PhD Students

Anli Tang

Annie joined the lab as a graduate student in 2014. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from ASU. Her research focuses on developing aptamer-based sensors for pathogens and reengineering nonribosomal peptide synthesis. Annie enjoys hiking and collecting vintage handbags.

Matthew Gilliam

Matt joined ASU in 2016 as a graduate student and is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 where he studied the stability of anisotropic gold nanoprisms. He currently works on liquid-phase exfoliated non-van der Waals 2D nanomaterials. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and jogging around campus.

Sanchari Saha

Sanchari is from West Bengal India. She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry from University of Calcutta, India. She joined the School of Molecular Sciences in 2016. Her research focuses on developing novel biocompatible 2D materials to combat multidrug-resistant microbes. Her hobbies include painting, watching movies, and eating good food. 

Kirstie Swingle

Kirstie graduated from University of New Mexico with a B.S. in biology in 2014. She joined School of Molecular Sciences at ASU in 2016. Her research focuses on DNA/antibody systems for diagnostic design. In her free time, Kirstie likes reading, dancing, music, and hanging out outdoors. 

Soma Chaudhary

Soma joined School of Molecular Sciences in 2016. She obtained BS-MS dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM) majoring in Chemistry. Her research focuses on reengineering nonribosomal peptide synthesis and developing novel diagnostic methods. In her spare time, she likes travel, cooking, and watching TV series. 

Griffin McCutcheon

Griffin graduated in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Following work at the NASA Ames Research Center, Griffin joined the the Biological Design PhD program in 2017. His research is focused on RNA-based circuits and genetic encoding of novel materials and structures. Outside of the lab, Griffin enjoys cooking, home improvement, and woodworking, as well as mountain biking.

Zhaoqing Yan

Zhaoqing joined as Ph.D. student in 2017 where he is majoring in chemistry. He completed his B.Sc. degree in chemistry at the University of Jinan in 2016. He is interested in the programming DNA and RNA molecules that can be used for reporting or recording dynamic biological events. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton, dubbing, and playing flute.

Kaiyue Wu

Kaiyue attained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Wuhan University, China and joined ASU in 2017 as a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry. His research focusses on developing novel DNA/RNA sensing nanodevices using biological components. When not in lab, he likes playing with his cat.

Suneet Kale

Suneet (Co-advisor: Prof. Qing Hua Wang, SEMTE) received his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University in 2013. After two years in the private sector, Suneet graduated with a Professional Science Masters in Nanoscience from ASU in 2017. Suneet studies quantum materials using ultrahigh vacuum STM. Outside of the lab, he enjoys reading and learning new languages.