Assistant to Director
Mr. Geronimo Campanile received his B.A. in English from UC Berkley. Mr. Campanile contributes to the administrative function of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD) as Assistant to Director. He has a diverse work history including 8 years military service, including 4 years in the Air Force as a Network Engineer collaborating with large defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Honeywell and Boeing, followed by 4 years as a Soldier working in US Army Special Operations Command on the command staff of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Mr. Campanile also has business experience working at larger firms such as Wells Fargo and small businesses with responsibilities in sales, marketing, finance and administration. Mr. Campanile is focused on helping build a strong administrative function for CASD and helping Dr. Petra Fromme advance her research and expand the forefront of science.
Business Operations Specialist
Brianne Cooks contributes to the administrative function of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD) as a Business Operations Specialist. Brianne is responsible for accounting, budgeting, payroll and purchasing for the center. Before joining CASD she worked in Human Recourses for ASU. Brianne has 10 + years of experience in various administrative functions including licensure, office management, HR and operations.
Assistant Director of Operations
Tina Esquerra is the Assistant Director of Operations. In this role, she oversees the Center for Applied Structural Discovery, fiscal oversight and research advancement services. She also works with the center’s administrative team to build infrastructure to support the center’s mission. Tina has over 24 years of experience in research administration that began in Arizona State University’s Office of Research and Creative Activities (now known as Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Administration). She joined ASU in 1991 while still pursuing her undergraduate degree. She has worked in research administration in departments throughout the university. Tina earned her B.S. in Psychology (1994) from Arizona State University. She is an active troop leader and volunteer for Girls Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine and Young Champions of America.
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Justin Flory earned his B.S. in physics from Sonoma State University before working as an engineer in industry for seven years at Symmetricom (Microsemi) and Abbott Diabetes Care. Under the mentorship of Dr. Petra Fromme, Dr. Flory earned his Ph.D. in Biological Design from Arizona State University where he researched how to build a device to convert water and sunlight into hydrogen fuel inspired by the natural process of photosynthesis. Dr. Flory then joined LightWorks at Arizona State University to work with interdisciplinary research and business development teams on commercializing research as well as creating and expanding strategic partnerships. In October of 2014, Dr. Flory joined the Center of Applied Structural Discovery to help develop strategic collaborations, grant proposals, patents, presentations, websites and facilitate research projects, philanthropic opportunities, outreach activities and communication. His research interests are in integrating synthetic and biological systems to harness and improve the amazing capacity of living organisms for energy conversion, catalytic transformation and bioremediation toward solving pressing global challenges, such as climate change and environmental pollution.
Associate Research Professor
Dr. Raimund Fromme received his B.S. and M.S. (Diplom) in Biochemistry from the Free University of Berlin, afterwards he made at the same institution another B.S. in medicine (Physikum) before he finished his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin. Dr. Fromme worked in financial planning for AWD and in a free-lance capacity before joining 2002 Arizona State University as a Research Associate in the School of Life Sciences. Dr. Fromme then became a Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where he also served as an Assistant Research Professional for the department’s X-ray facility. In 2014 he joined the Center for Applied Structural Discovery as an Associate Research Professor. Dr. Fromme’s research interests are in structure and function of photosynthetic membrane proteins. Membrane proteins are an important class of proteins for understanding cell signaling, infectious diseases and energy conversion, but present unique and complex challenges and as a result constitute only about 500 of the over 110,000 structures solved in the protein data bank (PDB). Dr. Fromme has 41 contributions to the protein data bank (PDB) 9 of these are membrane proteins. He works on all aspects of protein structure determination from crystallization, to diffraction at Synchrotron and X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) sources, phase determination and structure refinement. In this new emerging research field Dr. Fromme has co-authored a number of top tier publications over the last 4 years: four in Science, three in Nature, two in Nature Communications, one in Nature Methods, two in Structure, and one in Acta Crystallographica A.