Current MolE PhD Students

2014 Cohort

Graduate Student

David Sparkman-Yager

Graduate Student
website | dwsy@uw.edu |

PI: James Carothers (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Computational design and cellular characterization of RNA switches
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry from Western Washington University
Featured Publication: Sparkman-Yager, D.; Correa-Rojas, R.A.; Carothers, J.M. Kinetic folding design of aptazyme-regulated expression devices as riboswitches for metabolic engineering. Methods Enzymol. 2015, 550, 321.

2015 Cohort

Graduate Student

Ruihong Wang

Graduate Student
website | wangrh05@uw.edu |

PI: Michael Jensen (Bioengineering) and John Stamatoyannopoulos (Genome Sciences).
Research Project: Developing new tools for live cell imaging and epigenome editing in T-cell therapy
Research Interests: Mammalian synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, stem cell and T-cell therapy, epigenome editing
Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering; Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Jiaxu Qin

Graduate Student
website | jxqin@uw.edu |

PI: Alex Jen (Materials Science & Engineering)
Research Interests: Developing self-healing materials for high-capacity Li/S battery and flexible electronics applications
Awards: 2017 CEI DIRECT Data Science Trainee Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Zhengzhou University (China); M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from Zhejiang University (China)
Featured Publication: J Qin, F Lin, Y Wang, D Hubble, Y Li, J Yang, A Jen. "Tuning self-healing properties of stiff, ion-conductive polymers." J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 24100-24106

Graduate Student

Adam Moyer

Graduate Student
website | apmoyer@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Research Project: Covalently linking de novo proteins to create a more diverse set of building blocks for protein self assembly structures such as nano cages, wires, and surfaces
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware

Graduate Student

Sinduja Marx

Graduate Student
website | skmarx@uw.edu |

PI: Jens Gundlach (Physics) and David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Research Project: Custom nanopores
Education: B.S. in Bioengineering: Biotechnology from the University of California, San Diego

Graduate Student

Will Chen

Graduate Student
website | wchen108@uw.edu |

PI: Jay Shendure (Genome Sciences)
Research Project: Leveraging targeted Dnase Hi-C to investigate eQTL looping to promoters
Research Interests: Single cell sequencing, computational methods, data mining
Education: B.S. in Biotechnology from ShanDong University, Jinan (China); M.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University
Featured Publication: Chen, W., McKenna, A., Schreiber, J., Yin, Y., Agarwal, V., Noble, W. S. and Shendure, J. (2018). Massively parallel profiling and predictive modeling of the outcomes of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated double-strand break repair. bioRxiv 481069. doi:10.1101/481069

2016 Cohort

Graduate Student

Tyler Jorgenson

Graduate Student
website | tylerjor@uw.edu |

PI: Mehmet Sarikaya (Materials Science and Engineering); Co-PI: René Overney (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Utilizing scanning probe microscopy techniques to understand the self-assembly process and energetics of genetically engineered solid-binding peptides on single layer atomic materials towards the development of bioelectronics.
Research Interests: Biomolecular self-assembly, biotic-abiotic interfaces, scanning probe microscopy based materials characterization, bioelectronic/nanoelectronics
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University
Featured Publication: Jorgenson, T.D.; Mohammed, A.M.; Agrawal, D.; Schulman, R. "Self-Assembly of Hierarchical DNA Nanotube Architectures with Well-Defined Geometries." ACS Nano (2017), 11, 1927-1936

Graduate Student

Xiaojing Xia

Graduate Student
website | xiaxj@uw.edu |

PI: Peter Pauzauskie (Materials Science & Engineering)
Research Project: Molecular Engineering of Rare-Earth Doped Fluorides
Research Interests: Photonics, organic conductive polymer, energy storage
Education: B.S. in Materials Physics from Nanjing University (China)

Graduate Student

Jiajie Guo

Graduate Student
website | jguo16@uw.edu |

PI: David Ginger (Chemistry)
Research Project: High transconductance organic electrochemical transistors based on polymer matrix composite for bioelectronics.
Research Interests: Bioelectronics, polymer engineering, mixed ionic and electronic transport, atomic-force microscopy based materials characterization
Education: B.S. in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering from Fudan University, China

