Current Students

The program is limited to approximately 38-42 students per year who progress through the program as a group. This ensures that students receive a high level of instructor attention and also creates the opportunity to form close bonds with their fellow classmates, which often transcend academia and continue into the workplace.

student demographics

Welcome MBP Class of 2017!

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Class of 2017 - 2018/19

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Simi Abraham

  • BS Biology, University of Colorado (Denver) - Denver, CO
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Ibrahim Alqemlas

  • BS Biotechnology, University of Nottingham - Nottingham, United Kingdom
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YeonGee (Esther) Chae

  • BS Biology, Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
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Tanner Cook

  • BS Biochemistry, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
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Daniel Fernandez

  • BS Biology, Boston College - Chestnut Hill, MA
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Xiaozhi (Kevin) Gao

  • BS Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - Terre Haute, IN
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Maya Halthore

  • BS Biology & BA Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, VA
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Ning Han

  • BS Biopharmaceutical Technology, China Pharmaceutical University - NanjingJiangsu (China)
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Giulia Hindermann

  • BS Neuroscience, University of Illinois (Chicago) - Chicago, IL
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Frederick Hsu

  • BS Biochemistry, University of California (Los Angeles) - Los Angeles, CA
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Yaroslav Kaminskiy

  • Certificate in Biotechnology, Columbia University - New York City, NY
  • BS Global Economy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations - Moscow, Russia
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Michelle Koford

  • BS Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
  • MS Health Promotion and Education & Exercise Management, University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH
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Chuanlu (Jason) Liu

  • BS Biotechnology, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
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Jessica Long

  • BS Biology, University of North Carolina (Greensboro) - Greensboro, NC
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Nikhil Maheshwari

  • BS Genetics and Genomics, University of California (Davis) - Davis, CA
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Austin Miller

  • BS Biochemistry and Biophysics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY
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Rohan Mohindroo

  • BS Biomedical Sciences, Dominican University - River Forest, IL
  • BS Finance, Elmhurst College - Elmhurst, IL
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Cameron Niazi

  • BS Biological Sciences, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
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Faith Ogungbe

  • BA Anthropology, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
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Nisar Parekh

  • BS Neurobiology, University of Texas (Austin) - Austin, TX
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Zachary Paul

  • BS Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology - Rolla, MO
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Michael Reed

  • BS Environmental Engineering, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
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Suchitra Sankaranarayan

  • BS Pharmacy, Institute of Chemical Technology - Mumbai, Maharashtra (India)
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Afra Siddiqui

  • BFA Art, University of Illinois (Chicago) - Chicago, IL
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Xiaolei Situ

  • BS Animal Science, China Agricultural University - Haidian, Beijing (China)
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Erik Smoy

  • BA Biology, Knox College - Galesburg, IL
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Susmit Sukthankar

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Rice University - Houston, TX
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Katherine Tan

  • BA Biochemistry, University of Texas (Austin) - Austin, TX
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Yidan Wang

  • BS Biotechnology, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
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Yifan Xu

  • BS Pharmaceutics, East China University of Science and Technology - Xuhui, Shanghai (China)
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Danielle Yoesep

  • BS Neuroscience, University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA
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Dian Zhang

  • BS Biochemistry & BS Nutritional Science, University of Wisconsin (Madison) - Madison, WI

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Class of 2016 - 2017/18

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Christopher Chen

  • BS Bioengineering, University of California (San Diego) - San Diego, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Role of Jak2 in development of leukemia in Fanconi C-deficient mice (E. Eklund)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (E. Eklund)
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Tzu-Hung (Tammy) Chen

  • BS Biochemical Science and Technology, National Taiwan University - Da’an District, Taipei City (Taiwan)
  • MBP Research Project: Theranostic applications of magnetic nanoconstructs against lymphoma (V. Dravid)
  • Internship: Boehringer Ingelheim
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Zach Cowden

  • BS Integrative Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Optimizing a bacterial protein secretion system for on-demand protein production in extreme environments (D. Tullman-Ercek)
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Damien Doser

  • BS Chemistry, University of Georgia - Athens, GA
  • MBP Research Project: Optimization of microfluidic bioreactor for platelet production (W. Miller)
  • Internship: LanzaTech
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Aaron Einhorn

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Hydrogel Magnetic Nanocomposite for Tissue Engineering (V. Dravid)
  • Internship: Exicure
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Yijun (Amy) Fan

  • BS Bioengineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Minhang, Shanghai (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Emerging Functions of SIRT2 in Nucleolus (A. Vasilopoulos)
  • Internship: Celgene
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Megan Halkett

  • BS Chemistry, Elon University - Elon, NC
  • MBP Research Project: Characterizing and phenotyping HIV/SIV susceptible immune cell populations at mucosal surfaces (T. Hope)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (T. Hope)
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Winode Handagama

  • BS Biochemistry, Maryville College - Maryville, TN
  • MBP Research Project: Validation of Raman Spectroscopy for the characterization of candidate biosimilar molecules (E. Zartler, Pfizer)
  • Internship: MedImmune
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Jake Hoffman

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, Colorado College - Colorado Springs, CO
  • MBP Research Project: CRISPR/Cas9 optimization (A. Yemelyanov)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
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Amanda King

