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Feng Gai: gai@sas.upenn.edu
B.S. Peking University, 1983
M.S. Peking University, 1986
Lecturer, Tsinghua University, 1986-89
Ph. D. Iowa State University, 1994
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard University, 1994-97
Director's Postdoctoral Fellow,
     Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1997-99
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry,
     University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2004
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry,
     University of Pennsylvania, 2005-09
Professor, Department of Chemistry,
     University of Pennsylvania, 2010 - 14
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor of
     Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2014 - present

Graduate Students

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Arusha Acharyya: arusha@sas.upenn.edu
BSc in Chemistry,
Presidency College, 2013
MSc in Chemistry,
Indian Institute of Technology, 2015
My current research focuses on probing and characterization of protein aggregates and studying their photophysical properties using different spectroscopic techniques.

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Debopreeti Mukherjee: dmukhe@sas.upenn.edu
BSc Chemistry,
Presidency College, 2011
MS Chemical Sciences,
JNCASR, 2014
IMy research focuses on using non-natural amino acids as spectroscopic probes to interrogate the tertiary structure and conformational dynamics of proteins.

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Ismail Ahmed: aismail@mail.med.upenn.edu
BS in Biochemistry
The City College of New York, 2011
My research focuses on developing and applying novel spectroscopic tools to study protein function.



  • Dr. Natalia Rubtsova- Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Bei Ding - Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Dr. Patrick Walsh - Research Physical Chemist, Spectral Energies
  • Dr. Kwang-Im Oh - Postdoc, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin
  • Dr. Wenkai Zhang - Professor of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
  • Dr. Jianqiang Ma - Postdoc, Columbia University
  • Dr. Lev Chuntonov - Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ayanjeet Ghosh - Postdoc, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dr. Thomas Measey - Medical Writer, Apothecom Scopemedical
  • Dr. Pramit Chowdhury - Associate Professor of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Dheli, India
  • Dr. Kuanglin He
  • Dr. Rolando Oyola Martinez - Professor, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
  • Dr. Pradipta Purkayastha - Associate Professor of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, India

Graduate Strudents

  • Dr. Jeff Rodgers - Post doc, Penn Medicine
  • Dr. Rachel Abaskharon - Scientist 1, Illumina
  • Dr. Mary Rose Hilaire - Principal Scientist, Saladax Biomedical Inc.
  • Dr. Chun-Wei Lin - Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Beatrice Markiewicz - Axalta Coatings
  • Dr. Ileana Pazos - Postdoc, Department of Material Science Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Robert Culik - Postdoc, Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Kathryn Smith-Dupont - Postdoc, Department of Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Arnaldo Serrano - Postdoc, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dr. Lin Guo - Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Matthias Waegele - Assistant Professor, Boston College
  • Dr. Julie Rogers - Resident, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Smita Mukherjee - Harlem Biospace
  • Dr. Michelle Bunagan - Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey
  • Dr. Jia Tang - Dow Chemical
  • Dr. Cheng-Yen Huang - Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Ting Wang - Pacific Northwest National Lab, Washington State
  • Dr. Yongjin Zhu - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Dr. Deguo Du - Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University
  • Dr. Matthew Tucker - Assistant Professor, University of Nevada
  • Dr. Yao Xu
  • Jason Klemke
  • Yi-Ju Chen
  • Paul Straus