Montclare Group

group_photo_2013 December 1, 2018- Liming Yin’s Doctoral Defense Celebration
Jin Kim Montclare, PhD
Jin Kim Montclare, PhDPrincipal Investigator
 Jin Kim Montclare, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. She runs a research group that specializes in synthetic biology with a focus on protein design. As part of inSchool Apps, Jin co-designs and promotes apps, as well as architects their deployment in K-12 and higher education environments.
Andrew Olsen
Andrew OlsenPhD Candidate
Andrew Olsen holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Maryland (2012), and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry. His current research pertains to the engineering of the enzyme, phosphotriesterase (PTE). He also works on developing patterned stimuli-responsive photo-crosslinkable protein engineered hydrogels. As part of his research, he has worked at New York University Abu Dhabi to develop enzyme encapsulation methods.
Yao Wang
Yao WangPhD Candidate
Yao holds a Bachelor’s in Polymer Materials from BIFT in China, a Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry. She is conducting research on environmentally responsive hydrogels derived from protein tri-block copolymers for biomedical applications.
Priya Katyal
Priya KatyalPost-Doctoral Associate
Priya holds a doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Connecticut, where she investigated protein-protein and protein-polymer interactions using biophysical and biochemical approaches. She is a postdoctoral researcher in Montclare lab. Her current research is focused on development of protein engineered injectable hydrogels for drug delivery.
Joe Thomas
Joe ThomasPhD Candidate
Joe received his BS in biochemistry and MS in molecular biology from Kent state University in Ohio before moving to New York City to pursue his PhD. He is studying biomedical engineering in a joint program between SUNY Downstate Medical Center and NYU Tandon. His current research focuses on supercharged coiled-coil proteins for gene delivery.
Kamia Punia
Kamia PuniaPost-Doctoral Associate
Kamia holds a PhD degree from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her dissertation work involved the synthesis and characterization of macromolecules with therapeutic properties and biohybrid silicate-phosphate scaffolds for 3D cell-culture. She is a postdoctoral associate in Montclare lab. Her current research is focused on engineered supercharged coiled-coil proteins for the delivery of DNA.
Michael Meleties
Michael MeletiesPhD Candidate
Michael holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the City College of New York (2016) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is interested in biomaterials and is currently working on the development of protein block copolymers for applications in drug delivery.
Appy Bhattacharya
Appy BhattacharyaPhD Candidate
Appy received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UW-Green Bay and her Master’s degree in the same field from University of Birmingham in the UK, prior to beginning her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology between SUNY Downstate Medical Center and NYU Tandon by virtue of a collaboration between them. Her current research focuses on the development of self-assembling nanobiomaterials to be used as theranostic agents for improving chemotherapeutic drug delivery and for performing cancer diagnosis by positron emission tomography.
Jacob Kronenberg
Jacob KronenbergPhD Candidate
Jacob graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, where he did research on self-assembling amphiphilic copolymers. He’s currently pursuing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at NYU Tandon, where his research interests include protein hydrogels for biomedical applications.
Andrew Wang
Andrew WangPhD Candidate
Andrew received his Bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where he also received a Master’s in Translational Medicine. He is currently an MD/PhD student at SUNY Downstate pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering. His current research involves using engineered proteins for ocular drug delivery.
Yifei Wang
Yifei WangMS Student
Yifei is a grad assistant here at the Montclare Lab and is currently pursuing her MS in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Julia Monkovic
Julia MonkovicBS Student
Julia is currently an undergraduate student pursuing her BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from NYU Tandon. She works with Ph.D. candidate Joseph Thomas on developing a self-assembling complex from a supercharged coiled-coil protein and cationic lipid for siRNA based gene therapy.
Xiaole Wang
Xiaole WangMS Student
Xiaole has a B.S. in Food Science and Engineering from Shanxi University in China. Now he is pursuing M.S. in biotechnology in NYU tandon. He is interested in protein related research and works with Yao on a research of photocrosslinkable triblock copolymer protein hydrogel.
Jay Kang
Jay KangBS Student
Jay is currently an undergraduate student pursuing his BS in Biomolecular Science from NYU Tandon. He has joined our team as a summer research assistant here at the Monteclare Lab.
Bonnie Lin
Bonnie LinBS Student/NYU SURP
Bonnie is a rising junior undergraduate student currently pursuing her BS in Biomolecular Science. She is working with Priya and Michael on the development of hydrogels from the Q protein for drug delivery, gene delivery, and tissue engineering purposes. Currently they are testing the behavior of Q protein in various pH conditions.

Matthew Moulton
Matthew MoultonBS Student/MRSEC
Matthew Moulton is a senior chemical engineering student at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is part of the NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) REU program. His research investigates the effect on pH on hydrogel structure and formation.
Isabel Shon
Isabel ShonBS Student
Isabel Shon is an undergrad volunteering for the summer of 2019 at the protein engineering and molecular design laboratory. She is pursuing her BS in Biology at SUNY Purchase College. She is working under Ph.D. candidate Yao Wang for the CEC hydrogel project.

