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Lab Members

Jue Chen

Jue Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Head of Laboratory
E-mail:juechen(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7807

Jue received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from Ohio University, and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University, where she was advised by Dr. Don C. Wiley. She did postdoctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. Florante A. Quiocho. She joined Purdue University in 2002 as assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2011. She was named a Pew Scholar in 2003 and was named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2008. She joined Rockefeller's faculty in 2014.

Karol Fiedorczuk

Karol Fiedorczuk, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:kfiedorczu(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Karol received his MS degree in Biotechnology from the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Poland. His studies investigated interactions in the glioma microenvironment, conducted at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw. Later he spent one and a half years learning X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM techniques in the labs of Matthias Wilmanns (EMBL-Hamburg) and Venki Ramakrishnan (MRC-LMB). After that he pursued his PhD at MRC-MBU and IST Austria under the supervision of Leonid Sazanov. He defended his PhD thesis, "Cryo-EM studies of mammalian mitochondrial complex I," at the University of Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2017, and joined the Chen Lab in November 2017.

Meg Gordon

Mary Elizabeth (Meg) Gordon
Research Assistant
E-mail:mgordon(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Meg received her B.A. with honors in English from Cornell University in 2021. There, she also completed coursework for the pre-medical curriculum. She joined the Chen Lab in 2021.

Eriko Koide

Eriko Koide
Graduate Fellow
E-mail:ekoide(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Eriko received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Tufts University in 2019, where she was a Beckman Scholar in Dr. Joshua Kritzer’s lab. She then worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a research technician in Dr. Nathanael Gray’s lab, characterizing small molecule kinase inhibitors and PROTACs. She joined the Chen lab in July 2022.

James Lee

James Lee
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:jlee07(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

James received his B.S./M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 2012 and received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 2018 under the supervision of Daniel Kahne. His graduate studies focused on protein folding and insertion into the outer membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. He joined the Chen lab in 2018.

Jesper Levring

Jesper Levring
Graduate Fellow
E-mail:jlevring(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Jesper received a Masters degree in Biochemistry from Exeter College at the University of Oxford in 2017. He joined the Chen lab in 2018.

Victor Manon

Victor Manon
Graduate Student
E-mail: vmanon01(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Victor received his B.S. in Biology at Baylor University in 2014. He joined the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in 2019 and began his graduate studies with the Chen Lab in 2021.

Harlan Pietz

Harlan Pietz
Graduate Student
E-mail:hpietz(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Harlan received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Washington in 2014. He joined the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in 2016, and began his graduate thesis work in the Chen lab in 2018.

Donna Tallent

Donna Tallent
Administrative Assistant
E-mail:chen_admin(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7808

Donna is a writer and freelance editor. Her previous professional experience includes managing the accreditation of continuing education for physicians and nurses at a non-profit healthcare organization. She joined the Chen Lab in 2018.

Anna Tanasescu

Ana-Maria Tanasescu
Lab Coordinator
E-mail:atanasescu(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Ana-Maria received her B.S. in Medical Lab Science and Masters in Biology with Specialization in Biotechnology from Hunter College. She has previously done research in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology (Fischetti Lab) at Rockefeller University while she was an undergraduate student at Hunter College. There, under the close mentorship of Dr. Assaf Raz, she studied the bacteria which causes strep throat called Streptococcus pyogenes and performed a series of experiments in which inhibition of sortase by small-molecule inhibitors lead to rapid elimination of the bacterium. These inhibitors are possible anti-bacterial agents since they work by preventing the anchoring of virulence factors to the cell wall of the bacterium and reduce the pathogenicity of S. pyogenes. She joined the Chen Lab as a Research Assistant in 2016. Ana-Maria is currently the Lab Coordinator and Cell Culture guru.

Terence Tang

Terence Tang
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:ttang(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Terence is from Hong Kong and obtained a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, carrying out his thesis project on novel tick-derived inhibitors of the complement system in Susan Lea's lab at the Dunn School of Pathology. He then received a PhD from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK under the supervision of Lori Passmore, where he investigated the structure and function of the conserved eukaryotic deadenylase enzyme complex PAN2-PAN3. He joined the Chen Lab in January 2022.

Paul Young

Paul Young
Graduate Student
E-mail:pyoung(at)rockefeller(dot)edu
212-327-7809

Paul received his B.S. in Biology from Emory University in 2018. In 2020, he joined the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. He joined the Chen lab in 2022 to begin his thesis work.

Jue Chen, Ph.D.Professor, Head of LaboratoryE-mail:juechen(at)rockefeller(dot)edu212-327-7807Jue received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from Ohio University, and Ph.D. in biochemistr