The Bailey Research Group
Dr. Ryan C. Bailey
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry,
Affiliate, Department of Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
2004–2006 Post-doctoral fellow, California Institute of Technology (J. Heath) and Institute for Systems Biology (L. Hood)
2004 Ph.D. Northwestern University (J. Hupp)
1999 B.S. Eastern Illinois University
600 South Mathews
MC 712, Box 45-5
Urbana, IL, 61801
2012 Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2005 B.S. Chemistry, University of Chicago
Home: Rochester, NY
Research Interests: Joshua is developing a microfluidic platform to investigate the epigenetic states of small cell populations.
When not in lab, Joshua enjoys playing real football (i.e., soccer), running, reading, and eating really good food. Indian and Korean cuisine are his favorites.
Melinda McClellanRobert C. and Carolyn J. Springborn Fellow, UIUC
2009 B.S. Chemistry, Florida State University
Home: Tallahassee, FL
Melinda works on developing signal enhancement strategies for the microring resonator platform, focusing on protein biomarkers that have very low clinically relevant levels. Additionally, she is using nanoparticles to develop entirely new approaches to biomolecular detection on the microring resonators.
When not in lab, Melinda enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, reading, watching NASCAR, and being an active member of the Sunday night bar trivia team. Her superpowers include duel wielding Cokes-of-Shame and buying magnets by the hundreds.
Aurora Turgeon2010 B.A. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Morris
Home: Centerville, MN
Aurora uses photolithography to modify collagen scaffolds for tissue engineering applications.
Aurora's favorite things include: visiting museums, eating pancakes, and jogging in the sunshine.
Jessica Banks2007 B.S. Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
Home: Washington Township, PA
Jessica focuses on ligation and cleavage strategies for generating dynamically responsive biomaterials, as well as exploring cell-ECM interactions and cell behavior using photochemically generated spatially defined patterns.
When not in lab, Jessica enjoys traveling to exotic locations (or at least watching the Travel Channel). Closer to home, you can find her hiking, cooking, and cheering on her favorite Pittsburgh sports teams.
Winnie Shia2009 B.S. Chemistry, The University of Texas, Austin
As part of the microring resonator team, Winnie has developed an assay for ricin (a biowarfare agent), worked on a multiplexed cancer biomarker assay panel with Adam Washburn, and more recently is looking into assay development of cardiac biomarkers on the microring resonators platform.
Winnie is fascinated with the German culture, pianos, dark/horror movies and folding origami, as well as chasing llamas (Pronounced as YAA-mas).
Ellen MuehlB.S. Chemistry, Berkeley, CA
Home: Orange County, CA
Ellen's project is focused on characterization of protein binding interactions of nucleic acids for relevant disease applications
Ellen enjoys California and crabs.
Daniel McCurryNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2011 B.S. Chemistry, State University of New York at Binghamton
Home: Edgewater, NJ
Dan examines the development of surface morphology following the de-alloying of white gold leaf and applies electrochemical techniques towards the study of molecular transport through nanoporous materials.
Dan is an electronics hobbyist and spends much of his time outside of lab trying to get something to work again after opening it.
James WadeNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2012 B.S. Chemistry, Furman University
Home: Columbia, SC
James uses silicon photonic microring resonators to design multiplexed protein arrays with a particular focus on developing clinically and/or biologically relevant diagnostic panels. Current work is centered around glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive malignant primary brain tumor.
When not in lab, James enjoys camping and hiking with his wife, playing with his dog Jacob, college football, reading, exploring the great midwest, watching movies, and traveling to far away places.
Richard Graybill2012 B.S. Chemistry, Furman University
Home: Pittsburg, PA
Richard uses silicon photonic microring resonators to make systems based measurements of numerous analytes of interest
When not in lab, Richard enjoys long walks on the beach.
Madeline MichaelUIUC Class of 2013
Home: Highland, ILMaddy generates benzophenone substrates and photochemically makes biomolecular patterns with proteins and growth factors of interest.
When not in lab, Maddy enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.
Pooja BagUIUC Class of 2015
Home: Naperville, IL
Pooja is working with microring resonators on different strategies to attach biotinylated nanodiscs to microrings.
Personal Interests: When Pooja isn't in the lab, she can be found with her camera glued to her face, practicing her roundhouse kicks, or debating how best to save the world in Model UN. She also enjoys food immensely, and can be quite the chocolate and cheese snob.
Mallika ModakUIUC Class of 2015
Home: Plainfield, IL
Mallika is creating a microfluidic system to perform chromatin immunoprecipitation and investigate epigenetic modifications of small cell samples.
Mallika enjoys reading, listening to good movie soundtracks and playing them on the piano, and running.
Emma PadeskyUIUC Class of 2015
Emma is investigating the interactions of G-receptor proteins.
Personal Interests: Emma really likes to run --you can find her at the gym almost everyday. She also enjoys playing the piano in her spare time