Lab Head

  • Yi Ren, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Center for Structural Biology

    Yi received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Fudan University in China. She then moved to the U.S. and received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University under the guidance of Dr. Frederick Hughson. In 2009, Yi started her postdoctoral training with Nobel laureate Dr. Günter Blobel at the Rockfeller University, where she began her career in RNA biology. Yi joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and the Center for Structural Biology as an Assistant Professor in 2016.

Current Member

  • Austin Ivey

    Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry

    Austin received a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a bachelor's degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from Tennessee Technological University. In 2017 he began working as a Research Assistant in the Ren laboratory. He also has a strong passion for music and has been playing the saxophone for more than a decade.

Honorary Member

  • Philip Schmiege

    Honorary Member

    Phil received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University. In 2015, Phil started to work with Yi as a Research Assistant in Dr. Günter Blobel’s laboratory. Aside from the exciting science, Phil also brews fantastic beers.