Graduate Student

Runbang Tang

Graduate Student
website | rt367@uw.edu |

PI: Buddy Ratner (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Virus recognition of template imprinted ploymer surfaces
Research Interests: Energy storage, photovoltaics
Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology (China); M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell

Graduate Student

Phuc (Sam) Nguyen

Graduate Student
website | phbn@uw.edu |

PI: Hao Yuan Kueh (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Regulation of gene expression kinetics by histone modifications in developing T-cells
Research Interests: Synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, protein engineering, biofuel production
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University – Long Beach

Graduate Student

Daniel Lachance

Graduate Student
website | lachad2@uw.edu |

PI: Neel Dey (Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology)
Research Interests: Synthetic Biology, Metabolic Engineering, Genetic Engineering.
Education: BS in Biochemistry/Biophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
Featured Publication: DM Lachance, J Poirier, N Li, N Dey. (2019) "Sa1913–Identifying Regulators of Microbiome-Encoded Bile Acid Metabolism" Gastroenterology 156 (6), S-450

Graduate Student

Brian Coventry

Graduate Student
website | bcov@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Research Project: Computational methods development for protein-protein interface design
Research Interests: Computational protein modeling, enzyme design
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Colorado University, Boulder

Graduate Student

Theodore Cohen

Graduate Student
website | tacohen@uw.edu |

PI(s): Daniel Gamelin (Chemistry), John D. MacKenzie (MSE), Christine K. Luscombe (MSE)
Research Project: Roll to roll processing of doped quantum dot based luminescent solar concentrators
Research Interests: Industrial scale synthesis of clean energy devices, computational modeling
Awards: 2020 Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Graduate Fellow; 2017 CEI DIRECT Data Science Trainee
Education: B.S. in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis

Graduate Student

Ben Tickman

Graduate Student
website | btickman@uw.edu |

PI: James Carothers (Bioengineering/Chemical Engineering)
Research Interests: Nanoscale biophysics, protein folding and function, energy harvesting, biology and materials in extreme environments, nanoscale measurement
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry; Chemistry; and Physics from the University of Washington

2017 Cohort

Graduate Student

Alex Carr

Graduate Student
website | avcarr@uw.edu |

PI(s): Nitin Baliga and Sean Gibbons (Institute for Systems Biology)
Research Interests: Dynamic regulation of metabolic pathways, synthetic biosystem engineering, gene regulation and signaling, protein engineering, and genome scale metabolic modeling
Education: B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego

Graduate Student

Liwen Xing

Graduate Student
website | liwenx@uw.edu |

PI: Christine Luscombe (Materials Science & Engineering)
Research Project: Developing more environmentally friendly method to synthesize high-performance D-A conjugated polymers (high MWs and zero homo-coupling defect)
Research Interests: Organic chemistry, polymer synthesis and characterization, organic semi-conductors
Awards: 2020 Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow
Education: B.S. in Polymer Materials and Engineering from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (China); M.S. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron

Graduate Student

Eric Yang

Graduate Student
website | eriyang@uw.edu |

PI: Jennifer Nemhauser (Biology)
Research Interests: Synthetic Biology, genetic circuits, metabolic engineering
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Graduate Student

Nathan Chan

Graduate Student
website | nathanrc@uw.edu |

PI: James Bryers (Bioengineering)
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, biopolymers, injectable biomaterials, drug delivery, nanoparticles
Awards: 2017 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholar
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from University of British Columbia

Graduate Student

Shin Ya (Emerson) Chen

Graduate Student
website | syc2017@uw.edu |

PI: Qiuming Yu (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Utilizing conducting polymers materials to fabricate Organic Electrochemical Transistors (OECT) devices for bio-sensing
Research Interests: Conducting polymers, organic thin film transistors, biosensors, point of care Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University

Graduate Student

Rene Cheng

Graduate Student
website | rene2718@uw.edu |

PI: Richard James (Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies)
Research Interests: Drug delivery, biomaterials, biosensors
Education: B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Biotechnology from National Taiwan University
Publications: Google Scholar Profile

