WEN GROUP
PROTEIN-ASSEMBLY ENGINEERING LAB






Prof. Fei Wen, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Office: NCRC B028-G058W | Lab: NCRC B028-G101E
Ph. No: (734) 764-8723 | Email: feiwenum@umich.edu
Professional Experience:

Associate Professor, University of Michigan, 2019 - Present
Dow Corning Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, 2014 - 2016
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012 - 2019
Post Doctoral Researcher, Stanford University, 2010 - 2012

Education:
PhD Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - 2010, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Advisor: Huimin Zhao
MS Chemical Engineering - 2006, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
BS Chemical Engineering - 2003, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


Syed Monem Rizvi

Research Lab Specialist, Department of Chemical Engineering
Research Investigator, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan
PhD, University of Cambridge, UK


smrizvi@umich.edu

My research is focused on the development of influenza virus like particles using yeast cells and in engineering yeast cells that are capable of converting lignocellulosic biomass to alternative biofuels.

Andrew Zak

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University

zaka@umich.edu

My research project is focused on understanding the immune response of T cells to virus-like particles with different biomolecular designs (i.e. different flu strains or protein mutations). This work will allow for the production of more highly effective vaccines and may lead to the development of a universal influenza vaccine.

Luke Bugada

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.C.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton

lfbugada@umich.edu

Artificial antigen presentation systems (aAPS) mimic the process through which an immune response is generated and have the potential to treat a host of illnesses that involve the immune system such as infectious diseases, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. My project involves engineering protein scaffolds so they can selectively arrange multiple proteins for use in aAPS.

Christine Yee

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

cmyee@umich.edu

My research focuses on the genome editing of insect cells to be used as an alternative host for manufacturing protein-based therapeutics.

Xiao Yin Ma

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

maxy@umich.edu

My research focuses on developing quantitative approaches to engineer cellulosomes in yeasts to produce biofuels.

Trang Hoang

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University

trhoang@umich.edu

My research focuses on immune profiling using CyTOF. This work will provide further understanding of the immune system that can contribute to the study of cancer immunology and immunoengineering.

Mukai Wang

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Biostatistics
M.S. Biostatistics, University of Michigan
B.S.E. Data Science, University of Michigan
B.S.E. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


wangmk@umich.edu

I offer quantitative analysis and software development support for the lab. Currently I am working on image segmentation and single cell clustering for image CyTOF data.

Bryan Coleman

Graduate Student, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

brycol@umich.edu

Protein and cellular engineering for sustainable production of biofuels and biochemicals

Nhi Nguyen

Graduate Student, PhD Pre-Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

hnhi@umich.edu

Current Members




ALUMNI


Saiful Roslan

Research Assistant, 2019-2022
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Delaware

Prabhu Ponnandy

Research Specialist, 2021-2022
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-2021
Current Position:

Brett Hill

Senior Research Specialist, 2020-2021
Graduate Student, 2013-2020
Current Position:

Anusha Kikkeri

Research Assistant, 2020-2021
Current Position:

Sanjeev Raja

Undergraduate Student, 2019-2021
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley

Madison Bonahoom

Undergraduate Student, 2019-2020
Current Position:

Marisa Patel

Undergraduate Student, 2019-2020
Current Position:

Brian Yam

Undergraduate Student, 2019-2020
Current Position:

Nicholas Ontko

Undergraduate Student, 2019-2020
Current Position:

Reid Bailey

Undergraduate Student, 2019-2020
Current Position: SC Johnson

Mason Smith

Senior Research Specialist, 2018-2019
Graduate Student, 2013-2018
Current Position: Systems Design Engineer, Advanced Technology Research at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Hui Gao

Visiting Scholar, Graduate Student, 2015-2018
Current Position:


Lester Lee

Undergraduate Student, 2015-2017
Current Position: Piping engineer at Vancouver Shipyards

Mingcheng Yi

Undergraduate Student, 2015-2017
Current Position: Master's Student, Stanford University

Vicki Chung

Undergraduate Student, 2015-2017
Current Position: Analytics Consultant (Big Data) at Rakuten, Inc.

Eshita Khera

Master's Student, 2014-2015
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Michigan

Eugene Kim

Undergraduate Student, 2014-2015
Current Position: Graduate Student, Washington University, St. Louis

Stephanie Tolbert

Undergraduate Student, 2013-2015
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Illinois Chicago

Deepika Mutukuri

Master's Student, 2013-2015
Current Position: Process Engineer at GlaxoSmithKline

Joao Costa

Master's Student, 2014
Current Position: Operations Engineer at BASF

Daniel Quevedo

Visiting Undergraduate Student, University of Miami, 2014
Current Position: Fulbright Fellow, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Cori Roth

Master's Student, 2012-2013
Current Position: Systems Integration Analyst at Accenture

Nathan Esperon

Master's Student, 2012-2013
Current Position: Graduate Student, Pennsylvania State University

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