Prof. Cheemeng Tan CV

Associate Prof., Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis, 2019
Assistant Prof., Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis, 2013
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Duke, 2010
MS, High Performance Computing, Singapore-MIT Alliance 2002
BS, Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2001

Recent Honors and Awards

2021 UC Davis Chancellor Fellow
2019 NIBIB Trailblazer Award
2018 Young Innovator, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
2018 Scialog Fellow
2015 Young Investigator Grant, Human Frontier Science Program
2012 Branco-Weiss Fellow, Society-in-Science ETH
2010 Lane Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lane Center, Carnegie Mellon University


Dr. Ting Gong

Synthetic biology and molecular biotechnology
Ting received her bachelor of biotechnology degree from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. In her junior year of college, Ting joined Prof. Cunjiang Song lab, studying bioremediation of persistent organic pollutants and biosynthesis of value-added products. After she received a Ph.D. degree from Nankai University, Ting became a postdoc researcher in Prof. Thomas Wood lab at Penn State to study biofilm and souring control in energy fields via microbial quorum sensing regulation. In Prof. Tan lab, she is interested in leveraging synthetic biology to study the interaction between genetic regulatory networks and environment, as well as the temporal dynamics of biofilm.


Dr. Jiyoung Shim

Synthetic biology and molecular biotechnology
Ji-Young earned her B.E. and M.E. degree in chemical engineering from Seoul National University of Technology. She started her Ph.D. study at Illinois Institute of Technology and joined Prof. Wasan Lab studying oscillatory structural force to remove attached bacteria using a micellar nanofluid formulation. She then created a bio-sensing device to detect target DNAs using recombinant proteins as a postdoc in Prof. Kim lab at Western Kentucky University. In Prof. Tan lab, she is focusing on reconstituting cancer signaling pathways in vitro using droplet printing.


Luis Eduardo Contreras Llano

Biochemistry, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology
Luis obtained a B.E. from the Polytechnic University of Tlaxcala (Mexico) and an M.S from the University of las Americas, Puebla (Mexico). For his M.S, he conducted research at the University of Murcia (Spain) where he studied the molecular and kinetic characteristics of an enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of plant pigments. His current research focuses on creating biomimetic systems, i.e. cell-free systems and artificial cells, for biotechnological applications.


Conary Meyer

Biomedical Engineering
Conary obtained his B.S. in Bioengineering from Santa Clara University. While there he pursued several different projects ranging from biofuel engineering to exosome drug delivery systems. Upon graduation he took a fulltime research position in Prof. Drew Endy’s lab at Stanford University. During his time there he developed a method to clone thousands of individual plasmids in high throughput as well as helped with efforts to construct cells from the bottom-up. This introduced him to cell-free expression systems which inspired him to pursue a PhD in Tan lab to develop more versatile and robust expression systems. His current focus is on modifying cell free systems to produce membrane proteins.


Chuqing Zhou

Chemical Engineering
Chuqing obtained her B.E. from Shandong University in China, and M.S. from UC San Diego, both majoring in Chemical Engineering. While in college, she was mentored by Prof. Ye Zhu to fabricate and characterize nanomaterial-based biosensors of Bisphenol A and cancer-related microRNAs detection. During her master study, she interned in R&D of Biolegend Inc. to investigate the fluidic transportation of antibody-modified magnetic nanoparticles. She then joined the R&D of Wondfo Biotech to develop a portable blood coagulation analyzer. Currently, she is developing automated microfluidic devices to generate vesicles in a high-throughput and controllable manner for genetic studies. (co-advised by Prof Tingrui Pan)


Tanner Henson

Biomedical Engineering
Tanner earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E) in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University. At the start of his Sophomore year, he joined Prof. David Brafman’s lab which specializes in neurodegenerative diseases, pluripotent stem cells, and biomanufacturing. In his senior year, he completed an honors thesis, which was focused on optimizing a bioreactor system and cryopreservation protocol for human neural progenitor cells. His current research is focused on the use of artificial cells in gene therapy. (co-advised by Prof Aijun Wang)


Janet Kwon

Biomedical Engineering
Janet acquired her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology at University of the Pacific and Master of Engineering in Bioengineering at Seoul National University. During college, she worked with Dr. Geoffrey Lin-Cereghino studying the protein exportation signal, mat-alpha, in Pichia pastoris. Consequently, she focused on transdifferentiating Endothelial Cells into Osteoblasts via protein delivery of Oct4 – 30Kc19 (cell penetrating peptide) and BMP4. Upon graduating from her Master’s program, she worked at the National Cancer Center in Korea to assist in developing anticancer drugs targeting c-Myc. Current research focuses on breast cancer applications of synthetic bacteria.

Dhruva Adiga

Biochemical Engineering


Name Position in the Lab Current Position
Cong Ma Undergraduate Intern (Summer 2014) PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University
Jonathan Ho Undergraduate Intern (2014-2015) MD/PhD student, Frank Netter School of Medicine
Meidi Wang Undergraduate Intern (Summer 2015) Master student, Duke
Mi Hwangbo Undergraduate Intern (2015-2016)
Ying Zhang Undergraduate Intern (Summer 2016) PhD student, Cancer Science Institute of Singapore
Michael Chavez Undergraduate Intern (2014-2016) PhD student, Stanford
Eliza Morris Postdoc (Sep 2015 – Aug 2016)
Fernando Villarreal Postdoc (Jan 2014 – Jan 2017)
Yunfeng Ding Postdoc (Mar 2014 – May 2017)
Alexander Duveneck Undergraduate Intern (2015-2017)
Kwan Lun Chiu Undergraduate Intern (2015-2017)
Sean McCutcheon Undergraduate Intern (2015-2017) MS student, Duke University
Michelle Mao Undergraduate Intern (2016-2018)
Yuchen Guo MS student (2016-2018) Novozymes
Tanishq Abraham Undergraduate intern (2016-2018)
Yao Liu Postdoc (2018-2019)
Yusuke Nakamura Visiting Scholar from Japan (2018-2019)
Jagveer Singh Undergrad Intern (2018-2019) Department of Technology, CA
Rachel Ibrahim Undergrad Intern (2017-2019)
Christopher Vo Undergrad Intern (2017-2019)
Surya Vishnubhatt Undergrad Intern (2018-2020)
Daniel Lewis PhD Student (2013-2019) UCSF, postdoc
Fan Wu PhD Student (2013-2019) Emerald Cloud Lab
Katelyn France Undergrad Intern (2018-2020) BioMarin
Hamad Linjawi Undergrad Intern (2018-2020)
Dasha Aleksandra Iserlis Undergrad Intern (2019-2021) Columbia University, Master Student
Breanna Yang Undergrad Intern (2020-2021)
Matthew Wong Undergrad Intern (2019-2021)
Joakin Ejie Undergrad Intern (2020-2021)

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