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Post Doctorial Researchers
James Broering
James Broering
BS ChE, University of Dayton, 2001
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006

Research Project: Novel excipients for protein stabilization
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Nicolynn Davis
Nicolynn Davis
BS ChE University of Minnesota, 2001
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2008

Research Project: Enzymatically cross-linked protein polymers as a novel tissue engineering scaffold.
Samantha Desmarais
Samantha Desmarais
BA in Chemistry and French, Trinity College
PhD in Chemistry, Dartmouth College 2009

Research Project: Development of microchannel electrophoresis for both matrix-based and free solution-based DNA sequencing, creating drag tags for DNA electrophoresis
Michelle Dohm
Michelle Dohm
BS Chemistry DePaul, 2003
PhD Chemistry Northwestern University, 2009

Research Project: Physical methods for the characterization of peptide- and peptoid-based lung surfactant replacements, as well as antimicrobial peptides and their mimics
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Ryan Forster
Ryan Forster
BS Materials Science, Michigan, 2004
PhD Materials Science Northwestern University, 2010
Research Project: Microrheology methods to study novel polymer/copolymer solutions
Barron Team: Polymeric Materials
Current Affiliation: CNA, Inc., Washington, DC
Russell Haynes
Russell Haynes
BS Chemistry Northeastern Illinois University, 1999; MS Chemistry Northwestern University, 2002; PhD Chemistry Northwestern University, 2008
Research Project: Synthesis of Molecules for Bottle-Brush Drag-Tag Design
Barron Team: Development of techniques for sequencing DNA by Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis.
Current Affiliation: The Blau Lab at Stanford.
Martin Jeppesen
Martin Jeppesen
Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Aalborg, Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Section of Biotechnology; Master thesis at LEO Pharma A/S, HTS Section, Department Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ballerup, Denmark; BS, biochemistry, University of Copenhagen, 2003;
Current Affiliation: University of Aarhus Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre, Dept of Molecular Biology.
Igor Kourkine
Igor Kourkine
BS/MS Chemical Engineering and Technology, Technological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1992; PhD Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 1997; Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1999
Previous Research Project: Developing high-throughput capillary and microchip electrophoresis methods for DNA mutation screening with focus on the p53 supressor gene. Bacterial detection technologies.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Department Chair, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Xihua Lu
Xihua Lu
BE Polymer Chemistry Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, P.R. China; MS Materials Science China Textile University, Shanghai, P. R.China; PhD Polymer Materials Science University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Previous Research Project: Novel polymer structures for electrophoresis.
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Soffia Magnusdottir
Soffia Magnusdottir
BS Chemistry Honour, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 1989
MS Physical Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenbourg Sweden, 1994; PhD Chemistry, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris France, 1998
Previous Research Project: Novel materials and strategies for DNA separations by CE. Current Affiliation: NSEC Scientific Officer & Industrial Liaison, Northwestern University
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Harald Nuhn
Doctor of Philosophy: Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (2008)
Hansoo Park
Hansoo Park
PhD Bioengineering, Rice University, 2007

Research Project: Design biomaterials and strategies for stem cell niche and tissue engineering.
Jong Pil Park
Jong Pil Park
BS/MS Biotechnology Daegu University, Korea, 1998; PhD Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, 2004

Previous Research Project: E-Chip/I-Chip Project & Protein Polymer-based Hydrogels for on-Chip Bioseparation
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Dan Pinkas
Dan Pinkas
BS Chemical Engineering / Materials Science, UC Berkeley, 1998
PhD Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2008
Karl Putz
Karl Putz
BS Chemical Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998
PhD Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin, 2004
Previous Research Project: Polymeric nanogel creation and characterization for on-chip DNA purification
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Senthill Ramanathan
Senthill Ramanathan
BS Chemistry, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, 1992; MS Synthetic Chemistry, Andhra University, 1995; PhD Synthetic, Organic, and Computational Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 2000; Postdoctoral Fellow, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, 2000-2001
Previous Research Project: Biophysical studies of novel peptoids.
Current Affiliation: Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Kansas
Jiwon Seo
Jiwon Seo
BS Chemical Technology Seoul National University, Korea, 1999; PhD Medicinal Chemistry Northwestern University, 2003
Research Project: Design and synthesis of peptoid oligomers for biomedical applications & self-assembly of peptoid helices to form ordered nanostructures
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Current Affiliation: Asst. Prof. of Chemistry at Gwangju Inst. of Science and Tech. in Korea
Wei Shi
Wei Shi
BS Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 1993
MS Chmistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of the Sciences, 1996
PhD Chemistry, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, 2001

