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The program is limited to approximately 30-40 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

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Class of 2019- 2020/21

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Bisma Ajaz

  • BS Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Certificate in Quality Assurance and Control), University of California - San Diego, California
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Arnau Argemi

  • BS Biological Sciences, University of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
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Hunter Brown

  • BA Biology, Carleton College - Northfield, Minnesota
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Federico Cammarata

  • BS Management and Technology (Specialization in Technology Chemistry), Technical University of Munich- München, Germany 
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Jonathan Chen

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley, California
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Leo Chen

  • BS Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University - Taipei, Taiwan
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Maxine Faass

  • BS Chemistry, Emory University - Atlanta, Georgia
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Nupur Goswami

  • B.Tech Biotechnology, Amity Institute of Biotechnology - Raipur, India
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Nana Ingram

  • BS Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, Illinois
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Alexander Jackson

  • BS Biochemistry, University of Denver - Denver, Colorado
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Ishi Jain

  • B.Tech Chemical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology - Jaipur, India
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Clarens Jarbath

  • MS Public Health (Epidemiology Concentration), Florida State University - Tallahassee, Florida
  • BS Biology, Florida State University - Tallahassee, Florida
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Seok Won Jee

  • BS Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin
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Khak Khak Khayi

  • BA Biochemistry, University of Washington - Seattle, Washington
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Amy Lee

  • BA Genetics, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Victor Li

  • BS Pharmacy, Xinhua College of Sun Yat-sen University - Guangzhou, China
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Lena Licht

  • BS Biochemistry, University of California - Los Angeles, California
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Siran Liu

  • BM Basic Medical Science, Capital Medical University - Fengtai, China
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Anna Lu

  • BS Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto - Ontario, Canada
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Lila Lu

  • BS Viticulture and Enology, University of California - Davis, California
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Haocong Ma

  • BEng Bioengineering, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
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Prerana Mantri

  • BS Biomedical Science, Florida Institute of Technology - Melbourne, Florida
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Manaswini Mattegunta

  • BS Biotechnology, University of Houston - Houston, Texas
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Kyssia Mendoza

  • BS Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, Massachusetts
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Shruti Narayan

  • B. Tech Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology - Vellore, India
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Bhavin Patel

  • MS Biology (Specialization in Regenerative Medicince), California Polytechnic State University  - San Luis Obispo, California
  • BS Neuroscience, University of California - Santa Cruz, California
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Stephanie Shee

  • BS Biological Sciences, University of Illinois - Chicago, Illinois
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Jonathan Timbrell

  • BSc Honors Specialization in Genetics, University of Western Ontario - Ontario, Canada
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Jessi Toumeh

  • BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas - Arlington, Texas
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Nish Trivedi

  • Double BA Biological Sciences, Northwestern University - Evanston, Illinois
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Yuwei Yang

  • BS Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California - San Diego, California
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Mengting Ye

  • BS Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California - San Diego, California
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Zihao Yu

  • BS Biology, Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio
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Chenlin Zhao

  • BEng Biological Engineering, Ocean University of China - Qingdao, China
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Alison Zhou

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Illinois
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Sherry Zhou

  • BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University - Guangzhou, China

Class of 2018-2019/20

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Giancarlo Balangue

  • BS Life Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University - Manila, Philippines
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. David Giljohann
  • MBP Research Project: Investigation of bispecific spherical nucleic acids for treatment of inflammatory skin pathologies
  • Internship: Exicure
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Wenhao Cao

  • BS Biochemical Engineering, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) - Leuven, Belgium
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Ravi Allada
  • MBP Research Project: Screening and characterization of novel modulators of mHtt-induced behavioral arhythmicity
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Mary Cassidy

  • BS Engineering Mechanics (Biomechanics), University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Nathan Gianneschi
  • MBP Research Project: Enzyme responsive progelator biomaterials as therapeutic scaffolds for negative left ventricle remodeling post myocardial infarction
  • Academic Internship: Dr. Nathan Gianneschi's lab
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Laura Cook

  • Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Danielle Tullman-Ercek
  • MBP Research Project: Development of a safe compartment-forming strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium LT2
  • Internship: Eli Lilly
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John Docter

  • BS Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. George Wells
  • MBP Research Project: Mainstream shortcut biological phosphorous and nitrogen removal
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Tim Earl

  • BS Biological (Biomedical) Sciences, Arizona State University - Phoenix, AZ
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Ravi Allada
  • MBP Research Project: Sleep and circadian rhythms in fragile X mutant Drosophila
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Connor Forsyth

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Chad Mirkin
  • MBP Research Project: Intracellular trafficking of structurally distinct immunostimulatory spherical nucleic acids
  • Academic Internship: Dr. Chad Mirkin's lab
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Pan Gao

  • BS Biological Science, University of California - Irvine, CA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Jelena Radulovic
  • MBP Research Project: Tracing of glutamatergic afferents and efferents of dorsal hippocampus and retrosplenial cortex
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Yue Gao

  • BS Food Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College - Zhuhai, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Ramana Davuluri
  • MBP Research Project: Bioinformatics methods for analysis of RNA-seq (transcriptome) data
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Weijian Huang

  • BS Biological Engineering, Hunan Agricultural University - Changsha, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. William Klein
  • MBP Research Project: The investigation on the promising membrane surface protein receptor Na/K ATPase alpha 3 that triggers a "signaling cascade" with its ligand --- ABO
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Yu-Hsin (Anita) Huang

