Assistant professor, chemistry, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She earned a bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from Beijing Medical University in China. Her doctoral research at the University of Chicago focused experimentally on analysis of interactions between mammalian cells, biomolecules and artificial solid substrates. Supported by the Baxter/Northwestern University Early Career Development Award during her postdoctoral research, she developed biopolymers to deliver therapeutic cells and agents for treatment of diabetes and cancer. She is excited to teach chemistry and continue interdisciplinary research in drug discovery and development in a joint effort with students and faculty members at NEIU.