Who we are


Fred heberle

principal investigator

Fred received his PhD from Cornell University, where he studied phase separation in model membranes with Gerald Feigenson. That was followed by a postdoc with John Katsaras in the Neutron Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Lab. At ORNL, Fred used innovative neutron contrast variation methods to investigate the three-dimensional organization of lipids in complex biomimetic membranes. Fred is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Haden scott

postdoctoral researcher

Haden received his PhD in the lab of Francisco Barrera from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studied protein-lipid interactions between the pH-low insertion peptide (pHLIP) and model membranes. Following his PhD, Haden started a post-doctoral position with Fred Heberle at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology. Haden currently studies structural properties of asymmetric model membranes mimicking the plasma membrane using small-angle scattering techniques.

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thais enoki

postdoctoral researcher

Thais received her PhD in Physics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, under the supervision of Prof. Maria Teresa Lamy and co-supervision of Prof. Karen A. Riske. Her first postdoctoral position was with Dr. Gerald Feigenson at Cornell University, where she developed novel methods for interrogating phase behavior and asymmetry in giant unilamellar vesicles. Thais is currently using these methods to investigate interleaflet coupling in asymmetric membranes.

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anna weitzer

post-masters intern

Anna received her masters degree from the University of Graz, under the mentorship of Georg Pabst. She conducted two internships in the Advanced Membrane Biophysics Group in 2017, in which she investigated the kinetics of cyclodextrin-mediated lipid exchange.

status: alumnus


tatiana miti

graduate intern

Tatiana earned her PhD in Physics from the University of South Florida. For her 2015 internship in the Advanced Membrane Biophysics Group, she studied lipid flip-flop using proton NMR, and lipid phase behavior in giant unilamellar vesicles using confocal fluorescence microscopy.

status: alumnus