Team Members

  • Mike-Jewett
  • Michael C. Jewett

    Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University

    Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University

    Co-director of the Center for Synthetic Biology, Northwestern University

    Institute Fellow at the Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science & Engineering

    B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
    M.S., Stanford University, 2001
    Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Technical University of Denmark, 2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2009


    Click here to read more about Mike.

Research Staff

  • Lauren-Clark

    Lauren Clark

    Lab Manager

    B.S., M.S., University of California San Diego


    Lauren is developing a cell-free protein synthesis platform using chloroplast S30 extract.

Administrative Staff

  • Ilana-Goldstein

    Ilana Goldstein

    Group Administrator

    B.A., B.M., M.M., Northwestern University


Postdoctoral Associates

  • mike-hammerling

    Michael Hammerling

    B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin


    Michael is engineering orthogonal translation and developing cell-free selection strategies.

  • Joon Lee

    B.S., Yonsei University
    M.S., KAIST
    Ph.D., University of Oxford


    Joon is developing sequence-defined synthetic polymers using cell-free systems.

  • Antje Krüger

    Ph.D., Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik


Graduate Students

  • Charlotte Abrahamson

    B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara


    Charlotte is leveraging cell-free systems for the synthesis and construction of protein assemblies.
  • Anne-Daquino

    Anne D’Aquino

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., Western Washington University


    Anne is characterizing translation and probing new ribosome chemistries using in vitro ribosome construction.
  • Ben-Dessoye

    Ben Des Soye

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., SUNY Buffalo


    Ben is improving cell-free synthesis platforms as well as evolving translation machinery for nsAA incorporation.
  • Sam-Gowland

    Sam Gowland

    B.S., Arizona State University


    Sam is working on engineering ribosomes.
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    Jasmine Hershewe

    NDSEG Fellow

    B.S., University of Nevada, Reno

    M.S., Northwestern University


    Jasmine is leveraging non-standard amino acid incorporation to synthesize novel protein-based materials with tunable properties.

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    Andrew Hunt

    NDSEG Fellow, NSF GRFP (declined)

    B.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology


    Andrew is working on engineering ribosomes.
  • Ashty-Karim

    Ashty Karim

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of Texas at Austin


    Ashty is developing cell-free systems for biosynthetic pathway prototyping and natural product discovery.
  • Weston-Kightlinger

    Weston Kightlinger

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of Tulsa


    Weston is working to produce glycoprotein therapeutics in bacterial systems by expressing, characterizing, and engineering glycosyltransferases.
  • Dosoon-Kim

    Do Soon Kim

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of Texas at Austin


    Do Soon is reconceptualizing the designs of molecular machines, focusing on the ribosome.

  • Blake-Rasor

    Blake Rasor

    NDSEG Fellow, NSF GRFP (declined)

    B.S., Miami University


    Blake is using cell-free metabolic engineering for biosynthesis.
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    Adam Silverman

    B.S., Georgia Tech


    Adam is engineering riboswitches as biosensors for cell-free applications.
  • Jess-Stark

    Jessica Stark

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., Cornell University


    Jessica is working on cell-free glycoprotein synthesis and engineering synthetic glycosylation pathways.
  • Ariel-Thames

    Ariel Thames

    B.A., Vanderbilt University


    Ariel is using cell-free systems to study protein glycosylation.
  • Katie-Warfel

    Katie Warfel

    NDSEG Fellow

    B.S., Bucknell Universty


    Katie is using cell-free systems to engineer glycosylation pathways.

Master’s Students

  • Will

    Will Grubbe

    B.S., Northwestern University


    Will is using cell-free metabolic systems to make small molecules.
  • Danielle

    Danielle Yoesep

    B.S., University of Southern California


    Danielle is working on engineering ribosomes.

Undergraduate Students

  • Tasfia Azim

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Anne D’Aquino
  • Sam-Crowe

    Sam Crowe

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Ashty Karim
  • Sam-Davidson

    Sam Davidson

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Ben Des Soye
  • Katie-Duncker

    Katie Duncker

    Biomedical Engineering

    Works with Weston Kightlinger
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    Rachel Dubner


    Works with Jessica Stark
  • Karen-Hsu

    Karen Hsu

    Mechanical Engineering

    Works with Jessica Stark
  • Ashvita-Ramesh

    Ashvita Ramesh

    Biomedical Engineering

    Works with Weston Kightlinger
  • Emily-Roney

    Emily Roney

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Do Soon Kim
  • Alysse-DeFoe

    Alysse DeFoe


    Works with Anne D’Aquino
  • Erik_Bidstrup

    Erik Bidstrup

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Do Soon Kim


  • For a complete list of previous lab members, visit our Alumni Page.