About Us

Lab Members

Michael Z. Lin, MD PhD

Principal Investigator

Michael Z. Lin received an A.B. summa cum laude in Biochemistry from Harvard, an M.D. from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. After training in biochemistry and neurobiology as a PhD student with Michael Greenberg at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lin performed postdoctoral research in fluorescent protein engineering with Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien at UCSD. Dr. Lin is a recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists, a Rita Allen Scholar Award, a Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, and a NIH Pioneer Award. In his spare time, he tries to convince others of the merits of base 8. 

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Yunwen Huo, PhD

Research Scientist & Lab Manager

Yunwen received a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Virology from Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Lan Xiang Liu

Research Assistant

Lan graduated from Beijing Agricultural University. She is a life science research assistant in the laboratory. Outside of the lab, she loves hikng and cooking!

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Ying Yang, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ying is interested in molecular neuroscience. She's a forever PKUer and a Dukee. Go Devil go!

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Namdoo Kim, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Namdoo received B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Seoul National University in South Korea. During graduate student, he studied membrance protein trnasfer by DNA-mediated membrane fusion and super resolution STED nanoscopy. He is interested in a force-sensitive split GFP and split GFP-based translocation.

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Lin Ning, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Lin received her doctoral degree from University of Helsinki, Finland. She is interested in understanding molecular signalling underlying synapse formation and plasticity. Besides science, Lin is a running enthusiast and a photography hobbyist.

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Conor Jacobs

Graduate Student

Conor earned his B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Lewis & Clark College. He is currently a graduate student in the Biology Ph.D. program.

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Hokyung Kay Chung

Graduate Student

Kay earned her B.S. in pharmacy from Seoul National University. She is currently a graduate student in the Biology Ph.D. program.

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Mariya Chavarha

Graduate Student

Mariya is currently a graduate student in the Bioengineering Ph.D. program.

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Bongjae Benjamin Kim

Graduate Student

Benjamin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Biochemistry and is currently a graduate student in the department of Bioengineering. He is interested in engineering a new class of fluorescent protein systems.

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Stephen Wenceslao Evans

Graduate Student

Stephen Evans is a PhD student in the Neurosciences program. He seeks to bridge the gap between tool development and research application. He is currently working on creating better voltage indicators for in vivo use, and in applying them to questions of sensory-motor integration and learning.

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Dongqing Shi

Graduate Student

Dongqing comes from University of Science and Technology of China and is in a joint PhD training program currently. She was studying the interaction between neuronal activities and synaptic plasticity via an in vitro model system. Now she wants to develop new tools for neuroscience.

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Julia Park

Research Professional 

Julia is interested in luminescence based in vivo calcium sensor and biomedical applications. She is a cheerful and  positive person who likes people.

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Vandon Duong

Research Assistant

Vandon graduated from the University of Minnesota with Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering, summa cum laude. At Minnesota, Vandon was trained as a protein engineer with Dr. Benjamin Hackel. Now at Stanford, Vandon is designing light-controllable proteins with Dr. Michael Lin. As a new Bay Area resident, he is thoroughly enjoying the sunny and warm weather.

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Tyler Dao

Undergraduate Student

Tyler is a Stanford undergraduate student majoring in Bioengineering. He is currently working on optimizing the Dronpa system. .

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Mengli Feng

Graduate Student

Mengli is a PhD student from Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University and now in a joint PhD training program at Stanford. Her research was mainly on the synthesis and application of light-induced activation of functional DNA. She is interested in optical control of protein activities in Lin lab. 

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Xinzhi Zou

Graduate Student (Rotation)

Xinzhi earned her B.A. in Life Science from Tsinghua University. She is currently a graduate student in the Bioengineering Ph.D. program in Stanford.

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Muziyue Wu

Summer Visiting Student

Muziyue is an undergraduate student from School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tsinghua University and a summer visiting student from the UGVR program. She really likes the atmosphere in Stanford and wants to work hard and play hard.


Cory Pan

High School Student

Cory Pan is a student at Henry M. Gunn High School.


Julianne Catherine Kim

High School Student

Julianne is a senior from Troy High School, and is hoping to gain experience for a future career in research. She is currently working on developing a bioluminescent kinase sensor. 


Ryan Badiee

Undergraduate Student

Ryan is a Stanford undergraduate majoring in Biology. Outside of exploring bioengineering in the lab, he enjoys archery and molecular gastronomy.

 

 


Ivan Dimov, PhD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Ivan Dimov was a Siebel Fellow at the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute, Stanford University, School of Medicine. He was also an Assistant Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Valparaiso and a Post Doctoral researcher at the BioPOETS Lab., U. C. Berkeley. Dr. Dimov received his B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University Federico Santa Mar?a (UTFSM), Valparaiso Chile in 2004. He then completed his Ph.D. in Applied Bio-physics at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin City University in Ireland. He is the co-founder of the Robotics Research and Development Center at UTFSM and the Center for Hospital Technologies (CTH) at the University of Valparaiso. He has also co-founded 3 high technology start-up companies, including VC backed Diassess Inc.


Xin Zhou

Graduate Student

Xin was a graduate student in the Stanford Bioengineering Ph.D. program (2011-2016). Xin earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University (2007-2011). In her Ph.D., she engineered a new class of light-controllable proteins named "FLiPs". Xin will move to UCSF for her psotdoc study. 


Lagnajeet Pradhan, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Lagnajeet Prahan (LP) recieved his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also has background in electrical and computer engineering. He is interested in protein engineering, computational methods and instrumentations. 


Julia Cho

Undergraduate Student

Julia is a current undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is Biology Major on a Pre-Med track. She will continue to conduct research using the knowledge and skills she gained during her time in the Lin Lab. 


