Tingting Dai

Tingting Dai

I’m currently a graduate student from Chemistry Department, working under the supervision of Dr. Jianghong Rao. My research focuses on designing and development of small molecule probes to understand mycobacteria immune evasion and interaction with host cells and detect drug-resistant bacteria to help control the antibiotic resistance.

I completed my B.S degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Neuroscience.  In 2018, I was awarded the Center for Molecular Analysis and Design (CMAD) fellowship to support my graduate work. In 2019, I served as the president and financial officer for Chinese Women Collective at Stanford to help organize culture events and support the community.

Additional interests include dancing and traveling.


1) A Fluorogenic Trehalose Probe for Tracking Phagocytosed Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Journal of the American Chemical Society Dai, T. n., Xie, J. n., Zhu, Q. n., Kamariza, M. n., Jiang, K. n., Bertozzi, C. R., Rao, J. n.2020

2) Targeting MMP-14 for dual PET and fluorescence imaging of glioma in preclinical models. European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Kasten, B. B., Jiang, K., Cole, D., Jani, A., Udayakumar, N., Gillespie, G. Y., Lu, G., Dai, T., Rosenthal, E. L., Markert, J. M., Rao, J., Warram, J. M.2019

3) Rapid and specific labeling of single live Mycobacterium tuberculosis with a dual-targeting fluorogenic probe. Science Translational Medicine Cheng, Y., Xie, J., Lee, K., Gaur, R. L., Song, A., Dai, T., Ren, H., Wu, J., Sun, Z., Banaei, N., Akin, D., Rao, J.2018; 10 (454)