Research Group


 

G. Ekin Atilla Gokcumen (Ekin Atilla)

Associate Professor of Chemistry             

Principle Investigator                                                       

ekinatil@buffalo.edu


Current Members

Alec Millner Graduate Student in the Medicinal Chemistry PhD. program (5th Year)alecmill@buffalo.edu

My project focuses on studying changes in the lipidome during senescence. More specifically, I am interested in studying the sphingolipidome of therapy-induced senescence and how these changes may be used to influence cancer therapy and improve patient outcome. 


Apoorva Pradhan Graduate Student in the Medicinal Chemistry PhD. program (4th Year)apradhan@buffalo.edu

My research focuses on understanding the process of necroptosis. I specifically am interested in the lipid involvement in necroptosis, especially acylation of proteins in necroptosis by very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs), regulation of VLCFAcylation, and its effect on cell survival and cell death in necroptosis.


Daniel Lu Graduate Student in the Medicinal Chemistry PhD. program (4th Year)dlu6@buffalo.edu

My research revolves around the role lipids play during necroptosis, particularly investigating the causes of lipid accumulation observed during necroptosis. 


Logan Running Graduate Student in the Chemistry PhD. program (4th Year) – Co-advised with Dr. Diana Aga – loganrun@buffalo.edu

As a split student between the Aga and Atilla group my work focuses on the biological effects of PFAS in an Adrenocarcinoma cell line using mass spectrometry techniques for hormone analysis


Michelle Camdzic Graduate Student in the Chemistry PhD. program (3rd Year)mcamdzic@buffalo.edu

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals which have been linked to various negative health effects, including cancer. My work involves looking at the cellular interactions and the mechanism of uptake of PFAS in vitro in order to understand the source of the negative health effects.


Isra Alam Graduate Student in the Chemistry PhD. program (2nd Year)israalam@buffalo.edu

My research involves developing an analytical methods for the identification of different sterols, primarily cholesterol and oxysterols. Through this, I am interested in studying the role of sterols in cancer cell proliferation and survival. I am also interested in studying the changes in the lipidome during therapy induced senescence.



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