How do we design biological systems as “smart medicine” that sense patients’ states, process the information, and respond accordingly? To realize this vision, we will tackle fundamental challenges across different levels of complexity, such as (1) protein components that minimize their crosstalk with human cells and immunogenicity, (2) biomolecular circuits that function robustly in different cells and are easy to deliver, (3) multicellular consortia that communicate through scalable channels, and (4) therapeutic modules that interface with physiological inputs/outputs. Our engineering targets include biomolecules, molecular circuits, viruses, and cells, and our approach combines quantitative experimental analysis with computational simulation. The molecular tools we build will be applied to diverse fields such as neurobiology and cancer therapy.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2022-2024)
  • Seed Grant, SystemX Alliance (2021-2023)
  • Seed Grant, Brain Research Foundation (2021-2023)
  • Cancer Innovation Award, Stanford Cancer Institute (2021-2022)
  • Terman Faculty Fellow, Stanford University (2020-2023)
  • Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), National Institutes of Health (2019-2023)
  • DARPA Riser, DARPA’s 60th Anniversary Symposium (2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation-HHMI (2016-2019)
  • Enlight Foundation/Bio-X Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Stanford University (2012-2015)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Engineering Biology Research Consortium (2021 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Biology and Biological Engineering (2020)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Biology (2015)
  • B.S., Peking University, Biology (2009)

2021-22 Courses

Stanford Advisees