Andrew Castonguay

Andrew Castonguay

Andrew Castonguay

566 Aronoff Lab
318 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Algal metabolism
  • Classical and modern approaches to genetic manipulation of algae
  • Expression and visualization of recombinant fluorescently-tagged proteins


  • BS, Chemical Biology, Saint Joseph's University (2011)

I graduated with a B.S. in chemical biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Spring 2011.  While at SJU I worked in Dr. Reynolds’ group (Dept. of Chemistry) with the goal of understanding how a bacterial heme-based gas sensing protein, underwent a conformational change in response to gas binding, allowing signal relay.  In the Fall of 2011, I entered a Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University in the Department of Molecular Genetics.  My current position is as a Ph.D. candidate/graduate research associate in the lab of Dr. Hamel whose research focuses on electron transfer reactions in energy-producing organelles, particularly the chloroplast and mitochondria.  Throughout my graduate research career, I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to learn a variety of experimental techniques including confocal fluorescent microscopy and high-pressure liquid chromatography in addition to the standard molecular, genetic, and biochemical approaches.  In addition to graduate research, I have had numerous teaching opportunities both through the department of Molecular Genetics and the Center for Life Sciences Education (several as lead TA and two resulting in TA awards).