Team Members

  • Mike-Jewett
  • Michael C. Jewett

    Gastprofessur at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich)

    Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University

    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


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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 Fellow & Assistant Scientific Director

    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

  • 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

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

    B.S., M.S. ETH Zürich


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

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.
  • 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 is working on engineering ribosomes.
  • 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.
  • Camila-Kofman

    Camila Kofman

    B.S., Stanford University


    Camila is redesigning ribosomes to facilitate basic knowledge and enable new applications.
  • Blake-Rasor

    Blake Rasor

    NDSEG Fellow, NSF GRFP (declined)

    B.S., Miami University


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

    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

    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

    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

  • Danielle

    Danielle Yoesep

    B.S., University of Southern California


    Danielle is working on engineering ribosomes.

Undergraduate Students

  • Erik_Bidstrup

    Erik Bidstrup

    Chemical Engineering

    Works with Do Soon Kim
  • Alysse-DeFoe

    Alysse DeFoe


    Works with Anne D’Aquino
  • Katie-Duncker

    Katie Duncker

    Biomedical Engineering

    Works with Weston Kightlinger
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    Kim Phan Ngoc Hoang


    Works with Anne D’Aquino
  • Ashvita-Ramesh

    Ashvita Ramesh

    Biomedical Engineering

    Works with Weston Kightlinger


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