Group Members

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(left to right) Jim Prell, Lejla Biberic, Amber Rolland, Sam Shepherd, Andy Swansiger, Dr. Micah Donor, Dr. Jesse Wilson, Dr. Sean Cleary, Zach Miller

Graduate Students

Amber Rolland is a fourth-year graduate student at UO and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a BS in biochemistry. Amber is interested in studying the structure and interactions of proteins. In her free time, Amber enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography. She is the recipient of an ARCS Foundation of Oregon fellowship, John R. Moore Scholarship, and Graduate Doctoral Service Award.





Sam Shepherd is a second-year PhD student at UO.






Andy Swansiger is a second-year PhD student at UO.



imageDr. Jesse Wilson (PhD 2020) recently defended his dissertation. He graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Jesse is interested in studying protein structure and protein interactions with other molecules. In his free time Jesse enjoys cooking, and watching sports. Dr. Wilson will be moving on to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in July.





Undergraduate Students


Lejla Biberic is a second-year undergraduate in Biochemistry at the University of Oregon, minoring in Spanish.


Zachary Miller is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Oregon. He is a Biochemistry major with a career goal in pharmaceutical science. His main focus as an undergraduate is to learn fundamental concepts of computational modeling and organic/inorganic chemistry that can then be applied in the pharmaceutical science field later in his career. In the Prell lab he does data analysis in Python and predicts chemical properties using ab initio computations in Gaussian. Outside of school, he enjoys rock climbing, lacrosse and hiking.




Former Group Members

Dr. Sean P. Cleary (PhD 2020) has moved on to The Ohio State University Mass Spectrometry Facility.








Dr. Micah T. Donor (PhD 2020) has moved on to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.






Simon Ewing (now PhD student at University of Chicago)







Tyler Gonzalez (REU student from New College of Florida)


Grant Klausen






Daniel Ko







Ashley Sercia

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Avery Thompson







Isabella Young (REU student from University of Florida, now PhD student at UNC)









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