Ge Group September 2014

Principle Investigator
Ying Ge, PhD



Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology
Assistant 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

Assistant Scientist

Ying Peng (Lynn), PhD

lynn Peng

Lynn joined the group in Fall 2011 after getting her PhD in Analytical Chemistry. She is working on comprehensive characterization of key myofilament proteins using top-down proteomics and developing LCMS method to fully access the modification of cardiac proteins for investigating signaling in the early molecular events that contributes to cardiac dysfunction and progression to HF. She likes reading and spending time with her family.


Postdoctal Associates

Serife Ayaz Guner, PhD


Serife received her BS and MSc from Middle East Technical University, Turke, and moved to US for Ph.D. training. She obtained her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology in UW-Madison. Being passionate about PTMs, she joined the group in Jan 2014. Currently, She is applying a variety of separation and mass spectrometry techniques to investigate heart disease-related changes in protein expression and PTMs.


Tania Guardado, PhD


Tania obtained her BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in chemistry and microbiology. After that, 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.


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.




Undergraduate students

Christopher Tatsuguchi, Sophomore



Chris is a sophomore interested in majoring in pharmacology and toxicology. He has been working in the lab since Sep 2014.




Yoonkyu (Ryan) Lee, Junior



Yoonkyu (Ryan) is a junior in the Biochemistry Undergraduate Program at UW-Madison. He has been working in the lab since the Summer 2014.




Justin Doop, Junior



Justin is a junior in the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program at UW-Madison. He has been working in the lab since Jan. Some of his hobbies are running, hiking and skiing.



Albert Chen









Honorary member

Andrew Alpert, PhD








Former members

  • 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,
  • Lisa Xu
  • Patrick Close, BS
  • Han Zhang, PhD
    Currently Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Xin (Jack) Chen, PhD.
    Currently Researcher at UW Department of Animal Sciences
  • Jiang Zhang, PhD
    Currently post-doc at Northwestern University
  • Fangmin Xu
    Currently Scientist at Novatis
  • 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

Humane Proteomic Staff

Matt Lawrence
Lab Manager

matt lawrence

After receiving a BS in Biochemistry from UW-River Falls, Matt spent 16 years working in UV/HPLC and LCMS in drug research and analytical laboratories, as proteomics. Current duties include instrument training and maintenance. Matt likes spending time with his wife and two children, biking, building things out of junk, and what some would say is “noisy music”. 



Huseyin Guner
Bioinformatics specialist








Graduate students

Ivy Chen, 4th Year
Chemical Biology Program

Ivy Chen

Ivy received her BS degree in mathematic and biology from UW- Madison, and has been working on proteomics research ever since undergrad. She works on cardiac and skeletal troponin complex by both top-down and bottom-up mass spectrometry, and was involved in the development of LC/MS method for myofilament proteins separation and characterization. She enjoys swimming, traveling, and playing music instruments in her free time.


Zachery Gregorich, 4th 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.


Deyang (Charles) Yu, 3rd Year
Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program

Charles(Deyang) Yu

Deyang (Charles) graduated from Wuhan University, China, with a B.S in preventive medicine in 2011. He then worked in Tibet as a medical intern before he came here in 2012. He is currently a 3rd-year graduate student in the program of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology. His current project is to investigate the signaling network of AMP-activated protein kinase(AMPK).  


Yang Hu, 2nd 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.



Wenxuan (Vege) Cai, 1st 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.


Yutong Jin, 1st 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.




Bifan  Chen, 1st 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.  



Nicole Lane, 1st Year
Cellular and Molecular Pathology Program


Nicole completed her BS in Microbiology at the University of Iowa. She then moved to Madison to join the Cellular and Molecular Pathology program. She joined the Ge lab at the beginning of 2015. In her free time, she likes to stay active--rock climbing, dancing, and practicing martial arts.