Applicants, SPA

  • Rebecca Hershman

    I am currently a 4th year PhD student at Tufts University where my research focuses on intracellular drug delivery. More specifically, I work on isolating antibody binders for intracellular targets as well as protein engineering to enhance intracellular delivery of antibodies. I am passionate about teaching as well as research, and I’m excited about the possibilities for both after I graduate.

  • Holly Ekas

  • Yuhan BAO

    I’m now a PhD Candidate of Public Policy from Tsinghua University working on the governance of synthetic biology. Before I entered into this PhD program, I graduated from Tsinghua university with a dual bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and law in 2016. After that, I was involved in a Masters program focus on environmental science and management in Peking University.

  • Biki Bapi Kundu

  • Bethel Shekour

  • Zikang Huang

    I have broad interest in synthetic biology. I am currently focusing on engineering novel optogenetic and thermogenetic tools for better controlling of endogenous signaling pathways. I graduated from Tsinghua University and I am now a PhD student at the university of Pennsylvania.

  • Ananyaa Kumar

    I am a first year masters student studying bioengineering. I am interested in bioformulations and radiological intervention.

  • Rana Said

    Rana Said did her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology Cairo University in 2013. Rana was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Master’s in Biotechnology from American University, Washington DC. Rana is now doing her PhD in Biotechnology Engineering, developing tools to enhance the engineering of enzymes, as well as engineering Lactic Acid Bacteria.

  • Jingyao Li

    Jingyao Li is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree at Peking University in 2018. His research is focused on the biosynthesis of functional protein-based materials.

  • Eric South

    Eric South is a PhD student at Boston University’s Biological Design Center, where he is developing metabolic engineering techniques to perturb regulatory networks in microorganisms. Previously, as an Outreach Manager with the Science Entrepreneur Club in London, he helped organize pitching competitions for startups involved in clean meat, bio-sensing & interfaces, and liquid biopsy technologies. He has also organized both biotechnology networking events and synthetic biology curricula in the state of Virginia.

  • Anissa Benabbas

  • Leah Davis

    Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University. My research focuses on developing mammalian cell-based devices, or more broadly synthetic biology tools, for immunoengineering. Specifically, engineering synthetic transmembrane receptors that enable our immune system to detect and kill solid cancers, as well as overcome the tumor microenvironment. In addition, these synthetic transmembrane receptors will also be applied to the novel field of neuro-immunoengineering because of their modularity and orthogonality.

  • Amy Eisenberg

  • Dylan Brown

    Dylan is a chemical engineering graduate student in the Lucks Lab at Northwestern University. His research focuses on establishing design principles for cell-free metabolic biosensors. He is also interested in intersections between art and synthetic biology.

  • Zikang Huang

    I majored in life science during undergrad and took part in iGEM which introduced me to the field. Then I applied to Penn and started my work in this inspiring field.

  • Wakana Sato

    Wakana Sato is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Kate Adamala’s lab at the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at Hokkaido University, Japan, in 2018. She is interested in designing and controlling cell-like functions through in vitro reconstitution. In her free time, she likes playing tennis, reading books, and exploring delicious foods.

  • Juliette Hooper

    First year Masters student studying Bioengineering and a member of the Penn International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) research team in Synthetic Biology.

  • Paul Jacobs

    Paul is a Ph.D. student in the bioengineering program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working in the research group of Ravinder Reddy, Ph.D., within the Center for Advanced Metabolic Imaging in Precision Medicine (CAMIPM). His research work consists of using dielectric materials for the correction of MR images and spectroscopy. Paul is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and enjoys rock climbing in his free time.

  • Shri Venkatesh Subramani

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