics and other aspects of human biology through an M.D., M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP), or genetic counseling masters program.”

Email: emily.spector at uga.edu

We are hiring!

We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates to join our team! Please contact Professor Weiss for more details!

Our laboratory is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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