Principal Investigator 

Milan Mrksich, Ph. D.

Henry Wade Rogers Professor

B.S. University of Illinois

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology


Administrative Staff

Allison Bader

Program Assistant

B.A. University of Missouri



Yael Mayer, CRA

Research Administrator

B.A. Carleton College



Research Staff


 Juliet Roll 

Research Technologist 

B.A. Biochemistry/Biophysics, Northwestern University



Junior Faculty and Research Fellows 

Eric Berns, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

B.S. Biology, Animal Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ph.D. BME, Northwestern University (Samuel Stupp)

    “Cell-based assays; Single-cell assays”


Justin Modica

B.S. Chemistry, Ohio State University

Ph.D. BioOrganic Chemistry, University of Chicago (Milan Mrksich)

“Antibody Engineering; Protein Organic Chemistry”


Postdoctoral Researchers 

Liang Lin, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, Peking University

Ph.D. Chemical Biology, Peking University (Xing Chen)

“Nanomaterials used in biology including protein activation and glycan detection; glycobiology, nano-technology”


Shengwang Zhou, Ph.D. 

B.S. Chemistry, Ludong University

Ph.D. Chemistry, Nanjing University (Xuezhong Du)

“Geometrical assembly of recombinant protein for tetrahedral megamolecules”


Graduate Students 

Sarah Anderson

B.S. Chemistry, Santa Clara University

“Using a SAMDI-MS assay to screen spherical nucleic acids for glioblastoma therapy”



Alison Bayly 

B.A. Chemistry, Grinnell College

“NHC catalysis reaction screening via SAMDI-MS and evaluation of synthetic software”



Elamar Hakim Moully

B.S./M.S. Chemistry, University of Calilfornia, Los Angeles

“Measuring phosphatase activity at the single-cell level by SAMDI-MS”



Kazi Y. Helal

B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering, New York University

“Traceless Immobilization of Analytes for Analysis by SAMDI-MS”



Che-Fan (Jeffrey) Huang

B.S. Chemistry, M.S. Chemistry, National Taiwan University

“Assaying the activities of an oncogenic phosphatase SHP2 with SAMDI and discoverying its inhibitors”



Blaise Kimmel 

B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University




Adam J. Pluchinsky

B.S. Chemistry, Fordham University

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

“Development of high-throughput screening methods based on SAMDI-MS: Applications in directed evolution and epigenetic control”


Sraeyes Sridhar

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University


Dan Sykora

B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

“Spatiotemporal quantification of cell adhesion dynamics on chemically dynamic substrates.”



Alexei Ten

B.S. Chemistry, Biochemistry, University of Washington

M.S. Chemistry, University of Chicago

“Random peptide array synthesis via split-pool and discovery of novel peptide cell adhesion ligands”



Postdoctoral Fellows 

  • Yubai Zhou (2019) Research Associate at UNC, Chapel Hill
  • Kevin Metcalf (2018) Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, San Francisco
  • Nihan Yonet-Tanyeri (2018) Post doc at University of Pittsburgh, Chem E Department
  • Hsin-Yu Kuo (2017)
  • Max Wang
  • Kyle Bantz (2014) Assistant Professor at Virginia Military Institute
  • Rebecca McMurray (2014) Research Associate, Northwestern University, Monica Olvera de la Cruz
  • Greg Hudalla (2013) Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Flordia
  • W. Paige Osberg (2013)
  • Shagufta Shabbir (2012) Lecturer, Depts of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
  • Kris Kilian (2011) Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Yekui Zou (2010) Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, MIT, Pentelute Lab
  • Hyunsook Jung (2010) Research Agency for Defense Development, Korea
  • Stephanie Boussert (2010) Instrument Manager, Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, College of Charleston
  • Madalina Rujoi (2009) Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, DePaul, Chicago
  • Joohoon Kim (2009) Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
  • Haim Tsubery (2008) Associate Director of Research, Neurophage Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA.
  • Steve Patrie (2008) Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Melanie Schroeder-Patterson (2008) Senior Scientist II, AbbVie
  • Yao Lin (2008) Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Connecticut
  • Violeta Marin (2008) Senior Scientist II, AbbVie
  • Satish Nayak (2008) Scientist, Kemin Industries
  • Seda Kizilel (2008) Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Koc University
  • Justin Piper (2006), Associate, Sidley & Austin
  • Mario Lacouture (2004), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Dermatology, Northwestern University – Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Joshua Maurer (2004), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Washington University
  • William Murphy (2004), Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Joel Collier (2004), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, University of Chicago
  • Eunhee Jeoung (2004), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Kangnung National University, Korea
  • Adam Eisenberg (2004) Research Specialist, HHMI, Mrksich Group
  • Ellen Gawalt (2003), Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Duquesne University
  • Jennifer Smith (2002), Assistant Director, Beaufort Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Ph.D. Students

