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Current Students

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 2018-2019/20

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Giancarlo Balangue

  • BS Life Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University - Manila, Philippines
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Wenhao Cao

  • BS Biochemical Engineering, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) - Leuven, Belgium
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Mary Cassidy

  • BS Engineering Mechanics (Biomechanics), University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
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Laura Cook

  • BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Akron - Akron, OH
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John Docter

  • BS Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
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Tim Earl

  • BS Biological (Biomedical) Sciences, Arizona State University - Phoenix, AZ
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Connor Forsyth

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
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Pan Gao

  • BS Biological Science, University of California - Irvine, CA
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Yue Gao

  • BS Food Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College - Zhuhai, China
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Weijian Huang

  • BS Biological Engineering, Hunan Agricultural University - Changsha, China
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Yu-Hsin (Anita) Huang

  • BS Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
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Hannah Klaeser

  • BS Biology, Whitman College - Walla Walla, WA
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Aderonke Koya

  • BA Anatomy, Babcock University - Ilishan Remo, Nigeria
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Yuyao Kuang

  • BS Bioengineering, East China University of Science and Technology - Shanghai, China
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Keyin Li

  • BS Biological Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University - Guangzhou, China
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Zongru Li

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester - Rochester, NY
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Iria Manas Miramontes

  • BS Biology, University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh, UK
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Ryan Mayers

  • BA Biology, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
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Hannah McDowell

  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
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Kamron Mehrayin

  • MS Business, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
  • BS Chemistry, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, IL
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Chinmay Menon

  • BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
  • BA Economics, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
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Krista Meuli

  • BA Neuroscience, Lake Forest College - Lake Forest, IL
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William Minor

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
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Luke O'Donnell

  • BS Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics), Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
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Yuting Pan

  • BS Medicine, Capital Medical University - Beijing, China
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Nathaniel Polley

  • BS Bioinformatics, Loyola University - Chicago, IL
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Sanjana Prakash Rao

  • BS Engineering, NMAM Institute of Technology - Nitte, India
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Ruojia Shi

  • BS Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
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Taeyil Son

  • BS Biology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
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Nanjia Song

  • BS Life Science, Central South University - Changsha, China
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Yanfang Song

  • BS Medical Inspection Technology, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine - Wuhan City, China
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Michael Stec

  • BS Biology, Loyola University - Chicago, IL
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Yueyang Wang

  • BS Biology, Wake Forest University - Wake Forest, NC
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Meng Wang

  • BS Biotechnology, Anhui University - Hefei, China
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Sara Wixon

  • BS Microbiology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
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Yongzhan Zhang

  • BS Aquaculture Science, Hunan Agricultural University - Changsha, China
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Zhongyao Zhang

  • BS Biology, Xiamen University - Xiamen, China
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Yibo Zhu

  • BS Chemical Engineering, University of California - Davis, CA

Class of 2017 - 2018/19

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Simi Abraham

  • BS Biology, University of Colorado (Denver) - Denver, CO
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Kimberley Gray
  • MBP Research Project: Effects of silver and titanium dioxide nanoparticles on environmental microorganisms and the transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes 
  • Internship: Harmann's Northwestern laboratory
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Ibrahim Alqemlas

  • BS Biotechnology, University of Nottingham - Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Arthur Felse
  • MBP Research Project: Characterizing biological and drug recalls
  • Internship: American Biooptics
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YeonGee (Esther) Chae

  • BS Biology, Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. J. TerWee, Pfizer
  • MBP Research Project: Developing reporter gene bioassay for Pfizer’s biomolecule
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Tanner Cook

  • BS Biochemistry, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Danielle Tullman-Ercek
  • MBP Research Project: Determining the effect of needle length of the Type III secretion system on secretion titers in Salmonella
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Daniel Fernandez

  • BS Biology, Boston College - Chestnut Hill, MA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Joshua Leonard
  • MBP Research Project: Engineered extracellular vesicles as novel therapeutics
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Xiaozhi (Kevin) Gao

  • BS Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - Terre Haute, IN
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Paul Burridge
  • MBP Research Project: Optimization of cardiomyocyte differentiation and proliferation
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Maya Halthore

  • BS Biology & BA Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, VA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. David Giljohann, Exicure
  • MBP Research Project: Investigation of solid lipid nanoparticle (SLN) based spherical Nucleic acids 
  • Internship: Deloitte
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Ning Han

  • BS Biopharmaceutical Technology, China Pharmaceutical University - NanjingJiangsu (China)
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Derek Joester
  • MBP Research Project: Spatial distribution and function of spicule matrix proteins in the sea urchin embryo 
  • Internship: Exicure
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Giulia Hindermann

