We’re all about the joy of discovery. Our aim? For every member to thrive and become the scientist they dream of being. Diversity is our strength, and we welcome everyone to our inclusive lab. Dive into fun science with us!

Jie Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, Department of Chemistry, Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, Postdoc Fellow, 2017-2023, UCSF, Jim Wells Lab, PhD, 2012-2017, Brandeis University, Bing Xu Lab, BS, 2008-2012, Nanjing University, Yan Zhang Lab, jiezhou6[at], [Google Scholar], [Twitter]

Brock Adams was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He went to Bakersfield College, where he won the Physical Sciences Student of the Year Award. He then studied chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California San Diego’s Revelle College. At UCSD, he was part of the cycling team and worked at Triton Algae Innovations, a biotech startup. After working there for four years, he moved to Chicago for his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Chicago. In his free time, Brock enjoys craft beers, cycling, board games, concerts, and life in general.

Baiyan Qian graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, focusing on Molecular and Biochemistry, from Peking University (2019-2023), where he worked on research in RNA modification and UV recovery in cancer cells. Baiyan is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis on Chemical Biology at the University of Chicago, studying PTM specificity through combinatorial selection technology. Apart from academics, Baiyan enjoys staying fit, cooking, and repainting figure collections. He’s a big fan of Dragon Ball anime, showcasing his collection in a display cabinet. At the end of the intro, he wants to say, “Genshin, Initiate!”

This is Yufan Zhu, aka 朱俞帆 (IPA [ʈʂu˥ y ˧˥ fan ˥ ]) in case anyone wants to know the characters and pronunciations, who obtained his B.S. in chemical biology at Peking University, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering. Trained as a chemist as early as in high school, he would like to try some biology related chemistry or “interdisciplinary things” at first and finally ended up here conducting biology research. His present research focuses protein engineering. “Nerd” as sē dēscrībit, learning languages is one of his interests, mainly Latin and French. He also has some experience in model making, and telling far-too-silly jokes that you might not laugh at.

Alexa Hendricks is a third year undergraduate from Houston, Texas pursuing a double major in Biological Chemistry and English. She is eager to be contributing to novel research and emerging immunotherapy technologies. In her spare time, Alexa enjoys reading, exploring Chicago, and spending time with friends.

Dr. Mengbing Zou, a Peking University PhD graduate, has made significant contributions to analytical chemistry. Her doctoral research led to novel methods for preparing stable isotopically labeled single-strand DNA, enhancing drug-DNA interaction studies via liquid nuclear magnetic resonance technology. Post-PhD, she explored GPCRs and their ligands at Peking University. Currently, at the University of Chicago, she’s advancing in engineering research. Besides her scientific work, Dr. Zou enjoys botany, particularly growing plant seedlings, reflecting her dedication to growth in all aspects of her life.

Jenny Huo is a PhD student in the Committee on Cancer Biology. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and minor in Philosophy from Smith College. In the lab, she is interested in protein antibody engineering using novel techniques. Outside the lab, she likes to bake desserts, watch anime, take art classes, swim at the Point, and play with her 3 black cats.

Changkun (Charles) Shen is a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. Olive oil—or “liquid gold” called by Homer—is his “thing.” His mind often wandered to the centuries-old Mediterranean groves, where the oil symbolically connects the past with the future. More importantly, it made him love the wondrous interplay between biological mechanisms and chemical structures of molecules. At Zhou’s Lab, he’ll continue looking for molecules that have the potential to serve as potent therapeutic agents. Besides being a researcher, he is a foodie, farmhand, fry cook, and was a busboy at a restaurant.

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