Lab members

Michael Z. Lin, MD PhD

Principal Investigator

Michael Z. Lin received an A.B. summa cum laude in Biochemistry from Harvard, an M.D. from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. After training in biochemistry and neurobiology as a Ph.D. student with Michael Greenberg at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lin performed postdoctoral research in fluorescent protein engineering with Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien at UCSD. Dr. Lin is a recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists, a Rita Allen Scholar Award, a Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, and an NIH Pioneer Award. In his spare time, he tries to convince others of the merits of base 8.

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Michael Westberg

Visiting Scholar

Michael is a biophysical chemist with a PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark, and a MS from the University of Chicago. As a Novo Nordisk Stanford Bio-X Visiting Scholar in the Lin Lab, Michael is engineering improved photodissociable fluorescent proteins and incorporating these into optogenetic fusion proteins. During the SARSCoV2 pandemic, Michael has furthermore been focused on antiviral drug development targeting the main coronavirus protease.


Daesun Song
Visiting Scholar

Daesun received Ph.D. in Chemistry from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. As a graduate student, Daesun developed protein probes for studying protein oligomerization and Liquid-liquid phase separation in cells. Now, Daesun is engineering photoswitchable fluorescent protein for regulating the activity of target proteins.


Dongyun Jiang

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dongyun graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a PhD degree in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences. She is currently a postdoc in the department of neurobiology. She is interested in understanding the molecular principles underlying cognition and how do they go awry in neuropsychiatric disorders.


Yichi Su

Postdoctoral Scholar

Yichi received his B.S. degree from Peking University, with an interest in developing DNA-based molecular tools for detecting transcription factor activity. Then, he spent five years in pursuing his Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley, working on engineering RNA-based biosensors to sense metabolites and secondary messengers. Now, following the central dogma, he is interested in engineering novel protein-based tools for studying neuroscience.


Yufeng Zhao

Postdoctoral Scholar

Yufeng received his B.S. degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China and Ph.D degree from University of Alberta in Canada. He is interested in protein engineering and using novel high-throughput screening platforms to solve biological problems.


Sungmoo Lee

Postdoctoral Scholar

Sungmoo received his Ph.D. from Seoul National University / Department of Transdisciplinary studies. For the past five years, he has been developing genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors from Dr. Bradley Baker's lab in KIST. In the Lin lab, Sungmoo will continue to develop and improve voltage indicators as well as to apply the new sensors for questions in neuroscience studies.


Alex Yukun Hao

Graduate Student

Yukun graduated from Tsinghua University and used to work on applied math and physics. Currently, he is a graduate student in the Department of Bioengineering. He is devoted to the development of better genetically encoded voltage indicators and he would like to apply the indicators to study the multisensory integration of fruit flies. He is a believer in holism and emergentism.


Xinzhi Zou

Graduate Student

Xinzhi earned her B.A. in Life Science from Tsinghua University. She is currently a graduate student in the Bioengineering Ph.D. program in Stanford.


Julisia Chau

Graduate Student

Julisia graduated from UCSD with a degree in Chemistry and is currently a graduate student in the department of Chemistry. She is interested in engineering proteins to rewire oncogenic signaling.


Yan Wu

Graduate Student

Yan received her B.S. from Tsinghua University. She is currently a graduate student in Stanford Bioengineering PhD program. Yan is now working on engineering Kinase-Modulated Bioluminescent Indicators (KiMBIs) to establish a generalizable approach to rapidly and non-invasively visualize the efficacy of kinase inhibitors in vivo.


Lan Xiang Liu

Research Assistant

Lan graduated from Beijing Agricultural University. She is a life science research assistant in the laboratory. Outside of the lab, she loves hikng and cooking!


Lab Alumni

Stephen Wenceslao Evans, PhD student → founder at Boulder Creek Research Institute

Guofeng Zhang, visiting scholar → neurosurgery resident at Sun Yatsen Hospital (Guangzhou)

Vandon Duong, master's student → PhD student with Crystal Mackall

Shawn Dhillon, rotation student → PhD student with Richard Lewis

Lin Ning, postdoctoral scholar → venture partner at Valkyrie Fund

Dong Li, life science research professional → life science research professional with Joe Wu

Mariya Chavarha, PhD student → scientist at Encodia Inc.

Namdoo Kim, postdoctoral scholar → assistant professor at Kongju University

Julia Park, life science research professional

Bongjae Benjamin Kim, PhD student → associate at Playground ventures

Garam Kim, rotation studentPhD student with Aaron Gitler

Emma Costa, rotation student → PhD student with Tony Wyss-Coray

Hokyung Kay Chung, PhD student → Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow with Susan Kaech lab (Salk)

Bryce Bajar, research assistant → MD PhD student at UCLA

Yunwen Huo, life science research professional → diagnostics startup

Ying Yang, postdoctoral scholar → venture partner at Beijing ventures

Mengli Feng, undergraduate student → college student at Peking University

Muziyue Wu, undergraduate student → PhD student at UCSF

Cory Pan, high school student → college student at Rice University

Julianne Catherine Kim, high school student → college student at Columbia

Ryan Badiee, undergraduate student → MD student at UCSF

Conor Jacobs, PhD student

Xin Zhou, PhD student → postdoctoral fellow in James Wells lab (UCSF) → assistant professor at Harvard Medical School

Lagnajeet Pradhan, postdoctoral scholar → scientist at Orca Bio

Julia Cho, high school student → college student at MIT

Younghee Oh, postdoctoral scholar → scientist at Korea national forensic laboratory

Yang Geng, postdoctoral scholar → staff scientist at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

Francois St-Pierre, postdoctoral scholar → assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University

Michael Pan, research assistant → MD student at Northwestern

Jun Chu, postdoctoral scholar → assistant professor at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology

Amy Lam, PhD student → investment fellow at Life Science Angels

Yoon Seok Kim, rotation student → PhD student with Brian Kobilka and Karl Deisseroth

Yong Tang, rotation student → PhD student with Ellen Yeh

David Wang, rotation student → PhD student with Liqun Luo

Emily S. Wang, high school student → college student at Harvard

Linlin Fan, research assistant → PhD student at Harvard

Jacqueline Jialin Tao, undergraduate student → MD student at Stanford

Hyokeun Park, postdoctoral scholar → associate professor at HKUST

Jihye Seong, postdoctoral scholar → principal investigator at KIST

Amanda Miguel, rotation student → PhD student with Russ Altman

Xiaozhe Ding, undergraduate student → PhD student at Caltech

Aditya Nandy, high school student → undergraduate student at UC Berkeley

Jessica Hsu, undergraduate student medical student at U Pittsburgh

Austin Lee-Richerson, graduate student → management consultant at BCG

William Chen, undergraduate student MD student at Yale

Margaret Butko, postdoctoral scholar scientist at Genentech

Chi Zhang, undergraduate student PhD student at MIT

Arielle Yablonovitch, rotation student → PhD student with Jin Billy Lee

Fon Kanokwan, undergraduate student

Prae Numswangneth, undergraduate student OSISoft Asia

Veronica Rangel Alarcon, research assistant PhD student at Stanford

Alexandar Reinaldo Perez, undergraduate student MD PhD student at Weill Cornell - Rockefeller - Sloan Kettering