Alla Kostyukova, Paul Hohenschuh Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering, has been named as interim director of the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.
Kostyukova is a leader in protein engineering research. She studies proteins that control dynamics of actin filaments, which play a critical role in muscle contraction, cell movement and cell morphology. Her work could lead to better understanding of the breakdowns in cellular processes that lead to disease, especially heart disease.
Before coming to WSU, she worked as a researcher in Russia’s Institute of Protein Research, Japan’s RIKEN Harima Institute at SPring8, and as a research assistant professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She also received a German Academic Exchange Service fellowship in 2018.
Kostyukova has been with WSU since 2011.