Ivanovic Lab                   B randeis University, Biochemistry Department

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Current lab members:

Tijana Ivanovic

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

ivanovic AT brandeis DOT edu


Postdoc, Harvard University, 2015

Ph.D, Virology, Harvard University, 2008

B.S., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999



Colleen Hurley

Research Assistant

colleenhurley AT brandeis DOT edu


B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2019

Tian Li

Postdoctoral Fellow

tianli AT brandeis DOT edu


Ph.D., Microbiology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2014

B.S., Science of Biology, Soochow University, Suzhou, China 2009

B. Com., International Economy and Trade, Soochow University, Suzhou, China 2009


"Since gaining my PhD at Wuhan University in China, my major research interest has been in understanding how viruses fuse with the target membrane, and the underlying molecular mechanisms using single molecule imaging technique. I like playing badminton during my free time."


Fujun Qin

Postdoctoral Fellow

fujunqin AT brandeis DOT edu


Ph.D., Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Wuhan, China, 2018

M.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Shantou University, China, 2013

B.S., Biotechnology, Shandong Normal University, China, 2010


Erin Deans

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Biophysics

deanseri AT brandeis DOT edu


B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2017


"Currently in the Ivanovic Lab I am studying the mechanism of reovirus capsid assembly via single molecule imaging techniques. When not in the lab I enjoy horseback riding, rock climbing, cooking/baking, and exploring local breweries."

Ellen Nguyen

MS Student, Molecular and Cell Biology

ellennguyen AT brandeis DOT edu


B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2019

Zhenyu Li

BS/MS Student, Biochemistry, and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP)

zhenyuli AT brandeis DOT edu

Miranda Gavitt

Undergraduate researcher, Biophysics

mgavitt AT brandeis DOT edu



"As an undergraduate researcher in the Ivanovic lab I am working to better understand the reovirus uncoating process during cell entry using single molecule imaging techniques. I am currently pursing a biophysics degree. When I am not in lab I enjoy reading, exploring local coffee shops, and spending time with friends."


Harry Fruchtman

Undergraduate researcher, Biology, minor in Chemistry

hfruchtman AT brandeis DOT edu

Ernest Park

Undergraduate researcher, Biochemistry

ernestpark AT brandeis DOT edu

Lab alumni:

Meisui Liu

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Student

Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP)


Received highest Honors for her research in the Ivanovic lab.

Recipient of the Charles K. Schiff award in science.


Currently a student in the Pathways M.D. Program at Harvard Medical School.


Dhruv Dang

MRSEC REU Program Student

University of Connecticut: Molecular and Cell Biology

ddang2722 AT brandeis DOT edu