Gao Lab 2023

Dr. Xue (Sherry) Gao
Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Penn Center for Precision Engineering for Health

xuegao@seas.upenn.edu  |

Dr. Xue (Sherry) Gao joined the University of Pennsylvania as the Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, starting in January 2024. Dr. Gao also serves as a core faculty member at Penn’s Center for Precision Engineering for Health. Prior to Penn, Dr. Gao held the position of Ted N. Law Assistant Professor at Rice University in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from July 2017. The Gao lab research is situated at the interaction of biomolecular engineering, biochemistry, and chemical biology, with a primary focus on small- and macro-molecules for advancements in human health.

Dr. Xue Sherry Gao earned her doctoral degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2013. Following her Ph.D., Dr. Gao pursued postdoctoral research at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her academic achievements include receiving the 2024 BMES-CMBE Rising Star Award, the 2022 NSF CAREER AWARD, the 2022 Outstanding Young Faculty at Rice School of Engineering, and the 2020 NIH MIRA R35 AWARD, among others.

Ava Fradlin Ryan

Undergraduate
Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology
Rice University
Sep. 2021 – Now

Angela Benitez

Undergraduate
Biosciences
Rice University
July 2023 – Now

Ananya Lingineni

Undergraduate
Biosciences
Rice University
Sep. 2021 – Now

Bryant You

Graduate Student
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
B.S., University of Houston
2020 – Now

Camille Neal-Harris

Rice Summer Research Fellow
BioEngineering
Rice University
May. 2022 – Now

Catherine Stidham

Undergraduate
BioEngineering
Rice University
Jan. 2023 – Now

Chunxiao Sun

Postdoc
Ph.D., Pharmacy
Ocean University of China
Sep. 2021 – Now

Devin Golla

Graduate Student
NSF GRFP Fellow
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
2023 – Now

Emmanuela Akwar

Undergraduate
Biochemistry
Rice University
Mar. 2023- Now

Emmanuel Osikpa

Research associate
B.S., Biology,
Johns Hopkins University
Sep. 2022- Now

Hrishabh Singh

Graduate Student
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
2023 – Now

Kelly Chee

Undergraduate
Cell Biology and Genetics
Rice University
May 2022 – Now

Kevin Gong

High School Student, Rice incoming undergraduate
June. 2023 – Now

Komal Talloo

Undergraduate
BioEngineering
Rice University
Jan. 2023 – Now

Parth Singal

Undergraduate
BioEngineering
Rice University
Jan. 2023 – Now

Qiuyue Nie

Postdoc
Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry
Chinese Academy of Sciences
2021 – Now

Rohan Palavali

Undergraduate
Biosciences (Biochemistry Concentration)
Rice University
Jan. 2023 – Now

Shijie Wan

Postdoc
Microbiology
Ph.D. Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Sep. 2023 – Now

Varsha Chandramouli

Undergraduate
Neurosciences
Rice University
Jan. 2023 – Now

Shuai Liu

Postdoc
Ph.D., Kunming Institute of Botany
Chinese Academy of Sciences
2022 – Now

Shrutika Gupta

Undergraduate
Biosciences
Rice University
Dec. 2022 – Now

Tyler Daniel

Graduate Student
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
B.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins
2022 – Now

Yifan Li

Graduate Student
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
B.S., Fu Jen Catholic University
2023 – Now

Zane Zeng

Graduate Student
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester
2020 – Now

Alumni

Canny Yang, M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2021-2023
Hao-Wei Shih, M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2021-2023, currently Ph.D. student at New York University
Qichen Yuan, Ph.D., 2019-2023, currently Scientist at Colossal Biosciences
Jie Yang, Postdoc, 2019-2022, currently Associate Professor at Tianjin Medical University
Fanglong Zhao, Postdoc, 2019-2022, currently Professor at Shandong First Medical University
Zhiwen Liu, Postdoc, 2019-2022, currently Postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine
Victor Padres, Research assistant, 2021-2022, currently Research Associate at Lonza Biologics
Kevin Lee Luo, Research Assistant, 2021-2022
Dacheng Ma, Postdoc, 2020-2022
Shunyu Huang, Research assistant, 2020-2021, currently Master student at Columbia University
Shuqi Guo, Research scholar, 2018 – 2019, currently Lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong University

Siddhant Patil, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, Sep. 2021 – Dec 2023
Lisa Parmar, Undergraduate, Chemistry, Rice University, Jan 2022 – Dec 2023
Kevin Yang, Undergraduate, Cell Biology and Genetics, Data Science Minor, Rice University, May 2022 – Dec 2023
Perry Gilberd, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, 2022 – 2023
Adi Peddi, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, 2021-2023
Angela Lin, NIH-supported undergraduate researcher, Biosciences, Rice University, Feb. 2021 – May 2023
Jeffrey Vanegas, NIH-supported undergraduate researcher, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Feb. 2021 – May 2023
Megan S. Liu, Undergraduate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, March 2021-May 2022
Kayla Kim, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, May 2021-May 2022
Anika Patel, Undergraduate, Computer science, Rice University, Oct. 2021-May 2022
Jon Zhang, Undergraduate, Bioengineering, Rice University, Aug. 2020 – Apr. 2022
Liliana Abramson, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, Sep. 2021 – Apr. 2022
Gaby Perez, B.S., Biochemistry, Rice University, Jan 2021 – June 2021
Matan Lieber-Kotz, B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Aug 2019-Mar 2020
Jonathan Pan, B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, June 2018 – June 2019
Catherine Yeh, B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, May 2018 – June 2019
Lauren Chiang, B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, June 2018 – June 2019
Alex Curylo, B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, June 2018 – June 2019
Anitha Aadireddy, Undergraduate Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Summer 2018
Jennifer Phan, B.A., Undergraduate Student, Biology, the University of St. Thomas, Summer 2018