Montclare Group

group_photo_2013 October 12, 2019- Andrew Olsen’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.


Dustin Britton
Dustin BrittonPhD Candidate
Dustin received his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and his Masters in Particle Technology from the University of Delaware where he researched powder rheology. Following he was an engineer for the Chemour’s Company where he did research on ion exchange materials. He is currently a PhD student at New York University Tandon where is interested in biomaterials and drug delivery.
Stanley Chu
Stanley ChuPost-Doctoral Associate
Stanley holds a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. His doctoral research focused on investigating the degradation of photopolymerized synthetic hydrogels in the context of cartilage tissue engineering. His current research is focused on developing enzymes for the hydrolysis of organophosphate compounds as well as developing theranostic materials for the visualization and delivery of therapeutic payloads.
Farbod Mahmoudinobar
Farbod MahmoudinobarPost-Doctoral Associate
Farbod holds a doctoral degree in Biophysics from New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he studied the amyloid proteins structure and thermodynamics using molecular dynamics simulations. He is a postdoctoral associate in Montclare lab. His current research is focused on designing coiled-coil proteins with theranosis capabilities.
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.
Jonathan Sun
Jonathan SunRotating PhD Candidate
Jonathan received his bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan where he designed soft organic materials for optoelectronic devices and carbon capture applications. As a newly matriculated Chemistry Ph.D. student at New York University, he is rotating in the Montclare lab to facilitate his future studies of polymeric architectures that support pharmaceutical platforms.

Ashwitha Lakshmi
Ashwitha Lakshmi MS Student
 Ashwitha grew up in India and received her bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from D.Y.Patil University, Mumbai. During her final year thesis project, she worked in Bhabha atomic research centre. Her thesis topic was Expression and purification of mosquitocidal binary toxin component BinB and its receptor protein CQM1. She is currently pursuing a master’s in biotechnology at new york university, Tandon. 
Neta Benor
Neta Benor MS Student
Neta spent most of her life in Toronto, Canada and received her BSc in Biology from Queen’s University, Kingston. Through various volunteering opportunities in the medical field, she found her passion for healthcare. She is currently pursuing a MS in Biotechnology and entrepreneurship at NYU Tandon. She is working on engineering and characterization of protein theranostic agents under the guidance of PhD candidate Appy.
Jay Kang
Jay KangMS 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.

Jakub Legocki
Jakub LegockiBS Student
 Jakub is currently an undergraduate pursuing his BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from NYU Tandon. He is working with Farbod on the enhancement and optimization of phosphotriesterase, an enzyme used as an organophosphate pesticide detoxifier, through the use of computational protein design and molecular dynamics simulations.
Jason Chen
Jason ChenBS Student
 Jason is currently an undergraduate student pursuing his BS in Biomolecular Science from NYU Tandon. He works with Post-Doctoral Associate Farbod Mahmoudinobar on exploring the effects of non-canonical amino acids on pesticide detoxifiers.
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.


Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Priya KatyalPhD, University of Connecticut
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

Alara Tuncer MS, Biotechnology Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Yao WangPh.D. in Materials Chemistry 2021
Shengbo GuoMS, Biotechnology 2019, Research Assistant 2020
Xiaole 'Willy' WangMS, Biotechnology 2020
Yifei WangMS, Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering 2020
Gayathri GopikrishnaMS, Biotechnology candidate 2019, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Andrew OlsenPhD, Materials Chemistry 2019
Prescient Healthcare Group
Lindsay HillPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2019
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Liming YinPhD, Materials Chemistry 2018
Bristol Meyer Squib
Teeba JihadMS, Biotechnology 2018
Xuan XieMS, Biotechnology 2018
Joe FrezzoPhD, Biomedical Engineering 2017
BGB Group
Roni Barak VenturaMS, Biomedical Engineering 2017
New York University
Jeffrey LiuMS, Chemistry 2016
Albert AgustinusMS, Biotechnology 2016
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Raymond ChenMS, Biomedical Engineering 2016
Saakshi GuptaMS, Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship 2016
Ching Yao YangPhD, Materials Chemistry 2016
Hampton Creek
Nikita SrivastavaMS, Biotechnology 2015
Jasmin HumePhD, Materials Chemistry 2015
Hampton Creek
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


Julia Monkovic BS, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 2021
Isabel ShonSummer 2019 intern currently pursuing a BS, Biology, SUNY Purchase
Matthew MoultonSummer 2019 MRSEC intern currently pursuing a BS, Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art
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

High School Outreach Students

Jordyn Pierre-Raphael
Lianna FriedmanSenior, Rosyln High School. Summer 2019 NYU GSTEM participant
Shanya SamSophomore, Brooklyn Tech. Summer 2019 NYU ARISE participant