We are a team composed of senior research scientists, graduate students, undergraduates, and high school interns.


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Clay C. C. Wang, Lab Chief

I was born in Tokyo, Japan, and spent my childhood in Taiwan. After attending a prep school in New Hampshire, I moved to Harvard for my undergrad working in the laboratory of Professor George Whitesides. I graduated magna cum laude in Chemistry in 1996. I attended graduate school at Caltech, where I studied DNA binding small molecules called polyamides in the laboratory of Professor Peter Dervan and defended my Ph.D. thesis in the summer of 2001. I was an NIH funded postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University working in the laboratory of Professor Chaitan Khosla between 2001 and 2003. At the Khosla group, I worked on heterologous expression systems for bacterial secondary metabolism pathways. Since 2003, I have been a faculty at the University of Southern California. I am currently Department Chair and Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the School of Pharmacy and Professor of Chemistry at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Science at the University of Southern California.

 

Yi Ming Chiang, Senior Research Fellow

I graduated from the National Taiwan University. My expertise is in natural products isolation and characterization.

 

 

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Ming Shian Lee, Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a recipient of the Taiwan-USC postdoctoral fellowship. My expertise is in fungal natural product isolation and characterization.

 
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Swati Bijlani, Postdoctoral Fellow

I work on the NASA funded project involving the characterization of fungi isolated from the International Space Station.

 
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Patrick Lehman, Graduate Student

I am currently a third year PhD student in the Wang group.

 
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Bo Yuan, Graduate Student

I am currently a third PhD student in the Wang group. I graduated from UC Davis.

 
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Christian Rabot, Graduate Student

I am currently a third year PhD student in the Wang group.

 
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Ngan Pham, Graduate Student

I graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Chemistry and I am currently a second year MS student in the Wang group.

 
 
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Su Jeung Lim (Sue Lim), Graduate Student

I graduated from Cal State Long Beach in Chemical Engineering and I am currently a second year MS student in the Wang group

 
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Jingyi Wang, Graduate Student

I am currently a second year MS student in the Wang group.

 

Gujie Xu (Frank), Graduate Student

I am currently at second year MS student in the Wang group.

 

USC Undergrads and High School Students in the Wang Group

The Wang group provides USC undergrads interested in chemical biology a working environment to take their knowledge from textbooks into practice. Graduates from our undergrad program have moved to pursue MD, PharmD, and PhD degrees.

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Asylynn Smith, Undergradaute Researcher

I am currently an undergraduate student at USC Vitterbi School of Engineering. I spent the summer of 2019 as an Intern at NASA JPL. 

 
 

Sarah Nakama, High School Researcher

I am currently a Junior at Crescenta Valley High School in California. I spent the summer of 2019 as a USC BUGSJr intern.

Wang Group High School Team

The Wang group provides an environment for highly motivated high school students to experience life as a working scientist. Graduates from our high school program have gone on to some of the top Universities in this country.

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Wang group Alumni

Graduate students

Alex Praseuth Ph.D. 2008, Anaptys Bio

Angela Li Ph.D. 2008, Ascend Clinical

James Sanchez Ph.D. 2011, City of Hope

Hsien Chun Lo Ph.D. 2012, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Amber Valencia (Somoza) Ph.D. 2012, Gilead Sciences

Ting Liu Ph.D. 2013, Johnson & Johnson

Chun Jun Guo Ph.D. 2014, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Univ.

Junko Yaegashi Ph.D. 2015, NP Genomics

Weiwen Sun Ph.D. 2018, Intrexon Corporation

Tzushyang Lin Ph.D. 2018, Lodo Therapeutics

Johannes Van Dijk Ph.D. 2018, Zymergen Inc

Jillian Romsdahl Ph.D. 2018, Naval Research Institute

Adriana Blachowicz Ph.D. 2019, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Michelle Grau Ph.D 2019, Zymergen Inc

Alexander Lin M.S. 2009, Chungmei Pharmaceuticals

Sofina Jain M.S. 2011, Takeda

Michael Praseuth M.S. 2013, Phenomenex Inc.

Yi En Liao M.S. 2018, Ph.D. student at UNC Chapel Hil

Undergraduate students

Jack Simityan B.S. 2006, Pharm.D 2011, USC

Michelle Munevar B.S. 2007, USC

Lydia Yeung B.A. 2007, U. Michigan

David Zhao B.S. 2008, UCSD

Emily Salan B.S. 2008, USC

Eric Kuo B.S. 2009, USC, M.D. 2013, Yale

Debbie Rodriguez B.S. 2009 Cal State Long Beach

Michael Praseuth B.S. 2009, M.S. 2013 USC

Sarah Ifrah B.S. 2011 USC

Dewayne Hudson B.S. 2014 Cal State Fullerton

Calvin Sung B.S. 2015 UCLA

Green Ahn B.S. 2016, USC, Ph.D. of Chemistry candidate, Stanford Univ.

Stefanie Loekman B.S. 2018 USC

High School Students trained in Wang group

Rebecca Liu South Pasadena High School; B.S. UCLA

Sherry Zhang Diamond Bar High School; B.S./ M.D. UC San Diego

Joy Gang San Marino High School; B.S. UC Berkeley/ D.D.S candidate UCSF

Bethany Cheng San Marino High School; B.S. USC

Bethany Chen South Pasadena High School; B.S. USC

Ada Li Westridge School Pasadena CA; B.S. NYU

Kara Lee Peninsula High School, Palos Verdes CA; B.S. USC

Justin Nakama Crescenta Valley High, La Crescenta CA; B.S. USC

Kevin Chang, Northview High School, Covina CA; B.S. Carnegie Mellon University