Kruse Lab Members

Andrew Kruse

Principal Investigator

Research in my lab aims to elucidate the molecular basis of transmembrane signaling through the use of biochemistry, pharmacological studies, and structural biology. We are particularly interested in signaling pathways with connections to human health and disease, including G protein-coupled receptors and other transmembrane receptors. In the long term, we aim to leverage a detailed molecular understanding of these pathways to facilitate the development of new and better therapeutics.

Anthony Banks

Research Assistant III / Lab Manager
Anthony is from Ireland, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in experimental physics at University College Dublin. After moving to Chicago in 2009 he did a Master’s degree in applied physics at DePaul University, then 4 years as a biophysics research assistant at Florida State University. Anthony is married and has two dogs. He has also worked as a painter, in the retail industry, in bars, and done door-to-door sales.  He enjoys sports, music, reading, swimming, baking and playing cards with his wife, at which he is sometimes successful.

Claire Bourett

Research Assistant I

Originally from Delaware, Claire received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Maine. As a part of the Honors College, she wrote an undergraduate thesis focused on the intrinsic antibiotic resistance of mycobacteria, specifically focusing on the membrane protein flotillin. She joined the Kruse lab in May 2023 where she works primarily with the bacterial subgroup. Her hobbies include rating movies and books, as well as trying to keep her two cats from destroying her apartment while she's at work.

Victor Calvillo-Miranda

Graduate Student

Victor received his B.S. in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry from the University in Arizona where he worked under the supervision of Dr. May Khanna in identifying small molecule modulators of TDP43 and Malat1, both implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, using in silico docking and biophysical binding assays. After graduating from the UA, Victor joined the Chemical Biology program in 2020 and joined the Kruse lab in 2021. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his partner and dogs, playing chess, and spending time at the beach.

Clare Canavan

Graduate Student
Clare graduated from Georgetown University in 2018 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. There, she studied transcriptional regulation by the cAMP Receptor Protein in Dr. Rodrigo Maillard’s lab. She joined the Chemical Biology program in 2019 and is jointly mentored by Dan Kahne. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing and spending time with friends.

Josh Cofsky

Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow

Josh (B.S., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale, 2015; Ph.D., Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2021) completed his doctoral work in the labs of Jennifer Doudna and John Kuriyan, where he studied how protein and nucleic acid conformational dynamics enable the function of CRISPR-associated enzymes in bacterial immunity and genome editing applications. In 2022, he began his postdoc in the Kruse lab, where he is using biochemistry and structural biology to probe bacterial membrane protein function. Outside of lab, Josh likes Baroque music, climbing on real and fake rocks, and sleeping in tents.

Morgan Gilman

Hanna Holborn Gray Postdoctoral Fellow

Morgan received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Dartmouth College under the supervision of Dr. Jason McLellan. Her thesis research centered on determining the molecular mechanisms of the interactions between viral fusion glycoproteins and the host humoral immune system, with a primary focus on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). She joined the Kruse lab in August 2019.

Edward Harvey

Postdoctoral Fellow
Edward graduated from Princeton University, where he majored in Chemical and Biological Engineering and received a certificate in Engineering Biology. He then completed his PhD at Harvard University in Professor Loren Walensky's lab, which uses chemical biology tools to interrogate the biochemical mechanisms of cellular apoptotic pathways. In his free time, Edward likes to play volleyball, run, hike, play board games, and is a plant aficionado. He joined the Kruse lab in September 2020, and his research focuses on synthetic antibody and nanobody engineering.

Joe Hurley

Graduate Student
Originally from Oregon, Joe graduated from Northwestern University in 2015, where he studied how methanotrophic bacteria acquire copper and mitigate its cytotoxicity in Dr. Amy Rosenzweig's lab. He then spent a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studying bacterial outer membrane biogenesis in the lab of Dr. Susan Buchanan, followed by stints in drug discovery at a couple of biotechnology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joe joined the BBS program in 2020 and the Kruse lab in 2021. When he's not in the lab, he likes climbing, skiing, and running in the mountains around New England and playing any kind of music.

Lauren Litzau

Graduate Student
Lauren received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Here, in Wendy Gordon's lab, she studied the structure and ssDNA specificity of viral HUH endonucleases for use in single-molecule force spectroscopy and other applications. In 2020, she joined the Chemical Biology program and is jointly mentored by Steve Blacklow. In her free time, she enjoys reading, music, and playing volleyball.

Jinghan Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jinghan received her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan in Dr. Emily Scott’s lab. Her thesis research focused on the structure and function of cytochrome P450 enzymes to support drug design for major human diseases and drug metabolism predictions in neonates. She joined the Kruse lab in September 2023.

James Osei-Owusu

Hanna Holborn Gray Postdoctoral Fellow

James received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Zhaozhu Qiu. His thesis work focused on structure-
function characterization of a novel proton-activated chloride channel (PAC). James likes to hike
and play soccer in his spare time. He joined the Kruse Lab in November 2021.

Daniel Same Guerra

Graduate Student

Daniel was born in Cuba but grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, he worked in the laboratory of Thomas Silhavy to characterize the role of YejM in regulating LPS biosynthesis. After graduating in 2020 with a B.S. in molecular biology, he became a research assistant in the laboratory of Cigall Kadoch at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Here, he studied the function of mSWI/SNF (BAF) chromatin remodeling complexes in normal and oncogenic cell states. He then joined the Chemical Biology program in 2022, and the Kruse and Loparo laboratories in 2023. Daniel's current research is focused on understanding the regulatory mechanisms of protein complexes that build the bacterial cell wall. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, running, hiking, and trying different espresso beans.

Irina Shlosman

Graduate Student
Irina graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016, majoring in biophysical chemistry. In college, she worked in the lab of Prof. Jon Kull studying transcriptional regulation of virulence in Y. pestis. She then moved to Bethesda for a two-year fellowship at the NIH to study transporter mechanism and function, jointly supervised by Dr. José Faraldo-Gómez and Dr. Joe Mindell. Following her time at the NIH, she became a graduate student at the Biophysics program at Harvard and joined the Kruse and Loparo groups in 2019 to work on elucidating the mechanism and regulation of cell wall biogenesis with single-molecule imaging. In her spare time, Irina loves climbing, backpacking with friends and reading soulful Russian classics.

Meredith Skiba

Postdoctoral Fellow
Meredith received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan under the supervision of Dr. Janet Smith. Her studies focused on the biosynthesis of polyketide natural products using X-ray crystallography and a variety of biochemical approaches. She joined the Kruse lab in September 2018.

Jeffrey Smith


Jeffrey is from Washington State, attending the University of Washington for undergraduate. There he joined the laboratory of Charles Chavkin, studying opioid pharmacology. He subsequently matriculated in Duke University’s MD/PhD program, studying chemokine receptor signaling and biased agonism under the mentorship of Sudar Rajagopal and Robert Lefkowitz. After completing a medicine intern year, Jeffrey completed residency in the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program. He joined the Kruse Lab in 2022 and is studying noncanonical GPCR signaling. He is also an attending at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he cares for patients with autoimmune skin diseases.