Deborah Rodriguez, Undergraduate Student

        Previous Training and Education:

            Lane Tech High School (2013-2017)

​            Ranked Top 5% of Graduating Class

            Chicago Botanic Garden: College First


            Weinberg College Summer Research Grant (2018)

            Bio&ChemEXCEL Leadership Prize (2017)     


            Writing Poems, Reading, Tap Dancing, Rollerblading



Mary Brady, Undergraduate Student

        Previous Training and Education:              
             Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart (2013-2017)
             Class Salutatorian 


            Weinberg College Summer Research Grant (2018)

            Commended National Merit Scholar


           Playing the piano, listening to music, photography, reading. 



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




Bao Lab         

Gene Regulation of Stem Cell Maintenance and Differentiation 

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

                   Mentor: Dr. Paul A Khavari, MD, PhD,  Expertise: Skin Sciences, Stem Cells, Epigenomics, Proteomics

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

                   Mentor: Dr. Kristen M Johansen, PhD, Expertise: Epigenetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics

​        Recent Awards and Fundings:
            *  Searle Leadership Fund, Northwestern University, 2015
            *  NIH/NIAMS K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, 2014
            *  Albert M. Kligman Travel Fellowship Award,  2014
            *  NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship. 2011
            *  Dean's Fellowship, Stanford University, 2008


            Traveling, gardening, pets, pottery, snorkeling



Junghun Kweon, Ph.D.  Research Technologist

        Previous Training and Education:

            *  Ph.D. in Biochemistry Molecular Biology & Biophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis  

            *  M.S. in Forensic Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea

            *  B.S. in Animal Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Korea


               Exercise, Music, and Reading



Xin Chen, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellow

        Previous Training and Education:

            *  Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

                   Mentor: Dr. David Brow

            *  M.S. in Plant Biology, Nanjing University, China

            *  B.S. in Biological Sciences, Nanjing University, China


          Reading detective novels, gardening, tennis, ping pong




Sarah Lloyd , Graduate Student -- IBiS Program Class 2017

        Previous Training and Education:

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


            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




Giovanni Gamalong, Undergraduate Student

        Previous Training and Education:

            Wichita High School East (2012-2016)

            Ranked Top 3% of Senior Class


            NU Bioscientist Award (2017)

            QuestBridge Scholar at Northwestern University (2016)       

            Ryan Scholar (2016)  

            Kansas Honors Scholar (2016)    


            Singing (Pop), Badminton, Baking, Tennis



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




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




Adam March Forest, Undergraduate Student

        Previous Training and Education:

            Columbian High School (2012-2016)

            Ranked Top 10 in Class



            National Merit Scholar Finalist   



            Running, Playing the Piano, Reading