Lab Members


PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR 

Hee Jung Chung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Affiliate Faculty, Neuroscience Program, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Institute of Genomic Biology.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Burrill Hall, Room 427A. (Phone) 217-244-6839; (Email) chunghj@illinois.edu

Current Lab Members

Current Graduate students

Brian Baculis, B.S. Graduate Student, Neuroscience Program

Jennifer Walters, B.S.  Graduate Student, Neuroscience

Gregory Tracy, B.S. Graduate Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Current Undergraduate students

Angelina Wilton, Undergraduate Student, MCB and Psych Major

Harish Kesavan, Undergraduate Student, MCB Major

Archit Bajaj, Undergraduate Student, MCB Major

Anisha Bhole, Undergraduate Student, MCB Major

Emma Bridgeman, Undergraduate Student, IB Major

Kyleah Rogers, Undergraduate Student, Engineering

Past Lab Members

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Kwan Young Lee, Ph.D. (former postdoc 2010-2014, currently in Dr. Tsai’s lab)

Eung Chang Kim, Ph.D. (former postdoc 2015-2021, currently in Dr. Selvin’s lab).

Former Graduate students

Kaitlyn Breithaupt, V.M.D. (former grad)

Sara Royston, M.D. Ph.D. (former grad)

Sung-Soo Jang, Ph.D. (former grad, UIUC Graduate Class of 2019, currently a postdoc in Stanford University)

Jiaren Zhang, Ph.D. (former grad, UIUC Graduate Class of 2021, currently a  Senior Scientist II at WuXi Biologics, China)

Braesen Rader, B.S.  (former Master Student, UIUC, MCB)

Former Undergraduate students

Max Vest, M.D. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2012). Graduated with MCB492 senior thesis. “Highest Distinction” for his senior thesis
Received MIP “Howard S Ducoff Prize for the Best Senior Thesis” and “Proctor & Gamble Award for Undergraduate Research” from Dept of MIP.

Han Sol Oh, Pharm D. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2012). MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with “Distinction” for her senior thesis. Received  “C. Ladd Prosser Outstanding Achievement Award” from Dept of MIP.

Daniel Ley, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2012, currently in biotech)

Edward Kim, Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Northwestern Univ (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2013, currently a management consultant, Oliver Wyman). MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with “Highest Distinction” for his senior thesis . Received “Howard S Ducoff Prize for the Best Senior Thesis” from Dept of MIP.

Ralph Bartley, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2012)

Seung Du Baek, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2013, currently in Biotech, Korea). MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with “Distinction” for his senior thesis

Max Crouse, M.D. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2013)

Ashley Czaplicki, M.D. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2014)

Whitney A Stevens Sostre, BS (2014 SROP Undergraduate Student from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Currently in PhD program of University of Wisconsin Madison)

 (UIUC Class of 2015). MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with “Highest Distinction” for his senior thesis.

Seungbae Lee, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2015, currently in a M.S program in Neuroscience in Seoul National University, Korea). MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with “High Distinction” for his senior thesis

Shuwei Wang, D.M.D. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2016). Received MCB Summer Research Fellowship 2015

Hangil Jeong, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2016, accepted to U Minnesota Med School in 2022).

Weilun Pang, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2017, currently in Cornell University, PhD program). Graduated with “Highest Distinction” for her senior thesis. Received  “Howard Ducoff Prize for the Best Senior Thesis”and “Proctor & Gamble Award for Undergraduate Research” from Dept of MIP.

Zhuoli Huang, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2017, a child growth facilitator, Beijing, China). Received BIOC James Scholar Preble Research Award 2015. Graduated with “Highest Distinction” for her senior thesis
Received MIP “C. Ladd Prosser Outstanding Achievement Award”
Received “William T. and Lynn Jackson Senior Thesis Award”

Rebecca Choi, D.M.D. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2018).

Justine Chee, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2019. Attending Med School). James Scholar 2015-2019

Jaimin Patel, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2019. Attending Med School). Bronze Table 2019 from LAS. MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with Highest Distinction. Awarded Howard S. Ducoff Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis from Dept of MIP

David Cao, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2019. Attending  Med School). Bronze Table 2019 from LAS. MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with Highest Distinction.

Julianne Yang, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2019, currently in UCLA PhD program). BIOC492 senior thesis. Graduated with Highest Distinction.
BIOC William T. and Lynn Jackson Merit Award for her undergraduate senior thesis

Andrew Zhu, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2020, currently in MS program).

Diana Garcia, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2021, currently in Med School). Awarded Summer Undergraduate research fellowship, 2020.

Eric Shin, B.S. (former undergrad, UIUC Class of 2021, currently in Dental School). MCB492 senior thesis. Graduated with Highest Distinction.
Awarded C. Ladd Prosser Outstanding Achievement Award from MIP Dept for his undergraduate senior thesis.

Former HighSchool Student

Andy Tang (UniHigh, IMSA Class of 2022)

Former Technicians

Stephanie Park, B.S. (former tech 2011)

Rodal Issema, B.S. (former tech 2012)

John Cavaretta, B.S. (former tech 2013-2015, currently a research tech in New Mexico)

Nickolas Broches, B.S. (former tech 2016, currently in biotech)