Team Members

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  • 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

    m-jewett(at)northwestern(dot)edu

    Click here to read more about Mike.

Research Staff

  • Rui-Gan

    Rui Gan

    Research Associate

    B.S., Shandong Agricultural University
    M.S., Nankai University
    Ph.D., Nagoya University

    r-gan(at)northwestern(dot)edu

    Gan is developing methods for CFPS, directed evolution, and high-throughput selection/screening.
  • Lauren-Clark

    Lauren Clark

    Lab Manager

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

    lauren.clark(at)northwestern(dot)edu

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


Postdoctoral Associates

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    Michael Hammerling

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

    michael.hammerling(at)northwestern(dot)edu

    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

    joongoo.lee(at)northwestern(dot)edu

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

    Jian Li

    B.S. Anhui Agricultural University
    Ph.D., TU Berlin

    jian.li1(at)northwestern(dot)edu

    Jian is developing novel cell-free platforms from various organisms for the production of bioactive molecules.

Graduate Students


  • Charlotte Abrahamson

    B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

    cabrahamson(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    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

    s3x9t4(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    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

    benjamindessoye2018(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

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

    Quentin Dudley

    B.S.,M.S., University of Nebraska

    qmdudley(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    Quentin is exploring cell-free optimization of metabolic pathways.
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    Jasmine Hershewe

    NDSEG Fellow

    B.S., University of Nevada, Reno

    M.S., Northwestern University

    jasminehershewe2016@u.northwestern.edu

    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.hunt(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    Andrew is working on engineering ribosomes.
  • Ashty-Karim

    Ashty Karim

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., University of Texas at Austin

    ashtykarim2018(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    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

    westonkightlinger(at)
    u.northwestern(dot)edu

    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

    dosoonkim(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    Do Soon is evolving Ribo-T and the corresponding translation machinery for new functions in vivo.


  • Rey-Martin

    Rey Martin

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    Ford Fellow

    B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

    reymartin2012(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    Rey is working on leveraging cell-free systems for synthesis of novel protein therapeutics containing non-standard amino acids.
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    Adam Silverman

    B.S., Georgia Tech

    adamsilverman2021(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

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

    Jessica Stark

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    B.S., Cornell University

    jcstark(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

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

    Arielle Thames

    B.S., Vanderbilt University

    ariel.thames(at)northwestern(dot)edu

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

Master’s Students

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    Dubby Wiseman

    B.S., Clemson University

    dwiseman(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu

    Dubby is incorporating non-standard amino acid residues into protein biomaterials to modify mechanical properties

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

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Weston Kightlinger
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    Rachel Dubner

    Biology

    Works with Jessica Stark
  • Will

    Will Grubbe

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Rui Gan
  • Karen-Hsu

    Karen Hsu

    Mechanical Engineering

    Works with Jessica Stark
  • Emily-Roney

    Emily Roney

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Do Soon Kim

Alumni

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