Members

Prof. Ümit Akbey
Principal Investigator
umitakbey@pitt.edu
Phone 412-383-9896
Fax 412-648-9008

Ümit received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He joined Hans W. Spiess’s laboratory at Max Planck Institute, MPIP, Mainz, Germany for his Ph.D. in 2005. In 2009 he started his postdoctoral studies at Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, FMP, Berlin, Germany with Hartmut Oschkinat. Ümit then moved to iNano/AIAS, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark in 2015 to start his group. Due to a series of unexpected events, he was away from science for a while. In 2018 he returned back and had the honour of working at several research institutions as a senior scientist; at Research Center Julich – Germany with Henrike Heise, Weizmann Institute of Science – Israel with Lucio Frydman and Radboud University – The Netherlands with Arno Kentgens. In 2022 he started a new faculty position at the Department of Structural Biology as an Assistant Professor. Ümit is interested in NMR & DNP method development, spin gymnastics and ssNMR based structural biology of insoluble proteins, particularly fibrils and functional amyloids. Other than science, he is into specialty coffee, AMGs and road trips with his retro VW van.

Chang Hyeock Byeon
Research Technician
chb49@pitt.edu

Chang received his B.Sc. from University of Pittsburgh in Chemistry.  Since then he has extensive experience working at the Department of Structural Biology including Dr. Hinck and Dr. Gronenborn Labs.  He is the first member of the Akbey Lab and he will be working on recombinant protein expression, characterization and structural studies on amyloid fibrils involved in biofilm formation and neurodegenerative diseases.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, hiking and he hopes to pick up carpentry in near future.

Michael Joseph Delk
NMR Facility Manager
mid15@pitt.edu

Mike started his career at Bruker Biospin in 1988 as an engineer. During this time he held various positions form installation engineer, senior engineer, applications engineer and Regional Service Manager in Chicago, IL.  Over the course of 18 years his morphing into the spectroscopist and research have been most rewarding. In 2005, he joined Prof. Gronenborn at the Department and he has been the NMR Facility Manager till now.  He is an indispensable part of the research effort at the department and Akbey Lab. He manages seven ultra-high filed NMR spectrometers, loves them and supports research. In his free time, he enjoys working with wood.