Holiday Party 2013

Group Outing at Turkey Run Indiana 2013

Postdocs
Jing Liu
Ph.D., Peking University, China, 2008
B.S., Nankai University, China.
jingliu@illinois.edu
JingJing Zhang
Ph.D., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2010
B.S., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2005
jzhan@illinois.edu
Graduate Students
Ambika Bhagi
Chemistry (Chemical Biology)
M.S., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2011
B.S., Chemistry, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, 2009
bhagi2@illinois.edu
Chang Cui
Chemistry (Inorganic)
B.S., Chemistry, Peking University, China, 2012
ccui5@illinois.edu
Kevin Harnden
Chemistry (Inorganic)
B.S., Sonoma State University, 2013
kharnde2@illinois.edu
Parisa Hosseinzadeh
Biochemistry
B.S., Biotechnology, University of Tehran, Iran, 2010
hssnzdh2@illinois.edu
Kevin Hwang
Chemistry
B.S., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
khwang10@illinois.edu
Ji Li
Chemistry (Materials)
B.S., Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China, 2012
jili3@illinois.edu
Chen Lu
Biochemistry
M.E., Biological Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2011
B.S., Biotechnology, Shanghai Normal University, 2009
luchen3@illinois.edu
Claire McGhee
Chemistry (Materials)
B.S., Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 2011
cmcghee2@illinois.edu
Evan Mirts
Biophysics
B.S., Biology, Truman State University, 2012
mirts2@illinois.edu
Igor Petrik
Chemistry
B.S., Chemistry, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 2009
petrik1@illinois.edu
S. Nitya sai Reddy
Chemistry
Int. B.S.-M.S., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Kolkata, 2013
satyavo2@illinois.edu
Julian Reed
Biochemistry
B.S., Biochemistry, Arizona State University, 2012
jhreed2@illinois.edu
Li Huey Tan
Chemistry
B.S., Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2008
tan49@illinois.edu
Shiliang Tian
Chemistry
M.S., Peking University, China.
B.S., Nanjing University, China.
sltian@illinois.edu
Seyed-Fakhreddin Torabi
Biochemistry
M.S., Molecular Biotechnology, University of Tehran, Iran, 2007
B.S., Biotechnology, University of Tehran, Iran, 2005
sf.torabi@gmail.com
Peiwen Wu
Biochemistry
B.S., Biology, University of Science and Technology of China, 2010
pwu10@illinois.edu
Hang Xing
Chemistry
M.S., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2008
B.S., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2005
xing2@illinois.edu
Visiting Scholars
Chunmei Gu
Visiting student, Tsinghua University, China
gcm10@illinois.edu
Tingjie Song
Visiting student, University of Science and Technology of China, China
tsn@illinois.edu
YueYing Liu
Visiting scholar, Capital Normal University, China
lyy0528@illinois.edu
Undergraduate Students
Arzeena Ali
Sophomore, Chemistry
asali3@illinois.edu
Junsoo (Dan) Park
Junior, MCB Honors
jpark125@illinois.edu
Matthew Ross
Senior, Biochemistry
ross31@illinois.edu

Past Students

Ph. D. Conferred Year Thesis Current Position

Yang Yu

2014

Metalloprotein Engineering with Unnatural Amino Acids: Application in Functional Heme-Copper Oxidase And Azurin

Associate Professor Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Science

Ngo Yin Wong

2013

Advances in Structural and Functional DNA Nanotechnology: Towards Complex and Dynamic Assemblies for In Vitro Applications

Research Scientist, Intel

Tian Lan

2012

I. Isolation of aptamers for perchlorate and melamine
II. Attempts towards crystallization of DNAzymes
III. A new DNAzyme based sensor for lead detection

CTO, GlucoScentient, Inc.

Tiffany Diane Wilson

2012

A Biosynthetic Approach to Understanding the Assembly of CuA Center

Postdoctoral researcher- U. of California at Berkeley

Ying He

2011

Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Study of the Global Folding of Functional DNAs And Electrohydrodynamic Printing of Protein Arrays

Kyle Miner

2011

Rational Design of Functional Heme Copper Oxidases in Myoglobin

Post Doctoral Fellow - UT San Antonio

Nick Marshall

2011

Fine-Tuning the Reduction Potential of Cupredoxin Proteins by Altering Secondary Coordination Sphere Interactions

Post Doctoral Fellow - UT Austin

Zidong Wang

2011

Bioinspired fabrication and assembly of hybrid materials for sensing and biomedical applications

Senior Engineer, Dow Chemical

Eric L. Null

2011

Functional DNS: Biochemical/biophysical characterization & sensing applications

Laboratory Scientist, ANDalyze, Inc.

Weichen Xu

2010

Smart MRI Contrast Agents and Label-Free Fluorescent Sensors Based on Functional Nucleic Acids and Mechanistic Studies of Metal-DNAzyme Interactions

Research Scientist, ANDalyze, Inc.

Nathan Sieracki

2010

Toward engineering oxygenase activity into the electron transport protein azurin

Staff Scientist, Department of Pharmacology,
Univesrity of Illinois - Chicago

Kevin M. Clark

2010

Probing the roles of Metal binding ligands in cupredoxins: Incorporating nonproteinogenic amino acids into azurin and CuA azurin

Law School,
UIUC

Nandini Nagraj

2010

Development Of Functional Dna-Based Sensors And Investigations Into Their Mechanism

Research Scientist, GE Research Center

Debapriya Mazumdar

2009

Investigation of Metal-Dependence in DNAzymes and Applications of DNAzymes and Aptamers for Diagnostics

Vice President of Product Development, DzymeTech, Inc.

