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The Illustrious Members of the Myong Lab

Sua obtained her B.S in Molecular Cellular Biology and Ph.D in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the laboratory of Taekjip Ha at University of Illinois for her postdoctorate training. Sua's enthusiasm for single molecule research was ignited from conducting helicase measurement in the Ha laboratory. Before joining the Bioengineering department as an Assistant professor in 2009, Sua spent two years at the Institute for Genomic Biology where she currently remains an affiliate member as a core faculty of a newly emerging theme "Cellular decision making in cancers." In her free time, Sua enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking, and eating together.




Hye Ran obtained her B.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Seoul National University, South Korea. She is interested in observing molecules in a real-time. She studied a real-time reaction of small organic molecules by using ultrafast Raman spectroscopy, and biomolecules by using single-molecule multi-color FRET. Now, she is focusing on more complexed biology system, RNAi, using single-molecule FRET and single-cell fluorescence imaging. In her free time, she likes to play tennis and watch figure skating.



Ramreddy obtained his Ph.D in chemistry at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. Then he moved to University of Paris VII, Paris, France for his first post doctoral study. There, he used force spectroscopy to study DNA cruciform dynamics in real time. Currently, he is investigating DNA-protein interactions involved in alternate lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway.
Jaya graduated with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she investigated enzymology and protein-RNA interactions in aminoacyl tRNA synthetase-based fidelity of protein synthesis. Following her graduation, she was trained at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, Jaya was involved in studying enzymatic mechanisms in telomere maintenance, focusing on resolution of alternate DNA intermediate structures such as Holliday Junctions and D-loops, particularly in chromosome instability disorders such as Fanconi Anemia. In the Myong lab, Jaya is interested in learning and using single molecule biophysical techniques to study gene silencing pathways and mechanisms in telomere biology

Hui-Ting obtained her Ph.D. from University of Nebraska Medical Center. She worked as a postdoc in Johns Hopkins University studying RNA folding. Her research interest focus on using biophysical and biochemical methods to study DNA, RNA and protein interaction. She is currently working on the mechanism of RNA interference in single molecule level. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and horseback riding.


Peggy obtained her B.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University. She got her M.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois, focused on the use of ultrasound imaging in the diagnosis of breast cancer. She has currently obtained a Ph.D. degree in Prof. Sua Myong's lab, with research focused on proteins involved in DNA recombination and will now continue on in research focused on the remodeling of nucleosomes. In her free time, Peggy enjoys reading, cooking, amateur model building and training her cats.
Alex Kreig is a fourth year graduate student in bioengineering. He is from Illinois and got his BS from UIUC. In his free time, he plays basketball and reads obsessively.


Jim obtained his B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. Now, he is a graduate student in the Biophysics department at the University of Illinois. His research interest focuses on the interactions of biomolecules, such as protein and nucleic acid, studying by biophysical and biochemical methods, especially single-molecule FRET. Currently, he has joined Myong’s lab and will continuously explore his research in the field of single molecule.


Amirhossein joined the lab in 2015 and he is from a town close to the Caspian Sea in Iran. He obtained his BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in Tehran and Koç University in Istanbul, respectively. His interest is using single molecule imaging techniques to understand the behavior of the cell during and after silencing. Also, he is interested in to understand how protein molecules interact in the cell and do their duty. 
Gloria is a college freshman at Caltech who designed the template of this website and hand drew all the avatar figures on the members page. We appreciate her artistic touches pervasive all throughout our website!  Thanks, Gloria!!!


Younghoon Kim - Genzyme, Staff Scientist
Shirley Wang
Jacob Calvert - University of Bristol, Mathematics graduate student
Mallory Shroeder - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Blake Wilhelmsen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Partha Ryali - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Janet Sanoica - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Brendan Pullen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Emily Cullen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Sarthak Grover - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Grace Kim - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Neuroscience graduate student
Lauren Grant - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Helen Hwang - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Medical student
Molly Imgruet - University of Chicago, MSTP student
Tiffany Sum - UCSF School of Dentistry student
Jason Xu - Bloomberg LP, Software Developer
Weikun Xiao - UCLA, Bioengineering graduate student
Amanda Hayward - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biochemistry graduate student
Alex Loiben - Cornell University, Molecular and Cellular Tissue Engineering graduate student
Justin Drawz - SIMnext, Simulation Engineer
Divya Srinivasan
Jamie Kelly
Meghan McCleary - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Extension Educator
Shayan Guhaniyogi - Biotronik, Engineer
Ensun Kwon
Zita Hubler
Thomas Leslie Deleon