Graduate Student

Fatima Davila

Graduate Student
website | fadh@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Research Interests: Bio-inspired research, science policy, agroecology
Education: B.S. in Biotechnology Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

Graduate Student

Hang Hu

Graduate Student
website | hanghu@uw.edu |

PI: Xiaosong Li (Chemistry)
Research Project: Developing new computational tools to analyze complex electron interactions in molecules or materials and applying these tools to understand how molecules emits light (fluorescence) and design new fluorophores
Research Interests: Ab initio simulation; energy nanomaterials & devices; data science.
Awards: 2020 Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow
Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University; MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington
Featured Publication: H. Hu, C.H. Wolstenholme, X. Zhang, X. Li, "Inverted Solvatochromic Stokes Shift in GFP-like Chromophores with Extended Conjugation," Chin. J. Chem. Phys., 2018, 31(4), 599.

Graduate Student

Huiyun Sun

Graduate Student
website | hsun45@uw.edu |

PI: John Lee (Department of Medicine)
Research Interests: Protein design, protein-protein interaction, prostate cancer therapeutics, cancer genetics, next-generation sequencing, gene regulation and signaling
Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from Nanjing University; MS in Biology concentrated in Microbial and Cellular Biology from Emporia State University

Graduate Student

Hao Tang

Graduate Student
website | hao33@uw.edu |

PI: Bruce Hinds (Materials Science & Engineering)
Research Interests: Synthesis of nanomaterials for energy harvest and storage; photovoltaic device design and modification
Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech; MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Steven Wu

Graduate Student
website | sjw017@uw.edu |

PI: Steven Henikoff (Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center)
Research Interests: Biomaterials/Drug Delivery, Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cells), Protein Structure/Folding, Cellular Signal Transduction, Synthetic Biology
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego

Graduate Student

Michael Xie

Graduate Student
website | mxie8@uw.edu |

PI: Aimée Dudley (Pacific Northwest Research Institute)
Research Project: Developing new technologies and high throughput methods to study complex genotype-phenotype relationships using yeast as a model organism
Research Interests: Synthetic biology, genomics, high throughput methods, next generation sequencing
Education: B.Eng. (Cum Laude) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Ohio University

Graduate Student

Nick Cardozo

Graduate Student
website | nickc94@uw.edu |

PI: Luis Ceze (Computer Science & Engineering)
Research Interests: Immune engineering and cancer, immune-therapy and stem cell biology, regenerative medicine
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida

Graduate Student

Kacper Lachowski

Graduate Student
website | lachok@uw.edu |

PI: Lilo Pozzo (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Targeting sono-photoacoustic contrast agents for imaging and thrombolysis.
Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Student

Julian Freedland

Graduate Student
website | jfreedl@uw.edu |

PI: Fred Rieke (Physiology & Biophysics)
Research Project: Adaptational mechanisms of visual circuits.
Research Interests: Physical/mathematical approaches to experimental biology, sensory perception, neural circuits
Education: B.S. in Nanoscale Science and Mathematics from the University at Albany
Publications: Google Scholar

2018 Cohort

Graduate Student

Gökçe Altin

Graduate Student
website | galtin@uw.edu |

PI: Al Nelson (Chemistry)
Research Project: Engineering 3D matrix architectures for studying collective cancer cell migration
Research Interests: Nanomedicine, theranostic nanoparticles, biomaterials and bioactive compounds
Awards: Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Scholarship
Education: B.Eng. and M.S. in Food Engineering from Istanbul Technical University

Graduate Student

Stephen Blaskowski

Graduate Student
website | blasks@uw.edu |

PI: Virginia Armbrust (School of Oceanography)
Research Project: Computational tool development for the discovery and characterization of novel molecular mechanisms in ocean microbial communities
Research Interests: Computational biology, data science, genomics, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology
Education: B.S. in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder

Graduate Student

Steven Hsu

Graduate Student
website | cchsuxp@uw.edu |

PI: Karin Bornfeldt (Department of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition)
Research Project: Investigating the role of inflammatory macrophage cell death in the development of advanced atherosclerotic lesion morphology and elevated inflammation in the context of diabetes
Research Interests: Cell-environment interactions, diabetes
Education: B.S. in Bioengineering: Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Yeon Mi Hwang