Previous Research Project: Polymer matrix design for on-chip biosample purification.
Mingyun Sun
Caitlin M. Sun
BE Polymer Materials Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, P. R. China, 1997; ME Material Science and Engineering Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, P. R. China, 2000; PhD Chemical Engineering Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, 2005;
Research Project: Chain scission of high molecular weight polymers and DNA in transient extensional flow
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Mayken Wadman
Mayken Wadman
Chemistry studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1997-2002 (MSc equivalent) PhD BioOrganic Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2002-2006
PostDoc Mircobiology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2006-2007

Previous Research Project: Use of peptoids against biofilms in urinary tract infection
Lin Wang
Lin Wang
BS Polymer Hebei University of Technology, China, 1999
PhD Chemistry Rutgers University, 2007

Research Project: Synthesis, purification and characterization of molecularly engineeered mimics of peptoid-based lung surfactant proteins
Barron lab Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Modi Wetzler
Modi Wetzler
BA Chemistry, BA English, SUNY Buffalo, 1999
PhD Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 2007

Research project: Characterization of peptoid structure at atomic, nano, and microscale
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Bin Zhang
Bin Zhang
BS Applied Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, China, 1990; MS Analytical Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, China, 1995; PhD Analytical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998; Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2000-2001; Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2001-2002
Previous Research Project: Developing fast mutation detection methods by tandem SSCP/HA using microchip electrophoresis.
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Methal Albarghouthi
Methal Albarghouthi
BS ChE Jordan University, 1996
MS ChE Jordan University, 1999
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2002

Previous Research Project: Design, synthesis and characterization of novel hydrophilic polymers for microchannel electrophoresis of DNA.
Current Affiliation: MedImmune, Gaithersburg, MD
Jennifer Coyne Albrecht
Jennifer Coyne Albrecht
BS, University of Virginia, Chemical Engineering 2004; PhD, Stanford University, Chemical Engineering, 2009

Research Project: Development of techniques for sequencing DNA by Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis.
Barron Team: Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis for Microchannel DNA Separations
Jordan Bertram
Jordan Bertram
BS ChE University of Toledo, 2002
MS ChE Northwestern University, 2006

Previous Research Project: DNA sequencing by ELFSE project, particularly on issues of bioconjugate sample preparation and analyis by capillary and chip electrophoresis, as well as data analysis and modeling
Felicia Bogdan
Felicia Bogdan
BS Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, 1991; PhD Organic Chemistry, Wayne State University, 1999
Previous Research Project: Design and synthesis of novel end-labels for rapid sequencing of DNA by free solution capillary electrophoresis.
Current Affiliation: Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL
Nate Brown
Nathan Brown
BS ChE Iowa State University, 2001
PhD Northwestern University, 2008

Previous Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of biomimetic, polypeptoid-based lung surfactant proteins.
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Brett Buchholz
Brett Buchholz
BS ChE and Materials Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1996; MS ChE Northwestern University, 1999; PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2002

Previous Research Project: Thermo-reversible matrices for DNA sequencing by microchannel electrophoresis.
Current Affiliation: The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Thomas Chiesl
Thomas Chiesl
BS ChE Purdue University, 2000; MS ChE Northwestern University, 2002; PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2006 Previous Research Project: Polymer matrix design for on-chip biosample purification. Materials development in µ-TAS devices Link to research publications
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis Current Affiliation: Mathies Lab, UC Berkeley,
Nate Chongsiriwatana
Nate Chongsiriwatana
BS Rice, 2002
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2008

Previous Research Project:
Barron Team: Poly-N-substituted glycines as structured, biostable mimics of cationic, amphipathic antibacterial peptides
Ann Czyzewski
Ann Czyzewski
BS ChE Northwestern University, 1995
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2008

Previous Research Project: In vitro and in vivo studies of the efficacy, toxicity, and immunogenicity of biomimetic peptoids
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Deron Daugherty
Deron Daugherty
BS Chemistry Northern Arizona, 2002
MS Chemistry Northwestern University, 2006

Previous Research Project: Novel nanogels for bioseparations
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis|
Current Affiliation: Evanston Fire Department, Evanston, IL
Sheng Ding
Sheng Ding
BS Biological Sciences and Technologies Tsinghua University, China, 2005
PhD, Interdepartmental Biological Sciences, Northwestern University, expected 2010

Research Project: Enzymatically cross-linked protein polymers as a novel tissue engineering scaffold.
Erin Doherty
Erin Doherty
BS ChE Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998; PhD ChE Northwestern University, December, 2003

