Lab Members

Ekaterina Pletneva Photo

Ekaterina Pletneva

Kate Pletneva holds a M.S. in Chemistry from the Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.  She received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University under the guidance of Nenad M. Kostić, where her studies included work in recognition and electron transfer of metalloproteins. Following her graduate work, she held a postdoctoral position in Iowa State’s Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology in Amy H. Andreotti's group, studying protein-protein interactions that occur during signal transduction in T-cells by multidimensional NMR.  She then did further postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology with Harry B. Gray, where she conducted research on cytochrome c folding with time-resolved fluorescence energy-transfer techniques. Kate's work at Dartmouth focuses on mechanistic studies of protein conformational rearangements, redox reactivity, and their interplay in biological signaling. Her research and teaching have been recognised by the 2010 NSF CAREER Award and The Dartmouth Class of 1962 Junior Faculty Fellowship for outstanding teaching.

Current Members

Post-Doctoral Researchers


Fangfang Zhong

Ph. D.: Fudan University

Redox reactions and conformational rearrangements in heme proteins

Xiaolei Chen


New probes of protein dynamics, cytochrome c interactions with lipids

Graduate Students

Jie Gu Photo

Jie Gu

Undergraduate School: USTC

Electron transfer in heme proteins


Dong Woo Shin

Undergraduate School: Caltech

Cytochrome c in apoptosis


Yunling Deng

Undergraduate School: Nankai

Role of the axial ligand on the redox reactivity of heme proteins

Undergraduate Researchers


Stephanie Alden

Dartmouth Class of 2016
2014 Presidential Scholar, working on the Honors Project

Redox-linked ligand substitution in engineered heme protein




Lab Alumni

Post-Doctoral Researchers


Yi Liu

Ph. D.: Fudan University

Time in the Lab: 2014-2015

Cytochrome c interactions with lipids

Benjamin Levin

Ph. D.: Boston University

Time in the Lab: 2013-2014

Cytochrome c interactions with mitochondrial membranes

Yuning Hong


Time in the Lab: 2011-2012

Cytochrome c interactions with cardiolipin

Indika Bandara

Ph. D.: University of South Carolina

Time in the Lab: 2010-2011

Geobacter sulfurreducens heme sensors and redox-linked ligand switching

Xiaomin Fang

Ph. D.: Brandeis University

Time in the Lab: 2009-2010

New protein dynamics probes, functional refolding

Graduate Students


George Lisi

Ph. D. 2014

Thermodynamic and spectroscopic studies of metalloprotein stability, ligation, and reactivity

Thomas Freeman

M. S. 2012

Ligand-switching in Geobacter sulfurreducens heme sensor protein

AJ Vincelli

M. S. 2012

Biophysical characterization of C. elegans cytochromes

Undergraduate Researchers


Soyeun Yang

Dartmouth Class of 2016

2013 WISP Intern

about to start at Bain

Electron transfer in heme proteins

Michael Zhu

Dartmouth Class of 2014

Now at Simon-Kucher

Thesis Project: Cytochrome c mutants with altered axial ligation

Jason Toffey

Dartmouth Class of 2012

2010 Presidential Scholar

Now at NYU (M. D. program)

Honors Project: Redox-linked ligand substitution

Anna Morenz

Dartmouth Class of 2013

2010 Zabriskie Summer Fellow
2011 Presidential Scholar

Now at Harvard (M. D. program)

Cytochrome c in apoptosis


Erik Snider

Dartmouth Class of 2011

Now at Columbia (M.D. program)

Cytochrome c interactions with ATP

Julia Muenzner

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

2011 DAAD Fellow
Now at Cambridge (Ph. D. program)

Cytochrome c in apoptosis


Jonas Hanske

Freie Universität

2010 DAAD Fellow

Now at Max Planck Institute (Ph.D program)

Cytochrome c in apoptosis


Natalie Burkhart

Dartmouth Class of 2012
2010 Presidential Scholar

Now at Stanford (Ph. D. program)

Heme ligand-substitution reactions

Danielle Pottinger Photo

Danielle Pottinger

Dartmouth Class of 2010

Now at Columbia (M. D. program)

Honors Project: C. elegans cytochromes

Eva Vennmann

Hamburg University, Germany
2009 DAAD Fellow

Geobacter heme sensors


Joe Pound

University of Bath

New protein dynamics probes, functional refolding

Katherine Schiavoni

Dartmouth Class of 2009

Harvard, M. D.

Geobacter heme sensors

Rita Ciambra

University of New Hampshire

Now a high-school teacher

Geobacter heme sensors


Zack Foda

Dartmouth Class of 2009

Now at SUNY Stony Brook
(M. D./Ph.D. program)

Honors Project: Functional refolding