Ge Group 2015

Principal Investigator
Ying Ge, PhD



Professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Director of Mass Spectrometry
Human Proteomics Program
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D. 2002, Cornell University
B.S. 1997, Peking (Beijing) University, China
Biographical Sketch

Staff Scientist

Software Developers

Yanlong Zhu, PhD


Yanlong received his BS from University of Science and Technology of China. He came to Wayne State University to pursue his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, focusing on IRMPD action spectroscopy, computational chemistry and instrumentation. He joined the Ge group in 2018 and is focusing on top-down proteomics including both method development of multi-dimensional liquid chromatography strategies and instrumentation to implement new tandem mass spectrometry on the ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometer. He likes hiking and watching movies.


Kent Wenger


Kent received his B.S. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. Kent joined the lab in September 2018, and is working on the development of the MASH Explorer software, with plans to also work on metabolomics software in the future. He grew up in Green Bay, and has called Madison home for three decades. In his free time, Kent enjoys cycling and international travel (preferably combined); model railroading; long walks with his wife, Sue; and playing with his miniature schnauzer, Theo.


Graduate Students/Post-docs

Melissa Pergande, Post-doc

Melissa Pergande

Melissa received her BS and MS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on characterizing protein and lipid alterations in a mouse model of Niemann-Pick, type C. She joined the Ge group in 2022 and is focusing on multiomic analyses. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and loves cooking, nature and animals, especially dogs.


Boris Krichel, Post-doc

Boris Krichel

Boris received his BS in Biotechnology from University of Applied Sciences in Jena, Germany, and MS in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany. In 2014 he joined Charlotte Uetrecht’s lab at the Leibniz Institute of Virology in Hamburg. He graduated as Dr.rer.nat. in 2019 about his work in structural biology, native mass spectrometry and biochemistry of viral enzymes. In 2021 Boris received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and joined the Ying Ge’s lab in order to study the microheterogeneity of human kinases with native top-down mass spectrometry. Above all, Boris is a family man, enjoys cooking, and coaching the good ol’ European football.

Zhan Gao, Post-doc

Zhan Gao

Zhan received his BS from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He moved to Zhejiang University where he received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, focusing on the use of mass spectrometry to identify glycan isomers. In 2022, he joined Ge group and currently focuses on high sensitivity single cell proteomics. He enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies, and going to the gym.


Mandi Wang, Post-doc

Mandi Wang

Biographical Sketch
B.S. Chemistry, Shandong University in China, 2017
Ph.D. Chemistry, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2022
Mandi is working on the nanoproteomics project.


Benjamin Wancewicz, 6th Year
Cellular and Molecular Pathology Program


Ben received his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis. He is interested in using mass spectrometry to link the metabolic disorder in diabetes with the associated contractile dysfunction. He enjoys playing board games, going for a bike ride, and baking.


Emily Reasoner, 5th Year
Chemistry Program


Emily received her BA in Chemistry from Luther College. She joined the Chemistry PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 as a materials chemistry student. She is interested in novel applications of nanomaterials in biological systems, bridging analytical chemistry, materials science, and chemical biology. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends, her dogs, and listening to music.


Timothy Aballo, 5th Year
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology


Tim received his BS in biological sciences and pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2016. His research interests focus on analyzing changes in the sarcomeric protein landscape in developing mice to elucidate mechanisms for endogenous heart regeneration. Outside of lab, he enjoys hiking, cooking and creating good memories with friends.


Kalina Rossler, 4th Year
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology


Kalina (Kali) received her B.S. in biochemistry and B.A. in vocal performance from Calvin University in 2020. She is part of the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Ph.D. track at U.W. Madison. Kalina's research interests include the holistic integration of molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and proteomics to understand human cardiac disease. Outside of the lab, Kali enjoys cooking, singing, running, biking, petting dogs, and quoting the Office with her husband.


Emily Chapman, 4th Year
Chemistry Program


Emily received her BS in Chemistry from Augsburg University in 2020. She joined the Chemistry PhD program in Fall 2020 as an analytical chemistry student. She is currently interested in translational research and using top-down proteomics to develop better cardiac troponin assays. She enjoys soccer, cooking, and reading.


Kevin Buck, 4th Year
Chemistry Program


Kevin received his B.S. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2020. He is part of the Chemistry Ph.D. track at U.W. Madison. Kevin is interested in extracellular proteomics and trapped ion mobility technology development. In his free time, Kevin enjoys cooking, making crossword puzzles, and biking.


Jãán Andrews, 3rd Year
Chemistry Program

Jãán Andrews

Jãán received his BS in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University in 2016. He worked in sales and later as a staff chemist for many years before moving to Madison in 2021. He is interested in the development of nanoparticles and their use in top-down proteomics for biomedical applications. His interests includes MMA, basketball, philosophy, and chess.


Holden Rogers, 3rd Year
Chemistry Program

Holden Rodgers

Holden received his B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021. He joined the Chemistry PhD program in Fall of 2021 as part of the Analytical path. He is currently interested in examining ischemic cardiomyopathy using top-down proteomics. His hobbies include playing golf and watching ice hockey.