Graduate Student
website | ymhwang@uw.edu |

PI: Nathan Price (Institute for Systems Biology)
Research Project: Clinical and Molecular investigation on Preterm Birth
Awards: 2018 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Education: B.S. in Genetics and Plant Biology from the University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Student

Ellie James

Graduate Student
website | elliej3@uw.edu |

PI: Abhinav Nath and Miklos Guttman (Medicinal Chemistry)
Research Project: Enabling rational drug design for disordered protein targets
Research Interests: Protein dynamics, biophysics, IDPs, amyloidogenic diseases.
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Materials Science from Western Washington University

Graduate Student

Cholpisit (Ice) Kiattisewee

Graduate Student
website | cholpk@uw.edu |

PI: Jesse Zalatan (Chemistry); Co-PI: James Carothers (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Bacterial CRISPR-based transcriptional activation methods development and application
Research Interests: synthetic biology and metabolic engineering
Education: B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Mahidol University, Thailand

Graduate Student

Justin Lee

Graduate Student
website | daho1688@uw.edu |

PI: Andre Berndt (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Developing optogenetic tools for excitable cells
Research Interests: Developing next-generation molecular tools for large-scale biomedical research
Education: B.S. in Physiology and MS in Applied Bioengineering from the University of Washington
Personal Website: justindaholee.com

Graduate Student

Phil Leung

Graduate Student
website | pleung@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Awards: 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Molecular Engineering
Research Project: Using computational methods to design proteins that don't exist in nature.
Research Interests: Protein design, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, machine learning, automation
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Minnesota

Graduate Student

Jinrong Ma

Graduate Student
website | majorn@uw.edu |

PI: François Baneyx (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating solid binding protein-peptoid hybrid materials and their application in nanoparticle regulation and biomineralization
Research Interests: Organic synthesis, polymers, biomaterials
Education: B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Sanaa Mansoor

Graduate Student
website | sanaam@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Research Project: Using deep learning methods for protein structure refinement and design
Research Interests: Deep learning, computational protein design
Publications: B.S. in Chemistry and Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College

Graduate Student

Yuhuan Meng

Graduate Student
website | yuhuan@uw.edu |

PI: Hugh Hillhouse (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating bismuth rudorffites which are promising new materials for the top cell in solution processed tandem perovskites
Research Interests: Solar cells, high-capacity battery materials, characterization, synthesis.
Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tianjin University and a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Tatum Prosswimmer

Graduate Student
website | tpro@uw.edu |

PI: Valerie Daggett (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Targeting functional amyloid protein fibrils in bacterial biofilms to increase antibiotic susceptibility
Research Interests: Protein engineering, synthetic biology
Awards: 2018 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Education: B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Chemistry from Santa Clara University

Graduate Student

Amy Stegmann

Graduate Student
website | Amybrehm@uw.edu |

PI: François Baneyx (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating the self-assembly and nucleation of hybrid organic/inorganic nanostructures
Awards: 2020 Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow; 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Research Interests: Organic/Inorganic hybrid nanostructures, nucleation, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, in-situ microscopy
Education: B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Jingyi Xie

Graduate Student
website | jingyx6@uw.edu |

PI: James Heath (Institute for Systems Biology)
Research Project: New methods for pairing T Cells with cognate antigens
Research Interests: Immunoengineering, synthetic biology, drug delivery
Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Southeast University (Nanjing, China) and a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Yao Yan

Graduate Student
website | yanyao@uw.edu |

PI: Sean Mooney (Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education) and Justin Guinney (Sage Bionetworks)
Research Project: Investigating mortality prediction based on electronic health records (EHR) Education: B.Eng. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Sichuan University, China

2019 Cohort

Graduate Student

Marti Tooley

Graduate Student
website | bellm7@uw.edu |

PI: Neil King and David Baker
Research Project: I am using designed protein nanoparticle cages from the Baker lab to fine-tune the immune system into generating long-lasting responses to vaccine platforms developed in the King lab.
Research Interests: Drug delivery, vaccine development, immune modulation, protein design
Awards: 2019 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Featured Publication: Moffett, Howell F., et al. “B Cells Engineered to Express Pathogen-Specific Antibodies Protect against Infection.” Science Immunology, Science Immunology, 17 May 2019.
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Tennessee

