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

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
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 and the Department of Bioengineering, 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, primarily focusing 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.

Tyler Daniel

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

Hui Gao

Graduate Student
Biotechnology, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle
2024 – Now

Devin Golla

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

Aman Gupta

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Class of 2027
2024 – Now

Shuai Liu

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

Qiuyue Nie

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

Ya Fang Qian

Research Assistant
Academy at Palumbo
Penn AEOP High School Internship Program
2024 – Now

Hrishabh Singh

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

Chunxiao Sun

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

Shijie Wan

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

Bryant You

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

Maria Zotova

Undergraduate Undergraduate Research Assistant
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Class of 2027
2024 – Now

Alumni

Emmanuel Osikpa, B.S., Research associate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2022-2024, currently Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University
Zane Zeng, Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2020-2024
Yifan Li, M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2022-2023, currently Ph.D. student at Boston College
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., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2019-2023, currently Scientist at Colossal Biosciences
Jie Yang, Postdoc, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2019-2022, currently Associate Professor at Tianjin Medical University
Fanglong Zhao, Postdoc, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2019-2022, currently Professor at Shandong First Medical University
Zhiwen Liu, Postdoc, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2019-2022, currently Postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine
Victor Padres, Research Assistant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2021-2022, currently Research Associate at Lonza Biologics
Kevin Lee Luo, Research Assistant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2021-2022
Dacheng Ma, Postdoc, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2020-2022
Shunyu Huang, Research Assistant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2020-2021, currently Master student at Columbia University
Shuqi Guo, Research scholar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, 2018 – 2019, currently Lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong University

Ava Fradlin Ryan, Undergraduate, Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, Rice University, Sep. 2021 – Feb. 2024
Angela Benitez, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, July 2023 – Feb. 2024
Ananya Lingineni, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, Sep. 2021 – Feb. 2024
Camille Neal-Harris, Rice Summer Research Fellow, BioEngineering, Rice University, May. 2022 – Feb. 2024
Catherine Stidham, Undergraduate, BioEngineering, Rice University, Jan. 2023 – Feb. 2024
Emmanuela Akwar, Undergraduate, Biochemistry, Rice University, Mar. 2023- Feb. 2024
Kelly Chee, Undergraduate, Cell Biology and Genetics, Rice University, May 2022 – Feb. 2024
Komal Talloo, Undergraduate, BioEngineering, Rice University, Jan. 2023 – Feb. 2024
Parth Singal, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, Jan. 2022 – Feb. 2024
Rohan Palavali, Undergraduate, Biosciences (Biochemistry Concentration), Rice University,Jan. 2023 – Feb. 2024
Varsha Chandramouli, Undergraduate, Neurosciences, Rice University,Dec. 2022 – Feb. 2024
Shrutika Gupta, Undergraduate, Biosciences, Rice University, Dec. 2022 – Feb. 2024
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