Welcome to the Lindner Laboratory at Penn State in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Simply stated: our work couples molecular parasitology and structural biology to understand the malaria parasite (Plasmodium spp.), so that we can identify and exploit weaknesses in the parasite’s development and transmission.

Read more about our ongoing Research Interests here.

Scott E. Lindner, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Scott has trained as a molecular virologist, structural biologist, and parasitologist. He is currently an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and is Co-Director of the Huck Center for Malaria Research at Penn State. He does the Twitter too: @LindnerLab. More info on Scott can be found in his Curriculum Vitae (CV): Lindner SE CV - 20210401.

Allen Minns

Research Tech 4

Lab Manager

Allen is our fearless lab manager (except for when it comes to snakes), and resident guru in all things protein expression and purification. Allen trained at Penn State, and mastered his trade in the laboratory of Song Tan here in the BMB department. 

Kelly Rios

Ph.D. Student (BMMB)

Kelly attended Siena College and conducted undergraduate research on Trypanosoma brucei. Since joining the Lindner Lab in 2015, Kelly has continued to change our views of how Plasmodium organizes its mRNP granules through proteomics and super-resolution microscopy. 

James P. McGee

Ph.D. Student (MCIBS)

James graduated from Union College in 2016, and achieved a mastery of Plasmodium falciparum work in the laboratory of Jeff Dvorin at Boston Children's Hospital. Since joining the Lindner Lab in Fall 2019, James has focused on understanding the specialized translational machinery of Plasmodium. When James isn't in lab, you can catch him out on a run, lifting at the gym, or playing defense for the MSC Falcons.

Mitchell Godin

Ph.D. Student (BMMB)

Amy Lee Burns, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scientist

Mitchell graduated from the University of Connecticut in Spring 2019, and joined the Lindner Lab in Fall 2019. Mitchell's work focuses on transcript isoforms of Plasmodium parasites and is the lab champion of Nanopore sequencing.

Amy completed her Ph.D. with Danny Wilson at the University of Adelaide, where she identified a second mode-of-action of an important antibiotic/anti-malarial drug. Amy joined the Lindner Lab in March 2020, and focuses on mechanisms of translational repression in Plasmodium sporozoites.

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Former Lab Members