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  Molecular Engineering for Cellular Imaging and Reprogramming

Principal Investigators

Peter Yingxiao Wang

Professor of Bioengineering


Dr. Wang obtained a Ph. D. in Bioengineering at UCSD. He worked at University of Illinois as an assistant professor and an associate professor. He is interested in molecular engineering, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), live cell imaging, and bio-nanotechnology to visualize and elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which live cells perceive the environment and to engineer machinery molecules for the reprogramming of cellular functions.

Shaoying (Kathy) Lu

Project Scientist and Co-PI

Dr. Lu obtained a Ph. D. in Computational Mathematics at UCSD. Dr. Lu is working on image-driven mathematical and systems biology, with applications on live cell imaging for molecular transport, activation, and interactions.

Undergraduate Students

Shitian (Steven) Li

Shitian (Steven) is a fourth year bioengineering/biotechnology undergraduate student. He is working with Dr. Peng on developing a histone H3 acetylation biosensor and construct library.

Highschool Students

Jeffrey Wang

Jeffrey Wang is working with Dr. Kathy Lu a medical image recognition program with convolutional neural networks. He currently studies at the Bishop's School, and he is excited to tap into the power of machine learning for an effective solution. Jeffrey is fluent in Java, Python, HTML, and MatLab/Octave.


Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Ph. D. Students
Yijia Pan, PhD student, graduated June 2019, now a scientist in Fate Therapeutics.
Mint Praopim Limsakul, PhD student, graduated June 2019, now a faculty at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
Molly Allen, PhD student, graduated June 2018.
Pengzhi wang, PhD student, graduated June 2017, now a postdoc in Tsinghua University.
Hsin-Hung Lin , postdoctoral researcher, now a postdoc fellow in Taiwan
Jie Sun , PhD student 2008-2012, (Beckman Fellow), now a 1000 young scientist and professor at Zhejiang U.
Jihye Seong, PhD student, 2006-2012, (Beckman Graduate Fellow), now a principal investigator and senior scientist at KIST.
Taejin Kim , PhD student, 2007-2013, (Beckman Graduate Fellow), now a principal investigator and professor at National University of Pusan, Korea.
Wagner Shin Nishitani, PhD student 2008-2012, now a researcher and faculty in Brazil
John Eichorst, PhD student 2008-2013, now a researcher at University of California San Francisco
Bo Liu, postdoctoral researcher, now a professor at DaLian University of Technology, China
Li-Jung Lin, postdoctoral researcher, now at Oregon Health & Science University
Mingxing Ouyang, project scientist, now a professor at Changzhou University, P.R. China
Bin-bin Cheng, postdoctoral researcher, now a researcher at UC San Siego
Lei Lei , postdoctoral researcher, now a researcher at Scripps Research Institute
Yu-Chi Chen, postdoctoral researcher, now at Biotech in Taiwan
Shuai Zheng, postdoctoral researcher, now a doctor in Beijing, P.R. China

Graduate students (master, rotation, visiting)
Chujun Wei , master student graduated 2020, although she couldn't have a perfect graudation this special year, but hope there is a perfect future waiting for her.
Ali Zamat , master student graduated 2019. After graduation he started a new journey as a Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech.
Jiaming(Alex) Wei , master student graduated 2019. After graduation he went to east coast to start a new adventure in Biotech.
Jeyan Thangaraj , master student graduated 2019, he enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and great surfing breaks in SD, and hopefully he is still enjoying it.
Ya Gong , master student graduated 2018, she joined the lab since her undergraduate, and she is always chasing her dream life.
Xin Wang , master student, after graduating from UCSD, she went to Columbia University to pursue her Ph.D. degree, and constantly delivering positivity.
Yiwen Shi , master student in computational science.
Rongxue Wan , visiting Ph.D. student from Chongqing University, now a postdoc fellow at Medical University of Southern China.
Helen Masson , master student, 2017-2018, currently working in another lab in UCSD.
Zhen Jin, visiting Ph.D. student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. (2017)
Charlotte Hepples , visiting Ph.D. student and Capstaff Fellowship scholar from Newcastle University, UK. (2017)
Lunan Shao, master student, 2012-2017, currently a graduate student at School of Dentistry in University of Michigan.
Yanmin Ji, master student, 2012-2017, currently a graduate student at CMU.
Lexie Qin Qin, master student, 2015-2017, currently a Java Programmer at Paypal.
Eddie Chung, master student, 2013-2014, currently at Devacell Inc., San Diego.
Wade Zhang, Po-Chao Wen, Jing Xu, Min Huang, Kaiwen Zhang, Real Chen, Tongcheng Qian, Johnson Liu, Lucas Yi-Liang Liu, Ted Dong, Ya-Chi Lin, Yang Yu, Hang Yu

Undergraduate students researcher
Rinoka Sato (UCSD, graduated) Katherine Lowe (UCSD 2016-2017) Yousef Elafrangi (UCSD 2017) Natalie Tetreault (UCSD 2017) Madinah Najib (UCSD 2017) Christopher Lee (UCSD) Shannon Laub (UCSD 2015-2017, now a Ph.D. student at University of Penn, but sometimes she'll come by to say hi) Boulus Haddad (UCSD-BioE 2015-2016, Now at Beepi) (2015); Agamoni Bhattacharyya (2014); Masaru Niidate (2013); Lisa Liu (2013); Homa Rahnamoun (2013); Yen Lu (2013); Christina Winter (UIUC-BioE 2011, Project Engineer at Intertek Corporate); Steve Chang, (UIUC-Chem2010, PhD student at MIT); Jack Krieger (UIUC-Physics 2011, PhD student in Georgia Tech); Yixing Gong (UIUC 2012, PhD student at CAS).

Technicians and Researchers
He Huang, Yi Wang.

Visiting Scholars
Dingyi Yang , radiation oncologist in ChongQing cancer hospital.
Wei Zhou , radiation oncologist in ChongQing cancer hospital.
Sangpil Yoon , now an assistant professor at University of Notre Dame.
Qiuping Guo, UCSD 2016, now an associate professor in HuNan University.
Wei Wang, UCSD 2016, associate professor in China Pharmaceutical University.
Yan Huang, UCSD 2014, now a professor in HuNan University.
Yan Zhang, UIUC 2012, associate professor at CAS.
Ping Zhang, visiting Scholar 2014.
Xiaoling Liao, UIUC 2010-2011, now a professor and director of the Biomaterials and Live Cell Imaging Institute, CUST University.>

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