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Klotz Lab group
Klotz Lab zoom meeting. Top right to bottom left: Alex Klotz, Edgar Garcia, Sierra Breyer Dave Holling, Chris Stackhouse, Kam Modjtahadzadeh, Nathan Howald, Josh Ragotskie, Kyle Covington, Olivia Krider, Matthew Maldonado. Not pictured: David Garcia.

 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alexander Klotz

Alex Klotz

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, California State University, Long Beach, 2019-Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015-2019
  • Ph.D., Department of Physics, McGill University, 2015
  • M.Sc., Department of Physics, McGill University, 2011
  • B.Sc., Department of Physics, Queen's University, 2008

Graduate Researchers

Edgar Garcia

  • B.S. Physics, Carleton College
  • Project: Simulations of linked-ring membranes

Dave Holling

  • B.S. Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Project: Solvent effects in kinetoplasts.

Josh Ragotskie

  • B.S. Physics, CSULB
  • Project: Destructive testing of kinetoplast topology.

Kam Modjtahedzadeh

  • B.S. Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Project: Brownian dynamics simulation.

Nathan Howald

  • B.S. Physics, University of Colorado
  • Project: Nanopore studies of kinetoplast DNA

Undergraduate Researchers

  • ​David Garcia: Mechanics of curved membranes
  • Christopher Stackhouse: Kinetoplast gel electrophoresis.
  • Matthew Maldonado: Simulations of ideal knots
  • Sierra Breyer: Nanopore studies on kinetoplast DNA
  • Olivia Kridler: DNA-actin interactions
  • Kyle Covington: Microfluidic fabrication

Alumni

  • Wyatt Hooper: Simulations of self-avoiding walks
  • Marcus Wakefield: Confocal imaging of kinetoplasts