Previous Research Project: Novel polymeric materials for genetic analysis by CE.
Current Affiliation: Hercules, Wilmington, DE
Chris Fredlake
Chris Fredlake
BS ChE Notre Dame, 2001
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2008

Previous Research Project: Chip-based electrophoresis systems for both matrix-based and ELFSE-based DNA sequencing and genotyping
Barron Team: Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis for Microchannel DNA Separations
Byunghang
Byunghang Ha
BS Mechanical Engineering KAIST, Korea 2003
EMS engineer SIEMENS Automotive 2006
MS Mechanical Engineering Stanford University 2008
PhD Mechanical Engineering Stanford University, expected 2012

Research Project: On-chip Electrophoresis Technology Development for Microchannel DNA Separations
Karen Havenstrite
Karen Havenstrite
BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, 2005
PhD Chemical Engineering Stanford University, 2011

Research Project: Engineering microenvironmental niches to understand and direct stem cell fate.
Dan Hert
Dan Hert
BS Chemical Engineering Notre Dame, 2004
PhD Chemical Engineering Northwestern University, 2009

Research Project: Polymer matrices for on-chip DNA sequencing
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Christa Hestekin
Christa Hestekin
BS ChE University of Kentucky, 2000; PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2006
Research Project: Detection of cancer-related genetic mutations using SSCP and heteroduplex analysis.
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Current Affiliation: University of Arkansas
Wei Huang
Wei Huang
BS, Biosciences and biotechnology, Tsinghua University, China, 2003
MS, Biosciences and biotechnology, Tsinghua University, China, 2006
Ph.D. Bioengineering, Stanford University, Expected in 2011
Research Project: Biomaterials and anti-cancer therapies
Barron Team: Biomaterials; Biomimetic oligomers
Lauren Jones
Lauren Jones
BS Chemical Engineering MIT, 2006
MS Chemical Engineering Northwestern University, 2008

Research Project: In vivo studies of lung surfactant biomimetic peptoids.
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Cheuk-Wai Kan
Cheuk-Wai Kan
B.Eng. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2000; PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2005
Previous Research Project: Design, synthesis, and characterization of high-performance polymeric matrices for genetic analysis by microchip electrophoresis.
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Current Affiliation: NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
Rinki Kapoor
Rinki Kapoor
BS Organic Chemistry St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, India
MS Organic Chemistry St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, India
PhD Chemistry Northwestern University, expected 2011

Research Project: Anti-microbial peptoids
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Lindsay Karfeld
Lindsay Karfeld
BS ChE Princeton University, 2001
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2009

Research Project: Enzymatically cross-linked protein polymers as a novel tissue engineering scaffold.
Yoriel Marcano
Yoriel Marcano
BS Chemistry Northeastern Illinois, 2003
BS Mathematics Northeastern Illinois, 2003; Minor Biology Northeastern University, 2003
PhD Chemistry Northwestern University, 2008

Research Project: Spectroscopic (NMR, CD, FTIR, etc.) and computational methods to perform detailed studies of structured peptoid helices and other folded structures
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Robert Meagher
Robert Meagher
BS ChE Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997; MS ChE Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998; PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2005
Previous Research Project: Development of techniques for sequencing DNA by Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis.
Barron Team: Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis for Microchannel DNA Separations
Current Affiliation: Sandia National Lab, Livermore, CA
Minyoung Park
Minyoung Park
BS Chemistry Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, 2003
BS Life Science Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, 2003
PhD Chemistry Northwestern University, 2009
Research Project: Developing inhibitors of viral entry using biomimetic peptoids.
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
James Patch
James Patch
BS ChE Northwestern University, 1999
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2004

Previous Research Project: Poly-N-substituted glycines as structured, biostable mimics of cationic, amphipathic antibacterial peptides.
Current Affiliation: Wyeth, Pearl River, NY
Jennifer Cruz Rea
Jennifer Cruz Rea
BS ChE UC Berkeley, 2003
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2008

Research Project: Novel, cationic protein polymers as efficient vehicles for non-viral gene delivery
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Brian Root
Brian Root
BS ChE Lafayette College, 2004
PhD Materials Science Northwestern University, 2010

Research Project: Novel polymer matrices for on-chip biosample separation and purification
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Liese Beenken Rothkopf
Liese Beenken Rothkopf
BS ChE University of Arizona, 2005
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2010

Research Project: Synthetic lubricin for joint wear and lubrication
Tracy Sanborn
Tracy Sanborn
BS ChE Florida Tech, 1996
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2002

