Team Members

  • Mike-Jewett
  • 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


    Click here to read more about Mike.


  • 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.
  • Dale-Perdue

    Dale Perdue

    Research Technician

    B.S., University of Kentucky


    Dale is working with Ariel using cell-free systems to study protein glycosylation.
  • Leigh Benvenuti

    Leigh Benvenuti

    Group Administrator

    M.P.P., University of California, Irvine


Postdoctoral Associates

  • Jon-Bogart

    Jon Bogart

    Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellow

    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.
  • Steven-Fleming

    Steven Fleming

    B.S., Pepperdine University

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

    Steve is developing tools for biocatalysis and biodesign.

  • Antje Krüger

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


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

  • 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.

  • 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)

    Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow

    B.S., The University of Texas at Austin


    Holly is working on transcription factor-based sensing.
  • Sam-Gowland

    Sam Gowland

    NIH Biotechnology Training Fellow

    B.S., Arizona State University


    Sam is working on engineering ribosomes.
  • Eric Hammarlund

    Eric Hammarlund

    B.S., Northwestern University


    Eric is developing cell-free systems for producing natural products.
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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.
  • 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


    Grant is developing cell-free systems for sustainability.
  • Grant-Landwehr

    Caleb Lay

    NSF SynBAS Fellow

    B.S., University of Cincinnati


    Caleb is working on engineering materials from insects.
  • 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.
  • Zachary Shaver

    Zachary Shaver

    B.S., Davidson College


    Zach is working on reimagining medicine manufacturing.
  • Ariel-Thames

    Ariel Thames

    NIH F31 NRSA Fellow

    B.A., Vanderbilt University


    Ariel is using cell-free systems to study protein glycosylation.
  • Brenda-Wang

    Brenda Wang

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of California, Berkeley


    Brenda is working on accelerating biodiscovery and biodesign using cell-free systems.
  • 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


    Derek is working to identify novel antibiotics.

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    Undergraduate Students

  • Nathalie Boadi

    Nathalie Boadi

    Biological Sciences

    Works with Katie Warfel
  • Joey Galindo

    Joey Galindo

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Kosuke Seki
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    Yejun Kim

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Antje Krüger
  • Sarah Sobol

    Sarah Sobol

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Katie Warfel
  • Rafael-Torres

    Rafael Torres

    Biological Sciences

    Works with Joon Lee
  • Carol Vieira de Magalhaes

    Carol Vieira de Magalhaes

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Jon Bogart


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