People - Kodadek Lab

Research Associates

Thomas Kodadek, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Cancer Biology
Faculty, Kellogg School of Science and Technology
The Scripps Research Institute

Prof. Thomas Kodadek received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Miami (FL) in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University in 1985. He then pursued post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Bruce Alberts at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School from 1985-1987. In June, 2009, Prof. Kodadek moved to the Scripps Research Institute campus in Jupiter, FL where he is currently Professor of Chemistry & Cancer Biology. 

Prof. Kodadek works in the field of chemical biology, which involves the development of chemical tools to monitor and manipulate important processes in biology and medicine. His laboratory has also made important contributions to our understanding of how genes are rearranged and expressed. More recently, Prof. Kodadek has focused on the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools for the treatment of immune diseases and cancers. Opko, a Miami biotechnology company, has established a laboratory in Jupiter for the discovery of novel diagnostic markers for cancer, autoimmune and neurological diseases using the methods developed in the Kodadek laboratory.


Animesh V. Aditya, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Animesh Aditya obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry from University of Delhi in 2002. After a brief stint at the process chemistry division of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, India; Animesh joined the graduated program at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University in 2004. He joined the research group of Prof. Richard Gibbs where he studied the substrate specificity of prenyltransferases and worked on bisubstrate inhibitors of Protein Geranylgeranyltransferase-I. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2010, Animesh moved to Florida for his post-doctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute. He is currently working under the mentorship of Prof. Thomas Kodadek at Scripps, Florida on development of peptoid-inspired one bead one compound libraries with a focus on generating diverse backbone modified peptoid architectures.


Bryan Knuckley, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Bryan Knuckley graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2003 with a B.S. Chemistry. He was a research technician for two years at W.J.B. Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia, SC under the supervision of Dr. Donald Powell. Knuckley attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina in the lab of Dr. Paul Thompson and graduated with his Ph.D. in 2009. His dissertation was titled "Kinetic Characterization of the Protein Arginine Deiminase Family: Mechanistic and Inhibition Studies." Knuckley has been a research associate in the lab of Dr. Tom Kodadek since June 2010.


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