Members

Miranda Jacobs

PhD candidate in IBiS; AHA Predoctoral Fellow; Molecular Biophysics Training Program Appointee

Miranda is currently a fourth-year IBiS student who is interested in biophysics and biochemistry. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducted research in the labs of Dr. Oscar Colamonici and Dr. John P. O'Bryan. Miranda is currently studying how the mechanical properties of membranes affect biological processes like membrane protein folding and membrane protein activity. 

Maggie Boyd

PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering; NDSEG Fellow; Molecular Biophysics Training Program Appointee (2018-19);

Maggie is currently a third-year graduate student in Biomedical Engineering who is interested in biophysics and biomaterials. She graduated with a B.A. in Physics and a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Montana, where she worked in the labs of Dr. David Macaluso and Dr. Matthew Herron. Maggie is designing membrane-based sensors to measure a variety of environmental signals ranging from mechanical forces to small molecules.

Justin Peruzzi

PhD candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering; NSF Graduate Fellow; Biotechnology Training Program Cluster Trainee

Justin is a third-year Chemical Engineering graduate student. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he worked in Professor Roseanne Ford's lab. Justin is working with cell-free expression systems and designed membranes to construct vesicles/ artificial cells with new biosensing capabilities.

Timothy Vu

PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering; Biotechnology Training Program Appointee

Tim is a second-year graduate student in Biomedical Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and received his M.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University. He is interested in designing vesicle-based biomaterials to control lymphocytes activity.

Claire Hilburger

Undergraduate Researcher; Biomedical Engineering; Alumnae of Northwestern University STEM Scholarship 2018

Claire is currently a senior undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying Biomedical Engineering. She is designing new features of artificial cells, such as environmentally-triggered secretion.  

Kenneth Wang

Undergraduate Researcher; Neuroscience

Kenneth is currently a sophomore undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying Neuroscience. He is using model membranes to explore the effect of environmental ions on membrane fusion.

Nora Chambers

Undergraduate Researcher; Biomedical Engineering; Murphy Scholar

Nora is currently a sophomore undergraduate biomedical engineering student at Northwestern University. She is designing membrane-based biosensors to detect environmental analytes.

Summer Duffy

Undergraduate Researcher; Biomedical Engineering

Summer is currently a junior undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying Biomedical Engineering. She is characterizing the function of mechanically-gated ion channels in model vesicle membranes.

Lab Alumni

Jacob Brandner (Undergraduate, SynBREU Student)-Summer 2019

D. Alex Fong (Undergraduate): April 2017-June 2019

Kayla Purdy (Undergraduate, SynBREU Student)-Summer 2018

Kamryn Lewis (Undergraduate, Murphy Scholar): April 2017 - August 2018

Poonam Srivastava: (Postdoctoral Fellow): April - June 2017

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