Stupka 2021 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gaya AmarasingheDr. Gaya Amarasinghe is a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the City College of New York in 1997. From the summer of 1994 through fall 1996, Dr. Amarasinghe also worked as a Research Assistant in the laboratory of Professor David Cowburn at the Rockefeller University in New York where he gained a keen interest in mechanisms that control signal transduction. Dr. Amarasinghe conducted his thesis studies with HHMI Investigator Dr. Michael Summers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he characterized the structural basis for HIV-1 genome packaging by nuclear magnetic resonance based methods. From 2001-2007, Dr. Amarasinghe conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, to study signaling and structural dynamics in the multidomain Vav proto-oncoprotein under a fellowship from the Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Amarasinghe began his independent research program in 2007 in the Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Department at Iowa State University. At Iowa State University, Dr. Amarasinghe also served as the faculty advisor to the BBMB undergraduate club and the Stupka Symposium. In the fall of 2011, Dr. Amarasinghe moved to the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, where he is currently a Professor of Pathology and Immunology, of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and of Molecular Microbiology. The Amarasinghe group uses hybrid structural methods along with biochemistry, cell biology, and virology to determine how microbial infections impact host signaling.


Dr. Jeff Karp

Dr. Elizabeth Sattely