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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.

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Welcome MBP Class of 2016!

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Jake Hoffman

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, Colorado College - Colorado Springs, CO
  • MBP Research Project: CRISPR/Cas9 optimization (A. Yemelyanov)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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: The Roles of Cohesin Mutaions in Myeloid Malignancies (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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)

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Class of 2015 - 2016/17

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Faiza Ali

  • BS Biology, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
  • MBP Research Project: Determination of Potential Interferences in the High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin I Test (F. LaiOhmx Corporation)
  • Internship: Fresenius Kabi
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Lachelle Brooks

  • BS Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
  • MBP Research Project: Deployment and operation of the activated sludge, biological phosphorus removal (HARS-P) system: A step towards energy neutrality for wastewater treatment facilities (G. Wells)
  • Internship: University of Cape Town
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Yue (Julia) Du

  • BS Biotechnology, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Cell-based bioassay development to determine the mechanism of action of RITUXIMAB (J. TerWee, Hospira)
  • Internship: Pfizer
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Connor Feeney

  • BS Bioengineering, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Technology development of Briteseed laparoscopic surgical smart devices (J. Gunn, Briteseed)
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Marcus Franklin

  • MBA, University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • BA Biology & BA Economics, Lake Forest College - Lake Forest, IL
  • Research Preceptor: K. Gray
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Anuja Ganesan

  • BTech Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University - Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Optimizing video tracking of Drosophila behavior in 96-well plate (R. Allada)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
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Alex Gedye

  • BS Microbiology, University of Wisconsin (Madison) - Madison, WI
  • MBP Research Project: Design and Synthesis of Bacterial Nitric Oxide Synthase Inhibitors (R. Silverman)
  • Internship: Fresenius Kabi
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Nicolette (Nickie) Gregor

  • BS Neuroscience & BS Life Sciences Informatics, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • MBP Research Project: Effects of infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa after TBI in a mouse model (S. Schwulst)
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Jeanne LaVergne

  • BA Biological Sciences, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
  • MBP Research Project: Control of Micropollutants: Evaluating the influence of restored stream and riparian habitats on trace organic chemical contaminants’ persistence (K. Gray)
  • Internship: University of Cape Town
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Yu-Chen (Theodore) Lee

  • BS Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology, Taipei Medical University - Xinyi District, Taipei City (Taiwan)
  • MBP Research Project: K-Ras acetylation effects on cellular response to selected chemical inhibitors (A. Vassilopoulos)
  • Internship: Fresenius Kabi
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Chun-Ying (Catheryne) Lin

  • BS Public Health, Taipei Medical University - Xinyi District, Taipei City (Taiwan)
  • MBP Research Project: Racial disparities in health, healthcare accessibility and utilization (L. Liu)
  • Internship: Qral Group
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Mingjun Liu

  • BE Bioengineering, Chongqing University - Shapingba, Chongqing (China)
  • MBP Research Project: The Effect of Chemotherapeutic Chemical Doxorubicin on Uterine Function (T. Woodruff)
  • Internship: University of North Carolina
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Sana Ma

  • BS Chemical Engineering & BM Piano Performance, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Dimerization Inhibitors of nNOS (R. Silverman)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
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Sejal Mistry

  • BS Human Biology, University of California (Merced) - Merced, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Screening of oligonucleotide sequences for greater TLR9 response in SNA format (D. Giljohann)
  • Internship: Exicure
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Kenan Moss

  • BS Biological Engineering, Utah State University - Logan, UT
  • MBP ResearchProject: The Effect of Nanoparticle Conjugation on Transferrin Uptake in Cancer Cells (G. Woloschak)
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Justin Newton

  • BS Biology, Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA
  • MBP Research Project: Understanding the utilization of lignin compounds as carbon substrates in Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1 (K. Tyo)
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Brian Ouyang

  • BS Chemistry, University of California (San Diego) - San Diego, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Nanomaterial Biodistribution and Uptake by Immune Cells in Mice (E. Scott)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
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Rhitwika Sensharma

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, VA
  • MBP Research Project: Estradiol-Regulated Protein Expression in the Human Ectocervical Epithelium (T. Woodruff)
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Sneha Shankar

  • BE Biotechnology, BMS College of Engineering - Bengaluru, Karnataka (India)
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (H. Jamil, Fresenius Kabi)
  • Internship: Fresenius Kabi
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Nadim Shereef

  • MT Biochemical Engineering & BTech Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Scale up of cardiomyocyte differentiation in bioreactor using chemically defined CDM3 media (P. Burridge)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
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Saudamini Shevade

  • MS Biology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - Mumbai, Maharashtra (India)
  • BS Life Sciences & BS Biochemistry, St. Xavier's College - Mumbai, Maharashtra (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Scale up of cardiomyocyte differentiation in bioreactor using chemically defined CDM3 media (F. Lai, Ohmx Corporation)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
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Xuehan Shi

  • BS Biology, Shandong University - Jinan, Shandong (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Creation of unique reagents for determination of mechanism of action of biosimilar drugs using biological and immunological methods (J. TerWee, Hospira)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
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Megan Spies

  • BS Biochemistry & BS Cellular Biology, University of California (San Diego) - San Diego, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Validation of miR-K10 Targets (E. Gottwein)
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Jake Vitrofsky

  • BS Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) - Amherst, MA
  • MBP Research Project: New Wave Alzheimer’s theranostics (W. Klein)
  • Internship: Sysmex
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He (Justin) Wang

  • BS Biochemistry, University of British Columbia - Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • MBP Research Project: Development of cell-free protein synthesis system for Streptomyces lividans (M. Jewett)
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Kenneth Wang

  • BA Chemistry & BA Biology, New College of Florida - Sarasota, FL
  • MBP Research Project: Functional partners of JMJD3, a histone demethylase involved in T-ALL progression (P. Ntziachristos)
  • Internship: University of Cape Town
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Chao Wei

  • BS Biology, Baylor University - Waco, TX
  • BS Biological Sciences, Sichuan University - Chengdu, Sichuan (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Higher order temperature neurons in drosophila (W. Klein)
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Stephanie Wiegel

  • BS Biology, Black Hills State University - Spearfish, SD
  • MBP Research Project: Microfluidic Particle Sorting For Liquid Based Cytology Sample Preparation (H. Subramanian)
  • Internship: Nanocytomics
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Yaqi Wu

  • BS Pharmacy, Nankai University - Nankai, Tianjin (China)
  • MBP Research Project: The role of HSF2 in human malignancies (M. Mendillo)
  • Internships: Cook Pharmica
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Bettina Wunderlich

  • BAS Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
  • MBP Research Project: Combined phototoxicity of n-Ag and n-TiO2 (K. Gray)
  • Internships: Deloitte & University of Cape Town
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Yaqi Zhang

  • BS Pharmacy, Peking University - Haidian, Beijing (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Development of mouse models to investigate protein degradation, muscle cell autophagy and muscle regeneration (T. Woodruff)
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Xiaotian Zhao

  • BS Biotechnology, Tongji University - Yangpu, Shanghai (China)
  • MBP Research Poject: The role of HSF2 in human malignancies (G. Wells)
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Xiang Zhou

  • BE Polymeric Material and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Systemic study of transition of the cellular nanoarchitecture in live cells during fixation process using partial wave spectroscopy (V. Backman)