Principal investigator

Todd Graham, Ph.D. Todd is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences with a secondary appointment in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and received his B.S. and Ph.D. at St. Louis University. Todd went on to do a postdoc in Scott Emr’s lab before starting up his own lab at Vanderbilt University.


Swapneeta Date, Ph.D. Swapneeta is an expert protein biochemist and cell biologist. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Molecular Biophysics from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She joined Graham lab in 2019. Swapneeta’s project involves the identification and characterization of novel molecular processes regulating vesicle-mediated transport in cells. Using a combination of cell biology, protein biochemistry, live-cell imaging, and SILAC mass spectroscopic methods, she has recently identified a novel role of ubiquitination in COPI-mediated regulation of Golgi SNAREs. Aside from the lab, Swapneeta is interested in STEM education and science communication. She is a key advisor at a science-fashion brand My Science Boutique and a board member of a non-profit organization that supports social transformation and educational activities in rural India.

Eugenia M Yazlovitskaya, Ph.D. Eugenia is a Staff Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was born and grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her M.S. in Biophysics from Shevchenko National University and Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Eugenia received Ph.D. in Biochemistry; it was a joint venture of Kansas University Medical Center, KS, USA and Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and was about Protein kinase C signaling in cancer treatment. Eugenia joined Vanderbilt as a junior faculty in 2002 and in 2021, she became a part of the Graham Lab. Outside of research, Eugenia enjoys swimming and traveling. She also considers herself a movie buff.

eugenia.yazlovitskaya@Vanderbilt.Edu   Publications

Postdoctoral Fellows

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 12.59.23Bhawik Kumar Jain, Ph.D. Bhawik is from Mumbai, India. He received his Ph.D. from ACTREC, Mumbai in Life Sciences. His Ph.D. thesis focused on understanding the Golgi cisternal stacking mechanism in budding yeast Pichia Pastoris. Bhawik joined the Graham Lab in 2019 and exploring the structure function relationship of P4-ATPases. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and playing cricket and tennis.  ResearchGate

Graduate Students

Picture5Adriana Norris Adriana Norris went to Armstrong State University and earned a Cell and Molecular Biology Bachelors of Science degree. She began her PhD at Vanderbilt in August 2018 and joined Dr. Graham’s lab in February 2019. For her thesis, she is characterizing two new Atp10A and Atp10D mouse models in the context of metabolic dysfunction. She hopes the findings from her research will be used to inform the design of therapeutics that will help patients. She is also interested in science communication and created a YouTube channel to talk about academic topics and interview people in academia. In her free time, Adriana enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Ryan, and their two animals, Squeak the cat and Boscoe the dog.    LinkedIn Profile

Mariana Jimenez Mariana is originally from East Lansing, MI. She received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and minor in Music from the University of Michigan in 2018. Mariana joined the Graham lab in the Spring of 2020 to study the importance of P4-ATPase localization, specifically yeast Dnf1 and Dnf2, by determining the recycling and retrograde trafficking pathways traveled by these flippases and exploring the role they may play in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Outside of the lab, Mariana enjoys playing the clarinet and participating in water polo as well as going Latin dancing.

mariana.jimenez@Vanderbilt.Edu   LinkedIn

Alexander J Mansueto Alex joined the Graham Lab in 2021, and he is originally from Florham Park, New Jersey. He double-majored in Biology and Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. His undergraduate research focused on gene therapies in muscular dystrophies. In the Graham Lab, Alex’s work involves the P4-type ATP flippase ATP10D, and how the flipping of ATP10D’s substrate, glucosylceramide, may mitigate components of the metabolic syndrome. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing piano, exercising, and spending time with his lizard Rem.


Undergraduate Students


Isabel M Tate

Bella is a sophomore from Massachusetts and is currently planning on majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Spanish. She joined the Graham Lab in 2021.


Joey Lu




Rotation Students

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 3.18.32 PMThe Graham Lab is currently seeking motivated graduate students to rotate with and potentially join our lab. Students with interests in protein trafficking, lipid biochemistry, or a general interest in cell biology should contact Dr. Graham at for further information.

Research Technician


Davia D Watkins


Former Members

  • Peng Xu, Ph.D.
  • Jordan Best, Ph.D.
  • Clara Guillem
  • Yannan Huang
  • Roger Yu
  • Mehmet Takar, PhD.
  • Bart Roland, PhD.
  • Yuantai Wu, PhD.
  • Ryan Baldridge, PhD.
  • Hannah Hankins, PhD.
  • Sam Erlinger
  • Nick Diab