Perez-Mercader Group

Anders Albertsen

Anders Albertsen

Associate
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Anders N. Albertsen studied Chemistry at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT) under the supervision of Assoc. Prof.  Pierre-Alain Monnard.  The Ph.D. thesis, "Study of Replication Processes in Minimal Self-Replicating Systems", was defended in December 2013. Anders joined the Perez-Mercader group in February 2014.

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Gong Cheng

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Dr. Gong Cheng is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Juan Pérez-Mercader at Rowland Institute at Harvard, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Pennsylvania State University. He moved to Harvard in Dec. 2017. His research interests focus on the design of innovative materials and technology for application in biomedicine and synthetic biology. Currently, his research topic in EPS at Harvard is to explore the origin of life from the chemical and materials perspective. More specifically, construction of an artificial cell or cell-like compartment to explain the formation of protocell and decode the origin of life.

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Jinshan Guo

Research Associate
Perez-Mercader Group; Rowland Institute

Jinshan Guo (jsguo@fas.harvard.edu) earned his PhD degree in Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Jan. 2011, and his major is polymer chemistry. Afterwards, he came to USA for postdoctoral research in tissue engineering and biomaterials area, first in UT Arlington, then moved to The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Afterwards, he left PSU as a Research Associate and went into medical device industry and worked for one year before joining into Pérez-Mercader group in Rowland Institute at Harvard University in Sep. 2017. Here, he is working on polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA), self-replication of vesicles and pH oscillation for investigating the origin of life.

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Yuandu Hu

Yuandu Hu

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Yuandu Hu studied in Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan China and earned his PhD in June 2013, majoring in Polymer Chemistry and Physics. He focused mainly on the fabrication of functional soft materials (e.g. shape controllable microgels and stimulus-responsive photonic crystal microparticles) by combining microfluidic techniques and self-assembly of colloidal particles together.  Prior to joining the Perez-Mercader group in September 2014, he spent one year in the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as a postdoctoral research associate. His work at Notre Dame dealt mainly with the fabrication of Janus microgel particles and self-propelling materials to mimic mircoorganisms' motion behavior. 

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Sai Krishna Katla

Research Associate
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute
Sai Krishna Katla earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), India in 2011. After graduating, he pursued postdoctoral research in Nanofabrication and Nanomaterials group at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), a Synchrotron Light Source at the Louisiana State University (LSU). His research at LSU was part of the Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design, a DOE sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). During this period, his research focused on (i) Application of atomically precise gold nanoclusters in catalysis and magnetism, (ii) Application of millifluidics-based lab-on-a-chip devices for synthesis and in situ time-resolved characterization of nanomaterials. Later, he worked on electrocatalytic applications of nanomaterials as a Research Scientist from 2014 to 2015 in the 3D-Nanostructuring group at Institute of Physics & Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies (IMN), Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany. Further, he worked on photothermal application of atomically precise gold nanoclusters as a Research Scientist - Associate and later as a Lecturer at The University of Texas at El Paso from 2015 to 2018. He is currently working on chemical computing and other problems associated with the creation of chemical artificial life as a Research Associate in Pérez-Mercader group.
Juan Perez-Mercader

Juan Perez-Mercader

Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator

Juan Pérez-Mercader earned his Ph.D. from the City College of New York. He is an Elected Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 in Association with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, he founded Spain's Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) of which he was its first Director. He is the architect of Spain's current participation with infrastructure and instrumentation on board Mars Science Laboratory that arrived on Mars in August 2012. He is Profesor de Investigación in Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) and an External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2010, he joined Harvard as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the university's Origins of Life Initiative, where he leads a project on the "Top-down Synthesis of an Ex-novo Chemical Artificial Living System".

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Eszter Poros-Tacali

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

 

Eszter Poros-Tarcali completed her PhD in the field of Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Krisztina Kurin-Csorgei and Prof. Miklos Orban at Semmelweis University, Hungary, entitled: Design and Study of Novel Oscillatory Chemical Systems. Prior to joining Prof. Pérez-Mercader's group in November 2017 she worked as a postdoc research fellow at Eötvös University, Hungary. Her research topic includes application of oscillatory chemical reactions for investigating the origin of life.... Read more about Eszter Poros-Tacali

Kaixuan Ren

Kaixuan Ren

Associate
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Kaixuan Ren earned her Ph.D degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in July 2015. Her research focused on the design and synthesis of polypeptide-based copolymers, fabrication of hydrogels as 3D scaffolds for cartilage tissue engineering. After her PhD, she joined the Prof. Perez-Mercader’s group as a postdoctoral fellow in November 2015.

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Desmond Yengi

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Desmond Yengi graduated his Bachelor’s Degree with double majors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Westminster College Fulton, Missouri in May 2009. In December 2017, he completed a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry with an emphasis on Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics at West Virginia University under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth Showalter. His dissertation topic is entitled: "Synchronization of Coupled Chemical Oscillators and Collective Behavior in Self-propelled (Janus) Particles." In January 2018, after his Ph.D., he joined Perez-Mercader Group in Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. His current research work involves the investigation of the functional behavior of oscillatory chemistry in a spatially confined environment. The study of encapsulated active chemistry in vesicles has a potential of providing a paradigmatic model to explore the origin of earliest life.