Current MolE PhD Students

2014 Cohort

Graduate Student

Dion Hubble

Graduate Student
website | hubbld@uw.edu |

PI: Alex Jen (Materials Science & Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating rational molecular design of multifunctional polyelectrolyte materials for improved lithium-sulfur batteries
Awards: 2016 National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellow; 2015 & 2016 Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University
Featured Publication: D. Hubble, J. Qin, F. Lin, I.A. Murphy, S.-H. Jang, J. Yang, A.K.Y. Jen. “Designing solvate ionogel electrolytes with very high room-temperature conductivity and lithium transference number.” J. Mater. Chem., (2018) 6, 24100-24106.

Graduate Student

Ian Nova

Graduate Student
website | novai@uw.edu |

PI: Jens Gundlach (Physics)
Research Project: Developing a new technology to watch individual proteins process DNA in real-time
Education: B.S. in Bioengineering, Santa Clara University, California
Featured Publication: Nova IC, Derrington IM, Craig JM, Noakes MT, Tickman BI, Doering K, et al. (2017) Investigating asymmetric salt profiles for nanopore DNA sequencing with biological porin MspA. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0181599. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181599

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.

Graduate Student

Ivan Vulovic

Graduate Student
website | imv@uw.edu |

PI: David Baker (Biochemistry/Institute for Protein Design)
Research Project: Nanoparticle vaccines (CD8Vax/pH-responsive design)
Education: B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington

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

Grant Williamson

Graduate Student
website | grantwil@uw.edu |

PI: Vince Holmberg (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating the material properties that lead to faster charging and longer lifetime in next-generation, high-capacity Li-ion and Na-ion battery materials
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in Molecular Engineering; 2017 Husky 100
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington
Featured Publication: Grant A. Williamson, Victor W. Hu, Thomas B. Yoo, Martin Affandy, Charles Opie, Emilee K. Paradis, and Vincent C. Holmberg. "Temperature-Dependent Electrochemical Characteristics of Antimony Nanocrystal Alloying Electrodes for Na-Ion Batteries" ACS Applied Energy Materials Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.9b01216

Graduate Student

Jason Fontana

Graduate Student
website | jfontana@uw.edu |

PI: James Carothers (Bioengineering and ChemE) and Jesse Zalatan (Chemistry)
Research Project: Developing tools that facilitate genetic engineering in bacteria for optimizing biosynthesis of valuable products
Education: B.S. in Biomolecular Biology and a M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology from University of Trento, Italy
Featured Publication: Fontana, J. , Dong, C. , Ham, J. Y., Zalatan, J. G. and Carothers, J. M. (2018), Regulated Expression of sgRNAs Tunes CRISPRi in E. coli. Biotechnol. J., 13: 1800069. doi:10.1002/biot.201800069

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

Mengying Zhang

Graduate Student
website | myz16@uw.edu |

PI: Elizabeth Nance (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating nanoparticles, specifically quantum dot based biomarkers for neonatal brain disorders
Research Interests: Nanomedicine, neonatal brain disorders, nanoparticle biomarkers, quantum dots, brain imaging, neuroscience, drug delivery
Education: B.S. in Biological Science from Sichuan University, Chengdu (China)
Featured Publication: Zhang M, et al. "Quantum Dot Cellular Uptake and Toxicity in the Developing Brain: Implications for Use as Imaging Probes." Nanoscale Advances, 2019.

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

Yanjiao Han

Graduate Student
website | yanjiao@uw.edu |

PI: Shaoyi Jiang (Chemical Engineering)
Research Project: Application of zwitterionic polymers in cell culture and regulation of synthetic biology
Research Interests: Hydrogel applications in stem cell and T cell-based immunotherapy; CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing tools
Education: B.S. and a M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin (China)
Featured Publication: Y. Han , Z. Yuan , P. Zhang and S. Jiang. "Zwitterlation mitigates protein bioactivity loss in vitro over PEGylation." Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 8561-8566.

