Lab Members

John R. Jimah
Assistant Professor
James A. Elkins, Jr. '41 Preceptor in Molecular Biology

John Jimah started as an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University in January 2022. His laboratory investigates the molecular mechanism of membrane remodeling processes in human cells and malaria parasites primarily using structural biology (cryo-electron microscopy and tomography), cell biology, biochemical, and…

Matt Montondo
Faculty Assistant
Amanda Riccio
Professional Specialist / Staff Scientist

Amanda Riccio is a Research Professional in the Jimah lab. She received her PhD from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where she studied the structure and biochemical properties of DNA damage-dependent Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerases. Following her PhD, she moved to Montreal, Canada and then to Durham, North Carolina to complete her…

Abdur Rahman
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Abdur Rahman is joining our lab from the India. He earned his Bachelor in science (B.Sc) in Zoology from Aligarh Muslim University and Master in Science (M.Sc) in Biotechnology from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan in India. He continued his scientific journey in Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, where he joined lab of Dr. Souvik Bhattacharjee…

Erik Zupa
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Erik Zupa is joining our lab from the Slovak Republic, but his university studies started in the Czech Republic. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a minor in biomolecular chemistry at Masaryk University in Brno. During his undergruadate studies, he was introduced to structural biology and he got hooked on Cryo-electron…

Seraya Jones-Nelson
Graduate Student

Seraya Jones is from the Caribbean Island of Dominica and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Grambling State University in Louisiana. Before joining the Jimah lab to pursue a PhD in Molecular Biology, she was a research technician at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. We are thrilled to have Seraya join the…

Amari Tankard
Graduate Student

Amari Tankard is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Molecular Biology. A New York City native, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Columbia University. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research associate at Kadmon Corporation, LLC, where she focused on structure based drug design. She focuses on…

MacKenzie Cassity
Research Specialist

MacKenzie Cassity serves as one of the lab’s research specialists. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University, where she worked as an undergraduate researcher studying motor proteins involved in mitotic spindle assembly. Following graduation, she worked at IU for an additional year as a research assistant, completing…

Nathan Fowler
Research Specialist

Nathan Fowler is a recent Biological Sciences graduate from Rutgers – New Brunswick, graduating January of 2021. Soon after, Nathan worked as a data review scientist for international biopharma company Eurofins for 1 year at their Lancaster PA laboratory. During which time, Nathan acquired knowledge of many of the common, skills, functions and…

Maria Karakousis
Undergraduate student

Maria is an undergraduate student of the Princeton Class of 2026 planning to major in Molecular Biology with a certificate in Global Health & Health Policy. She is enthusiastic to investigate the structural biology of parasitic membrane remodeling processes with the Jimah Lab, especially as relating to the advancement of…

Emily Lee
Undergraduate student

Emily is in the class of 2025 and is majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Translation and Intercultural Communication. She is intrigued by structural biology research and has been investigating the molecular details of endocytosis. She is excited to continue learning about cryo-electron microscopy while in the Jimah Lab. Outside…

Hayden Messina
Undergraduate student

Hayden is a pre-med student in the class of 2025 majoring in philosophy. He is grateful and excited for the opportunity to work in the Jimah Lab and learn about the structure and function of important proteins in Apicomplexan parasites. He is also interested in the intersection between research in molecular biology and ethics. 

Jennifer Nwokeji
Undergraduate student

Jenny is an undergraduate student (class of 2025) planning to concentrate in Molecular Biology. She is excited to join the Jimah lab to study the molecular structure and function of membrane remodeling proteins in Toxoplasma gondii and related parasites. She is interested in biological research, especially regarding parasitic diseases, because…



Former Undergraduate Students

Amanda Banh '23 (Now: Medical College of Georgia)

Gayatri Ganesan '23 

Former Lab Manager

Alana Young, 4/2022 - 12/2022 (Now: Graduate Student, Master of Business and Science, Rutgers University)