  • Sarah Wood (2019) Test Engineer 3, Gingko Bioworks
  • Patrick O’Kane (2019) Scientist, SAMDI Tech
  • Jose-Marc Techner (2019), MD Student, Northwestern University
  • Jennifer Grant (2018) Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute, Harvard University
  • Pradeep Bugga (2018)
  • Maria Cabezas (2018)
  • Henoke Teketse (2017) Visiting Graduate Student, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Courtney Sobers (2014) Teaching Instructor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Andreea Stuparu (2013) Visiting Scholar, UCLA, Radu lab
  • Caitlyn Yeykal (2011) Global Project Management, Merck
  • Lan Ban (2011) Scientist, Kemin Food Technologies
  • Xiaoli Liao (2011) Senior Scientist, AbbVie
  • Frank Roberts (2011) Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
  • Juan-Jose Sanchez-Cortes (2011) Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, Shea Group
  • Goher Mahmud (2011) Bio-Engineer, Procter and Gamble
  • Rafe Petty (2010) Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
  • Jing Li (2010) Scientist, Blue Stream Laboratories
  • Zack Gurard-Levin (2010) Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Curie, France, Almouzni Group
  • Jessica (Case) Eisenberg (2009) Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Chemistry, Loyola University Chicago
  • Jane Maduram (2008) MD Program Northwestern University
  • Robert Hsieh (2006) Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Jing Su (2006), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Young-Sam Lee (2005), Assistant Professor, Dept of Biology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dal-Hee Min (2005), Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University
  • Woon-Seok Yeo (2005), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Kunkuk University, Seoul, Korea
  • Shannon Dillmore (2004), Senior Scientist BD Technologies
  • Youngeun Kwon (2004), Senior Scientist, Samsung Semiconductors
  • Mihoko Kato (2002), Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Sternberg Group
  • Yuezhong Feng (2002), Scientific Adviser, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
  • Christian Hodneland (2001), Vice President, William Blair & Company
  • Ben Houseman (2001), Assistant Professor in Residence, Dept. of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco
  • Yan-Yeung Luk (2001), Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Syracuse University
  • Muhammad Yousaf (2001), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of North Carolina
  • Hui Li (2000), Research Associate, Department of Radiology

Masters and Undergraduate Students 

  • Paul Perkovich (2017) Undergraduate, Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
  • Natalie Fahey (2017) Graduate Student, Chemistry
  • Anthony Bruno (2016) Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering
  • Shanice Taylor
  • Christopher Grimestad
  • Colleen Xu (2013) Undergradute, Northwestern University, Biology Major
  • Jacob Parzen (2011)
  • Sully Drotar (2011)
  • Niklas Thompson (2010)
  • Zana Lukic (2009) Graduate Student, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Loyola, Chicago
  • Ben Diroll (2009) Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bo Peng (2008)
  • Idris Karagoz (2008)
  • Liz Santori (2007) Graduate Student, CalTech
  • Yihui Wu (2006) Graduate Student, Harvard University
  • Stacey Kigar (2006) Postdoctoral Student, NIH
  • Matthew Merguerian (2006) MD/Ph.D. Student, Columbia University
  • Parvinder S. Thiara (2006) Graduate Student, Oxford University
  • Jacob Basak (2005) MD/Ph.D. Student, Washington University
  • Michael Hackman (2004)
  • Isaac Yonemoto (2003) Postdoctoral Fellow, J. Craig Venter Institute
  • David Eugene Boler (2002)
  • Christopher England (2002)
  • Xingyu Jiang, Graduate Student, Whitesides Group, Harvard University

Other Former Members

  • Michael Scholle (2014)
  • John Sherrill (2014)
  • Matthew Cullpepper (2013)
  • Maria Donata Coghi (2013)
  • Jared Weiss (2013)
  • Heather Scott (2012)
  • Katinka Bahr (2009)
  • Elisabet Prats-Alfonso (2009) Graduate Student, University of Barcelona, Albericio and Alvarez Group
  • Merav Tsubery (2008) Postdoc in Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Sunghyun Kim (2006)
  • Kwesi O. Mercurius (2004)