Hays Rye, Ph.D. - Associate Professor

Dr. Rye completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Rice University and received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where he studied the interactions and fluorescent properties of small, nucleic acid intercalating dyes from the asymmetric cyanine family.  Dr. Rye did his post-doctoral training at Yale University Medical School with Dr. Art Horwich, studying the ATPase cycle of the GroEL-GroES chaperonin system.  Dr. Rye was an assistant professor in the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University prior to moving his lab to Texas A&M.    Contact     

Research Staff


Chavela Carr, Ph.D. - Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer

Dr. Carr obtained her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University and received her Ph.D. at MIT where she studied the induced conformational changes in influenza hemagglutinin that permit viral membrane fusion.  Dr. Carr did her post-doctoral training at Yale Medical School with Dr. Peter Novick, where she studied the role of the yeast S/M protein Sec1 in regulating SNARE-mediated intracellular membrane fusion.  Dr. Carr was an assistant professor in the Pathology Department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) prior to moving to Texas A&M.    Contact 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Students


Rajan Thapa - Graduate Student      

Rajan is originally from Nepal and graduated from St. Cloud State University, MN with a B.S. in Biochemsitry. He is the chief editor of his scientific career and won $150 in Powerball in 2009. Rajan is interested in understanding the mechanism of clathrin assembly and disassembly.  He is also interested in the application of novel biophysical and biochemical methods to the study of complex biological phenomena. Rajan joined the Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate program in the summer of 2011.  He also loves playing soccer and exploring natural landmarks.      Contact

Xue Gong - Graduate Student

Xue is from China and graduated from Lanzhou University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2011.  Xue also earned a master's degree in molecular biology from Lanzhou University in 2014. After working for a year at Xijing Hospital, Xue joined the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department in 2015. Xue is interested in studying a range of biological phenomena using novel biophysical approaches. Her current research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of a conserved and essential group of endosomal proteins. Xue is also a Spurs fan and enjoys running in her spare time.    Contact


Wei Gai - Graduate Student

Wei obtained his master degree in pharmacology from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIMM, CAS). During this period, he studied deacylation of long-chain fatty acyl lysine by sirtuins. Wei then worked as a research assistant studying the GPCR-arrestin signaling pathway at SIMM, CAS. He joined the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 2018. His current research interests are vesicle scission, and molecular chaperones involved in protein disaggregation.   Contact

Undergraduate Students

Tiffany Gunnels - Undergraduate Student

Tiffany will complete a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Texas A&M University in December of 2020. Her current research interests include cellular filament aggregation and the impact of molecular chaperones on aggregates. Tiffany began undergraduate research in 2018 and joined the Rye Lab in the summer of 2019. Upon graduation, Tiffany plans to enter medical school and continue to conduct research in the medical field with an emphasis on the biochemical causes of disease. In her free time, Tiffany volunteers at a local high school and serves with different nonprofits in the community.   Contact

Previous Members of the Rye Lab

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