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. 

Mikaela Follmer

Research Tech 1

Mosquito Colony Manager

Mikaela trained at Susquehanna University where she used RNAi to study the EGFR pathway in Drosophila melanogaster. She currently provides us with a near endless supply of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes for our transmission studies. Mikaela also advances molecular biology projects and sporozoite production efforts. Outside of research she is an avid hiker and the team captain of the MSC Falcons (https://twitter.com/MSCFCFalcons) - a club soccer team for Penn State scientists.

Mike Walker

Ph.D. Student (MCIBS)

Mike did his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland and joined the Lindner Lab in 2014. When Mike isn't dreaming of CRISPR'ing Plasmodium parasites, or digging into the mechanisms of translational repression, he can be found rooting for the Washington Nationals or managing his softball and volleyball teams.

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. 

Mitchell Godin

Ph.D. Student (BMMB)

Mitchell graduated from the University of Connecticut in Spring 2019, and joined the Lindner Lab in Fall 2019.

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.

Megan Gragg, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scientist

(Joint with Hafenstein Lab)

Megan completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine with Paul Park at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and joined the Lindner and Hafenstein Labs in Fall 2018. Megan focuses on cryo TEM approaches to understand small proteins structurally. When not in lab, Megan can be found reading (fiction) or playing soccer with the MSC Falcons.

B. Joanne Power, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scientist

Joanne completed her Ph.D. with Andy Waters at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow, where she studied epigenomics and gametocytogenesis of Plasmodium berghei. Since joining the Lindner Lab in 2019, Joanne has focused her work on understanding the release of translational repression programs in transmission stages. Joanne is also a world-renowned Twitter personality (@hanniepower) and curates the Women in Malaria Research website. Find her also on ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

Amy Lee Burns, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scientist

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.

Former Lab Members

© 2021 by Scott E. Lindner, Ph.D.