Younghee Oh, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Younghee graduated from Seoul National University, and earned her PhD from KAIST in Korea. She is interested in the fluorescence based in vivo imaging and biomedical applications.


Yang Geng, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Yang Graduated from Peking University with a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology. She recieved a doctorate in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University studying kinase regulation of chloride channels in dorsal root ganglion neurons.  


Francois St-Pierre, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Francois recieved a B.A. and an M.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). He earned his PhD from MIT in Computational and Systems Biology in the lab of Dr. Drew Endy (now at Stanford). In Dr. Endy's lab, Francois studued fate selection of phage-infected bacteria at the single cell level, and built new synthetic biology tools using phage-derived functions. Francois developed a new voltage sensor named ASAP in the Lin lab. He is now a joint faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. 


Bryce Bajar

Research Assistant

Bryce graduated in 2014 with a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford. He is interested in engineering new biological reporters and tools. Bryce started as a MD/PhD student in UCLA in the summer of 2015.


Michael Pan

Research Assistant 

Michael graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Bioengineering in May 2014. He is interested in imporving protein function to produce more effective molecular devices, and the potential applications of these devices. Michael started as a MD student at North Western in the summer of 2015.


Jun Chu, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Jun did his graduate studies on fluorescent proteins at the Britton Chance Center for Biomedical Photonics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhun, China. He is now a faculty memer in SIAT, China.


Amy Lam

Graduate Student

Any graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Bioengineering. Growning up in Sacramento, she's succeeded in remaining in a two hours radius! She joined a patent law firm in the spring of 2015!


Yoon Seok Kim

Graduate Student

Yoon is a rotation student in the lab for the Fall quarter 2014. He is a PhD student in the Bioengineering program. He is interested in protein engineering for their use in neuroscience. He likes Taxas Hold'em and track running.


Yong Tang

MD/PhD Student

Yong is a 2014 summer rotation student in the lab. He is currently in the MD/PhD program.


Emily S. Wang

High School Student

Since August 2012, Emily has researched in the Lin Lab, where she is working on developing bright and photostable fluorescent protains. She will attend Harvard in Fall 2014 and is interested in studying biology and computer science.


Linlin Fan

Research Assistant

Linlin was an undergraduate student in Peking University majoring in biology. SHe was a 2012 summer undergraduate visiting scholar at Stanford. After graduation she came back and worked as a research assistant in the lab for a year. She is going to Harvard for her graduate school. 


Jacqueline Jialin Tao

Undergraduate Student

Jacqueline is a Stanford undergraduate student in Bioengineering. 


Hyokeun Park, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hyokeun received a B.S. and a M.S. degree from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis on single molecule fluorescence. He worked with Richard W. Tsien to work on synaptic vesicles using three-dimensional microscopy. He is now a faculty member of HKUST!


Jihye Seong, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Jihye earned her B.S. and M.S. in Pharmacy from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked on live-cell imaging of oncogenic signaling using subcellular targeted FRET biosensors. She is interested in optogenetic control of ongenic protein activity using fluorescence proteins. She is now a faculty member of KIST!


Jessica Hsu

Undergraduate Student

Jessica is a Caltech undergraduate student in Chemistry. She has worked in the Lin lab since the summer of 2012 to develop and optimize new fluorescent protein systems.


Xiaozhe Ding

Undergraduate Student

Xiaozhe is an undergraduate student majoring in biological sciences at Tsinghua University. He is currently a 2013 summer undergraduate visiting student in the lab. He loves sunshine and fresh air in California! 


Aditya Nandy

High School Student

Aditya is participating in the Stanford Institutes of Medical Research (SIMR) Program. He has graduated from American High School in Fremont, CA and will be attending UC Berkeley in Fall 2013. Aditya is working with Hyokeun on his porject studying the morphology changes of dendritic spines by activation of intersectin. 


Amanda Miguel

Graduate Student

Amanda was a rotation student in the Lin Lab. She is currently a graduate student in the Bioengineering PhD program. 


Austin Lee-Richerson

Graduate Student

Austin earned his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University. He is working in the consulting company BCG in Chicago.


William Chen

Undergraduate Student

William is a Stanford undergraduate student.


Margaret Butko, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Margaret recieved her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at UC San Diego with Dr. Roger Tsien. Her thesis work focused on designing reporters to study protein dynamics at synapses by correlated light and electron mucroscopy and identifying synaptic proteins that contribute to synapse stability by mass spectrometry-based proteomics. She is interested in elucidating molecular mechanisms governing neuronal dynamics, especially those that can lead to neurodegenerative diseases. 


Chi Zhang

Graduate Student

Chi received his B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University. He was a summer undergraduate scholar in the lab, and he is currently a grduate student in Department of Chemistry at MIT.


Arielle Yablonovitch

Graduate Student

Arielle earned her B.S. in Biophysics from UC San Diego, and is currently a first-year Biophysics Ph.D. student. 


Fon Kanokwan

Undergradute Student 

Fon is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. 


Prae Numswangneth

Undergraduate Student

Prae is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering from Thailand. She attended Choate Rosemary Hall from a year before coming to Stanford. In spring 2010, she studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan.


Veronica Rangel Alarcon

Research Assistant 2009-2010

Veronica graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with Distinction and a minor Chemistry. When not riding public transportation in Stanford, Chicago or Shenzhen, she enjoys engineering new signal transduction proteins.


Alexandar Reinaldo Perez

Undergraduate Student Summer 2010

Alec just finished his second year at Cornell University where he studies computational biology along with science of earth systems. He once participated in a semester long practical joke which involved creating a fictional student whose sole purpose was to annoy the housing authority in a University dorm.


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