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     Dr. Rye's CV

Research Staff


Chavela Carr, Ph.D. - Senior Research Scientist

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        Dr. Carr's CV

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


 Lauren Kustigian - Graduate Student

Lauren received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s degree in biotechnology from Worcester State University.  She spent six years working in industry.  She worked at Microbiotix Inc. where she studied enzymes involved in DNA replication.  Then she joined Sirtris Pharmaceuticals where her research focused on trying to understand SIRT1 activation.  She joined the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 2011.  Her current research interests are proteins involved in vesicle scission and transport.     Contact

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Andrew Roth - Graduate Student

Drew received his BS in biochemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2014 and joined the Texas A&M Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate program the same year.  He is interested in molecular chapereons, protein disaggregation and the mechanisms by which cells recognize and process aberrant protein structures. In his spare time, Drew enjoys kayaking, camping, backpacking, and long walks through America’s National Parks. He is also a sports fanatic.     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

Undergraduate Students

  • Karen Ramirez

Previous Members of the Rye Lab

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics                           Texas A&M University              2018