Class of 2014 - 2015/16

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Andrew Andis

  • BS Biological Engineering & BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
  • MBP Research Project: Expression, purification and analysis of synthetic (recombinant) antibodies (M. Jewett & K. Tyo)
  • Internship: Fresenius Kabi
  • Current Position: Project Manager, Singota Solutions - Bloomington, Indiana Area
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Shiyu Chen

  • BS Biology, Wuhan University - Wuhan, Hubei (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Preventing atherosclerotic plaque rupture by mPDC (G. Ameer)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
  • Current Position: Associate Scientist II, Admera Health - South Plainfield, NJ
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Buu Van Cheung

  • BS Biochemistry, University of Texas (Austin) - Austin, TX
  • MBP Research Project: Characterizing microglial activation mediated neuroinflammation in psychiatric diseases (H. Ito)
  • Internship: AbbVie & Astellas Pharma
  • Current Position: Scientist I, AbbVie - Worcester, MA
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Raj Desai

  • BS Chemical Engineering & BS Psychology, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Identifying micropollutants in the upper Des Plaines River and determining its effects on microbial community structure & function (G. Wells & K. Gray)
  • Current Position: Associate Scientist, Catalent - Bloomington, Indiana Area
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Henrique dos Santos Seckler

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Alison DuFour

  • BS Biology & BA Spanish, Benedictine University - Lisle, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Sub-cellular evaluation of nanoparticle distribution as a function of surface coating (G. Woloschak)
  • Internship: Hospira
  • Current Position: Senior Account Executive, Prescott Medical Communications Group - Chicago, IL
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Ronald Ellis

  • BS Biology, Atlanta Metropolitan State College - Atlanta, GA
  • MBP Research Project: Development of biochemical and nanoparticle contrast protocols for the non-invasive detection of the pre-metastatic niche (V. Backman)
  • Current Position: Senior Consultant, Life Sciences, West Monroe Partners - Chicago, IL
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Camille Farfan

  • BS Biochemistry, University of California (Santa Barbara) - Santa Barbara, CA
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (G. Woloschak)
  • Current Position: PhD Candidate, Chemistry, New York University - New York City, NY
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John Goering

  • BS Chemistry, Bethel College - Mishawaka, IN
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Harshvardhan Gunashekar

  • BS Biotechnology, Manipal Institute of Technology - Manipal, Karnataka (India)
  • MBP Research Project: Studies on Polycomb group proteins and hormonal receptors in cancer (J. Yu)
  • Current Position: Consultant, PharmaACE - Pune Area, India
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Michelle Hasse

  • BS Biomolecular Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering - Milwaukee, WI
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (A. Sahakian)
  • Internship: Innoblative Designs
  • Current Position: Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, Surgical Innovation Associates
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Jasmine Hershewe

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada (Reno) - Reno, NV
  • MBP Research Project: In vitro N-linked protein glycosylation (M. Jewett)
  • Current Position: PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
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Matthew Hong

  • BS Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - Terre Haute, IN
  • MBP Research Project: Control of feeding behavior by circadian clocks in Drosophila (R. Allada)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (R. Allada)
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Jui-Fu (Tommy) Hsiao

  • BS Chemistry & MS Chemistry, National Taiwan University - Da’an District, Taipei City (Taiwan)
  • MBP Research Project:  Synthesis of branched poly(ethylene glycol)-bl-poly(propylene sulfide) block (E. Scott)
  • Internship: Cook Pharmica
  • Current Position: Business Development Specialist, Caliway Biopharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. - New Taipei City, Taiwan
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Mengqi Hu

  • BS Plant Protection, Zhejiang University - Hangzhou, Zhejiang (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Characteristic of MIBG-nanoparticle on PC12 cell viability (G. Woloschak)
  • Current Position: Research Associate, NantOmics - Rockville, MD
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Taylor Jones (neé Graff)

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (V. Backman)
  • Internship: Nanocytomics
  • Current Position: Program Manager, Fisher Clinical Services - Greater Chicago Area
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Alexis Kendra

  • BS Biology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) - Chapel Hill, NC
  • MBP Research Project: Signal characterization of novel imaging system (V. Backman)
  • Internship: Deloitte
  • Current Position: Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte - San Francisco, CA
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Xiaomo (Alex) Li

  • BS Cardiology, Guangxi Medical University - Nanning, Guangxi (China)
  • MBP Research Project: The role of allen peptide in the pathogenesis of Chagas disease (D. Engman)
  • Current Position: Research Associate, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA
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Richard McMahon