Previous Research Project: Synthesis, characterization, and application of non-natural, sequence-specific, biomimetic peptoids.
Current Affiliation: Unilever, Rolling Meadows, IL
Shannon Seurynck
Shannon Seurynck
BS ChE University of Michigan, 2000
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2006

Previous Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of biomimetic, polypeptoid-based lung surfactant proteins. Current Affiliation: Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory Richland, WA
Meghaan Smith
Meghaan Smith
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 2007
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, expected 2012

Research Project: Development of a novel hydrogel system for cancer therapy.
Wyatt Vreeland
Wyatt Vreeland
BS ChE University of Tulsa, 1997
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2002

Previous Research Project: Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis for Microchannel DNA Separations
Current Affiliation: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Xiaoxiao Wang
Xiaoxiao Wang
BS Biotechnology Peking University, China, 2003
PhD Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Northwestern University, expected 2010

Research Project: Drag tags for DNA electrophoresis
Barron Team: Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis for Microchannel DNA Separations
Jong-In Won
Jong-In Won
BS ChE Seoul National University, 1991; MS ChE Seoul National University, 1993; PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2003
Previous Research Project: Design and production of protein polymer drag-tags for application in Free-Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis.
Current Affiliation: Full-time Instructor, College of Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
Cindy Wu
Cindy Wu
BS Engineering Swarthmore College, 1996
PhD ChE Northwestern University, 2002

Previous Research Project: Design, synthesis, and characterization of biomimetic, polypeptoid-based lung surfactant replacements.
Current Affiliation: Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA
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Alia Black
Alia Black
Previous Research Project: Peptoid modifications of proteins

Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Matt Honaberger
Matt Honaberger
BS Chemical Engineering New Mexico State University, 2001

Previous Research Project: Barron Team: Poly-N-substituted glycines as structured, biostable mimics of cationic, amphipathic antibacterial peptides
David Kim
David Kim
BS ChE University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 2001; MS ChE & BiomolecularE UIUC, 2003

Previous Research Project: Chip-based Detection of cancer-related genetic mutations using SSCP and heteroduplex analysis.
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
Tyler Miller
Tyler Miller
BS, Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2007

Previous Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of peptoids as novel antimicrobial agents
Lionel Senderowicz
Lionel Senderowicz
BS Genetics UC Davis, 1995

Previous Research Project: Detection of cancer-related genetic mutations using SSCP and heteroduplex analysis.
Yu Zhang
Yu (Celia) Zhang
BS Genetics UC Davis, 1995

Previous Research Project: Detection of cancer-related genetic mutations using SSCP and heteroduplex analysis.
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Donald J. Abuy
Donald J. (DJ) Abuy
Freshman at Stanford
Working with Maruti Didwania
Victor Beck
Victor Beck
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2001
PhD ChE Stanford University

Previous Research Project: Mechanical degradation of polymers.
Current Affiliation: The Shaqfeh Group, Stanford University
Shitong Cao
Shitong Cao
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2005

Previous Research Project: Design, synthesis, and characterization of high-performance polymeric matrices for genetic analysis by microchip electrophoresis.
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis
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Stan Chikando
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2007
Joseph Lasher
Joseph Lasher
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2003

Previous Research Project: Use of the Langmuir-Wilhelmy trough for analysis of lung surfactant proteins and lipids.
Barron Team: Biomimetic oligomers
Sarah Peters
Sarah Peters
Evanston Township High School Student, 2003

Previous Research Project: Analysis of lung surfactant proteins.
Rebecca Pickens
Rebecca Pickens
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2005

Previous Research Project: Analysis of the pulsating bubble surfactometer for observing the performance of lung surfactant and lipids. Current Affiliation: Mobility Student at the ETH-Zurich
Emily Testa
Emily Testa
BS Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2005

Previous Research Project: Analysis of lung surfactant proteins.
Current Affiliation: University of Chicago
Adeep Thumar
Adeep Thumar
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2002

Previous Research Project: Developing polymer architectures to improve capillary electrophoresis mediated DNA separation.
Current Affiliation: University of Chicago
Jacob Zahn
Jacob Zahn
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2001
Recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship
PhD ChE Stanford University, 2004

Previous Research Project: Mechanical degradation of polymers.
Current Affiliation: The Shaqfeh Group, Stanford University
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Ashley Zanoli
BS ChE Northwestern University, 2005

Previous Research Project:
Barron Team: Novel Polymeric Materials for Genetic Analyses by Microchannel Electrophoresis, Biomimetic oligomers