Bao Lab         

Epigenomic Regulation of Stem Cell Maintenance and Differentiation 

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




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




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



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




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. 



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




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




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



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