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
  • MBP Research Project: Fabrication & characterization of surfaces and microbioreactors to enhance culture derived platelet production (W. Miller)
  • Internship: Fresenius Kabi
  • Current Position: Scientist, I&D, Fresenius Kabi - Skokie, IL
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Saad Mohammad

  • BS Molecular and Environmental Biology, University of California (Berkeley) - Berkeley, CA
  • MBP Research Project: Determining effects of storage, preparation, and treatment on native structure-toxicity relationships of Amyloid-beta oligomers (W. Klein)
  • Current Position: PhD Candidate, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California (Irvine) - Irvine, CA
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Joseph O'Brien

  • BS Biology, Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (D. Guis)
  • Current Position: Researcher PhD Student, Northwestern University - Chicago, IL
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Ihsan Pramanda

  • BS Microbiology, Bandung Institute of Technology - Jawa Barat, Indonesia
  • MBP Research Project: Microbial electrolysis system for production of H2O2 from organic waste (G. Wells)
  • Internship: University of Cape Town 
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Masood Qader

  • BS Bioengineering, University of Illinois (Chicago) - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (D. Peritt)
  • Internship: Hospira & Pfizer
  • Current Position: Strategy, Insights & Planning Associate, ZS Associates - Evanston, IL
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Xiang (Kevin) Rui

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Krishna Sidharta

  • BS Biochemistry, University of Texas (Austin) - Austin, TX
  • MBP Research Project: R&D of an electrochemical detection method and device for detection of analytes (F. Lai, Ohmx Corporation)
  • Internship: Eli Lilly and Company
  • Current Position: Business Manager, Oncology Disease Area Operations, Clinical Operations, Genentech - San Francisco, CA
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Charulata Venkateswaran

  • BTech Industrial Biotechnology, Alagappa College of Technology - Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India)
  • MBP Research Project: TBA (S. Corey)
  • Current Position: Consultant, BluePrint Research Group - Chicago, IL
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Yuka Watanabe

  • BS Chemistry, Emory University - Atlanta, GA
  • MBP Research Project: Screening for peptides generating interneurons from neural stem cells by enhancing neurogenesis (H. Ito)
  • Internship: Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Current Position: Consultant, Deloitte - New York City, NY
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Chia-Yun (Dora) Wu

  • BS Biological Science and Technology, National Taiwan University - Da’an District, Taipei City (Taiwan)
  • MBP Research Project: The influence of environmental heterogeneity on metabolic efficiency in co-culture nitrifying and denitrifying biofilm (J. Matthew)
  • Internships: Eli Lilly and Company & Fresenius Kabi
  • CurrentPosition: Associate Scientist, Altor Bioscience - Miramar, FL
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Yidi Wu

  • BS Pharmacy, Nankai University - Nankai, Tianjin (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Non-invasive imaging system for vascular graft implantation (G. Ameer)
  • Internship: NantOmics
  • Current Position: PhD Candidate, Wake Forest University - Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC
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Jessica Yu

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Optimization of directed evolution cycle of yeast receptors for low-cost diagnostics (K. Tyo)
  • Internship: AbbVie
  • Current Position: PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
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Mariko Zelin

  • BS Biotechnology, University of California (Davis) Davis, CA
  • MBP Research Advisor: T. Meade
  • Current Position: Biomarker Operations Project Manager, Genentech - San Francisco, CA
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Jiyang Zhang

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Weichao Zhang

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Project: Neuroprotective effects of sleep on β-amyloid induced loss of circadian rhythms in Drosophila (R. Allada)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (R. Allada)
  • Current Position: Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts - Ann Arbor, MI
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Xu Zhang

  • BS Biology, Nankai University - Nankai, Tianjin (China)
  • MBP Research 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 (G. Wells & K. Gray)
  • CurrentPosition:  Genomics Application Scientist, BGI Americas Corporation
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Bin Zheng

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Ge Zhou

  • BS Biotechnology, Nanjing Forestry University - Nanjing, Jiangsu (China)
  • MBP Research Project: The regulation of APLP2 Intra Cellular Domain on its target gene (C. Cheung)
  • Internship: Northwestern University (C. Cheung)
  • Current Position: Clinical Technologist II, Admera Health - Greater New York City Area
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Chong (Karen) Zuo

  • BS Biological Sciences, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - Wuhan, Hubei (China)
  • MBP Research Project: Ureter detection (J. Gunn, BriteSeed)
  • Internship: BriteSeed & ChinaBio Group
  • Current Position: Business Development Director, LaserFleet - Beijing City, China