Giovanni Gamalong

undergraduate student



Patric Ho , Graduate Student -- IBiS Program Class 2017

        Previous Training and Education:

            B.S. Biochemistry, University of California - Los Angeles


             Carcinogenesis Training Grant 2018-2020

             Biotech Training Grant 2017

             2014 UCLA Science Poster Day Dean's Prize Finalist

             2012 UCLA Peter Rotter Essay Prize Nominee

             Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout

        Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Weightlifting,

            and Playing musical instruments




Adam Forest

undergraduate student




Jeffery Yuan, Undergraduate Student

   All American Academic 
   National Chinese Honor Society
   National Merit Commended


   Swimming, Photography, Listening to music


Celia Xue, Undergraduate Student

   Gold Medal (National 1st), USA-China Biology Olympiad Initiative​ (2020)
   Silver Medal (Top 15%), British Biology Olympiad Competition (2020)


   Tennis Guitar, Photography


Xiaomin Bao, Ph.D.  Principle Investigator

    Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University 

        Previous Training and Education:

            *  Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine 2008-2015

            *  Graduate Student, Interdepartmental Genetics, Iowa State University 2002-2008

       Recent Awards and Fundings:

            *  NUCATS Pilot Grant 2020

            *  R01, NIH/NIAMS 2020-2025

            *  ESDR/SID Young Investigator Collegiality Award, 2019   

            *. Basic Insight Award, 2019
            *  Searle Leadership Fund, Northwestern University, 2015 - present
            *  NIH/NIAMS K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, 2014-2021

            Traveling, pets, painting, snorkeling/diving, antique hunting



Laura Blumensaadt, Research Technologist

    National Merit Scholar Finalist
    Weinberg Summer Research Grant (2019)
    Northwestern Summer Research Grant (2020)
    Northwestern Dean's List (2019)

    Figure skating, photography, reading



Bao Lab         

Xin Chen

Postdoctoral Scholar



Sarah Lloyd , Graduate Student -- IBiS Program Class 2017

        Previous Training and Education:

            B.S. Biology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse


            Presidential Fellowship 2020           

            IBiS Teaching Excellence Award  2018

            CMDB Training Grant 2017-2019

            Dean's list (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse) 

            Dean's Distinguished Fellowship, Summer 2015

            Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship, Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Award 

            University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Goblet of Fire Chemistry Challenge Finalist 

            Weber Scholarship in Biology, Lighthizer Pre-Medicine Scholarship 

            Military Order of the Purple Heart State and National Scholarships

        Hobbies: Running, Lifting, Cooking, and Baking




Gene Regulation of Adult Stem Cell Maintenance & Human Tissue Regeneration

Junghun Kweon

Research Technologist II



Benny Zhang, Undergraduate Student

  Northwestern Summer Internship Grant (2022)
  Northwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (2021)
  Northwestern Dean’s List

  Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Weightlifting, Cooking



Amy Neely , Graduate Student -- IBiS Program Class 2018

        Previous Training and Education:

            B.S. Biochemistry, Armstrong State University


             Dean's List

             President's List

             2016 Landlover's Scholarship Recipient 

        Hobbies: Reading, Playing with my cats, Sewing, and Painting




Stephenie Droll, Graduate Student -- IBiS Program Class 2019

        Previous Training and Education:

            *  B.S. Purdue University

            *  Postbac NIH

             Graduation with Highest Distinction
             Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Intern
             Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
             Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate

       Hobbies: Painting, Beadwork, Swing dancing, Baking




Max Levine, Undergraduate Student

 Dean’s List 2020-2022
   Northwestern Summer Research Grant (2021)
   Gold President's Volunteer Service Award


    Hiking, Travel, Frisbee


Nick Chamberlain, Graduate Student -- IBiS Program Class 2021

        Previous Training and Education:

            *  B.S. Univ. of North Carolina


             Carcinogenesis Training Grant 2023-
             Phi Beta Kappa
             Dean's List 2015-2019


             Camping, printmaking