Alexandra obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science an Art, and then her doctoral degree in Molecular Biophysics from The Rockefeller University. She conducted postdoctoral studies in the group of HHMI investigator, Dr. Niko Grigorieff, first at Brandeis University and later at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus as a Damon Runyon Fellow. She is the recipient of a At the Interfaces Award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,  a Medical Research Award from The Rhode Island Foundation, a Salomon Faculty Research Award from Brown University, and awards from the German Society of Biochemistry, The International Brain Organization and Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. She is excited about structural biology, responses to stress and DNA damage, microtubules and things biochemical.

E-mail: alexandra_deaconescu[at]brown.edu

Phone: (401) 863-3215

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Christiane Brugger, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate



Phone: (401) 863-6729

Christiane is a native of Austria, where she obtained both a bachelor's and master's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna).  She then completed her doctoral degree in structural biology at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where she worked on chromatin remodelers in the group of Thomas Schalch. Her scientific interests in the lab center on the regulation of transcription-repair coupling factors. Christiane is co-author on our paper published in Genes & Development (2019).

Jonghyeon Son, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate


Phone: (401)863-6729

Jonghyeon Son finished his bachelor's and integrated doctoral degree in Structural Biology at the Korea University (South Korea), where he studied the structure of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs) with the group of Prof. Kwang Yeon Hwang. In 2019, he joined Deaconescu lab to study regulation mechanisms of transcription in response to a variety of stress. He is interested in the regulation of RpoS degradation by the ClpXP machine.

Arti Tripathi, Ph.D.

Arti obtained her PhD in Molecular Biophysics at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (India) and then conducted postdoctoral research in the group of Dr. Susan Gottesman at the NIH. She comes to us with great expertise in biochemistry and molecular genetics and a strong interest in RpoS regulation. Arti is a co-author on our paper published in Genes & Development (2019).

Arti Tripathi, Ph.D.

Research Associate

E-mail: arti_tripathi@brown.edu

Phone: (401)863-6729

Tyler Maxwell

Graduate Student



Phone: (401) 863-6729

Tyler earned his undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After spending much of his undergraduate career not knowing what route to take after graduation, he was given the inspiration to pursue a graduate degree in science while studying abroad at Imperial College London. Tyler is excited to contribute to the work of the Deaconescu Lab and continue his education at Brown University. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading about politics.

Jacob Schwartz

Research Assistant



Phone: (401) 863-6729

Originally from Boston, Jacob earned his B.A. in Biochemistry at Carleton College in Minnesota. There, he developed a deep interest in Structural Biology, particularly that of protein-nucleic acid interactions. More broadly, he loves biological macromolecules and is excited for the opportunity to play with them every day at work!

Lisa Schulmeyer

Undergraduate Researcher

E-mail: lisa_schulmeyer[at]brown.edu

Phone: (401) 863-6729

Originally from Austin, TX, Lisa is in her Junior year at Brown, studying Chemical Biology. She has experience in clinical research at BronxCare Hospital in New York, where she studied patient outcomes from Platelet Rich Plasma injections for knee osteoarthritis and the use of patient-reported BMI in a clinical orthopaedic setting. Lisa is now excited to be able to apply her Chemistry background to research in the Deaconescu Lab. Outside of research, Lisa likes to spend her time on campus singing in the Beauty and the Beats a capella group, volunteering at Hope High School as a math tutor, and serving on the executive board of Alpha Chi Omega. 

Amita Sastry

Undergraduate Researcher

E-mail: amita_sastry[at]brown.edu

Phone: (401) 863-6729

Passionate about science since childhood, Amita is originally from Milford, Connecticut, and currently studies Biology as a sophomore at Brown University. Before joining Brown, she gained research experience interning in John B. Pierce Laboratory at Yale. Amita spends her free time practicing classical Indian dance, writing poetry, and planning invitational science competitions as a member of the Brown Science Olympiad E-Board. She is thrilled to be a part of the Deaconescu lab, and has received a Brown PLME Summer Research Assistantship. Amita is a contributor to our paper published in Genes & Development (2019).

Richard Waugh

Administrative Assistant



Phone: (401) 863-7446

Originally from Fort Pierce Florida, Richard moved to Providence Rhode Island in August of 2018.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from Florida International University.    While in Florida, he also enjoyed a career as an occasional television actor – having appeared on network shows such as The Glades, Burn Noticeand Magic City.  In the past three years, Richard has had the distinct privilege of working as an administrator for both the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and the University of Missouri Kansas City.  This wide range of experiences has provided Richard with a unique perspective of administration that he hopes to impart upon Brown University.

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