Team

Weiss Lab Holiday Party! (December 16, 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

Postdoctoral Associates

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

Graduate Research Assistants

Neil Patel

PhD Graduate Student (NIH T32 GTP Fellow)

Neil earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Georgia in 2020. After finishing his degree, he joined the Weiss Laboratory as a research technician at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. In late 2021, Neil joined the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD program as a graduate research assistant. His doctoral research is focused on the epigenetic regulation of glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis in mammalian cells.

Email: neilpatel at uga.edu

Xiaolin Dong

PhD Graduate Student (joint with the Wells Lab)

Xiaolin received her B.S. in Bioscience in 2019 at Jilin University, China. She joined the Weiss Lab in 2021 at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and will be co-mentored by Dr. Weiss and Dr. Lance Wells (CCRC). Her research interests are understanding the molecular mechanisms for the regulation of glycosylation and identifying new drugs for the treatment of relevant human diseases. 

Email: xiaolin.dong at uga.edu

Jack Moore

PhD Graduate Student

Jack received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2019 at the University of Georgia. Subsequently, he worked as a research technician in the Urbanowicz lab at the CCRC where he worked on the synthesis of plant biodegradable materials. In 2021, Jack joined the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD program as a graduate research assistant in the Weiss Lab. His doctoral research is focused on bioengineering glycosaminoglycans in mammalian cells for novel therapeutic applications.

Email: jack.moore at uga.edu

Undergraduate Researchers

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 supported by the CURO Assistantship. She 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

Elijah Nicholson

Undergraduate Researcher (Class of 2023)

Elijah Nicholson is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Georgia majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He joined the lab in the Fall of 2021 as a CURO Assistantship awardee and is interested in using bioinformatics techniques to better understand the biosynthesis of glycosaminoglycans. After graduation, he hopes to enroll into grad school and obtain a PhD in computational biology.

Email: elijah.nicholson at uga.edu

Madison Intemann

Undergraduate Researcher (Class of 2024)

Madison is a 2nd-year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She joined the Weiss Lab in the Spring of 2022 and is looking forward to learning about gene mutations influencing the function of glycans and using drug screening to uncover new treatment options for rare genetic conditions. After graduation, she plans to attend grad school for her PhD and to continue conducting medical research. 

Email: madison.intemann at uga.edu

We are hiring!

We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers 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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