Peter Kekenes-Huskey, Ph.D. (PI) is an Associate Professor in the Cell & Molecular Physiology Department at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Asheville (2001), which was followed by a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, whereafter he obtained his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology (2009). At UNC Asheville, he developed algorithms for the ab initio prediction of halogenated ethane decomposition rates as a Barry Goldwater Scholar with Bert Holmes and George Heard (UNCA). His Ph.D. research with William A. Goddard, III (Caltech) focused on developing Monte Carlo tools and molecular dynamics simulations. Peter complemented his studies with applied mathematics and computer science coursework from algorithm design to parallel computing, in fulfillment of National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowships. Following his Ph.D. work, he worked as a Staff Scientist at Arete Associates from 2007 to 2010, where he developed near-real time image processing and signal detection algorithms for defense applications. Returning to his passion for the physical sciences, he pursued postdoctoral studies with Professors Andy McCammon (Chemistry) and Andrew McCulloch (Bioengineering) at the University of California San Diego under support of American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health fellowships, to understand cardiac calcium signaling using molecular dynamics, partial differential equations and systems biology models. In 2014, he accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry, where he was funded through NIH, ACS and NASA to support his work in probing molecular-driven events with macro-scale phenomena in biological and nanoscale systems. In 2019, his lab moved to Loyola University to extend his work in cardiac and neurological systems.
Rachel Boone is now a graduate student in chemical engineering at Vanderbilt
Andrew Mondragon is working in industry
Angela Hinchie is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington.
Selcuk Atalay, Ph.D.
Amir Kucharski Jr. is currently working toward his MD/PhD at Washington St. Louis.
Caitlin Scott, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Hendrix College.
Bradley D. Stewart
Ryan Blood is currently a graduate student at Notre Dame.
Dylan Colli is now working for the Campbell Lab