Hsin-Ju (Ruby) Chan, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program

Hsin-Ju (Ruby) Chan

Hsin-Ju (Ruby) received her B.S. in Chemistry from National Tsing Hua University and M.S. in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. She joined the Chemistry Ph.D. program at UW-Madison in 2022 as an analytical chemistry student. She is currently interested in native top-down mass spectrometry and the application of nanomaterials in proteomics research. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her friends.


Matthew Fischer, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program

Matthew Fischer

Matthew received a BA in Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2022. He joined the UW Madison Chemistry PhD program as an analytical chemistry student in Fall 2022. He is currently interested in native protein separations. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys playing tennis and golf, learning new songs on the guitar, and reading history books.


Anna Grace Towler, 2nd year
Chemistry Program

Anna Grace Towler

Anna Grace received her BS in Chemistry from William & Mary in Virginia in 2022. She joined the Chemistry PhD program at UW-Madison in Fall 2022 as an analytical chemistry student. Anna Grace is interested in multiomics and top-down mass spectrometry. She enjoys hiking, reading, and hanging out with her pets.


Mallory Wilson, 2nd year
Chemistry Program

Mallory Wilson

Mallory received her B.S. in chemistry from Indiana State University in 2022. She is part of the analytical chemistry PhD track at UW Madison. Mallory's research interests include method development for high sensitivity mass spectrometry. Outside of the lab, Mallory enjoys collecting plants, scratch cooking, and spending time outside (when it's warm).


Liam Bandura, 1st Year,
Chemistry Program

Liam Bandura

Liam received his BS in Biology & Chemistry at Marquette University in 2022. In 2023, Liam joined the Chemical Biology Ph.D. path at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research interests involve the application of mass-spectrometry and chemical biology techniques to probe molecular pathways to better understand them and their impact on disease. Outside the lab, Liam enjoys cooking, coffee, and a good cross-word puzzle.


Andrew Perciaccante, 1st Year,
Chemistry Program

Andrew Perciaccante

Andrew received his BS in chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2022. After graduating, he was a postbaccalaureate researcher at the National Cancer Institute for a year. He joined the Analytical Path of the Chemistry PhD program at UW-Madison in the Fall of 2023. His research interests include developing and applying multiomic techniques to study disease. Outside of the lab, Andrew enjoys running, hiking, and watching hockey.


Medical Students

Scott Price

Scott Price

Scott earned his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in May of 2021. He then joined the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health M.D. program in the fall of 2021. He is working on the lab’s cardiac troponin assay along with other various clinical projects. In his free time, he enjoys running, weight lifting, and all kinds of sports.


Undergraduate Students

Brad Li, Senior


Brad is a 3rd-year undergraduate student studying Biochemistry, Spanish and Honors Biology (Biocore). In the lab, he works heavily with David on membrane receptor proteomics. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing soccer, practicing the saxophone, cooking various dishes, lifting heavy weights, and spending time with friends.

Kylie Plouff, Junior

Kylie Plouff

Kylie is a 3rd year undergraduate student studying chemistry, mathematics and Asian American studies. She is currently working with Melissa in the metabolomics/multi-omics group. In her free time, she enjoys baking, cooking, embroidering, playing piano and spending time with friends.

Jason Zhang, Junior

Jason Zhang

Jason is a 3rd-year undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and Genetics & Genomics. He works with Dr. Zhan Gao to analyze top-down proteomics data in the lab. In routine life, he enjoys playing basketball, playing music, and playing board games with friends.

Emilia Nicometo, Sophomore

Emilia Nicometo

Emilia is a 2nd-year undergraduate studying Chemistry and Global Health. She is working with Dr. Melissa Pergande on metabolomics and method development. Outside of lab she loves reading, running, baking, and live music.

Jiaqi Chen, Freshman

Jiaqi Chen

Jiaqi is a 1st-year undergraduate student studying Biochemisty. Currently, she is working with Dr. Zhan Gao on top-down Proteomics data analysis. Outside the lab, she enjoys watching movies, singing and walking.