  • BS Life Sciences, United States Military Academy - West Point, NY
  • MBP Research Project: SOP development for NanoCytomics, Lung Tests (H. Subramanian, NanoCytomics)
  • Internship: NanoCytomics
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Rimgaile Lukosiunaite

  • BS Biology & BS Exercise Science, Loyola University - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Project: SOP development for NanoCytomics, Prostate and Colon Tests (H. Subramanian, NanoCytomics)
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Paul Marks

  • BS Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Synthesis, Purification and Characterization of Oligonucleotides for Spherical Nucleic Acid (SNA) Therapeutic Applications (S. Nallagatla, Exicure)
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Jon Mauro

  • BS Biochemistry, Boston College - Chestnut Hill, MA
  • MBP Research Project: Evaluation of mRNA Knockdown by Antisense Spherical Nucleic Acids (B. Anderson, Exicure)
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Mary Miller

  • BS Biology, Saint Louis University - St. Louis, MO
  • MBP Research Project: Exercise-Induced Chromatin Remodeling (V. Backman)
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Mike Orman

  • BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA
  • MBP Research Project: Optimization of High Throughput Cardiomyocyte Differentiation (P. Burridge)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
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Shobhit Patoria

  • BS Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology - Vellore, Tamil Nadu (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Identifying optimal process conditions for induction of SPI-1 type III secretion in a bioreactor (D. Tullman-Ercek)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
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Siddhant Prabhu

  • BS Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology - Mumbai, Maharashtra (India)
  • MBP Research Project: 1,2-Addition reactions using MenD (K. Tyo)
  • Internship: Deloitte
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Natalie Quan

  • BS Biology, Duke University - Durham, NC
  • MBP Research Project: Mouse strain sensitivity differences in the ovary in response to localized iatrogenic radiation (F. Duncan)
  • Internship: Amicus Therapeutics
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Harshith Subramanian

  • BS Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology (Calicut) - Kozhikode, Kerala (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Aromatic Substrate utilization in Acinetobacter ADP1 (K. Tyo)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
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Peirun (Lemon) Tian

  • BS Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University - Haidian, Beijing (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Identification of the binding region of KiF5B with vimintin filament (V. Gelfand)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (V. Gelfand)
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Asha Varghese

  • BS Genetic Engineering, SRM University - Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India)
  • MBP Research Project: In Vitro modelling of Spermatogenesis by novel Cell Culture Techniques (C. Payne)
  • Internship: Exicure
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Lan (Amber) Wang

  • BS Biological Sciences, Jinan University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Sequence analysis of Salmonella SPI1 type III secretion system (D. Tullman-Ercek)
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Qi (Maria) Wang

  • BS Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University - Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
  • MBP Research Project: Combining computational and experimental approaches to engineer bacterial compartments for metabolic pathway perfomarmance (D. Tullman-Ercek)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (D. Tullman-Ercek)
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Yu Wang

  • BS Biotechnology, Jiangnan University - Wuxi, Jiangsu (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Understanding the role of chromosome mis-segregation and its consequences for cancer initiation and progression (D. Varma)
  • Internship: Amicus Therapeutics
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William (Dubby) Wiseman

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Clemson University - Clemson, SC
  • MBP Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of functional protein-based materials (M. Jewett)
  • Internship: Genentech
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Zi (Flora) Yang

  • BS Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University - Haidian, Beijing (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Identification of novel HSF-1 co-factors (M. Mendillo)
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Jiayue (Marina) Yang

  • BS Biotechnology, Beijing University of Agriculture - Changping District, Beijing (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Genome-wide Analysis of PRC2 Recruitment Through GATA1 in Normal Erythropoiesis and Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (J. Crispino)
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Yiyi Yao

  • BS Agriculture, University of Wisconsin (Madison) - Madison, WI
  • MBP Research Project: Investigating the function of kinetochore-microtubule attachment and its regulation in cancer biogenesis (D. Varma)
  • Internship: Amicus Therapeutics
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Jessica Yeh

  • BS Marine Biotechnology and Resources, National Sun Yat-Sen University - Gushan District, Kaohsiung City (Taiwan)
  • MBP Research Project: Synthesis, charaterization, and testing of liposomal Shperical Nucleic Acids (SNAs) (R. Kang)
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Dongqi Yi

  • BS Pharmacy, Nankai University - Nankai, Tianjin (China)
  • MBP Research Project: New synthesis of KT-II-115 and study of properites (R. Silverman)
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Didi Zha

  • BS Crop Science, Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
  • MBP Research Project: Nanoparticles Targeting Isogenic Cell Lines (G. Woloschak)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
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Lei Zhou

  • BS Ecology, China Agricultural University - Haidian, Beijing (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Coupled Aerobic-anoxic Nitrous Decomposition Operation (G. Wells)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
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Ruiying (Mary) Zhou

  • BS Chemistry, University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
  • MBP Research Project: Synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications (V. Dravid)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (C. Mirkin)
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Yiwen (Kate) Zhu

  • BS Biochemistry, University of California (Los Angeles) - Los Angeles, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Evaluation of transcriptome analysis (M. Schipma)
  • Internship: Amicus Therapeutics