Graduate Student

Nate Bennett

Graduate Student
website | nrbennet@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker, Biochemistry
Research Project: De novo design of protein binders to polar targets
Research Interests: De novo Protein Design,Protein Folding,Synthetic Biology, Metabolic Engineering
Awards: 2019 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Student

Nick Bohmann

Graduate Student
website | nbohmann@uw.edu |

PI: Nathan Price (Institute for Systems Biology)
Research Project: Modeling patterns of healthy aging in the human gut microbiome
Research Interests: Systems biomedicine, genome-scale metabolic modeling, omics-based computational biology
Awards: 2019 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Education: B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech

Graduate Student

Sam Borje

Graduate Student
website | sborje@uw.edu |

PI: Georg Seelig (Electrical Engineering, Molecular Information Systems Lab)
Research Project: Scaling up DNA strand displacement architectures for new applications
Research Interests: DNA/biocomputing, protein/DNA/RNA self-assembly structures, signal transduction, synthetic biology.
Education: B.A. in Molecular Biology from Pomona College

Graduate Student

David Juergens

Graduate Student
website | davidcj@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker, Biochemistry
Research Interests: Thermodynamic, statistical, and quantum simulations, nanocrystal synthesis, functionalization, and characterization, quantum information and computing, protein folding, protein-nanocrystal interactions, photonics
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Bonnibelle Leeds

Graduate Student
website | bkleeds@uw.edu |

PI: Chip Asbury, Biological Physics, Structure & Design
Research Project: Coordination of micro-tubule bundles during mitosis by mechanical coupling.
Research Interests: Mathematical modeling and computational biology, protein engineering, physical mechanisms of protein function biological transport mechanisms, medical device fabrication
Education: B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Alex Nguyen

Graduate Student
website | ajnguyen@uw.edu |

PI: Rodney Ho, School of Pharmacy / Dept of Pharmaceutics
Research Project: Investigating characteristics of lipid-based nanoparticles to deliver long-acting, multi-drug-combination motifs.
Research Interests: Targeted drug delivery, immune engineering
Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Graduate Student

Nam Phuong Nguyen

Graduate Student
website | nguyennp@uw.edu |

PI: Elizabeth Nance (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating brian-cell derived extracellular vesicles for probing and nanotherapeutic delivery in the injured neonatal brain
Research Interests: Biomaterials, nanotechnology/nanomedicine, biotechnology, therapeutics, drug delivery
Education: B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University; M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Xiaofeng Xiang

Graduate Student
website | xiaofx2@uw.edu |

PI: Scott Dunham (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Research Project: Modeling tools development for design and optimization of CIGS solar cells fabrication and device operation processes
Research Interests: Modeling, analysis and design of nanoscale electronic devices and fabrication processes
Awards: 2021 Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow
Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Nankai University, China

Graduate Student

Gizem Gökçe

Graduate Student
website | gizemg@uw.edu |

PI: Gaurav Bhardwaj (Medicinal Chemistry)
Research Project: De novo peptide design for targeting specific macromolecules including COVID-19 main protease and intracellular targets to inhibit their functional activities.
Research Interests: Protein/peptide design, computational biology, protein-ligand interactions, machine/deep learning in protein design, drug delivery, drug design, molecular dynamics.
Awards: Fulbright PhD Scholarship
Education: B.S. and M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from TOBB University of Economics and Technology (Turkey)

Graduate Student

Yulai Liu

Graduate Student
website | ylliu15@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker and William Catterall
Research Project: Computational design of transmembrane nanopores and ion channels
Research Interests: Protein design, structural biology, membrane proteins, electrophysiology
Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Fudan University

Graduate Student

Ayumi Pottenger

Graduate Student
website | ayumip@uw.edu |

PI: Patrick Stayton (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Polymeric drug delivery for the radical cure of Plasmodium vivax malaria in individuals with G6PD-deficiency
Research Interests: Drug delivery, infectious disease, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry
Education: B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona

Graduate Student

Yangwei Shi

Graduate Student
website | yangwshi@uw.edu |

PI: David Ginger, Chemistry
Research Project: Perovskite solar cells, initially looking at contact passivation, then adding modelling of tandem cells.
Research Interests: Photovoltaics, Energy storage, synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials
Education: B.Engr. and M.E. in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Dalian University of Technology

2020 Cohort

Graduate Student

Ryan Cardiff

Graduate Student
website | cardiffr@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University

My research interests are in the fields of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and microbial engineering. I have experience in machine learning, metabolomics analysis, and RNA and protein biochemistry bench-work.

