Proteome Exploration Laboratory
Group Members

Dr. Tanya Porras-Yakushi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

California Institute of Technology
Beckman Institute
Proteome Exploration Laboratory
1200 E California Blvd
MC139-74
Pasadena, CA 91125 USA

Phone: (001) 626-395-2792
Fax: (001) 626-449-4159
E-mail: tyakushi@caltech.edu

Tanya received her B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University, Los Angeles in 2001. While at CSULA, she had the opportunity to perform undergraduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Anthony Fratiello studying the coordination of the lanthanide metals, Neodymium and Praseodymium by NMR. As an undergraduate, she also had the opportunity to participate in a summer abroad research program, where she was able to study the role of cAMP in the regulation of store-mediated calcium entry in human platelet cells, at the University of Cambridge. In December of 2006, Tanya received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a graduate student she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Clarke, where she identified and characterized the activity of two novel protein lysine methyltransferases. As a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Sonja Hess, she is excited to develop mass spectrometry methods that can be used to identify post-translational modifications on a genome-wide basis.

In her spare time, Tanya loves to read, bake, garden and play with her two small daughters.