Dr. Sean Moran

Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014-present.

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-2013

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2008

M.Phil., Columbia University, 2006

M.A., Columbia University, 2003

B.Sc., McGill University, 2001

 

 

Sean Moran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at SIUC (2014-present). He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from McGill University in 2001. He did his graduate work with Brian Gibney at Columbia University in biophysical/bioinorganic chemistry with an emphasis on thermodynamics and protein design. Afterwards, he did his postdoc with Martin Zanni at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on vibrational labeling and 2D IR spectroscopy of proteins. The Moran lab at SIUC combines these interests in a wide range of projects aimed at understanding the structures and dynamics of complex biopolymers, including enzymes, DNA/RNA, and biomaterials.

 

Sean’s hobbies include playing the guitar, watching other people play the guitar, and complaining. He also loves cats. As a Connecticut native, he roots for the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the UCONN Huskies, and the Hartford Whalers (RIP).

smoran@chem.siu.edu

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Postdocs

Graduate Students

Savannah Randles

savannah.randles@siu.edu

Katherine (Katie) Helme

Katie is a senior undergraduate studying biophysics. Some of her hobbies include painting and music. Her favorite animal is the red panda and she has a pet gecko name Aristotle.

katherine.helme@siu.edu

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Principle Investigator

Dr. Sean Moran

Dr. Sean Moran

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Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014-present.

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-2013

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2008

M.Phil., Columbia University, 2006

M.A., Columbia University, 2003

B.Sc., McGill University, 2001

 

 

Sean Moran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at SIUC (2014-present). He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from McGill University in 2001. He did his graduate work with Brian Gibney at Columbia University in biophysical/bioinorganic chemistry with an emphasis on thermodynamics and protein design. Afterwards, he did his postdoc with Martin Zanni at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on vibrational labeling and 2D IR spectroscopy of proteins. The Moran lab at SIUC combines these interests in a wide range of projects aimed at understanding the structures and dynamics of complex biopolymers, including enzymes, DNA/RNA, and biomaterials.

 

Sean’s hobbies include playing the guitar, watching other people play the guitar, and complaining. He also loves cats. As a Connecticut native, he roots for the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the UCONN Huskies, and the Hartford Whalers (RIP).

Post Docs

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We currently have no post-doctoral researchers. If you are curious about open positions, please inquire with Dr. Sean Moran at smoran@chem.siu.edu.

Graduate Students

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Sunil Basnet

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Sunil is from Jhapa, Nepal. He received both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Tribhuvan University. He joined the lab in Fall 2018. Some of his hobbies include sketching with charcoals and reading/writing literature.

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Katherine (Katie) Helme

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Katie was a former undergraduate member of the lab. She received her Bachelor's in Biophysics with minors in Math and Chemistry in Spring 2020. She is now a prospective PhD student. Hobbies include reading, playing music, painting, and yoga. 

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Undergraduate Students 

Lab Alumni

Undergraduate Students

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Alison Randla

Alison is a pre-vet animal science major. Alison joined the lab in Fall 2021. She loves animals and punk/emo music. Her favorite band is My Chemical Romance. She spends a lot of time at the farms on campus for her major, which are conveniently close to McLafferty, our laser lab!

Alumni

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Tayler D. Hill

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Tayler graduated in Summer 2020 with her PhD. She is currently an Instructor for the SIU MedPrep program.

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David A. Price

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David graduated in Summer 2020 with his PhD. He is currently a Post-Doctoral reseacher at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

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Joanna (Asia) Hughes

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Hannah Lepird

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Hannah graduated in Summer 2021 with her Master's. She is now a chemical consultant in Minnesota.

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Poornima Wedamulla

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Poornima graduated in Summer 2021 with her Master's. She will be moving on to her PhD at University of British Columbia.

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Ria Patel

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Ria was an REU student in Summer 2021. She is completing her senior year at Illinois Wesleyan and applying to dental school.

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Blaze Rightnowar

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Blaze graduated in May 2019 with his B.S. in chemistry. He is currently attending graduate school at Oregon State University where he is working towards earning his PhD. His hobbies include studying classical and 20th century philosophy and playing video games.

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Kaitlyn Hutson

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Kaitlyn received her B.S. in Microbiology May 2019.

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Brian Kettell

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Brian (AKA Old Spice) graduated in May 2018 with his B.S. in Chemistry. He is current attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he is working to obtain a PhD in chemistry.