Principal Investigator (PI)
Ph.D., Harvard University
B.S., UC Berkeley
Ruixuan (“Rui”) Gao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). His research lies at the cross-section of chemistry and biology, with a primary focus on nanoscale imaging and sensing of cells and tissues. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and completed his postdoctoral training at MIT and HHMI Janelia Research Campus.
B.S., University of Louisiana Monroe
Jamuna Tandukar is currently a graduate student in the MCDBN (Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and Neuroscience) program in the Department of Biological Sciences at UIC. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Louisiana Monroe. She did her undergraduate research on Drosophila Boundary Element Associated Factor (BEAF) in Louisiana State University.
M.S., China Pharmaceutical University
B.S., Shenyang Pharmaceutical University
Wei Wang is a Ph.D. candidate at Gao lab in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He obtained his Master's degree in Pharmacognosy from China Pharmaceutical University, where he performed research on natural products (saponin from soybeans and camellia fruits) using various microorganism strains. Currently, his research interests focus on advanced analytical methods of bio-samples and the relationships between biological structures and functions.
Yat Ho Chan
B.S., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yat Ho ("Horace") Chan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
B.A., Cornell University
M.S. in Biomedical Visualization, UIC (expected 2023)
SoYoung Kwon is a master’s student in the Biomedical Visualization program in the Department of Applied Health Sciences at UIC. She received her dual B.A. in Psychology and Biological Science from Cornell University, where she did her undergraduate research in infant development at the Behavioral Analysis of Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y.) Laboratory. Currently, her passion lies in various topics in neuroscience and science education through art.
Visiting Scientists and Affiliates
Undergraduate Research Assistants
B.S. in Biological Sciences, UIC (expected 2025)
Isabel Malithuruthel is an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Isabel is majoring in Biological Sciences and is on the pre-med track. As a result of Isabel’s interest in business, she will be minoring in Business Administration starting Fall 2022.
B.S. in Biochemistry, UIC (expected 2025)
Arij Ahmed is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Arij is majoring in Biochemistry and is on the pre-med track, due to her desire to pursue forensic pathology. A fun fact about Arij is that she has been playing the viola for 6 years.