Jung Heon Lee

2009

Bioinspired Assembly of Nanomaterials for Applications in Nanoelectronics and Biosensors

Postdoctoral researcher- Northwestern U.

Natasha Yeung

2008

Modeling the FeB site of bacterial nitric oxide reductase

Postdoctoral researcher- Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Mehmet Veysel Yigit

2008

Novel MRI contrast agents based on Functional DNA and nanomaterial conjugates for biomedical applications

Assistant Professor- University at Albany, SUNY

Masha Savelieff

2008

Biosynthetic approach to protein models in long-range electron transfer

Assistant Prof, Michigan State Univ.

Dewain Garner

2008

Metalloprotein Design and Engineering Using Unnatural Amino Acids and Nonnative Cofactors

Research Scientist, Clorox Company

Hee-Kyung Kim

2007

Probing metal binding sites and metal ion-dependent conformational changes of a DNAzyme

Postdoctoral researcher- U. of California, Berkeley

Ningyan Wang

2007

Exploring the Roles of Heme Type and Histidine-Tyrosine Cross-Link in Heme-Copper Oxidases Using a Myoglobin Model

Postdoctoral researcher- Dept. of Biochem., UIUC

Daryl P. Wernette

2007

Immobilization of Catalytic DNA for Advanced Materials and Sensors

Research Scientist, Owens Corning

Thomas P. Pfister

2006

Metalloprotein Engineering using Heme Protein Scaffolds to Investigate the Oxidation of Endogenous Aromatic Amino Acids and Exogenous Substrates

Postdoctoral Researcher- National Cancer Institute

James R. Carey

2006

Design and Synthesis of Redox or Catalytically Active Artificial Metalloproteins Containing Non-native Inorganic and Organometallic Complexes

Research Scientist, ChemSensing, Inc.

Andrea K. Brown

2006

In vitro Selection and Characterization of Highly Selective Metal-Dependent DNAzymes with Potential
 Biosensor Applications

M.D. program- UIUC

Hee Jung Hwang

2005

Modulation of Metal Coordination and Redox Properties of the Engineered Purple CuA and Ferrocene Centers in Azurin

Postdoctoral Researcher- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Kevin E. Nelson

2005

In vitro selection and metal selectivity of transition metal dependent DNAzymes

M.D. program- UIUC

Juewen Liu

2005

Fluorescent and Colorimetric Biosensors Based On DNAzymes and DNA Aptamers

Assistant Professor, U. of Waterloo

Peter J. Bruesehoff

2003

In Vitro Selection and Characterization of Transition Metal-Dependent DNAzymes and RNAzymes

Research Scientist, Abbot Labs

Steven M. Berry

2003

Designing Novel Blue Copper and Purple CuA Centers in Azurin with Natural and Unnatural Amino Acids

Assistant Professor, U. of Minnesota at Duluth

Steven K. Ma

2001

Encapsulation of Achiral Mn(Salen) Complexes into Cytochrome c Peroxidase: Spectroscopic Characterizations and Epoxidation Studies

Product Manager, Lonza, Inc.

Jing Li

2000

In Vitro Selection of Highly Efficient DNA Enzymes as RNA Nucleases and Metal Biosensors

Staff Scientist, Genomic Institute of the Novartis Research Fdn.

Alan Gengenbach

2000

The Protein Redesign Approach to Modeling Manganese Peroxidase

Assistant Professor, U. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Jeffrey A. Sigman

2000

Metalloprotein Design

Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's College

Lynette A. Cunningham

1999

Studies of the Catalytic-Metal-Binding site in the Hammerhead Ribozyme using the Phosphorothioate Approach

Research Scientist, Colgate-Palmolive

Michael T. Hay

1998

Engineering a Purple CuA Site into the Blue Copper Protein Azurin: Construction Spectroscopy, and Metal Substitution Studies

Assistant Professor, Penn. State U.-Beaver Fall

M.S. Conferred Year Thesis Title Current Position

Zhe Shen

2013

Novel Methods for On-Site and Cost-Effective Quantification of Multiple Targets Using Functional DNA and Portable Instruments

Darius Brown

2013

Ultrasensitive DNA Aptasensors Based on Exponential Amplification Reaction

Research Specialist- Cornel University

Hannah Ihms

2012

The In Vitro Selection and Biochemical Characterization of MetalloDNAzymes

Bryant Kearl

2012

Characterization and Catalytic Application of an Engineered Cupredoxin Possessing a Potential in Excess of 1 Volt

Ph.D. program- Arizona State U.

Lanyu Lei

2009

Introduction and Modification of Hydrogen Bonding Network into the Active Site of an Engineered Myoglobin Model of Cytochrome c Oxidase

Qian Chen

2007

Design and Engineering of Artificial Metalloenzymes for Asymmetric Catalysis: Investigation of Mn(Salen) Containing Myoglobin Catalyzing Sulfoxidation

Ph.D. program- Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

Hyeon Keol Kim

2003

Engineering and Characterization of Heme-Copper Binuclear Center in Sperm Whale Myoglobin

MBA program- UIUC

Caroline Marie-Brigitte Pavot

 

2001

Metal Ion Interactions with Phosphorothioate and Phosphoroselenoate DNA/RNA and Biochemical Characterization of a Lead-Dependent Deoxyribozyme

 

Marjorie C. Ang

1998

An Engineered Purple CuA Site in Azurin: Understanding a Novel Copper Site in Biology

Research Scientist, Genencor Inc., CA