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Top row (left to right): Tongcheng Qian(P), Kylie Knutson(U), Nathan Wang(U), Yan Ma(U), Angelica de L Rodriguez-Lopez(G), Shusaku Asai(U), Vijesh Bhute(G)
Bottom row (left to right): Kaitlin Dunn(G), Matthew Stebbins(G), Scott Canfield(P), Myung-Ryul Lee(P), Gyuhyung Jin(G), Eric McCurry(G) and Prof. Sean Palecek(PI)
PI: Principal investigator, P: Post-doctoral student, G: Graduate student, U: Undergraduate student

Principal Investigator

Sean Palecek

Email: palecek@engr.wisc.edu
Education
- Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- M.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign.
- B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware.

Post-Doctoral Research Associates

  • Myung-Ryul Lee
    Research Interests: Development of antimicrobial peptides
    Email: mrlee2@wisc.edu
    Education
    - Ph.D in Chemistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
    - M.S. in Chemistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
    - B.S. in Chemistry, Kyonggi University, Kyonggi-do, South Korea.
  • Scott G. Canfield
    Research Interests: Disease modeling utilizing stem cell-derived blood brain barrier.
    Email: sgcanfield@wisc.edu
    Education
    - Ph.D in Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
    - B.S. in Chemistry, Northland College, Ashland, WI.
  • Tongcheng Qian
    Research Interests: Regulation of microenvironment of human pluripotent stem cells and differentiation of hPSCs
    Email: tqian5@wisc.edu
    Education
    - Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China.
    - M.D. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.

Graduate Students

  • Matthew Stebbins
    Research Interests: Blood-brain barrier, human pluripotent stem cells, neural development
    Email: mstebbins@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Xiaoping Bao
    Research Interests: Differentiation of iPSCs and hPSCs
    Email: xbao4@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China.
  • Vijesh J. Bhute
    Research Interests: NMR Metabolomics, Cancer metabolism, Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), Stroke, Human-microbiome interactions
    Email: bhute@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
  • Angelica de L Rodriguez-Lopez
    Research Interests: Antimicrobial coatings, Quorum sensing, Drug delivery
    Email: arodriguez8@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus.
  • Kaitlin Dunn
    Research Interests: Cardiac tissue engineering through the use of stem cells.
    Email: kkdunn2@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.S. in Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Suehelay Acevado
    Research Interests: Breast Cancer, Metabolomics, Metastasis, Lymphangiogenesis.
    Email: acevedoaceve@wisc.edu
    Education
    - M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    - B.S. in Industrial Biotechnology, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
  • Gyuhyung Jin
    Research Interests: Cardiac differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells.
    Email: gjin6@wisc.edu
    Education
    - M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
    - B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Eric McCurry
    Research Interests: Human pluripotent stem cell differentiation and extracellular matrix remodeling.
    Email: emccurry@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Benjamin Gastfriend
    Research Interests: Human pluripotent stem cells, blood brain barrier.
    Email: gastfriend@wisc.edu
    Education
    - B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Marylan College Park.

Current Undergraduates

  • Shaenah Maguire
  • Rushad Machhi
  • Yan Ma
  • Katelyn Werth
  • Shusaku Asai
  • Drew Richards
  • Nathan Wang
  • Kylie Knutson