Honorary member

In loving Memory of Dr. Andrew J. Alpert


Former members

  • Eli Larson, PhD
    Currently a Scientist at Merck
  • Elizabeth Bayne, PhD
    Currently a Senior Scientist at Merck
  • Morgan Mann, PhD
    Currently a clinical fellow at Stanford University
  • Jake Melby, PhD
    Currently a Senior Scientist at AstraZeneca
  • David S. Roberts, PhD
    Currently a post-doc at Stanford University
  • Kyle Brown, PhD
    Currently a Scientist at Regeneron
  • Tim Tiambeng, PhD
    Currently an Associate Scientist at Regeneron
  • Samantha Knott, PhD
    Currently a Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Trisha Tucholski, PhD
    Currently in Aleksandra Nita-Lazar's Group at NIH
  • Abe Wu, PhD
    Currently Scientist at Regeneron
  • Bifan Chen, PhD
    Currently Scientist at Genentech Inc.
  • Yutong Jin, PhD
    Currently Scientist II at Biogen Inc.
  • Wenxuan Cai, PhD
    Currently PharmD candidate, Class of 2022, University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
  • Yu Liang, PhD
    Currently Associate Professor in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Ziqing Lin, PhD
    Research Investigator II at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  • Zachery Gregorich, PhD
    Currently Postdoctoral Associate at Dr. Timothy Kamp Laboratory
  • Ruixiang Sun, PhD
    Currently Associate Professor, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Weiming Li, PhD
    Currently Senior Engineer at Fudan University
  • Tania Guardado, PhD
    Currently Senior Lab Safety Specialist in University of Southern California.
  • Liming Wei, PhD
    Currently Senior Engineer in Fudan University.
  • Leekyoung Hwang, PhD
    Currently Scientist in Mirus Bio LLC.
  • Ying (Lynn) Peng, PhD
    Currently Associate Research Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Xin (Jack) Chen, PhD.
    Currently Scientist in Catalent, Inc.
  • Ying-Hua (Edith) Chang, PhD
    Currently Senior Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Edith Chang, PhD
    Currently Senior Scientist in PPD, Inc.
  • Santosh Valeja, PhD
    Senior Scientist in Analytical Development group at SSCI-A division of Aptuit.
  • Wei Guo, PhD
    Currently Assistant Professor, Muscle Biology,
    Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wyoming,
  • Serife Ayaz Guner, PhD
    Currently Assistant Professor,
    Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Abdullah Gul University
  • Jiang Zhang, PhD
    Currently Scientist at Genzyme Corporation
  • Han Zhang, PhD
    Currently Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Xintong Dong, PhD
    Currently Post-doc Associate at Johns Hopkins University
  • Nathan Klapoetke, PhD
    Currently Post-doc Associate at HHMI Janelia Campus
  • Jiang Zhang, PhD
    Currently Post-doc at Northewestern Univerisry
  • Fangmin Xu, PhD
    Currently a Scientist at Novartis
  • Han Zhang, PhD
    Currently a Scientist at Vortex Pharmaceuticals
  • Yi-chen (Ivy) Chen, PhD
    Currently Research Associate in Genentech Inc.
  • Yiwen Gu, MS
    Currently enrolling at the Boston Univeristy Computer Science MS program.
  • Fangmin Xu, MS
    Currently Scientist at Novatis
  • Huseyin Guner, MS
  • David Moreno, MS
    Currently Researcher at Sigma Aldrich
  • Ya Liu, MD
    Currently Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Third Military Medical University
  • Fang Guo, MD
    Currently Deputy Chief of Cardiology at Shandong Provincial Hospital
  • Beini Lyu, MD
    Currently Graduate Student at Epidemiology Program.
  • William Swain, MD
    Residency at Mayo Clinic
  • Moltu Guy, MD
    Currently Anesthesiologist with ASMG, San Diego, California

  • Bridget Knight, BS
  • Zhuoxin Shi, BS
  • Diana Garcia, BS
  • Lauren Ehlers, BS
  • Chance Lee Wilkinson-Johnson, BS
  • Morgan Gugger, BS
  • Anna Janecik
  • Andreas Kyrvasilis, BS
  • Kristen Andrea Cruz Apolinario, BS
  • Harini Josyer, BS
  • Christian Eken, BS
  • Lucas Wessman, BS
  • Paige Pistono, BS
    Currently Graduate Student at University of California, Berkeley.
  • Molly Wetzel, BS
    Currently Research Intern at Evans' lab, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Hannah Karp, BS
    Currently Graduate Student at University of California, Berkeley.
  • Sudharshanan Govindaraj Ramanathan, BS
    Currently Engineer at Qualcomm
  • Yiran Yan, BS
    Currently student at School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Cyrus Colah, BS
    Currently a MD student at the University of Iowa
  • Kunal Dani, BS
  • William Ochowicz, BS
  • Zachery Hites, BS
  • Rachel Heuer, BS
  • Justin Doop, BS
  • Christopher Tatsuguchi, BS
  • Ryan Lee, BS
  • Yina Cai, BS
  • Catherine Tuanqui, BS
  • Bradley Bartel, BS
  • Patrick Close, BS
    Currently a freelance software developer
  • Deyang (Charles) Yu, BS
  • Laura Clinton, BS
  • Karin Lea Rasmussen, BS
  • Haoyue (Ray) Zhu, BS
    Currently PhD student at Penn State University
  • Yang Hu, BS
  • Ryan Nie, BS
    Currently a programmer at Liberty Mutual
  • Daniel Ziebell, BS
    Currently MD student at UW-Madison
  • Corey Nelson, BS
    Currently PhD student at Columbia University
  • Lin Li, BS
    Currently Engineer at Kraft Food Group
  • Matthew Lawrence, BS
    Currently Scientist at Covance
  • Albert Chen, BS
    Currently Commercial Lending Analyst in Wells Fargo
  • Rachel Heuer, BS
  • Daniel Kim, BS
  • Harini Josyer, BS
  • Austin Carr
    Currently in Lloyd Smith's Group in Chemistry Program at UW-Madison
  • Stanford Mitchell
    Currently Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program at UW-Madison
  • Lisa Xu
    Currently working at the Human Proteomics Program facility