Han Lab

Inventing nano- and micro-scale technologies for Systems Biology:
How to model the ensemble behavior of complex biological systems?


We are a team of young, enthusiastic scientists working at the interface of chemistry, engineering, and biomedical science. We leverage our expertise in materials chemistry, nanotechnology, bioimaging, and microfluidics to invent new bioanalytical tools that probe a previously inaccessible dimension of biological data. Using the newly developed technologies, we unveil the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the ensemble behavior of native biological systems. The specific systems and biological questions we ask constantly evolve but we are generally interested in brains, tumor tissues, and microbial communities, the systems that have inherent heterogeneity and strong intercellular interactions. Our research projects range from technology development to discovery of new biology.


Positions Available

We are always looking for motivated graduate students from our Chemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Neuroscience, and MatSE programs to join us. If you are already admitted to one of these programs, please email Prof. Han. Outstanding postdoctoral candidates with a background in biomicrofluidics, quantum dot synthesis, and single molecule imaging are invited to apply. For details, please refer to the contact page.


Lab News

07/2021: We received funding from CSL Behring for multiplexed biomarker detection in patient blood!
06/2021: Professor Han was invited to give a talk on quantum dot precursor design at the Electrochemical Society meeting.
06/2021: Welcome undergraduate Calvin Doty to the group!
06/2021: Congratulations Marisa for getting the CBI training grant!
03/2021: Professor Han was invited to give a talk on microfluidic platforms for biomedical applications at Pittcon 2021.
02/2021: Professor Han served as a session chair at SLAS2021.
02/2021: Professor Han is selected as a finalist for SLAS Innovation award.
02/2021: Professor Han received the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars award! The award selects 6 world-leading female scientists, one in each area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Technology, Math, Manufacturing, and Design. This year more than 650 applicants applied from 40 countries. Professor Han was selected as a winner for Science.

01/2021: Welcome Sungjong Lee to the group!
01/2021: Welcome undergraduate Jack Hovey to the group!
01/2021: Welcome undergraduate Starwing Chen to the group!
12/2020: Professor Han gave an invited seminar at New England Complex Fluid Meeting.
12/2020: Professor Han was invited to give a seminar in the Department of Biology at SNU.
11/2020:
Welcome Marisa Asadian to the lab.
10/2020: Professor Han was invited to give a seminar in the Biomedical Engineering department at Purdue.
09/2020: Welcome undergraduate Giselle to the group!
08/2020: Congratulations to Joon for his recent articles in ACS Nano and Nature Communications.
06/2020: Thomas’s article selected as inside front cover for Lab on a Chip issue 13. Congrats!

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06/2020: We filed a patent on Joon’s QD precursor design. Good work!
05/2020
: Prof. Han received a seed grant from Cancer Center at Illinois as a leading PI.

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03/2020: Too bad that we cannot have farewell dinner with Arun Jayaraman, our undergraduate researcher. He was very productive, becoming an author on two papers. He is now off to graduate school at Georgia Tech!
03/2020
: The Han group attended the Pittcon 2020 in Chicago. Joon gave an oral presentation and Juyeon, Thomas, Alex, Ding, and Wenyang gave a poster presentation. It was fun to hear new scientific progress from other groups and network with other scientists!

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02/2020: Congratulations Alex for getting the UIUC chemistry travel grant!
01/2020
: Welcome Ryan Miller to the lab.
11/2019: Professor Han was invited to give a departmental seminar in the Chemical Engineering department at Virginia Tech.
09/2019: The Han group attended the Turkey run conference! Everyone gave poster presentations!

08/2019: Professor Han gave an invited lecture at US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and entrepreneurship.
08/2019
: Welcome undergraduate Andrew Dobria to the lab.
06/2019: We filed a patent with Thomas’s bead-based diagnostic technology with the Bashir group. Good work!
03/2019: Professor Han gave an invited seminar at Beckman Instituted.
12/2018: Welcome Wenyang Jing to the lab.
11/2018: The Han group attended the Turkey run conference. Prof. Han gave a keynote presentation and all other members gave poster presentations. It was fun!
11/2018: Professor Han was invited for a departmental seminar in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at University of Pittsburgh.
10/2018: Welcome Hanyang Zhao to the lab.
7/2018: Welcome postdoc JuYeon Lee to the lab.
5/2018: Lab construction is complete! See photos