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.


Dr. Shahid Khan

Microbial pathogenesis
Shahid obtained his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) with specialization in Genetic Engineering from SRM University and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biotechnology from NIMS University. He was awarded various fellowships including the CSIR-NET fellowship (Government of India) to pursue his Ph.D. research, and other national fellowships like GATE, DBT-JRF, IIT-JAM. To pursue his doctoral research, he joined the research group of Prof. Jha lab at the Department of Biological Sciences, BITS-Pilani. He has an active research interest in the area of Microbiology with a major emphasis on Bacterial Pathogenesis and Host-Pathogen Interaction. During his Ph.D., he worked to gain mechanistic insights on various virulent mechanisms in bacteria, with a focus on T6SS (Type VI secretion system), and its role in bacterial Pathogenesis. In Prof. Tan lab, he is interested in designing artificial bacteria for therapeutic applications.


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.


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)


Ofelya Baghdasaryan

Biomedical Engineering
Ofelya obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Oklahoma. At the end of her freshman year, she joined Dr. Acar Handan’s lab as an undergraduate research assistant. She was involved in several ongoing research in the lab, with the most prominent one being a study of the formation mechanisms and characteristics of ovarian cancer spheroids, where she co-authored her first paper published in September 2020 in the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology. Prior to graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she completed an honors senior thesis under Dr. Handan’s supervision which was focused on the cell death mechanism of heat-treated OVCAR8 cells. She was twice nominated for an Honors Undergraduate Research Opportunity grant to carry individual research projects along with the collaborative research. Within the research scope, she studied Cathepsin B mediated cleavage of peptides for therapeutic usages in ovarian cancer research. Her current research focus in Dr. Tan’s lab is on designing artificial bacteria for breast cancer treatment by taking advantage of the operating principles of gene networks.

Dhruva Adiga

Biochemical Engineering

Pin-Ru Lin

Biomedical Engineering

Constantine Yerocostas

Biomedical Engineering

Anton Block

Biomedical Engineering

Arielle Lazovsky

Biomedical 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)
Janet Kwon Graduate student (2021-2021)
Chuqing Zhou Graduate student (2019-2022)

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