People


Rachel N. Austin

Diana T. and Roy Vagelos Professor of Chemistry

Barnard College
Altschul Hall

3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
office: 1-212-854-4879
email:
raustin@barnard.edu

A full CV is available on her Barnard profile here

Rachel Narehood Austin is the Diana T. and P. Roy Vagelos Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Barnard College in NYC. She joined the faculty in 2015 after 20 years on the faculty at Bates College in Lewiston ME. Her laboratory has a longstanding interest in understanding the mechanisms of metalloproteins, especially those important in the global cycling of elements and neurochemistry, and developing and characterizing heterogeneous catalysts that can be used for green chemistry, biofuels upgrading, or environmental remediation. A major emphasis of her current research is the development of a detailed picture of both the structures and mechanisms of the metalloenzymes that have evolved to catalyze the oxidation of alkanes. Funding for her lab has been provided by NSF, NIH, HHMI, the Merck/AAAS research fund, Pfizer, DOE, and the Dreyfus Foundation in the form of a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award. She is the past chair (together with co-Chair Ariel Anbar) of the 2010 Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference and a current editorial board member of the journals Metallomics and the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry and a reviewing editor for the journal Frontiers in Microbiological Chemistry. She is an editor for the journal Frontiers in Microbiological Chemistry

honors:

  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2004
  • Kroepsch Teaching Award, 2000
  • Invited Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Superior, 2017

Current Staff and Students

Researchers in the Austin Lab

Dr. Akbar Mahdavi-Shakib, Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Marina Orman, Post-Doctoral Researcher

Undergraduate Researchers: Jessica Glynn, Maya Hoffman, Mehrose Ahmad, Rahma Elsiesy, Allison Forsberg, Yeliz Jina-Sezgin, Christina Juste, Juliet Lee, Alison Milano, Janine Sempel, Shoshana Williams

Lab Alumni and Former Students

Past researchers in the Austin Laboratory

Pia Chakravarty, Maya Jodidio, Elizabeth Irvin, Nicole Townsend, Avisya Kumar, Margaret Robinson (Bates College), Kamila Kydykova, Jenifer Moralez, Laura Abelaez, John Stavrinoudis, Lauren Babb, Martin Peich Ph.D., Kevin Ahearn, LeRae Graham Ph.D., John Pham Ph.D., Kapil Bahl Ph.D., Suzanne Tepper M.D., Chris Colapetrio MS, Kate Buzzi MD, Michael Danahy Ph.D., Han Mi Yang, Kate Hagstrom (LePore) Ph.D., Andy Dalton, Kate Fink DDM, Neeraj Mahadoo, Carly Tarr MD, Gabe Sholder Ph.D., Justin Gorham Ph.D. , Chal Congdon, Dennis McGillicuddy MS, George Sisson MD, John Anderson MS, Dana DiGiando, Erin Bertrand Ph.D., Marselle Alexander-Ozinarkas MS, Robert Gomez, Kate Luddy, Liz Brady, Karla Erickson Ph.D., Drew Drabek, Kim Russell, Eric Pier, Hilary Ginsburg, Claire Parker, Marilla Pender-Cudlip Pharm. D., Lina Kong, Cody Newman, Rachel Carlson, Zach Ross, Alex Stevenson, Sarah Charley, Ian Gilchrist, Swe-Htet Naing, Saba Parvez, Angela Su, Lesley Mo, Jasmin Hernadez, David Born, Mary Lewis, Astrid Gleaton, Scott Olenik, Winnie Chelegat, Jamie Gough, Ashely Brooks, Roch de Silva, Grace Hamilton, Jackie Ordermann, Edwin Mapfuwa, Sasha Villhermosa, Katherine Bernier, Aubrey van Kirk, Ben Horn, Tessa Pals, Jess Howard, Jamie Bousleiman, Arminda Downey-Mavromatis, Jessica Glynn, Sydney Hotz, Samra Husremovic, Mericka McCabe, Megan Ngai, and Amen Wiqas

Note to alumni: Please stay in touch. It is always good to hear about your work and lives. Email updates to raustin@barnard.edu

Angela Su

Staff Scientist and Lab Technician

Barnard College
Altschul Hall

3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
office: 212-853-0760
su.angela1@gmail.com

A CV is available here

Angela received her BS from Bates College in 2011 doing undergraduate research with Rachel Austin. She worked as a laboratory technician at Harvard Medical School before joining the Austin lab in August 2015.

Sohee Ki

Lab Technician

Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY
phone: 212-853-0760
ski@barnard.edu

A CV is available here

Sohee Ki graduated from Bates College in 2015 with a double major in chemistry and music. An accomplished violist and singer, in addition to a skilled chemists, Sohee has been a great addition to the Austin lab.

Lab Alumni

Past researchers in the Austin Laboratory

Samra Husremovic, Allison Forsberg, Sydney Hotz, Martin Peich Ph.D., Kevin Ahearn, LeRae Graham Ph.D., John Pham Ph.D., Kapil Bahl Ph.D., Suzanne Tepper M.D., Chris Colapetrio MS, Kate Buzzi MD, Michael Danahy Ph.D., Han Mi Yang, Kate Hagstrom (LePore) Ph.D., Andy Dalton, Kate Fink DDM, Neeraj Mahadoo, Carly Tarr MD, Gabe Sholder Ph.D., Justin Gorham Ph.D. , Chal Congdon, Dennis McGillicuddy MS, George Sisson MD, John Anderson MS, Dana DiGiando, Erin Bertrand Ph.D., Marselle Alexander-Ozinarkas MS, Robert Gomez, Kate Luddy, Liz Brady, Karla Erickson Ph.D., Drew Drabek, Kim Russell, Eric Pier, Hilary Ginsburg, Claire Parker, Marilla Pender-Cudlip Pharm. D., Lina Kong, Cody Newman, Rachel Carlson, Zach Ross, Alex Stevenson, Sarah Charley, Ian Gilchrist, Swe-Htet Naing, Saba Parvez, Angela Su, Lesley Mo, Jasmin Hernadez, David Born, Mary Lewis, Astrid Gleaton, Scott Olenik, Winnie Chelegat, Jamie Gough, Ashely Brooks, Roch de Silva, Grace Hamilton, Jackie Ordermann, Edwin Mapfuwa, Sasha Villhermosa, Katherine Bernier, Aubrey van Kirk, Ben Horn, Tessa Pals, Jess Howard

Note to alumni: Please stay in touch. It is always good to hear about your work and lives. Email updates to raustin@barnard.edu