New Petit Institute team members join our bio-community.
Andrea Soyland is our new Program & Operations Manager for the Marcus Center for Therapeutic Cell Characterization and Manufacturing (MC3M) research center. For the past six years, Andrea was at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business where she oversaw operations for the executive education non-degree portfolio. Prior to Tech, Andrea spent 11 years at Central Michigan University where she was the assistant director for off-campus programs serving military and non-traditional students at over 25 locations. Andrea was raised in Utah, but has been in Georgia for the past 19 years and now considers Georgia to be her home. She has a B.S. in Education (math/science) and a Master of Science in Administration.
Anton Bryksin is the Director of the Molecular Evolution core facility and oversees the operation at EBB. He is a protein engineer believing that technology moves science forward, and he looks forward to helping scientists progress more quickly with their research.
Anton is from both industry and academia, and he received his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine followed by postdoctoral training at Emory University with Dr. Ichiro Matsumura and Georgia Tech with Dr. Thomas Barker. He then worked at the Nuclease R&D division of Bluebird Bio before joining the team of Georgia Tech scientists again in this new and exciting role.
Corrie Purser is a Research Technician IV in the Systems Mass Spectrometry core at EBB working on proteomics with David Smalley. She has a background in protein chemistry from Georgia State University where she worked on developing a liver targeted protein based MRI contrast agent under the direction of Dr. Jenny Yang for her master's degree in biochemistry. Corrie attended the University of West Georgia for her undergraduate degree in chemistry.
Sommer Durham joins the team as a lab manager in the Cellular Analysis core. She loves all things scientific, and received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The University of Georgia. She received her M.S. in Biology from Georgia College & State University, which honed her skills as a laboratory researcher, as well as initiate an interest in flow cytometry.
Most of her flow cytometry experience was gained at the Emory University School of Medicine flow cytometry core facility, where she spent 7.5 years. Sommer's duties included cell sorting, assistance with experimental design, instrument troubleshooting, and instrument maintenance.
Sommer is a native of Macon, Georgia. Outside of academics, she has a great love for the arts (her favorites include modern dance & singing).