Hee-Sun Han, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Mark A. Pytosh Scholar
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Faculty Affiliate at The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

About Hee-Sun



Ruihua Ding
rding at illinois dot edu
Ruihua Ding received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college he performed research on nanowire synthesis and cell biology. His PhD work with Prof. Dave Weitz at Harvard University focuses on using droplet microfluidics to isolate primary cells based on secretion. His current research in the Han group involves high-throughput sequencing of single viral particles using droplet microfluidics.

IMG_20180416_141634432Joonhyuck Park
jp22 at illinois dot edu
Joonhyuck received his BS from the Pohang University of Science and Technology. In college he performed research on in vitro synthesis and characterization of various forms of beta-amyloid fibrils. His PhD work with Prof. Sungjee Kim at Pohang University of Science and Technology focused on using quantum dots and their conjugates for biomedical applications. His current research in the Han group involves a library of quantum dot synthesis and ligand preparation for single molecule detection. Joonhyuck’s hobbies include climbing, playing basketball, and listening music.

juyeon-e1532556453310.jpegJuYeon Lee
jlee557 at illinois dot edu
JuYeon received her BS from Seoul National University in Korea. In college, her research focused on the synthesis of a probe to track glucose uptake in cancer cells in Prof. Seung Bum Park’s lab and on identifying biologically relevant noncoding RNA in Prof. V. Narry Kim’s lab. Her PhD work with Prof. Steven Zimmerman at UIUC focused on development of therapeutic agents for myotonic dystrophy. Her current research in the Han group involves a transcriptome analysis of healthy and diseased cells using massively multiplexed imaging. JuYeon’s hobbies include cooking, traveling and listening to music.



Alex Schrader
alexws2 at illinois dot edu
Alex studied chemistry at Drury University, a liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in the spring of 2017. While an undergraduate, his research focused on instrumental analysis, studying the binding of small proteins to heparin using capillary electrophoresis. In the Han group, he now specializes in massively multiplexed imaging of single molecules in healthy or diseased tissues. His interests include programming, reading, and playing video games.


Thomas Cowell
tcowell2 at illinois dot edu
Thomas is graduate student in the Physical Chemistry PhD program at UIUC. He obtained his BA in Chemistry from Middlebury College, doing research into the thermal decomposition of organsulfur compounds with applications in fuel desufurization. Thomas joined the Han lab in 2017 where he conducts research using droplet microfluidics for highthroughput single virus sequencing.


Wenyang Jing
wenyang3 at illinois dot edu
Wenyang is PhD student in the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology program. He earned a BS in physics from McGill University and a MS in physics from the University of Ottawa under Michel Godin, where his work was on single cell biophysics using a microfluidic cell volume sensor and the study of the relationship between cellular fitness and drug resistance. His current work in the Han Lab focuses on viral sequencing using droplet microfluidics.


Reed Mingione
jrm9 at illinois dot edu
Reed is a graduate student in the division of materials chemistry. He received a BS in both chemistry and physics from Hampden-Sydney College in 2019. Reed now works in the Han lab as a synthetic chemist with objectives to improve quantum dot synthetic techniques and to use them as practical solutions for problems in the scientific world.

RyanRyan Miller
ryancm4 at illinois dot edu
Ryan is a PhD student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech, conducting research on transient polymer synthesis for decomposable devices. Ryan is a member of both the Kong and Han labs where he conducts research on ROS-responsive antioxidant crystal delivery for ocular and neurodegenerative diseases.



MarisaMarisa Asadian
asadian2 at illinois dot edu
Marisa completed a BS in chemistry with an emphasis in biology and a minor in physics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate, she worked in Prof. Peter Armentrout’s lab studying dysprosium cationic molecules to understand metal bonding characteristics, establish periodic trends, and study its electronic structure. She also did research abroad with Prof. Uwe Schröder studying microbial electrolysis at Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany. Marisa joined the Han lab in 2020 where she now focuses her research on transcriptomic analysis using multiplexed bioimaging.





Andrew Dobria
adobria2 at illinois dot edu
Andrew is an undergraduate student from Chicago studying Chemical Engineering. His hobbies include cooking, reading, and video games. Andrew joined the Han lab in 2019 where he conducts research using droplet microfluidics. 



Giselle Soares
gsoares2 at illinois dot edu
Giselle is an undergraduate student studying chemical and biomolecular engineering. Her hobbies include playing soccer, ukulele, and training in MMA. She joined in September 2020 working with JuYeon on transcriptomic analysis using multiplexed imaging.



Lab Alumni

Arun Jayaraman
Hanyang Zhao