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Department of MBS

Phone: (512) 471-5105
Fax: (512) 471-1218

NHB 2.606, Stop A5000
100 East 24th St.
Austin TX 78712



Andrés Jara-Oseguera
Assistant ProfessorAndres Jara headshot

Andrés Jara-Oseguera obtained his B.S. degree in Basic Biomedical Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and his Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from UNAM, working in the laboratory of Léon D. Islas in the Department of Physiology at the School of Medicine. He obtained postdoctoral training in the lab of Kenton J. Swartz at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS/NIH), before joining the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor. Andrés was awarded the 2009 Student Paul F. Cranefield Award from the Society of General Physiologists, the UNAM 2012 Alfonso Caso Medal for the best graduate thesis work in the Biomedical Sciences, a NINDS Competitive Intramural Fellowship Award, and a NINDS K99 Pathway to Independence Award. 



Urbain Weyemi
Assistant Professor

Urbain Weyemi Portrait

Dr. Weyemi received his Master and Ph.D. from the University of Paris-Sud in France. His Ph.D. thesis work uncovered the interplay between oncogenes activation, redox homeostasis, and DNA damage responses in cancer. He then trained as a postdoc under Dr. William M. Bonner at the National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH), focusing on redox biology and genomic instability in cancer. He went on a second postdoc at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, a Lasker Award Laureate and a recipient of National Medal of Science. At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Weyemi used mouse models to explore the interplay between genomic instability and redox homeostasis in neurodegeneration. Dr. Weyemi joined the Department of Molecular Biosciences as a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Biology.

Weyemi Lab Website





Despoina Mavridou
Assistant ProfessorDespoina Mavridou

Despoina Mavridou is a chemist by degree. After finishing her undergraduate studies at the University of Athens, she proceeded to do a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford working with Stuart Ferguson and Christina Redfield. Her project involved structure-to-function studies of Escherichia coli DsbD, a central protein for disulfide bond formation in the periplasm of Gram-negative bacteria. Following her PhD, Despoina remained in the same research lab as a postdoctoral research associate continuing her work on disulfide bond formation, while she also branched out to study cytochrome c maturation in E. coli. In 2014 she was awarded an MRC Career Development Award to start her own research group at the MRC Centre of Molecular Bacteriology and Infection (CMBI) at Imperial College London. Before starting her fellowship, she spent a year as a research fellow in the Department of Zoology in Oxford, as part of the research groups of Kevin Foster and Stuart West. Her work there focused on the contribution of collective behaviour in bacterial competition.