Khanh (Kendrick) Nguyen

G Protein-Coupled Receptors
Protein Oligomerization
Cryo-EM

Office Location

PSBN 4650C
CNSI 2416A

Specialization

Kendrick is coadvised by Prof. Michelle O'Malley (ChE) and Prof. Songi Han (DCB). His projects with G protein-coupled receptors give him a strong background in molecular cloning and protein expression using E. coli and S. cerevisiae, membrane protein purification and relevant chromatography techniques (IMAC, affinity, and size exclusion), biophysical techniques such as cw-EPR, DEER, and cryo-EM, as well as basic knowledge into computational techniques such as MATLAB, PyMOL, Mathematica, etc. for data processing. He also has a strong interest in biomedically relevant projects, especially those related to medicine, drug discovery, pharmacology, and neurology in human.

Education

  • 2014 - 2016: B.S., Medicinal Chemistry, University of New Orleans, 3.94/4.0 (Advisor: Prof. Mark Trudell)
  • 2016 - present: Graduate Student Researcher, Biophysical Chemistry, University of California - Santa Barbara (Co-advisors: Prof. Songi Han & Prof. Michelle O'Malley)

Bio

Awards:

  • 7/2014: Privateer Transfer Scholarship, University of New Orleans
  • 4/2015: Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, University of New Orleans
  • 4/2016: Undergraduate Senior Award, University of New Orlean
  • 4/2016: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • 4/2016: Jim & Sonia Miller Scholarship, University of New Orleans
  • 9/2017: Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society

Projects

Kendrick's main focus involves biophysical characterization of GPCRs using EPR/DEER, particularly to study the oligomerization of human adenosine A2a receptor and the associated functional consequences. Currently, he is working on (1) characterizing a library of cysteine-free constructs of A2a and (2) investigating the importance of the C-terminus of A2a to its oligomerization.