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Meet Our Students
Current Students

Class of 2014-2015

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Andrew Andis

Educational Background: Biological Engineering/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University

Research Preceptors: 
Michael Jewett, PhD; Keith Tyo, PhD

Project: "Expression, purification and analysis of synthetic (recombinant) antibodies"

Internship: Fresenius Kabi

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Shiyu Chen

Educational Background: Biology, Wuhan University

Research Preceptors: 
Guillermo Ameer, PhD

Project: "Preventing Atherosclerotic Plaque Rupture by mPDC"

Internship: Cook Pharmica

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Buu Van Cheung

Educational Background: Biochemistry, University of Texas- Austin

Research Preceptor: Hiroyuki Ito, PhD

Project: "Characterizing microglial activation mediated neuroinflammation in psychiatric diseases"

Internship: AbbVie

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Raj Desai

Educational Background: Chemical Engineering/ Psychology, Northwestern University

Research Preceptor: George Wells, PhDKimberly Gray, PhD

Project: "Identifying Micropollutants in the Upper Des Plaines River and Determining its Effects on Microbial Community Structure & Function"

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Henrique dos Santos Seckler

Educational Background: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Biology

Research Preceptor: Phillip Compton, PhD

Internship: Thermo Fisher

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Alison DuFour

Educational Background: Biology / Spanish, Benedictine University

Research Preceptor: Gayle Woloschak, PhD

Project: "Sub-cellular evaluation of nanoparticle distribution as a function of surface coating"

Internship: Hospira

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Ronald Ellis

Educational Background: Biology, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Research Preceptor: Vadim Backman, PhD

Project: "Development of Biochemical and Nanoparticle Contrast Protocols for the Non-invasive Detection of the Pre-metastatic Niche"

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Camille Farfan

Educational Background: Biochemistry, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara

Research Preceptor: Gayle Woloschak, PhD


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Taylor Graff

Educational Background: Molecular/ Cellular Biology, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Preceptor: Vadim Backman, PhD

Internship: Nanocytomics

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Hashvardhan Gunashekar

Educational Background: Biotechnology, Manipal Institute of Technology

Research Preceptor: Jindan Yu, PhD

Project: "Studies on Polycomb group proteins and hormonal receptors in cancer"

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Michelle Hasse

Educational Background: Biomolecular Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Research Preceptor: Alan Sahakian, PhD

Internship: Innovative Designs

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Jasmine Hershewe

Educational Background: Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada at Reno

Research Preceptor: Michael Jewett, PhD

Project: "In vitro N-linked protein glycosylation"

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Matthew Hong

Educational Background: Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Research Preceptor: Ravi Allada, PhD

Project: "Control of feeding behavior by circadian clocks in Drosophila"

Internship: Ravi Allada Lab

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Jui-Fu (Tommy) Hsaio

Educational Background: Chemistry, National Taiwan University

Research Preceptor: Evan Scott, PhD

Project: "Synthesis of branched poly(ethylene glycol)-bl-poly(propylene sulfide) block"

Internship: Cook Pharmica

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Mengqi Hu

Educational Background: Plant Protection, Zhejiang University

Research Preceptor: Gayle Woloschak, PhD

Project: "Characteristic of MIBG-nanoparticle on PC12 cell viability"

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Alexis Kendra

Educational Background: Biology, Univ. of North Carolina

Research Preceptor: Vadim Backman, PhD

Project: "Signal Characterization of Novel Imaging System"

Internship: Deloitte

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Xiamo (Alex) Li

Educational Background: Cardiology, Guangxi Medical University

Research Preceptor: David Engman, PhD

Project: "The role of allen peptide in the pathogenesis of Chagas disease"

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Richard McMahon

Educational Background: Cellular/ Molecular Biology, Purdue University

Research Preceptor: William Miller, PhD

Project: "Fabrication & characterization of surfaces and microbioreactors to enhance culture derived platelet production"

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Saad Mohammad

Educational Background: Molecular Environmental Biology, Univ. of California at Berkeley

Research Preceptor: William Klein, PhD

Project: "Determining effects of storage, preparation, and treatment on native structure-toxicity relationships of Amyloid-beta oligomers"

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Joseph O'Brien

Educational Background: Biology, Old Dominion University

Research Preceptor: David Guis, PhD

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Ihsan Pramanda

Educational Background: Microbiology, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Research Preceptor: George Wells, PhD

Project: "Microbial Electrolysis System for Production of H2O2 from Organic Waste"

Internship: South Africa (Sue Harrison)

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Masood Qader

Educational Background: Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Preceptor: David Peritt, PhD

Internship: Hospira

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Kevin Rui

Educational Background: Biology, Ohio State University

Research Preceptor: Marcus Peter, PhD 

Project: "Excision of miRNAs by using CRISPR/Cas9 system"

Internship: South Africa (Jonathan Blackburn)

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Krishna Sidharta

Educational Background: Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin

Research Preceptor: Fang Lai, PhD

Project: "R&D of an eloctrochemical detection method and device for detection of analytes"

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Charulata Venkateswaran

Educational Background: Industrial Biotechnology, A.C. College of Technology

Research Preceptor: Seth Corey, PhD

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Yuka Watanabe

Educational Background: Chemistry, Emory University

Research Preceptor: Hiroyuki Ito, PhD

Project: "Screening for Peptides Generating Interneurons from Neural Stem Cells by Enhancing Neurogenesis"

Internship: Takeda

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Chia-Yun (Dora) Wu

Educational Background: Biological Science & Technology, National Taiwan University

Research Preceptor: James Matthew, PhD

Project: "The Influence of Environmental Heterogeneity on Metabolic Efficiency in co-culture Nitrifying and Denitrifying Biofilm"

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Yidi Wu

Educational Background: Pharmacy, Nankai University

Research Preceptor: Guillermo Ameer, PhD

Project: "Non-invasive imaging system for vascular graft implantation"

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Jessica Yu

Educational Background: Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University

Research Preceptor: Keith Tyo, PhD

Project: "Optimization of directed evolution cycle of yeast receptors for low-cost diagnostics"

Internship: AbbVie

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Mariko Zelin

Educational Background: Biotechnology, University of California Davis

Research Preceptor: Thomas Meade

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Jiyang Zhang

Educational Background: Biological Science, Nankai University

Research Preceptor: Teresa Woodruff, PhD

Project: "Development of a high throughput screening technology for reproductive toxicology and drug screening"

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Weichao Zhang

Educational Background: Molecular/ Cellular Biology, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Preceptor: Ravi Allada, PhD

Project: "Neuroprotective Effects of Sleep on β-Amyloid Induced Loss of Circadian Rhythms in Drosophila"

Internship: Academic Lab (Ravi Allada)

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Xu Zhang

Educational Background: Biology, Nankai University

Research Preceptor: George Wells, PhDKimberly Gray, PhD

Project: "Control of pharmaceuticals, personal care product and endocrine disrupting chemicals in surface waters: Probing the ability of restored riparian and stream habitats to remove trace organic chemicals"

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Bin Zheng

Educational Background: Pharmaceutics, China Pharmaceutical University

Research Preceptor: Jindan Yu, PhD

Project: "The role of TET1 in AR regulated prostate cancer"

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Ge Zhou

Educational Background: Biotechnology, Nanjing Forestry University

Research Preceptor: Chonghui Cheung, PhD

Project: "The regulation of APLP2 Intra Cellular Domain on its target gene"

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Chong (Karen) Zuo

Educational Background: Biological Science, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Research Preceptor: Jonathan Gunn, PhD

Project: "Ureter Detection"