Team

Current Members

Daniel Woldring, PhD

Principal Investigator

Daniel Woldring is an assistant professor in the chemical engineering and materials science department and a member of the Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering at Michigan State University. His research expands on the fundamental understanding of protein-protein interactions as a means of exploring complex biological systems and develop novel, effective therapeutics.

Dr. Woldring completed his bachelor’s in chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University. Prior to graduate school, he worked in industry as a process engineer at Marathon Petroleum (Detroit, MI). Dr. Woldring completed his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he gained expertise in protein engineering and pursued interdisciplinary projects which focused on protein stability and library design, molecular imaging of cancer biomarkers, high-throughput sequence analysis software, and exploring the behavior of metastatic tumors. Later, as a postdoctoral fellow for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Brandeis University, his work explored how ancestral enzymes can efficiently evolve under harsh conditions within continuous growth bioreactors.

Dr. Woldring is a native Michigander and is excited to have returned to the Great Lakes State. Outside of the lab, Dr. Woldring and his wife (Carolyn) enjoy raising their son (Harrison) and dog (Ada). In the winter months, you will find the Woldring family in the Jenison Field House cheering on the MSU Wrestling Team.

Email: woldring [at] egr.msu.edu

Sunanda Dey

Graduate Student

Sunanda has a BS in chemical engineering from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Kolkata, India). Her research uses protein engineering principles to design electrochemical biosensors which detect aggressive diseases.

Email: deysunan@msu.edu

Mehrsa Mardikoraem

Graduate Student

After completing her BS in chemical engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran, Iran), Mehrsa’s research leverages language prediction and deep learning for rationally-guided library design for the discovery of high performance therapeutic and diagnostic proteins.

Email: mardikor@msu.edu

Sam Schmidt

Graduate Student

Sam has BS from UIUC in Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on utilizing high-throughput yeast display and selection for clinically-relevant, difficult antibody binders.

Email: schmi819@msu.edu

Benedikt Dolgikh

Graduate Student

Ben graduated from MSU with BS Genomics and Molecular Genetics in 2019. His research uses molecular modeling simulations and ancestral sequence reconstruction in tandem with high-throughput protein engineering to study molecular evolution.

Email: dolgikhb@msu.edu

James VanAntwerp

Undergraduate Researcher

James is pursuing dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science. His research within the Woldring Lab focuses on developing ancestral sequence reconstruction pipelines for protein engineering tasks.

Email: vanant25@msu.edu

Theodore Belecciu

Undergraduate Researcher

Theo is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is working on docking simulations of various phytochemicals with SARS-CoV-2 proteins and assists with multiple computational projects and tasks.

Email: belecciu@msu.edu

Former Members

Navya Ramesh

Graduate Student

Navya has graduated with Bachelors of Engineering from PES University, India. Her research area aligns in Machine learning aspects of protein engineering in designing a high binding affinity protein library. Navya is currently working as a Machine Learning Engineer at Model Medicines San Diego.

Email: tippanan@msu.edu

Joelle Eaves

Laboratory Technician

Joelle graduated from MSU with BS Chemical Engineering in 2022. Joelle’s expertise in high-throughput protein engineering and computational tools is moving with the start of graduate school for Chemical Engineering at MSU in the Gilad Lab!

Zirui Wang

Laboratory Technician

 Ray graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2019. His research used computational protein-ligand docking, machine learning, and statistical clustering to explore phytochemical candidates against SARS-CoV-2. Ray will be starting his Master’s in Computational Science at Syracuse in Fall 2022.

Email: wangzir@msu.edu

Other Current and Former Members:

  • Alaina Young, undergraduate student, younga59@msu.edu
  • Claudia Kramer, undergraduate student, kramercl@msu.edu
  • Yun (Caroline) Cheng, undergraduate student, chengy14@msu.edu
  • Nathanial Pascual, undergraduate student, pascualn@msu.edu
  • Ashley Maloney, undergraduate student, malon112@msu.edu
  • Tessa Versace, undergraduate student, versacet@msu.edu

Ada the Dog

Lab Mascot

Ada’s natural habitat is any open field where she is allowed to run free and play fetch. She is easily distracted, but she’s great for lab morale.


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