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
Dr. Enrique Valera
Postdoctoral Researcher2008 Ph.D. Electronic Technology, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
2003 B.S. Electronic Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
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Home: Lima (Peru) / Barcelona (Spain)
Enrique focuses his efforts in the development of multiplexed biosensors for the quantitative analysis of biomarkers in the field of clinical diagnosis.
When not in lab, Enrique loves sharing time with his wife and two daughters, eating peruvian food, watching soccer and supporting Barcelona football club.
Melinda McClellanUllyot Fellow, UIUC
Robert 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, daughter, and two cats; reading; and watching really bad TV. She is currently ranked 1st in her fantasy NASCAR league - where she plans to stay.
Aurora Alsop (Turgeon)2010 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
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Home: Pittsburgh, PA
Jessica works on the development of materials with controlled biochemical and physical properties for studying cellular behavior in microenvironments. Recently, her focus has been on factors affecting stem cell differentiation.
When not in lab, Jessica enjoys baking, hiking, and playing with her dog.
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 Muehl2011 B.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 corrosion of white gold alloys 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. He also enjoys working on his car, grilling, and camping.
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. He also is developing microring resonators as a gradient-compatible refractive index based detector for HPLC.
When not in lab, James enjoys camping and hiking with his wife, playing with his dogs (Jacob and Bo), college football, reading, exploring the great midwest, watching movies, and traveling to far away places.
Richard GraybillNIH Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center
2012 B.S. Chemistry, Furman University
Home: Pittsburgh, PA
Richard uses silicon photonic microring resonators to make systems based measurements of numerous analytes of interest. His current work focuses of muliplexed miRNA detection in lysate from cancer cell lines and tumor samples.
When not in lab, Richard enjoys running, getting outside, eating new foods, and hoping the Virginia Cavaliers will one day put together a national championship caliber football team.
Home: Tuscon, AZ
Alex currently works on interfacting microring resonators with HPLC.
When not in lab, Alex enjoys reading pretentious novels, pretending to be a ballerina, holding kittens, and writing pretentious novels. Alex wants to be either an astronaut, French perfumer, or cat lady when she grows up.
Yi Xu2013 B.S. Applied Chemistry, Peking University
Home: Suzhou, Jiangsu Provice, China
Yi is working on droplet-based microfluidics to uncover the epigenetics modifications cause varying phenotypes from identical genotypes using an on-chip ChIP technique.
When not in lab, Yi enjoys cooking, travelling (if time permits), and learning different languages. Now, she is struggling with Korean, making just a little progress with new words everyday.
Zach Wiersma2013 B.S. Chemistry and Physics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Home: Lowell, IN
The long term goal of Zach's project is the development of a back-scattering interferometer, used for label-free detection of molecular interactions. Currently, he is studying the binding events of the blood clotting cascade.
When not in lab, Zach plays the banjo and annoys his wife, often at the same time.
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.
Amy OreskovicUIUC Class of 2015
Home: Kingsport, TN
Amy is developing a droplet-based microfluidic system to perform chromatin immunoprecipitation and investigate epigenetic modifications of small cell samples.
Amy enjoys training for triathlons, being outdoors, drawing, and eating way too much food.
Nick VertinUIUC Class of 2016
Home: Chicago, IL
Nick uses microring resonators to make perforn multiplexed protein detection in cancer cell lysate. He also is improving the use of microring resonators as an on-line refractive index detection for HPLC.
Nick has a wide range of interests outside of lab, but he has yet to share any of them with the web administrator.
Xinyu HeUIUC Class of 2015
Home: Deerfield, IL
Xinyu currently working under Melinda McMellan studying the detection and signal amplification of cancer biomarkers through the use of micro ring resonators.
Outside of research, Xinyu enjoys working on independent entrepreneurial projects, watching National Geographic documentaries, and wishing he was batman.
Chris ParaUIUC Class of 2016
Home: Chicago, IL
Chris uses microring resonators to make systems based measurements of miRNA detection in lysate from cancer cell lines and tumor samples to better understand tumorigenesis.
Chris enjoys running, swimming, biking, and working out at the gym. He is part of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Office of Volunteer Program Service Ambassador program, LENS Diversity Program, and Illinois Promise Scholar program.