Graduate Student

Justin Davis

Graduate Student
website | justid3@uw.edu |

PI: Igor Novosselov (Mechanical Engineering)
Research Project: Investigating the formation and evolution of combustion generated particulates
Education: B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Linfield College, Oregon
Featured Publication: Davis, J; Tiwari, K; Novosselov, I. "Soot Morphology and Nanostructure in Complex Flame Flow Patterns via Secondary Particle Surface Growth." Fuel 2019, 245, 447–457.

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

Daniel Lee

Graduate Student
website | dcl254@uw.edu |

PI: Suzie Pun (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Stimuli responsive polymers for drug delivery
Education: B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Cornell University
Featured Publication: D.C. Lee, R.J. Lamm, A.N. Prossnitz, A.J. Boydston, S.H. Pun. "Dual polymerizations: untapped potential for biomaterials" Adv. Healthc. Mater. (2019), 10.1002/adhm.201800861

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

Dylan Shea

Graduate Student
website | dshea8@uw.edu |

PI: Valerie Daggett (Bioengineering)
Research Project: Studying the molecular events that occur in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease Research Interests: Energy, biomaterials, gene/drug delivery, metabolic engineering.
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware
Featured Publication: Shea, D., Hsu, C. C., Bi, T. M., Paranjapye, N., Childers, M. C., Cochran, J., Tomberlin, C. P., Wang, L., Paris, D., Zonderman, J., Varani, G., Link, C. D., Mullan, M., and Daggett, V. (2019) "alpha-Sheet secondary structure in amyloid beta-peptide drives aggregation and toxicity in Alzheimer’s disease." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116(18), 8895−8900.

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 Childrens Hospital)
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: Deok-Ho Kim (Bioengineering)
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 Interests: Synthetic biology, systems biology, metabolic engineering, data science
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 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

Gizem Gökçe

Graduate Student
website | gizemg@uw.edu |

Research Interests: Computer-aided drug design, computational biology, drug delivery, molecular dynamics and protein-ligand interactions
Awards: Fulbright Scholarship
Education: B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from TOBB University of Economics & Technology (Turkey)

Graduate Student

Marti Tooley

Graduate Student
website | bellm7@uw.edu |

Research Interests: Drug delivery, immunomodulation, protein design
Awards: 2019 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Tennessee

Graduate Student

Nate Bennett

Graduate Student
website | nrbennet@uw.edu |

Research Interests: Protein structure and protein design
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 |

Research Interests: Synthetic biology, smart biomaterials, metabolic engineering
Awards: 2019 College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
Education: B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech

Graduate Student

Sam Borje

Graduate Student
website | sborje@uw.edu |

Research Interests: Synthetic biology, biocomputing, signal transduction, protein/DNA/RNA self assembly structures
Education: B.S. in Molecular Biology from Pomona College

Graduate Student

David Juergens

Graduate Student
website | davidcj@uw.edu |

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 |

Research Interests: Mathematical modeling and computational biology, protein engineering, physical mechanisms of protein function biological transport mechanisms, medical device fabrication
Education: B.Engr. in from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Alex Nguyen

Graduate Student
website | ajnguyen@uw.edu |

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 |

Research Interests: Interested in colloids, biointerfaces/surface chemistry, biomaterials, biosensing, nanotechnology/nanomedicine, biotechnology, synthetic biology, biomimicry, scaffolds, biofilms, biomechanics, biosystem engineering
Education: B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford and a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington

Graduate Student

Xiaofeng Xiang

Graduate Student
website | xiaofx2@uw.edu |

Research Interests: Modeling, analysis and design of nanoscale electronic devices and fabrication processes
Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Nankai University, China

Graduate Student

Yulai Liu

Graduate Student
website | ylliu15@uw.edu |

Research Interests: Chemical Biology, molecular optical imaging, biomacromolecule designing and engineering, optical alignment
Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Fudan University, China

Graduate Student

Ayumi Pottenger

Graduate Student
website | ayumip@uw.edu |

Research Interests: synthetic biology with a focus on prevention, early detection, and drug delivery research involving infectious diseases
Education: B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona

Graduate Student

Yangwei Shi

Graduate Student
website | yangwshi@uw.edu |

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