Team Members

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  • Michael C. Jewett

    Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University

    Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University

    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


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  • 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.
  • Ashty-Karim

    Ashty Karim

    Research Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Northwestern University

    B.S., University of Texas at Austin


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

    Ilana Goldstein

    Group Administrator

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


Postdoctoral Associates

  • Jon-Bogart

    Jon Bogart

    B.S., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    Jon is using cell-free systems to characterize glycosyltransferases and produce complex natural products.
  • 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.

  • Antje Krüger

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


    Antje is using cell free systems for prototyping applications in synthetic biology.

  • 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.

  • Maria de Lourdes Cabezas Tapia

    B.S., The University of Texas at Austin

    Ph.D., Northwestern University


    Maria is developing high-throughput technologies for engineering biology using cell-free systems.

  • Bastian Vögeli

    SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow

    B.S., M.S. ETH Zürich

    Ph.D., Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology


    Bastian is developing high-throughput methods for cell-free metabolic pathway engineering.

  • Jess Willi

    SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow

    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Bern, Switzerland

    Jess is working on engineering and retro-evolving ribosomes.

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.
  • Maddie-Dewinter

    Maddie DeWinter

    B.S., University of Colorado


    Maddie is working on engineering cell free protein glycosylation pathways.
  • Holly Ekas

    Holly Ekas

    NDSEG fellow, NSF GRFP (declined)

    B.S., The University of Texas at Austin


  • Sam-Gowland

    Sam Gowland

    NIH Biotechnology Training Fellow

    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 works to accelerate the design and synthesis of new protein parts for synthetic biology.
  • 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.
  • Camila-Kofman

    Camila Kofman

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., Stanford University


    Camila is redesigning ribosomes to facilitate basic knowledge and enable new applications.
  • Grant-Landwehr

    Grant Landwehr

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., Louisiana State University


  • 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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    Grant Rybnicky

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., James Madison University


    Grant is using cell free systems for prototyping applications in synthetic biology.
  • Kosuke_Seki

    Kosuke Seki

    CLP Training Grant Fellow

    B.S., University of California, Irvine


    Kosuke is developing enabling technologies to expand genetically encoded chemistry for regulating protein structures.
  • Adam_Silverman

    Adam Silverman

    NIH Biotechnology Training Fellow

    Ryan Fellow

    B.S., Georgia Tech


    Adam is engineering riboswitches as biosensors for cell-free applications.
  • 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.
  • Derek Wong

    Derek Wong

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of California, San Diego


Master’s Students

  • HunterBrown

    Hunter Brown

    B.A., Carleton College


    Hunter is using high-throughput, cell-free prototyping in design of metabolic pathways.
  • Undergraduate Students

    • Erik_Bidstrup

      Erik Bidstrup

      Chemical Engineering

      Works with Do Soon Kim
    • Nathalie Boadi

      Nathalie Boadi

      Biological Sciences

      Works with Katie Warfel
    • Alysse-DeFoe

      Alysse DeFoe

      Chemical Engineering

      Works with Antje Krüger
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      Yejun Kim

      Chemical Engineering

      Works with Antje Krüger
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      Skylar Ladson-Gary

      Chemical and Biological Engineering

      Works with Maria De Lourdes Cabezas Tapia
    • Rafael-Torres

      Rafael Torres

      Biological Sciences

      Works with Joon Lee
    • Sarah Sobol

      Sarah Sobol

      Chemical Engineering

      Works with Katie Warfel


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