Class of 2011 - 2012/13

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Berke Akgun

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Antithrombitic studies of POC polymer on decellularized aorta graft (J. Wertheim)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (J. Wertheim)
  • Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Fermentation, Calysta - Menlo Park, CA
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Apurva Ambekar

  • BS Biotechnology, Fergusson College - Pune, India
  • MBP Research Project: Blockage of urinary catheters due to biomineralization caused by Proteus Mirabilis (A. Packman)
  • Current Position: Biotechnology Research Associate, Inventprise - Redmond, WA
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Mark Anderson

  • BA Biological Sciences, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Addressing substitute limitations in yeast cell protein synthesis (M. Jewett)
  • Current Position: Associate Scientist, Abbott Laboratories
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Brent Bijonowski

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James Bolling

  • BS Biology & BA Economics, University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (G. Woloschak)
  • Internship: Bayer
  • Current Position: Process Engineer, Precision BioSciences, Inc. - Durham, NC
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Kriti Chopra

  • BS Biotechnology/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
  • MBP Research Project: Isolation, characterization, and expansion of facilitating cells and pluripotent stem cells from cadaver bone marrow (J. Leventhal)
  • Internships: Abbott Laboratories & Stepan
  • Current Position: Owner and Lead Consultant, Quality In Core - New Delhi, India
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Aakriti Goel

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Natasha Gupta

  • BA Psychology, Bard College - Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
  • MBP Research Project: The role of syndecan I in breast cancer metastasis to the brain (J. Koblinski)
  • Internship: Johnson & Johnson
  • Current Position: Senior Associate Scientist, Johnson & Johnson - Malvern, PA
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Patrick Ho

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of California (Los Angeles) - Los Angeles, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Yeast receptor engineering toward a diagnostic MESA for resource-poor settings (J. Leonard & K. Tyo)
  • Current Position: Predoctoral Trainee, NIH-UCLA Biotechnology Training Program - Los Angeles, CA
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Aditi Iyer

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Yoon Jung Joo

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Nitin Kini

  • BE Biotechnology, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology - Bengaluru, Karnataka (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Design and optimization of a microfluidics-based bioreactor for platelet production from a culture of megakaryocytes precursors (W. Miller)
  • Internship: Janssen
  • Current Position: Scientist I, Lonza - Portsmouth, NH
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Jennifer Leonardi (née Greenspan)

  • BS Chemical Engineering , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, New York
  • MBP Research Project: Individual effects of hypercapnia and acidosis on macrophage polarization (J. Leonard)
  • Internship: Air Liquide
  • Current Position: Biopharmaceutical Market Manager, Air Liquide - Norristown, PA
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Xiaoming Liu

  • BA Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Minhang, Shanghai (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Decoration of PA fibers with specific protein through NTA-Ni-His tag (S. Stupp)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
  • Current Position: Associate Scientist, Cook Pharmica - Bloomington, IN
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Gabrielle Lorenzo

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Aaron Love

  • BA Microbiology, Miami University of Ohio - Oxford, OH
  • MBP Research Project: Investigation of antisense gold nanoparticles ability to kill bacterial pathogens (D. Giljohann)
  • Current Position: Research Scientist, Manus Biosynthesis - Cambridge, MA
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Shrutika Mehta

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Yaelim (Angela) Park

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Purbasa Patnaik

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Shreya Rajan

  • BTech Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology - Vellore, Tamil Nadu (India)
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (L. Shea)
  • Internship: Abbott Laboratories
  • Current Position: Senior Analyst, Blueocean Market Intelligence - Bangalore, India
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Yida Ren

  • BS Biotechnology, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
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Christine Ricci

  • BA Biochemistry, Smith College - Northampton, MA
  • MBP Research Project: Gene delivery for localized immunomodulation (L. Shea)
  • Internship: Genzyme
  • Current Position: Associate Scientist I, MedImmune - Gaithersburg, MD
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Roman Semenyuk

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Fundamental design and testing of sirna nanoparticles (D. Giljohann)
  • Internships: AuraSense Therapeutics, LLC & Autonomic Materials, Inc
  • Current Position: Lead, Client Experience Deloitte Greenhouse, Deloitte - San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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Patrick Shanley

  • BS General Engineering, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Bio-inspired tactile sensing design of an artificial whisker and follicale based on the rat whisker system (M. Hartmann)
  • Internship: Advanced Cooling Therapy
  • Current Position: Senior Director of Operations, Attune Medical - Greater Chicago Area, IL
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Haeman Teo

  • BS Biology, Bemidji State University - Bemidji, MN
  • MBP Research Project: Immunogenicity of syngenic and allergic embryonic stem cells in mice (L. Erickson)
  • Internship: Astellas Pharma
  • Current Position: Associate Scientist - Viral Clearance, Merck Life Science - Singapore
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Anne Thiel

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Nuo Xu

  • BS Biotechnology, South China Agricultural University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Engineering snail/slug protein for structure studying (C. Labonne)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (C. Labonne)
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Yuanming Xu

  • BS Biological Science, Harbin Normal University - Harbin, Heilongjiang (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Translating IVFG into a higher throughput system using HT-IVFG to identify pharmaceuticals that have terotoxic effects at low doses (T. Woodruff)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (T. Woodruff)
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania - Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
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Minchang Yi

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • MBP Research Project: Effect of adhesion on megakaryocyte polyploidization and subsequent proplatelet formation (W. Miller)
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Yu Zheng

  • BS Biotechnology, South China University of Technology - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Defining cytokine receptor isoform specificity through gene expression profiling (S. Corey)
  • Internship: NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Current Position: Senior Associate Scientist, GENEWIZ - China