  • BS Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Erik Andersen
  • MBP Research Project: Molecular genetic characterization of beta-tubulin function in benzimidazole drug resistance
  • Internship: UCB
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Hannah Klaeser

  • BA Biology, Whitman College - Walla Walla, WA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. David Giljohann, Exicure
  • MBP Research Project: Investigating the effect that stepwise changes in the oligonucleotide chemistry and sequence have on the efficacy of RNase H mediated SNA compounds
  • Internship: Exicure
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Aderonke Koya

  • BA Anatomy, Babcock University - Ilishan Remo, Nigeria
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Evan Scott
  • MBP Research Project: Role of polypropylene sulphide (PPS) nanoparticles as redox scavengers
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Yuyao Kuang

  • BS Engineering, Bioengineering, East China University of Science and Technology - Shanghai, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Vinayak Dravid
  • MBP Research Project: Synthesis and functionalization of "theranostic" magnetic nanostructures for MRI contrast enhancement
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Keyin Li

  • BS Biological Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University - Guangzhou, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Ravi Allada
  • MBP Research Project: RNAi screening for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Drosophila
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Zongru Li

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester - Rochester, NY
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Evan Scott
  • MBP Research Project: Design and synthesis of new types of nano-vehicles for MRI imaging
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Ryan Mayers

  • BA Biology, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis
  • MBP Research Project: ALS-related NEK1 loss of function disrupts nucleocytoplasmic transport via the microtubule cytoskeleton
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Hannah McDowell

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Anat Tambur
  • MBP Research Project: Studying the immunogenicity of HLA-DQ in solid organ transplantation
  • Internship: Merck
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Kamron Mehrayin

  • MS Business, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
  • BS Chemistry, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Arthur Felse
  • MBP Research Project: Patient safety and economic implications of underrepresentation in clinical trials
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Chinmay Menon

  • BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Economics, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
  • BA Economics, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Vinayak Dravid
  • MBP Research Project: Magnetic nanostructures for therapeutic and diagnostic action
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Krista Meuli

  • BA Neuroscience, Lake Forest College - Lake Forest, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. David Giljohann
  • MBP Research Project: Oligonucleotide synthesis time optimization
  • Internship: Exicure
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William Minor

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. William Klein
  • MBP Research Project: Elucidating the AβO- NKAα3 initiation complex: a path to new Alzheimer’s Disease therapeutics
  • Internship: Amicus Therapeutics
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Luke O'Donnell

  • BS Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics), Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Arthur Felse
  • MBP Research Project: Quantifying chaos in cancer clinical trials
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Yuting Pan

  • BS Medicine, Capital Medical University - Beijing, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Changiz Geula
  • MBP Research Project: Detection of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 3 (MAP2K3) immunoreactivity in the human cerebral cortex
  • Internship: Catalent
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Nathaniel Polley

  • BS Bioinformatics, computer science, and biology, Loyola University - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Keith Tyo
  • MBP Research Project: Development of metabolic ensemble modeling software for enzymatic pathway kinetics
  • Internship: Exicure
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Sanjana Prakash Rao

  • BS Engineering (Biotechnology), NMAM Institute of Technology - Nitte, India
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Danielle Tullman-Ercek
  • MBP Research Project: Creating a safe strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to be used for type III secretion studies
  • Internship: UCB
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Ruojia Shi

  • BS Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Richard Silverman
  • MBP Research Project: Inhibitors of nNOS design for neurodegenerative disorder
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Taeyil Son

  • BS Biology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Jason Wertheim 
  • MBP Research Project: Differentiation and characterization of specific endothelial cell types from human pluripotent stem cell
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Nanjia Song

  • BS Life Science, Central South University - Changsha, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Ravi Allada
  • MBP Research Project: Identification of novel circadian genes using a luciferase enhancer trap screen
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Yanfang Song

  • BS Medical Inspection Technology, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine - Wuhan City, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Derk Joester
  • MBP Research Project: VEGF secreting PMC
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Michael Stec

  • BS Biology, Loyola University - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Arthur Felse
  • MBP Research Project: The utilization of inspection citations as an indicator of recall events
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Yueyang Wang

  • BS Biology, Wake Forest University - Wake Forest, NC
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. David Giljohann
  • MBP Research Project: Efficacy of antisense SNAs in STAT3 splicing modulation
  • Internship: Exicure
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Meng Wang

  • BS Biotechnology, Anhui University - Hefei, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Congeong He
  • MBP Research Project: Discovery of receptor proteins for the autophagic clearance of toxic amyloids
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Sara Wixon

  • BS Microbiology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Keith Tyo
  • MBP Research Project: Prospecting thiamine diphosphate-dependent carboligases and characterizing their promiscuity to create novel metabolic pathways from primary metabolites
  • Internship: LanzaTech
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Yongzhan Zhang

  • BS Aquaculture Science, Hunan Agricultural University - Changsha, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Lihua Zou
  • MBP Research Project: Distinct genomic features in mucosal, acral and vulvar melanomas
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Zhongyao Zhang

  • BS Biological Sciences, Xiamen University - Xiamen, China
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Pablo Penaloza
  • MBP Research Project: Characterization of novel lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus vectors expressing HIV-1 antigens
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Yibo Zhu

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of California - Davis, CA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Samuel Stupp
  • MBP Research Project: Protein kinetics in nanofiber matrices of peptide amphiphiles