  • BS Neuroscience, University of Illinois (Chicago) - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Yevgenia Kozoroviskiy
  • MBP Research Project: Dynamics of migration and connectivity in newly born hippocampal neurons
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Frederick Hsu

  • BS Biochemistry, University of California (Los Angeles) - Los Angeles, CA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. David Giljohann, Exicure
  • MBP Research Project: Synthesis, purification, and characterization of oligonucleotides for spherical nucleic acid (SNA) therapeutic Applications
  • Internship: Achaogen
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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
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Evan Scott
  • MBP Research Project: A combinatorial nanomaterial strategy to alleviate off-target effects of drug therapy
  • Internship: Eli Lily
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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
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Jindan Yu
  • MBP Research Project: Role of NF90 in prostate cancer 
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Chuanlu (Jason) Liu

  • BS Biotechnology, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Sara Moreira
  • MBP Research Project: The correlation between patterns and products in the business developments of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Internship: Bank of China, Investment management
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Jessica Long

  • BS Biology, University of North Carolina (Greensboro) - Greensboro, NC
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. John Crispino
  • MBP Research Project: The role of DYRK1A phosphorylation of UTX in DS-ALL
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Nikhil Maheshwari

  • BS Genetics and Genomics, University of California (Davis) - Davis, CA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Arthur Felse
  • MBP Research Project: Rare cancer clinical trials and mechanism of action approval trends
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Austin Miller

  • BS Biochemistry and Biophysics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY
  • MBP Research Preceptors: Dr. Josh Leonard and Dr. Keith Tyo
  • MBP Research Project: Engineering metabolite-responsive biosensors 
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Rohan Mohindroo

  • BS Biomedical Sciences, Dominican University - River Forest, IL
  • BS Finance, Elmhurst College - Elmhurst, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Shad Thaxton
  • MBP Research Project: Nanoparticles for measuring human performance
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Cameron Niazi

  • BS Biological Sciences, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Alex Yemelyanov
  • MBP Research Project: Targeted epigenetic modification using CRISPR-Cas system
  • Internship: AbbVie
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Faith Ogungbe

  • BA Anthropology, Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. William Muller
  • MBP Research Project: Therapeutically targeting diapedisis and the inflammatory response
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Nisar Parekh

  • BS Neurobiology, University of Texas (Austin) - Austin, TX
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Bryan Bernat
  • MBP Research Project: Management of biopharmaceutical projects
  • Internship: Pfizer
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Zachary Paul

  • BS Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology - Rolla, MO
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Ravi Allada
  • MBP Research Project: The effect eet lag has on performance in major league baseball 
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Michael Reed

  • BS Environmental Engineering, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Atique Ahmed
  • MBP Research Project: The role of engrailed homeobox 2 on glioblastoma
  • Internship: Coco Health
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Suchitra Sankaranarayan

  • BS Pharmacy, Institute of Chemical Technology - Mumbai, Maharashtra (India)
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Joshua Leonard
  • MBP Research Project: Elucidating a novel regulator of inflammation: the TLR4 Inihibitory Complex (TIC)
  • Internship: Amicus
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Afra Siddiqui

  • BFA Art, University of Illinois (Chicago) - Chicago, IL
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. William Miller
  • MBP Research Project: Micro Bioreactor development for ex vivo platelet production
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Xiaolei Situ

  • BS Animal Science, China Agricultural University - Haidian, Beijing (China)
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Congcong He
  • MBP Research Project: The molecular mechanisms of the autophagy protein Beclin 2 in the regulation of Alzheimer’s disease
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Susmit Sukthankar

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Rice University - Houston, TX
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Julie TerWee, Pfizer
  • MBP Research Project: The integration of automated liquid handling for bioassay development 
  • Internship: Amicus
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Katherine Tan

  • BA Biochemistry, University of Texas (Austin) - Austin, TX
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Julie TerWee, Pfizer
  • MBP Research Project: Application of surface plasmon resonance technology (BiaCore) in biosimilars pharmaceutical product development
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Yidan Wang

  • BS Biotechnology, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster
  • MBP Research Project: Modulation of inhibitory pathways for reversing T cell exhaustion 
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Yifan Xu

  • BS Pharmaceutics, East China University of Science and Technology - Xuhui, Shanghai (China)
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. William Klein
  • MBP Research Project: High throughput screen of small organic molecules for inhibition of AβO’s binding with NaKATPase
  • Internship:  Catalent
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Danielle Yoesep

  • BS Neuroscience, University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Michael Jewett
  • MBP Research Project: Ribosome engineering
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Dian Zhang

  • BS Biochemistry & BS Nutritional Science, University of Wisconsin (Madison) - Madison, WI
  • MBP Research Preceptor: Dr. Daniel Foltz
  • MBP Research Project: Centromere dysfunction in cancer
  • Internship: Catalent

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