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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Steven Claypool, Ph.D.

Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physiology
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

sclaypo1@jhmi.edu


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  • 1991-1995 BA, Biological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) 
  • 1995-1996 MA, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, UCSB
  • 1996-2003 Ph.D., Immunology, Harvard Medical School
  • 2003-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • 2008-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2014  Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2014-  Director of the Cellular and Molecular Physiology graduate program  


Steven Claypool is a product of California’s public education system having received both his BA and MA from UCSB. Steven’s PhD thesis focused on the trafficking of the neonatal Fc Receptor in polarized epithelial cells, work that was performed under the tutelage of Dr. Richard S. Blumberg at Harvard Medical School. For his postdoctoral studies, Steven switched gears and joined the laboratory of Dr. Carla Koehler at UCLA.  There, he began his investigation of mitochondrial phospholipid metabolism, work that is the foundation for the numerous studies ongoing in the CLAYPOOL Lab at Hopkins. 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Selvaraju Kandasamy

 BS, Biochemistry (2006), Periyar University, India 

MS, Biotechnology (2008), Periyar University, India 

PhD, Biochemistry (2014), Bharathidasan University, India

kselvar3@jhmi.edu  

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Elizabeth Calzada

 BS, Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry (2012),
The University of Texas El Paso
5th Year BCMB Graduate Student ecalzad1@jhmi.edu 

Oluwaseun Ogunbona

BS, Physiology (2009), College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

MBBS (2013), College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
4th year CMP Graduate Student
AHA Predoctoral Fellow

oluwaseunogunbona@jhmi.edu 

Michelle Acoba

BS, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2011), University of the Philippines- Diliman, Philippines          

 3rd year CMP Graduate Student 

AHA Predoctoral Fellow

macoba1@jhmi.edu  

Pingdewinde Sam (PSam)

AS, Science & Mathematics (2012), City College of San Francisco

BS, Biology, Human Physiology (2015), San Francisco State  

2nd year CMP Graduate Student

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

psam1@jhmi.edu

Erica Avery

 B.S., Biochemistry (2016), Minor in Journalism - 

Rowan University, Honors Program 

 eavery3@jhmi.edu 

INTERNS

Kiyea Milledge

Kiyea is a SARE-Summer Academic Research Experience-intern and Senior High School student from Green Street Academy.

ALUMNI

Postdoctoral Fellow

Adam Cornish 

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2012), Michigan State University 

Presently a high school science teacher at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School of Baltimore.   

Graduate Student

Ya-Wen Lu 

PhD, Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Graduate Program (2015)

Presently a post-doctoral fellow, Cardiometabolic Disorders, Amgen Inc. yawenlu@gmail.com   

Graduate Student

Ouma Onguka

PhD, Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Graduate Program (2016)

 Presently a post-doctoral fellow in Matthew Bogyo’s Lab, Stanford University            oonguka1@stanford.edu 

Graduate Student

Matt Baile 

PhD, Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Graduate Program (2014)  

Thesis awarded the Mette Strand Young Investigator Award 

Presently a post-doctoral fellow in Scott Emr’s Lab, Cornell University mgb238@cornell.edu     

Graduate Student

Theron Gilliland 

MA, Cellular and Molecular Physiology Program (2011)      

Undergraduate Student

Teona Munteanu

Presently in the Master’s in Neurobiology Program, Northwestern University  teonamunteanu2015@u.northwestern.edu

Research Associate

 Kevin Whited 

Presently an agricultural laboratory scientist III working with the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture, Salisbury, MD kevinjwhited@gmail.com 

Undergraduate Student

Alex Rodriguez

Presently a Junior at Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus. He left our lab to join an Undergraduate Summer Training Program at Harvard University.

 arodri48@jhu.edu