Graduate Student

Marc Exposit Goy

Graduate Student
website | mexposit@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Biotechnology from University of Girona and an M.Sc. in Bioengineering from IQS School of Engineering.
Awards: La Caixa Fellowship

My previous research experience includes both molecular biology work to accelerate the development of rapid antigen tests for emerging viruses (Gehrke lab, MIT) and dry lab experience in using machine learning to predict the outcomes of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing (Güell lab, UPF). I also started a team to develop a gluten sensor for people with celiac disease, which was presented in the 2018 iGEM competition.

Graduate Student

Andrew Favor

Graduate Student
website | afavor@uw.edu |

Education: B.S in Chemical Biology and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

I am interested in protein design, computational biology, machine learning, and the study of self-assembly mechanisms.

Graduate Student

Josef Henthorn

Graduate Student
website | josefh1@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering: Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington.

My interests are in biomedical engineering, synthetic biology, immunology, point-of-care diagnostics, and global health. My background is in nanotechnology, tissue engineering, and applied mathematics.

Graduate Student

Melissa Ling

Graduate Student
website | mling13@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Penn State University
Awards: UW College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship

I am an incoming PhD student interested in drug delivery, protein therapeutics, and the integration of computational studies into the biological and chemical framework of research.

I aim to apply my new techniques and creative problem-solving ability to the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries and improve the overall drug development processes.

I have held two internships in biotech, in analytical chemistry and antibody purification, and have been heavily involved in undergraduate research at Penn State, resulting in an honors thesis titled "The role of lamin A/C and the LINC complex in TGFB1-induced epithelial to mesenchymal transition".

Graduate Student

Cassandra Maranas

Graduate Student
website | cjm5033@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UW

My research interests are in the fields of genomics, immunology, synthetic bio, and biomaterials. I did my undergraduate degree here at UW, where my research projects included microbial engineering and high throughput peptide purification.

Graduate Student

Rory McGuire

Graduate Student
website | roryjm@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University

My interests include synthetic biology, microbial engineering, and consortia engineering. I have a background in microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry.

Graduate Student

Dinh Chuong (Ben) Nguyen

Graduate Student
website | dchuongn@uw.edu |

Education: B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University

I am an incoming PhD student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am interested in the synthesis and utilization of novel drug delivery systems with smart biomaterials. At my alma mater, Vanderbilt, I studied polyelectrolyte graft copolymers for intracellular drug delivery of STING agonists.

I aim to collaboratively engineer novel molecules in order to advance the development of therapeutics, whether through enhancement of existing treatment modalities, or establishment of new approaches.

Graduate Student

Evan Pepper

Graduate Student
website | epepper@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Biomolecular Engineering, Minor in Bioinformatics from The University of California, Santa Cruz

My name is Evan Pepper and I was born and raised in California. I enjoy sports, in particular playing basketball. My background is in genomics, synthetic biology, and immunology. I plan to pursue research in the human microbiome! GO DAWGS!

Graduate Student

Janis Shin

Graduate Student
website | jshin1@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering from University of Washington

Janis’ initial interest in vaccines has driven her career in research. Having gained experience in developing vaccine candidates, de novo design of proteins, and commercialization of drugs during her undergraduate career, she hopes to further explore protein science through computational means.

Graduate Student

Sarah Wait

Graduate Student
website | swait@uw.edu |

Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah

I spent 3.5 years doing translational lung cancer research in the Oliver lab at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, in which I studied areas such as gene regulation, immunology, epigenetics and metabolism. My research interests include neurodegenerative diseases, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, and targeted drug therapies.