• Training Period: 2015-19, Undergraduate student
  • Prior Institution: University of Virginia
  • Prior Degree: BSc (2019)
  • Project Title: Albumins
  • Current Position: MD Candidate, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, USA

  • Ashland High School, Ashland, OH - Valedictorian, Class of 2015 (rank 1 out of 244)
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry with Highest Distinction and ACS Certification, Minor in Psychology, University of Virginia (2019)
Research Interest:
  • Serum albumin (SA) as a protein carrier and its interactions with small molecules across various model organisms
  • Protein structure determination and refinement
  • My research is focused on investigating the interactions between multiple classes of drugs and physiologically relevant small molecules with serum albumins (from human and other mammalian species) to understand interspecies differences in how albumin binds drugs.
  • Highest Distinction, Distinguished Majors Program, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia (2019)
  • Chemistry Departmental Undergraduate Teaching Award (2019)
  • Co-recipient (with Ethan Steen), Harrison Undergraduate Research Award (2017-18)
  • Recipient of the Best Undergraduate Poster Award at the 5th Annual Symposium on Structural Biology, Oklahoma COBRE in Structural Biology, University of Oklahoma (2017)

Publications with the Minor Lab

  1. Cooper DR, Grabowski M, Zimmerman MD, Porebski PJ, Shabalin IG, Woinska M, Domagalski MJ, Zheng H, Sroka P, Cymborowski M, Czub MP, Niedzialkowska E, Venkataramany BS, Osinski T, Fratczak Z, Bajor J, Gonera J, MacLean E, Wojciechowska K, Konina K, Wajerowicz W, Chruszcz M, Minor W (2020)
    State-of-the-Art Data Management: Improving the Reproducibility, Consistency, and Traceability of Structural Biology and in Vitro Biochemical Experiments.
    Methods Mol Biol 2199: 209-236. [DOI:10.1007/978-1-0716-0892-0_13] [Pub Med ID: 33125653] [Pub Med Central ID: PMC8019398] Times cited: 3
  2. Czub MP, Handing KB, Venkataramany BS, Cooper DR, Shabalin IG, Minor W (2020)
    Albumin-Based Transport of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Mammalian Blood Plasma.
    J Med Chem 63: 6847-6862. [DOI:10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c00225] [Pub Med ID: 32469516] [Pub Med Central ID: PMC7902233] Times cited: 10
  3. Porebski PJ, Bokota G, Venkataramany BS, Minor W (2020)
    Molstack: A platform for interactive presentations of electron density and cryo-EM maps and their interpretations.
    Protein Sci 29: 120-127. [DOI:10.1002/pro.3747] [Pub Med ID: 31605409] [Pub Med Central ID: PMC6933852] Times cited: 5
  4. Czub MP, Venkataramany BS, Majorek KA, Handing KB, Porebski PJ, Beeram SR, Suh K, Woolfork AG, Hage DS, Shabalin IG, Minor W (2019)
    Testosterone meets albumin - the molecular mechanism of sex hormone transport by serum albumins.
    Chem Sci 10: 1607-1618. [DOI:10.1039/c8sc04397c] [Pub Med ID: 30842823] [Pub Med Central ID: PMC6371759] Times cited: 17
  5. Grabowski M, Shabalin I, Porebski PJ, Domagalski MJ, Zheng H, Cooper D, Venkataramany BS, Bourne PE, Minor W (2019)
    Data Sharing in Structural Biology: Advances and Challenges
    in Data Sharing: Recent Progress and Remaining Challenges - Computer Science, Technology and Applications, Nova Science Publishers, New York : 29-68.

Structures with the Minor Lab