Graduate Education

HWI provides the opportunity for graduate research. Our scientists have affiliations with both the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University at Buffalo and train graduate students in their HWI laboratories.  We recommend contacting scientists individually to discuss potential opportunities and to determine the right fit to departments and programs that maximize the graduate experience. Three of our recent graduate students, trained in the latest techniques in Structural Biology, have received the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences Dean’s Award for outstanding dissertation work at the University at Buffalo, which is awarded to only one graduate each year. Through our National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center we have cross trained graduate students in numerous disciplines at Stanford University, Arizona State University and at DESY in Germany and numerous others.

HWI has partnered for years with PhD programs in our region and beyond and helped students enter graduate programs following their undergraduate career. This includes positions at Harvard University, UCLA, and St. Jude’s Women and Children’s Hospital to name but a few. Former student names are linked to their linkedin profile where available. 


  • Dr. Timothy Stachowski, Towards understanding the structural impact from therapeutic radiation doses: from mechanisms in engineered systems to TGFbeta-1. July 31st, 2020
  • Dr. Jack Huck, Studies on the Structure, Function, and Selective Inhibition of the Hsp90 Family of Molecular Chaperones. October 1st, 2019.
  • Dr. Daniel Bailey, Structure, Function, and Inhibition of Aerobactin Biosynthesis from Hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae. June 8th, 2018.
  •  Dr. Bradley R. Miller, Structural and Functional Characterization of Modular Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetases and MbtH-Like Proteins. May 6th, 2016.
  • Dr. Michael Lucido, The Inhibition of Cyclooxygenase by Nonspecific Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Probing the differential effect of aspirin on COX-2. June 1st, 2015.
  • Dr. Benjamin J. Orlando, Structural and biophysical analysis of the allosteric mechanisms regulating substrate oxygenation in the cyclooxygenase-2 dimer. March 23rd, 2016.
  • Dr. Paul M. Seidler, Structural and biochemical studies of the hsp90 chaperone proteins. August 14, 2014.
  • Dr. Carter A. Mitchell, Structural, functional, and computational insights into the ANL superfamily of enzymes. August 7, 2013.
  • Dr. Jesse A. Sundlov, Structural insights into the domain interactions and conformational changes of the non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and firefly luciferase. April 26th 2013.
  • Dr. Thomas GrantUnderstanding the structure of Eukaryotic Glutaminyl tRNA synthetase: Combining X-ray crystallography with statistical evaluations of small angle scattering data. January 2013.
  • Dr. Kristin A. SuttonInsights into the mechanism of X-ray induced structural perturbation of macromolecules. January 9th 2013.
  • Dr. Kevin A. Maharaj, Structural and functional characterization of the HSP90 molecular chaperone family. September 1st, 2012.
  • Dr. Alex J. Vecchio, Biochemical and structural characterization of substrate binding to cyclooxygenase-2. Insights and inhibition. September 1st, 2011.
  • Dr. Robert P. Huether, Structural and bioinformatic studies of the short chain oxidoreductase enzyme family. April 25th, 2011.
  • Dr. Zachary L. Miknis, Analysis of protein-protein and protein -RNA interactions by severe acute respiratory syndrome nonstructural proteins and human karyopherin alpha 2. August 7th, 2019.
  • Dr. William J. Bauer, Molecular mechanisms of conformational specificity: A study of Hox in vivo target DNA binding specificities and the structure of a Ure2p mutation that affects fibril formation rates. September 1st, 2008.
  • Dr. Albert S. Regar, Understanding the Non-Ribosomal Peptide Synthetase (NRPS) System through Structural and Functional Studies of the Adenylate-Forming Family of Enzymes. August 4th, 2008.
  • Dr. Danielle Simmons. Structural elucidation of cyclooxygenase enzymes provides insight into the specific stereochemistry of the cyclooxygenase reaction mechanism along with the formation of 15R cyclooxygenase products. May 1st, 2008.
  • Dr. David M. Parish. Development and application of methodology for rapid NMR data collection and protein structure determination. April 11th, 2008.
  • Rick L. Roberts, Structural and bioinformatics analysis of ethylmalonyl-CoA decarboxylase. July 9th, 2015.
  • Amanda Ruby, A computational study of crystallization data: Application and potential prediction. May 8th, 2015.
  • Ritwik Nandagiri, Homology modeling and biochemical characterization of substrate binding to cyclooxygenase – peroxidase superfamily members Aspergillus fumigatus 5,8-linoleate diol synthase and Gracilaria vermiculophylla cyclooxygenase. July 30th, 2014.
  • Kimberly Brucz, HIF Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase (PHD) activity and structure analysis: Blueprints for development of specific substrate inhibitors. June 1st, 2005.