GROUP MEMBERS

THE BOSS

Tobias Baumgart

baumgart at sas.upenn.edu


Associate Professor

Physical & Biological Chemistry


Assistant Professor

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Clausthal, Germany (1998)

PhD from Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (2001)

Postdoctoral associate with Prof. Watt Webb at Cornell University (2001 2005)


CURRICULUM VITAE.pdf

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Chen Zhu

chenzhu at sas.upenn.edu

Year: advanced

Hometown: Anhui, China

Graduated From: University of Science and Technology of China

Major: Chemical Physics

Joined Lab: January 2009 

 

Research: Physical investigation with the giant plasma membrane vesicles


Interests: Chen enjoys painting, calligraphy, reading novels and surfing on the internet...

Tingting Wu

tingtwu at sas.upenn.edu

Year:5th

Hometown: Nanjing, China

Graduated From: Nanjing University

Major: Chemistry

Joined Lab: January 2010 

 

Research: Investigation of BAR-domain containing proteins in T-cell function


Interests: Tingting enjoys music, movies, and traveling with her lovely friends.

Zheng Shi

zhengshi at sas.upenn.edu

Year: 4th

Hometown: Henan, China

Graduated From: University of Science and Technology of China

Major: Condensed Matter Physics

Joined Lab: January 2011 

 

Research: Investigating the mechanisms of membrane curvature sensing by proteins and domain boundary phenomena on phased separated giant unilamellar vesicles


Interests: Zheng is a big fan of soccer, although he has never played it well. He also loves traveling, reading, playing ping-pong and is starting with tennis

Zhiming Chen

zhimchen at sas.upenn.edu



Year: 3rd

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian, China

Graduated From: University of Science and Technology of China

Major: Chemical Physics

Joined Lab: January 2012 

 

Research: kinetics and thermodynamics of BAR domains


Interests: Zhiming likes basketball, soccer games. Also, he enjoys Hokkien music and movies. 

Ningwei Li

nil at seas.upenn.edu


Year: 3rd

Hometown: Guangzhou China

Graduated From: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Major: Chemical Engineering

Joined Lab: January 2012

 

Research: Shape deformation of giant unilamellar vesicles induced by attachment of particles.

 

Interest: Traveling, learning new languages, hanging out with friends on sunny days


Chun Liu

nil at seas.upenn.edu


Year: 2nd

Hometown: Taipei Taiwan

Graduated From: National Taiwan University

Major: Chemistry

Joined Lab: June 2013

 

Research: Studying lipid demixing in ternary mixture of GUV & Interfacial enzyme kinetics on supported lipid bilayerStudying lipid demixing in ternary mixture of GUV & Interfacial enzyme kinetics on supported lipid bilayer.

 

Interest: Japanese cartoon & comic book / Playing badminton


Postdoctoral Fellows

Katarzyna I Jankowska

kajan at sas.upenn.edu


Hometown: Stalowa Wola, Poland

PhD from Rutgers University, Newark

PhD Advisor: Professor Piotr Piotrowiak

PhD Thesis Title: Phosphorescence Quenching Studies of Zinc Substituted Heme-Proteins and Novel Applications of Water Soluble Hemicarcerand in biochemistry.

Masters: Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Master’s Thesis: Disruption of hepatitis C virus RNA replication through inhibition by selected potential drugs in cell culture.

Joined Lab: October 2012


Research: Investigating the mechanisms of membrane curvature sensing and generation by Epsin N-terminal homology (ENTH) domain.


Interests: I’m interested in landscape and portrait photography. I enjoy taking road trips to explore U.S. National Parks with my family and friends.  I also like to watch good movies or read good books.

UNDERGRADUATES

Eric Xu

ericxu at seas.upenn.edu


Year: 2015

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Major: Biochemistry

Joined Lab: May 2012


Research: Sortase A as a tool for investigating and engineering novel protein functions


Interests: Chinese pop and classical, dim sum, soccer, basketball, NHL, poetry

ALUMNI

Wan-Ting Hsieh

Position in group: Graduate student

Sanghamitra Deb

Position in group: PostDoc


Current position: PostDoc at Duke University




Ben Capraro

Position in group: Graduate Student

Current position: Post Doc at Harvard University

Ken Chang


Position in group: Undergraduate Student

Lisa Pang


Position in group: Undergraduate Student

Chih-Jung Hsu
Position in group: Graduate Student

Current Position: Post Doc at NIH

Michael Heinrich

Position in group: Graduate Student

Cinzia Esposito

Position in Group: Post Doc


Current Position: Cinzia is currently working in the Biophysical Chemistry Department at Biozentrum, University of Basel in Switzerland. Her current research focuses on the interactions of peptides, proteins and drugs with membranes and membrane receptors by using isothermal titration calorimetry, CD spectroscopy, and microphysiometry.

Aiwei Tian

Position in Group: Graduate Student


Current Position: Aiwei is a Post Doc at University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Chemistry.

Sarah Johnson

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Sarah will be a physical chemistry graduate student at Princeton University

beginning in fall 2010.

Marcela Carmona

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Marcela will be an immunology graduate student at Yale beginning in Fall 2010.


Abraham Waldman

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Abraham is graduate student at Harvard University

Serenity Wang

Position in Group: Graduate Student


Current Position: Serenity is currently a second-year law student at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Ben Stinson

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Ben is currently a graduate student in the Department of Biology at MIT. He is interested in the mechanisms by which ATP-dependent proteases catalyze protein denaturation.

Michelle Go

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Michelle will be part of the University of Illinois School of Medicine's class of 2014.

Matt Lopes

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student

Jason Reminick

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Jason is at University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and the Simon Graduate School of Business pursuing a joint MD/MBA

Corinne Johnson

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student


Current Position: Corrine is an organic chemistry graduate student at Columbia University.

Wendy Wang

Position in Group: Undergraduate Student

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