Virtual Rotation Information

The Gellman Group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers united by a common interest in understanding the complex molecular phenomena in biological systems, including catalysis, recognition and signal transduction. We study a broad array of topics in our lab through combination of organic chemistry, materials chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and cell biology. Our projects focus on natural proteins as well as the creation and use of new folding molecules (“foldamers”) that display diverse functionality. Many of these projects involve collaborations with other laboratories.

The broad array of active topics in our group offers each student the opportunity to develop a unique research thrust. A primary goal of our laboratory is to provide an environment that fosters creativity and independence in young scholars. A shared sense of diligence, personal investment in one’s efforts and a regard for one’s colleagues provide the foundation for this environment. We seek to maximize diversity among group members, which maximizes our collective creativity.

We’re pleased to welcome all new graduate students to UW madison. All students, whether they are “rotators” or not, are invited to introduce themselves and make connections with our group members. An important part of a student’s first year is establishing relationships with researchers across the department. Please reach out, say hello and get to know us. We’d like to get to know you.

Virtual Group Meetings

Group Meeting
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM CST

These are open meetings and
all are welcome to attend.

If interested, please contact
Sam Gellman at gellman@chem.wisc.edu
to receive an invitation link.

Group Socials

Our first group social is on October 9th at 4:30 pm
at Orton park here in Madison!

Join us for fun, grilling, drinks and a chance
to meet the Gellman Group!

If you plan to join us
please contact Philip Lampkin at plampkin@wisc.edu

Meet the Gellman Group

 Please send an email introducing yourself to group members whose research interests you.

MK Andrews
mandrews7@wisc.edu
Joined 2017
(Graduate Student)

From:
Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate Institution:
Dartmouth College
Studying:
Foldamer Catalysis

Yareslie Cruz Rivera

cruzrivera@wisc.edu
Joined 2020
(Graduate Student)

From:
Puerto Rico
Undergraduate Institution:

University of Puerto Rico – Humacao
Studying:
GPCRs

Ruslan Gibadullin
gibadullin@wisc.edu
Joined 2017
(Graduate Student)

From:
From Russia; raised in Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate Institution:
Fordham University
Studying:
GPCRs and Immunology

Dean Jarois
jarois@wisc.edu
Joined 2020
(Graduate Student)

From:
Dearborn Michigan
Undergraduate Institution:
Wayne State
Studying:
Prebiotic chemistry and making brownies

Philip Lampkin 
plampkin@wisc.edu
Joined 2019
(Graduate Student)

From:
Enumclaw, WA
Undergraduate Institution:
University of San Francisco
Studying:
Foldamer Photocatalysis


Lei Liu
lliu263@wisc.edu
Joined 2016
(Graduate Student)

From:
Dalian, China
Undergraduate Institution:
Penn State
Studying:
Antimicrobial nylon-3 polymers‎

Xinyu (Jenny) Liu
xliu683@wisc.edu
Joined 2017
(Graduate Student)

From:
Chengdu, China
Undergraduate Institution:
Macalester College
Studying:
De novo peptide design and peptide structural analysis using NMR

John Mannone
mannone@wisc.edu
Joined 2019
(Graduate Student)

From:
Oceanside, NY
Undergraduate Institution:
Stony Brook University
Studying:
Protein-protein interactions within cellular transmembrane domains

Rylie Morris
rkmorris@wisc.edu
Joined 2019
(Graduate Student)

From:
Dousman, WI
Undergraduate Institution:
Ripon College
Studying:
Chemical biology, GPCRs and doing lots of peptide synthesis

Jiani Niu
jniu23@wisc.edu
Joined 2017
(Graduate Student)

From:
Guangzhou, China
Undergraduate Institution:
UC Irvine
Studying:
Protein-protein interactions and liquid liquid phase separation

Tae Wook Kim
tkim334@wisc.edu
Joined 2018
(Graduate Student)

From:
Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Studying:
Effect of ligand binding kinetics of parathyroid hormone receptor type 1 and its associated ligands‎

Ruiwen (Irian) Xu
rxu64@wisc.edu
Joined 2020
(Graduate Student)

From:
China
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Studying:
Liquid liquid phase separation

Kyle Brown
kbrown33@wisc.edu
Joined 2020
(Postdoc)

From:
North Carolina
Undergraduate Institution:
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Graduate Institution:
UW Madison with Ying Ge
Studying:
GPCRs and Mass Spec

Zhen Yu
zyu256@wisc.edu
Joined
2017
(Postdoc)

From:
China
Undergraduate Institution:
Nanjing University
Graduate Institution:
Ohio State University with James A. Cowan
Studying:
Single-pass transmembrane domain and G-protein-coupled receptors
‎‎‎

Sam Gellman
gellman@chem.wisc.edu

Joined 1987
(PI)

From:
Born in Evanston, IL, raised outside of Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate Institution:
Harvard
Graduate Institution:
Columbia with Ronald Breslow
Post-Doc:
Caltech with Peter Dervan
Studying:
All the things that members of the group want to study!

Group Research Areas

Click on each research area to see selected publications and a short description of each topic.

Gellman Group Videos

Watch videos to see how we work in the Gellman Group.

Virtual Lab
Tour

Lab Procedure
Videos

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Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

Peptide Cleavage

Peptide Purification using HPLC

Checking Peptide Purity

Measuring Peptide Concentration

Running a Simple Computational Chemistry Job

cAMP Cell Assays

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question not on this list, please contact Sam at gellman@chem.wisc.edu.

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How do I learn more about the Gellman Group and its research?

To learn more about our group style and research, please:

  • Contact Sam at gellman@chem.wisc.edu.
  • Attend our group meetings.
  • Participate in group socials.
  • Contact group members associated with research areas you are interested in to schedule an introduction meeting.

Can I visit the Gellman Group's research lab in-person during virtual rotations?

Yes, a short, in-person visit to our research lab can be scheduled during your rotation. If interested, please contact Sam at gellman@chem.wisc.edu.

An in-person visit is NOT expected and will not impact your chances of being invited to join our group. Your health and safety always comes first.

How many people are in the Gellman Group?

Our group consists of 12 graduate students, 2 postdoctoral researchers and several undergraduates.

Where is the Gellman group located?

The 7th floor of the chemistry building’s Shain tower.

What instrumentation does the Gellman Group provide?

Instrumentation our group provides includes:

  • 2 microwaves for peptide synthesis
  • 2 HPLC systems for peptide purification
  • 1 FPLC system for protein purification
  • 1 LC-MS spectrometer for small-molecule research
  • 1 CD spectrometer for protein and foldamer
  • 1 glovebox for air-sensitive chemistry
  • 1 cell culture box in a shared cell culture room.

Ample shared instrumentation, including world-class NMR, MS and X-ray crystallography facilities, are provided by the Paul Bender Chemistry Instrumentation Center.

How long do Gellman Group members spend as teaching assistants?

Students in our group typically work as teaching assistants for 2 years. Sam strives to support all students as Research Assistants from the third year on, and has almost always achieved this goal, but this situation cannot be guaranteed because of uncertainties in external funding.

How long does it take a Gellman Group member to graduate?

Sam encourages students to aim to complete the PhD by the end of the 5th year. On average, students graduate in 5.5 years.