Former graduate students
Graduate student (2017-2022)
Current position: Associate Technology Development Engineer at the Entegris
Graduate student (2019-2022)
Current position: Product engineer at the Lam Research
Graduate student (2014-2020)
Current position: Postdoc scholar at Northwestern University
Hector Acaron Ledesma
Graduate student (2013-2020)
Current position: Postdoc scholar at Harvard Medical School
Graduate student (2016-2020)
Current position: Junior Fellow of the Rice Academy
Graduate student (2015-2020)
Current position: McKinsey & Company
Graduate student (2015-2019)
Current position: Boston Consulting Group
Andrew Phillips grew up in Novi, Michigan. He received a BSChem degree in chemistry in 2013 from the University of Michigan, working in the Banaszak Holl lab on targeted drug delivery. In 2014, he received an MSE in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, also from the University of Michigan, working with Professor Jinsang Kim on biosensors. Before entering the University of Chicago in 2015 to pursue a PhD in chemistry, Andrew worked as a research associate in the Kim and Tewari labs at UM on developing low-cost diagnostic platforms for new biomarkers. In the Tian group, Andrew has developed optically-triggered catalytic reactions under physiological condition. Andrew was an NIH Chem-Bio fellow.
Graduate student (2014-2019)
Current position: Scientist at the Clemson University
Graduate student (2013-2018)
Current position: Residency at UCSF
Graduate student (2012-2018)
Current position: Postdoc scholar in the Bao lab, Stanford University
Graduate student (2012-2016)
Current position: Postdoc scholar in the Parker lab, Harvard University
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, John Zimmerman graduated from Whitman College in 2011, receiving his bachelor’s in chemistry. During his undergraduate, he investigated purification platforms of the protein PcpA, for use in microbatch x-ray crystallography under Tim Machonkin. He entered the University of Chicago’s PhD program in chemistry, during the fall of 2011, with a focus in inorganic chemistry. While in the Tian lab, John has studied the internalization dynamics of nanowires and developed a few methods for intracellular biophysical probing. John was a class of 2013 CBC scholar. John is currently an Organ Design and Engineering Training Program Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Master’s student (2013-2014)
Current position: Neurosurgeon, UT Health San Antonio
Former postdoc scholars
Postdoc scholar (2020-2022)
Current position: Postdoc scholar at Northwestern University
Postdoc scholar (2018-2022)
Current position: Assistant professor, Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Postdoc scholar (2017-2020)
Current position: Assistant professor, Bioengineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Postdoc scholar (2016-2020)
Current position: Assistant professor, Bioengineering, Technion, Israel
Postdoc scholar (2016-2018)
Current position: Associate professor, Shenzhen Institutes of Synthetic Biology, Shenzhen, China
Postdoc scholar (2018-2019)
Current position: Professor, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Postdoc scholar (2015-2019)
Current position: Professor, Shanghai East Hospital, Shanghai, China
Postdoc scholar (2019)
Current position: Dutch and European Patent Attorney at ASML, Netherlands
Fei Pei received his BSc and MSc in applied physics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He received his PhD in experimental quantum physics from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. During his PhD, he worked on the quantum dot and qubit experiments in carbon nanotubes and quantum transport measurement in InSb nanowires. In 2019, he joined the Tian lab as a postdoc at the James Franck Institute, at the University of Chicago. He worked on semiconductor materials to study biointerfaces.
Postdoc scholar (2015-2018)
Current position: Scientist, Samsung, South Korea
Jaeseok Yi received his B.S. and PhD in materials science and engineering from Hanyang University. During his PhD, he studied the fundamental behavior of 1D and 2D semiconductor nanomaterials (nanowire, nanorod, graphene) and their applications in high-performance electronic devices including TFTs, LEDs, chemical sensors, photovoltaics. In 2015, he joined Tian’s group and started his postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago. His research interest includes the synthesis and properties of nanostructures and novel applications for bio-nano hybrid electronics. He also showed a demonstration of applying mineralization in flexible electronics and underwater adhesion.
Raymond C. S. Wong
Postdoc scholar (2014-2016)
Current position: Engineer, Computime
Postdoc scholar (2013-2015)
Current position: Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Dr. Wang was born in Fujian, China. He received the B.S. (2005) and PhD (2010) degrees in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China. His PhD research in Prof. Jun Wang’s group was focused on the controlled syntheses of polyphosphoesters and their bioapplications. He then worked with Professor Younan Xia as a postdoctoral scholar in the theranostic applications of gold nanocages. He joined the Tian group in January 2013, where he worked on calcite based nanoelectronic devices. He has also worked with Yuanwen Jiang and a few other former lab members on silicon-based biointerfaces.
Postdoc Scholar (2012-2016)
Current position: Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Former visiting scholars
Visiting student (2019-2020)
Current position: Postdoc Scholar, Peking University, China
Visiting professor (2019-2020)
Current position: Professor, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Kun Hou obtained his Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Peking University in 2006. He then did two postdocs working on mesoporous materials with Prof. Geoff A Ozin at the University of Toronto (2006-2008) and with Prof. Thomas Bein at the University of Munich (2009-2011). After that, he spent a few years in Ecolab company as a research scientist. In 2017, he moved to Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure and Matter where he currently is a research professor. From 2019 to 2020, he was in Prof. Tian’s group at the University of Chicago as a visiting scholar, working on soft-hard interface nanocomposite materials for environmental and biological applications. His current research interests including mesoporous materials, soft-hard interface composite materials and non-precious metal electrocatalysts for fuel cells. As a scientist with both academic and industrial experiences, besides his academic research, he is also enthusiastic about implementing his research achievements to benefit people’s life, so he recently founded a start-up company trying to commercialize the catalysts developed in his lab for water treatment and fuel cells. In his spare time, Kun likes reading and playing table tennis.
Won Il Park
Visiting professor (2013-2015)
Current position: Professor, Hanyang University, South Korea
Visiting professor (2014-2015)
Current position: Professor, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences
Former undergraduate students
Kavita is an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry. She grew up in San Francisco, California, and enjoys spending her free time playing frisbee, biking along Lakeshore Drive, hiking, and reading.
Clementene Clayton is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and Molecular Engineering. She grew up moving often and lived in Palo Alto, Seoul, Boston, and Sydney. Outside of lab work and classes, she enjoys scuba diving, photography, and reading.
Bernadette Miao is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Chemistry and a career involving teaching and research. Outside of lab and class, she enjoys baking, gardening, and running.
Matthew Seebald was an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry from Washington, D.C. Working under the guidance of Aleks Prominski, he studied the ablation of ceramic-PDMS composites and the training of cardiomyocytes. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing guitar, painting, backpacking, and fly fishing.