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
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM CST
These are open meetings and
all are welcome to attend.
If interested, please contact
Sam Gellman at email@example.com
to receive an invitation link.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Gellman Group
Please send an email introducing yourself to group members whose research interests you.
Kansas City, MO
Yareslie Cruz Rivera
University of Puerto Rico – Humacao
Prebiotic chemistry and making brownies
University of San Francisco
Xinyu (Jenny) Liu
De novo peptide design and peptide structural analysis using NMR
Stony Brook University
Protein-protein interactions within cellular transmembrane domains
Protein-protein interactions and liquid liquid phase separation
Tae Wook Kim
Seoul, South Korea
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Effect of ligand binding kinetics of parathyroid hormone receptor type 1 and its associated ligands
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
UW Madison with Ying Ge
GPCRs and Mass Spec
Ohio State University with James A. Cowan
Single-pass transmembrane domain and G-protein-coupled receptors
Born in Evanston, IL, raised outside of Philadelphia, PA
Columbia with Ronald Breslow
Caltech with Peter Dervan
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.
Associated Group Members:
- Jiani Niu
- Xinyu (Jenny) Liu
- Ruiwen Xu
Associated Group Members:
- MK Andrews
- Philip Lampkin
- Dean Jarois
Associated Group Members:
- Kate Kurgan
- Zhen yu
- John Mannone
Gellman Group Videos
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Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I learn more about the Gellman Group and its research?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.