Balaji Rao
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, MIT (2004)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, MIT (2001)
B.ChE. UICT (formerly UDCT), Mumbai, India (1999)

Our central hypothesis is that manipulating molecular interactions through engineered proteins can be used to understand and ultimately control cellular processes. My lab works on engineering proteins to quantitatively study and ultimately control molecular interactions that govern stem cell fate.

Graduate Students

Protein Engineering

  • Kaitlyn Bacon
    • B.ChE. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • John Bowen
    • B.ChE. Penn State University, State College, PA
  • Jenna Meanor
    • B.S. Chemisty, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Alison Waldman
    • B.S. Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA (2018)

Stem Cell Engineering

  • Victoria Karakis
    • B.ChE. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (2017)
  • Thomas McDonald
    • B.ChE. University of Delaware, Newark, DE (2017)

Past Members

Adam Mischler, Ph.D. 2019
Scientist, Percision Biosciences, Inc. Durham,NC

Carlos Cruz Teran Sr. Ph.D. 2017
Postdoctural Researcher, UNC Eshelman School or Pharmacy, Chapel Hill

Prasenjit Sarkar

Kevin Carlin

Karhik Tiruthani

Nimish Gera, Ph.D. 2012
Research Scientist, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Cheshire, CT

Mahmud Hussain, Ph.D. 2012
Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UNC