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Lei Qi (Stanley)
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and of Chemical and Systems Biology
BioDr. Lei Qi (Stanley) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering (School of Engineering), Department of Chemical and Systems Biology (School of Medicine), and a core faculty member in Stanford ChEM-H Institute. He is one pioneer in the CRISPR technology development for genome engineering. He has developed the CRISPRi/a technologies for purposes beyond gene editing: gene regulation using CRISPR interference (CRISPRi, gene repression) and CRISPR activation (CRISPRa, gene activation), CRISPR dynamic imaging of chromatin in living cells, and CRISPRi/a high-throughput single or combinatorial genetic screens. He is also active in the field of Synthetic Biology and has developed synthetic noncoding RNAs for controlling transcription and translation. He obtained his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley/UCSF in 2012. He joined UCSF as faculty fellow between 2012 to 2014, and joined the faculty at Stanford University since 2014. His lab currently is applying genetic engineering to rational cell design for understanding genomics and cell therapy.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
BioJian Qin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Stanford University. His research focuses on development of microscopic understanding of structural and physical properties of soft matters by using a combination of analytical theory, scaling argument, numerical computation, and molecular simulation. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Juan de Pablo in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and with Scott Milner in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of David Morse and Frank Bates. His research covers self-assembly of multi-component polymeric systems, molecular origin of entanglement and polymer melt rheology, coacervation of polyelectrolytes, Coulomb interactions in dielectrically heterogeneous electrolytes, and surface charge polarizations in particulate aggregates in the absence or presence of flow.
Lee Otterson Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, of Applied Physics and, by courtesy, of Physics
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSingle molecule biophysics, precision force measurement, micro and nano fabrication with soft materials, integrated microfluidics and large scale biological automation.
Ph.D. Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, admitted Winter 2015
BioKim Quesnel is a PhD candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department where she is co-advised by Dr. Newsha Ajami and Dr. Richard Luthy through the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) and Stanford’s Water in the West program.
Kim’s research investigates urban water demand as a key component of advancing future water supply planning. Her work focuses on uncovering the drivers of urban water demand using modern computational tools. As part of this work, she has looked at how media coverage and coupled public awareness of the recent historic California drought were related to changes in water use behavior. She is also using high resolution data from smart water meters to model demand at the customer level. Additionally, motivated by the water sector’s chronic fiscal challenges, Kim is researching novel approaches to water financing and governance that can help to increase innovation in the water sector. Her research has been covered by the LA Times, Scientific American, High Country News, Water Deeply, and other news outlets.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Kim worked as a civil engineer in Denver, Colorado in the field of environmental remediation, responsible for both technical design work and project management. She has also worked on a wide range of water-related research projects including the laboratory investigation of tsunami wave breaking behaviors at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in Oregon, the assessment and design of water filtration in rural Thailand, and the study of glacier hydrology through field research in Alaska. Kim received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford University. She was awarded an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR fellowship for her research on urban water demand forecasting.
BioMs. Kurihara, a retiree, was formerly with the Prakash Lab in Bioengineering. The lab is a curiosity-based group focused on frugal science, physics of biology, and unique approaches to helping get science into the hands of many.
Formerly with Biodesign, as Senior Associate Director of Global and Communication, Christine was responsible for Biodesign's global fellowship programs. Ms. Kurihara also oversaw IT and web projects and was responsible for communication and marketing for Biodesign. Ms. Kurihara joined Biodesign after an eleven-year career with Stanford in the area of media services. In her previous role she spearheaded media development efforts for an on-campus service unit, where her team produced websites, online courseware, video and broadcast products. Prior to Media Solutions, she was the first coordinator of the Stanford University website. In 1997, Ms. Kurihara was co-chair of the Sixth International World Wide Web Conference. Prior to Stanford, she worked for The Aerospace Corporation for twelve years managing Computer-Aided Engineering development.