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

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.



Software Developers

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

Kyle Brown, 5th Year
Chemistry Program


Kyle received his BS in Chemistry and BA in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Madison in 2015 enrolling in the Chemistry PhD program with an interest in characterizing membrane proteins. His hobbies include playing soccer, basketball, guitar, reading, and brewing beer!  





Trisha Tucholski, 5th Year
Chemistry Program


Trisha received her BS in forensic chemistry from Penn State University in 2015. Currently, she is interested in improving chromatographic methods for top-down proteomics. She loves to drink coffee at any time of the day. Her hobbies include yoga, reading, and painting. 





Zhijie (Abe) Wu, 5th Year
Chemistry Program


Abe received his BS in chemistry and BA in mathematics from the University of Rochester. He joined the Chemistry PhD program in Fall 2015 as a chemical biology student. His research interest focuses on utilizing nanoparticles to isolate and characterize kinases and kinome. He enjoys cycling in the summer time and traveling. 





Samantha Knott, 4th Year
Chemistry Program


Samantha received her BA in biochemistry from Lawrence University and joined the Chemistry department as a chemical biology student in Fall 2016. Her research interests are currently in cancer proteomics and the characterization of post-transcriptional modifications. Her hobbies include running and drinking lots of coffee. She also has a studio art minor and continues to enjoy oil-painting.



Tim Tiambeng, 4th Year
Chemistry Program


Tim received his BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. He joined the Chemistry PhD program in 2016 as a chemical biology student.His current research interest is in developing a better cardiac troponin assay using nanomaterials and top-down proteomics. He enjoys swing dancing and road trips to national parks!




David Roberts, 3rd Year
Chemistry Program


David received his B.S. in chemistry and B.S. in mathematics from the University of California San Diego. David joined the Chemistry Ph.D. program in Fall 2017 as a materials chemistry student. His research interest is in the integration and application of nanomaterials to biological systems: interfacing the fields of chemistry, biology, and materials science. He enjoys coffee, soccer, and playing video games.





Elizabeth Bayne, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program


Elizabeth earned a BA in Chemistry from Smith College in 2014 and spent four years afterwards working in late stage drug development at Pfizer. She joined the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2018 in the analytical path. She is interested in exploring precision medicine for HCM patients using a top down proteomics approach. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and live music.




Eli Larson, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program


Eli received his B.A. in chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2018. He is interested in the development of novel instrumentation and multidimensional liquid chromatographic methods for use in biological separations. He enjoys cycling, woodworking, and learning Latin.





Jake Melby, 2nd Year
Chemistry Program


Jake received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and then joined the Chemistry PhD program in Fall 2018 as an analytical chemistry student. He is currently interested in developing novel techniques to enable high sensitivity top-down proteomics. His hobbies include biking, reading, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams and hanging out with friends.




Benjamin Wancewicz, 2nd 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.



David Moreno, 1st Year
Chemistry Program


David received his BS in Chemistry from the California State University at Los Angeles and joined the Chemistry department in Fall 2019. His current research interest includes surfactant development to aid in topdown proteomics. He enjoys photography and cycling.




Emily Reasoner, 1st 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, 1st 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.




Michael Sivanich, 1st Year
Chemistry Program


Michael received his BS in Chemistry from University of Minnesota in 2018 and then spent a year and a half working at Covance for early phase drug development. He is currently in the analytical chemistry department with interest in chromatography methods with relation to proteomics. He enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling all over the world.




Medical Students

William Swain


Will earned his BSE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2017. After working in research for a year, Will joined the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health M.D. program in 2018. He will be working with lab members to test the lab's cardiac troponin assay on clinical samples. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, and reading.



Undergraduate Students

Chance Lee Wilkinson-Johnson, Senior


Chance is a 4th year undergraduate student studying chemistry and working with Abe. He transferred to UW Madison after 2 years at Madison College. He is a veteran, and plans to get his BS, then commission to be a pilot in the US Air Force, before returning to get a graduate degree. His hobbies and passions include computer gaming, kayaking, hiking, target practice, reading, painting/drawing and dancing.




Christian Eken, Senior


Christian Eken is a 4th year undergraduate student at UW-Madison. He is currently majoring in Biology and Agricultural and Applied Economics with aspirations to go to medical school and earn an M.D. and M.P.H. He is currently working with Kyle and understanding the versatility in the use of both top-down and bottom-up proteomics. Christian enjoys spending time with friends and cutting hair in his free time!



Morgan Gugger, Junior


Morgan is a 3rd-year undergraduate student studying chemistry and is currently working with Abe. In addition to chemistry, she enjoys water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking, rock climbing, coffee, and traveling.


Andreas Kyrvasilis, Junior


Andreas is a 3rd-year undergraduate studying Molecular Biology at UW-Madison. Originally from Athens, Greece, he has lived in Madison since 2012 and joined the group in December 2017. In his free time, Andreas likes to explore the outdoors and hang out with friends.


Harini Josyer, Sophomore


Harini Josyer is a 2nd year undergraduate studying biomedical engineering, and is currently working with Sam. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, spending time with friends, swimming, and drinking tea.





Kristen Andrea Cruz Apolinario, Senior


Kristen is a 4th-year undergraduate student at UW-Madison studying neurobiology and economics. With a wide range of interdisciplinary interests, she is excited to be exploring the interface of chemistry and biology with David at the Ge Lab. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, photography, fueling her tea obsession, and being an all-around foodie.



Lucas Wesemann, Senior


Lucas is a 4th year Undergraduate studying Biology at UW Madison. He currently works under Kyle and is planning on graduating this upcoming May. Some activities he enjoys are scuba diving, volleyball, and rock climb.




Honorary member

Andrew Alpert, PhD




Former members

  • 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
  • Bifan Chen, PhD
    Currently Associate Scientist at Genentech Inc.
  • Yutong Jin, PhD
    Currently Scientist 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
  • Ya Liu, MD
    Currently Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Third Military Medical University
  • Ruixiang Sun, PhD
    Currently Associate Professor, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Fang Guo, MD
    Currently Deputy Chief of Cardiology at Shandong Provincial Hospital
  • Weiming Li, PhD
    Currently Senior Engineer at Fudan University
  • Beini Lyu, MD
    Currently Graduate Student at Epidemiology Program.
  • Yiwen Gu, MS
    Currently enrolling at the Boston Univeristy Computer Science MS program.
  • 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, PhDCurrently 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
  • Moltu Guy, MD
    Currently Anesthesiologist with ASMG, San Diego, California
  • 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.
  • Fangmin Xu, MS
    Currently Scientist at Novatis
  • Lisa Xu
    Currently working at the Human Proteomics Program facility
  • Huseyin Guner, MS

  • 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