Ge Group 2015

Principle Investigator
Ying Ge, PhD



Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Director of Mass Spectrometry
Human Proteomics Program
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D. 2002, Cornell University
B.S. 1997, Peking (Beijing) University, China
Biographical Sketch

Postdoctal Associates

Tania Guardado, PhD


Tania obtained her BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in chemistry and microbiology. She pursued her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the UCLA where she worked in the design, synthesis and characterization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles for drug delivery. She currently works under the supervision of Prof. Jin and Ge. Her project consists in the design, synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles to act as artificial antibodies.

Email: guardadoalva <at>

Leekyoung Hwang, PhD

Leekyoung, PhD


After receiving PhD degree in the Rosi group of the University of Pittsburgh, Leekyoung has joined in the Jin and Ge group since June, 2012. She is working on the nanobiotechnology project.

Email: lhwang <at>


Ziqing Lin, PhD


Ziqing received his BS and MS from Tsinghua University in analytical chemistry. He came to the States to pursue his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, focusing on MS instrumentation, ambient ionization methods, and gas-phase ion reactions. He joined the Ge group in 2015 and is currently working on MS-compatible surfactants and implementation of both ion parking and ETD/ECD for top-down proteomics. He is also a Latin ballroom dancer in his spare time.

Email: zlin92 <at>


Graduate students

Zachery Gregorich, 5th Year
Molecular and  Cellular Pharmacology Program

Zachery Gregorich

Originally from Upper Michigan, Zach actively engages in the research that involes around investigating the underlying molecular mechanism(s) responsible for cardiac dysfunction after myocardial infarction to identify key biological pathways involved in the progression to heart failure that could be therapeuticall targets. When not in the lab, Zach enjoys working out and playing video games.

Email: zgregorich <at>


Yang Hu, 3rd year MD/PhD student

Yang Hu

Yang hails from Washington state. In 2013, he graduated from California Institute of Technology with a B.S. in biology. He is currently a 2nd year medical student in the medical scientist training program (MSTP) at UW-Madison and will officially join the lab in 2015. Yang finds great interest in translational research. His hobbies include piano, jogging and basketball.

Email: hu98 <at>


Wenxuan (Vege) Cai, 2nd Year
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program


Wenxuan (Vege) received her BS in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is interested in the regulation of cardiac funtion and regeneration. From the Shantou City in Southeast China, Vege is a crazy tea lover. She also likes to design and do programming.

Email: wcai26 <at>



Yutong Jin, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program



Yutong received her BS degree in Chemistry from Nankai University. She is interested in mass spectrometry and top-down proteomics. She likes traveling and collecting postcards. 

Email: yjin58 <at>



Bifan  Chen, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program


Bifan graduated from St. Olaf College, where he majored in Chemistry and Asian Studies. His current research interests include novel instrumentation, method development, and their applications on biological issues. In his spare time,Bifan likes to play the violin, watch basketball games, and hang out with friends.

Email: bifan.chen <at>  



Kyle Brown, 1st Year
Chemistry Program


Kyle received his BS in Chemistry and BA in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Madison in 2015 enrolling in the Chemistry PhD program with an interest in characterizing membrane proteins. His hobbies include playing soccer, basketball, guitar, reading, and brewing beer!  

Email: kbrown33 <at>



Trisha Tucholski, 1st Year
Chemistry Program


Trisha received her BS in forensic chemistry from Penn State University in 2015. Currently, she is interested in improving chromatographic methods for top-down proteomics. She loves to drink coffee at any time of the day. Her hobbies include yoga, reading, and painting. 

Email: tucholski <at>



Zhijie (Abe) Wu, 1st Year
Chemistry Program


Abe received his BS in chemistry and BA in mathematics from the University of Rochester. He joined the Chemistry PhD program in Fall 2015 as a chemical biology student. His research interest focuses on utilizing nanoparticles to isolate and characterize kinases and kinome. He enjoys cycling in the summer time and traveling. 

Email: zwu227 <at>


Former members

  • Serife Ayaz Guner, PhD
    Currently an assistant professor in
  • Ying (Lynn) Peng, PhD
    Currently Associate Research Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Ying-Hua (Edith) Chang, PhD
    Currently Senior Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Santosh Valeja, PhD
    Senior Scientist in Analytical Development group at SSCI-A division of Aptuit.
  • Wei  Guo, PhD
    Currently Assistant Professor, Muscle Biology,
    Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wyoming,
  • Deyang (Charles) Yu, BS
  • Han Zhang, PhD
    Currently Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Lisa Xu
    Currently a happy stay-at-home mom
  • Xin (Jack) Chen, PhD.
    Currently Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Jiang Zhang, PhD
    Currently post-doc at Northwestern University
  • Fangmin Xu
    Currently Scientist at Novatis
  • Yi-chen (Ivy) Chen
    Currently Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Patrick Close, BS
    Currently a freelance software developer
  • Ryan Nie, BS
    Currently a programmer at Liberty Mutual
  • Daniel Ziebell, BS
    currently MD student at UW-Madison
  • Corey Nelson, BS
    Currently PhD student at Columbia University
  • Xintong Dong, BS
    Currently PhD student at Stanford University
  • Lin Li, BS
    Currently Engineer at Kraft Food Group
  • Nathan Klapoetke, BS
    Currently PhD student at MIT
  • Moltu Guy, MD
    Currently resident at University of Wisconsin School
    of Medicine and Public Health

Lab Manager

Albert Chen








Undergraduate students

Rachel Heuer, Sophomore








Zachery Hite, Sophomore



Zach is a 2nd year undergraduate student studying Biochemistry. He is originally from the Twin Cities and began working with the group in September of 2015. In his free time his interests include photography and music.


William Ochowicz, Sophomore








Cyrus Colah, Sophomore



Cyrus is a sophomore undergraduate at UW-Madison studying Chemical Engineering. He joined the group in March, 2015 and is currently working with Leekyoung Hwang on the synthesis of nanoparticles for use in proteomics.



Kunal Dani, Sophomore



Kunal Dani is a 2nd year undergraduate student at UW-Madison studying Chemical Engineering. He has been working with the group since January 2015 and worked with Leekyoung Hwang on synthesis of Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles for application in Proteomic studies. His hobbies include long-distance running, hiking and attending Badger football games.


Visiting Scholar

Liming Wei, PhD


Liming received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry in Fudan University, China. She then worked in Fudan University as a senior engineer. Her research has been focused on mass spectrometric analysis of biomacromolecules and application in proteomics and metabolomics.



Honorary member

Andrew Alpert, PhD








Yiwen Gu, Bioinformatics Specialist