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


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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.
  • Dale-Perdue

    Dale Perdue

    Research Technician

    B.S., University of Kentucky


    Dale is working with Ariel using cell-free systems to study protein glycosylation.
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    Isaiah Richardson

    Research Technologist

    M.S., Northwestern University

    B.S., Concordia University Wisconsin


    Isaiah is advancing methods for sustainable bioproduction.
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    Hannah Kato

    Group Administrator

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Postdoctoral Associates

  • Rochelle Aw

    Rochelle Aw

    B.S., Imperial College London, U.K.

    Ph.D., Imperial College London, U.K.


    Rochelle is developing tools for cell-free glycoprotein synthesis.
  • Yun-nam Choi

    Yun-nam Choi

    B.S., Postech Korea, Korea

    Ph.D., Postech Korea, Korea


    Yun-nam is working to develop carbon fixation pathways for sustainability.

  • 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.

  • Peivand Sadat Mousavi

    NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

    B.S., University of Waterloo

    Ph.D., University of Toronto


    Peivand is developing methods to accelerate the discovery of therapeutics.

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Laura Guerrero

    Laura Guerrero

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison


    Laura is accelerating biodiversity and biodesign of therapeutics.
  • 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.
  • Caleb Lay

    Caleb Lay

    NSF SynBAS Fellow

    B.S., University of Cincinnati


    Caleb is working on engineering materials from insects.
  • Kat Myers

    Kat Myers

    B.S., Purdue University


    Kat is accelerating biodesign for synthetic biology applications.
  • Meagan Olsen

    Meagan Olsen

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of Arkansas


    Meagan is developing cell-free systems for equitable biotechnologies.
  • Deepali Prasanna

    Deepali Prasanna

    B.E., RV College of Engineering


    Deepali is advancing methods for therapeutic synthesis.
  • Blake-Rasor

    Blake Rasor

    NDSEG Fellow, NSF GRFP (declined)

    B.S., Miami University


    Blake is using cell-free metabolic engineering for biosynthesis.
  • 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.

<–h1>Master’s Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Nathalie Boadi

    Nathalie Boadi

    Biological Sciences

    Works with Blake Rasor
  • Regina Fernandez

    Regina Fernandez

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Derek Wong
  • Joey Galindo

    Joey Galindo

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Kosuke Seki
  • Anika Gupta

    Anika Gupta

    Biomedical Engineering

    Works with Grant Landwehr
  • Rebeca Lion

    Rebeca Lion

    Biomedical Engineering

    Works with Grant Landwehr
  • Sarah Sobol

    Sarah Sobol

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Katie Warfel


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