Jordyn Pierre-Raphael
Jordyn Pierre-RaphaelH.S. Senior/MRSEC
Jordyn is currently a high school senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute who joined the Montclare lab during the summer of 2018. She works with Post-Doctoral Associate Kamia Punia on engineering supercharged coiled-coil proteins for therapeutic and DNA delivery.
Lianna Friedman
Lianna FriedmanH.S. Senior
Liana Friedman is a rising senior at Roslyn High School. She is enrolled in the NYU GSTEM program. She is working in the Montclare lab with Yao Wang for the summer of 2019 researching triblock copolymer CEC hydrogels.
Shanya Sam
Shanya SamH.S. Sophmore
Shanya is a rising sophomore at Brooklyn Tech High School and is a part of NYU’s ARISE (Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering) program. She is working with PhD candidate Appy Bhattacharya on studying the drug delivering ability of diblock copolymer CE2

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. MD Shamim RezaPhD, University of Tokyo
Dr. Sachin KhapliPhD, Rice University
Assistant Professor at New York University-Abu Dhabi
Dr. Zhiqiang LiuPhD, Jiangnan University
Associate Professor at Institute of Bioengineering, Zhejiang University of Technology
Dr. Natalya VoloshchukPhD, City University of New York
Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers Unviversity
Dr. Mark SchofieldPhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Professor at Haverford College

Graduate Students

Shengbo GuoMS, Biotechnology 2019
Lindsay HillPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2019
Liming YinPhD, Materials Chemistry 2018
Teeba JihadMS, Biotechnology 2018
Xuan XieMS, Biotechnology 2018
Joe FrezzoPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2017
Roni Barak VenturaMS, Biomedical Engineering 2017
Jeffrey LiuMS, Chemistry 2016
Albert AgustinusMS, Biotechnology 2016
Raymond ChenMS, Biomedical Engineering 2016
Saakshi GuptaMS, Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship 2016
Ching Yao YangPhD, Materials Chemistry 2016
Nikita SrivastavaMS, Biotechnology 2015
Jasmin HumePhD, Materials Chemistry 2015
Haresh MorePhD, Materials Chemistry 2015
Bristol Meyer Squib
Carlo YuviencoPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2014
New York University
Rudy JacquetMS, Biotechnology 2014
Columbia University
Ekta SharmaMS, Bioinformatics 2014
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Apurva BapatMS 2014
Seimens Healthcare
Min DaiPhD, Materials Chemistry 2013
Lee von KraussPhD, Neuroscience 2013
Halo Neuro Inc
Jennifer S. HaghpanahPhD, Materials Chemistry 2012
Columbia University
Kinjal Ramesh MehtaPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2012
Blue Sky Biotech
Susheel K. GunasekarPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2012
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Martin GanttMS 2012
Peter James BakerPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2011
Dharanikanth SathyanarayanaMS 2011
Lancaster Laboratories
Aayush AgarwalMS 2010
Roselab Bioscience
Mukta AsnaniMS 2010
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, PhD Program
Renata BarradasMS 2010
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Taher DawoodiMS 2010
Yogesh T. GanesansMS 2010
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Chandani LimbadMS 2009
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
Jaladhi NayakMS 2009
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Åsa RonkvistPhD 2008
Astra Zenica
Sindhuja R. MuskuMS 2008
Soumya NandaMS 2008
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Undergraduate Students

Erika Delgado-FukushimaBS, Biomolecular Sciences 2019
Sumayya VawdaBS, Biomolecular Sciences 2017
Cynthia XuBS, Biomolecular Sciences 2016
Kevin ZhangNew York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, BS 2015
Kyle OkinoChaminade University, BS 2016
Grace ChoiSmith College, BS 2015
Ja-Shin (Justine) WuPace University, BS 2015
Michael LupoNew York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, BS 2014
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Jennifer Sun^New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, BS 2014
Heejoo Kim^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2013
New York University Polytechnic Institute
Navjot Singh^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2013
SUNY Downstate Medical School
Daniel ChoiFordham University, BS 2013
World Relief Dupage/Arora
Jinhui Zhao^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2012
SUNY Downstate Medical School
Christopher InoueChaminade University, BS 2012
Rich HwangSUNY Binghamton, BS 2010
SUNY Downstate Medical School
Wendy Hom^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2010
SUNY Stony Brook
Yan Mei Chan^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS+MS Honors Thesis 2009
Pennsylvania State University
David Snydacker^Wesleyan University, BS 2009
Northwestern University
Wah YanNew York University, BS 2012
GfK Bridgehead
Hanna Barra^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2009
New York Blood Center
Eran GevaPolytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2009
Mandy Lee^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS Honors Thesis 2008
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Anita Zhu^Polytechnic Institute of New York University, BS+MS Honors Thesis 2008
Waqas AhmedPolytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2008
Narissa PuranPolytechnic Institute of New York University, BS 2008
The Medical School for International Health
Logan YuThe Cooper Union, BS 2008
Brooklyn Law School
Cindy MeiSt. Joseph's University, BS 2008
Priscilla PaulThe Cooper Union, BS 2008
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Maksim BeygelmanThe Cooper Union, BS 2008
Tatyana Panchenko^Polytechnic University, BS+MS Honors Thesis 2006
The Rockefeller University
Kunal ShahPolytechnic University, BS Honors Thesis 2006
Colored World
Wan Wen Zhu^Polytechnic University, BS Honors Thesis 2006
Texas A&M University
^ Indicates Undergraduate Student with a Publication