Our Team

Zhihua Hua, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am thinking whenever possible. I love working with and care about motivated people. I like breaking and fixing things, including computer programming.

Peifeng Yu

PhD Graduate student

I am curious about biology and always patient in figuring out how it works, such as the role of the ubiquitin-26S proteasome system that I am stuyding now. I like basketball and fishing.

Madhura Yapa

PhD Graduate student

I am anxious of expanding my knowledge in a broader spectrum of Biology. My career goal is to conduct research in an institution where I can proceed with my interests.

Yang Li

PhD Graduate student

My philosophy is work hard and play hard. My career goal is to become a college professor. I like video games.

Samia Nawaz

PhD Graduate student

I am curious about how plants work at the molecular level, particularlly the role of F-box proteins. My professional ambition is to conduct research of my interest that intergrates both bioinformatics and molecular biology.

Noah Barber

Undergraduate student

Research is a fundamental pillar of our society. I am striving to understand the complex biology of chloroplasts in plants. I may not understand everything but I am aiming to become an expert in the field."

Sophia Kasprzycki

Undergraduate student

My aim here is to expand my experience with biochemistry and biotechnology. I hope to use this newfound knowledge to pursue medical school in the future.

Maddie Shelt

Undergraduate student

Julian Renton

Undergraduate student

Previous Members

Undergraduate Research Experience

  • Miranda Silcott (Meteorology)
  • Garrett Dildine (Engineering)
  • Abigail G. Moore (PBIO)
  • Mateo Anaya (PBIO)
  • Charles G. Ndiaye (PBIO)
  • Caroline Siegert (PBIO)
  • Adam Stumbo (PBIO Minor)
  • Andrew Rose (PBIO)
  • Elisabeth A. Wilds (Biological Sciences)
  • Maria Gomez (Biological Sciences)
  • Kayley Jaeger (Forensic Chemistry)
  • Sean Smith (Chemical Engineering)
  • Isaac Stern (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Mario A. Hernandez (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Jacob Sieg (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • William Vu (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Alex Bochenek (Computer Science)
  • Matthew Early (Computer Science)
  • Matthew Emerson (Computer Science)
  • Shuai Ji (Computer Science)
  • Logan Leland (Computer Science)

Graduate Studies

  • Paymon Doroodian, MSc ("I have always been curious to understand why things work the way they do. So I decided to make it my career").
    Current Position: Research Assistant, Georgetown University in Washington DC

Visiting Research

  • Zhenyu Gao, PhD (China National Rice Institute)
  • Fanglei Liao, PhD (Zhejiang Normal University)

What Previous Member Say

I have decided to go to grad school at NC State! I am super excited about this decision, and I wanted to take the time to thank you for writing a recommendation letter. Without you, this wouldn't be possible! I also wanted to thank you for the time in the lab and allowing me to be a part of the lab family these past two years. I truly have enjoyed my time working will you all.

Miranda SilcottGraduate Student at North Carolina State University

I would like to let you know that I just got into Ohio State University College of Dentistry! Thank you so much for all the help you have provided me. I would not have gotten this far without your support.

William VuDDS Candidate at OSU

I would like to thank you for my experience this past year. A lot of the things I learned carried over to the position I am at currently and I had a great time.

Alex BochenekProgram Developer