Xindan Wang

Principal Investigator

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford

I am a biologist fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the microscopic world. To a large degree, cells are like tiny black boxes. We are groping in an area that has not yet been fully illuminated. I hope I can bring a thin beam of light into the box. I am doing my best.

Gail Hardy

Associate Research Scientist

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S., University of Rochester

I have always been drawn to science. I am very curious about how things work and why they work the way they do. I enjoy exploring how microbes manipulate and interact with their environment. As a research scientist, I have been able to use my skills to investigate many questions in microbiology. My early research involved understanding the biosynthesis and regulation of bacterial polysaccharide capsule and bacterial protein adhesins. I blended knowledge from those studies to probe how bacteria anchor polysaccharide adhesins to their cell surface. Here in the lab, I am currently trying to understand how proteins organize and protect the chromosome during growth and development. Outside the lab, I enjoy the outdoors, working-out, reading and playing piano.

Labeeb Hossain


I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry with interests in data science and community health. After getting experience with various sciences in high school, I found that I enjoy small-scale biology the most! I'm interested by the mystery behind chromosome dynamics and the methods of visualizing these intricate movements. I plan to go to medical school to achieve my goals of understanding the complexity of science as well as improving healthcare around the world. In my free time, I enjoy writing novels, spending time with friends, and playing games. My favorite foods are cereal, cheesecake, and ice cream.

Qin Liao

Graduate Student

  • M.Sc., China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
  • B.Sc., Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China

I am a graduate student in GCDB program. Inside the lab, I study chromosome dynamics during bacterial growth and development. Specifically, I work on visualizing the three-dimensional world inside bacterial cells in which we can see how proteins work to fold the chromosome. Outside the lab, I enjoying reading, painting and LEGOing!

Warren Zhongqing Ren

Graduate Student

  • B.Sc., Shandong University, China

I am a graduate student in the GCDB program. I became interested in chromosome biology because chromosomes provide the blueprint for all life. Inside the lab, I study chromosome folding and dynamics using Bacillus subtilis as a model organism. Specifically, I am looking into how the SMC condensin complex contributes to chromosome organization and segregation. Outside of the lab, I like playing basketball, playing video games and reading.

Lindsey Way


I am an undergraduate student with a double major in Microbiology and Middle Eastern Language and Culture. My natural sense of curiosity has led me to the field of biology where I hope to learn more about the complexities and mysteries of life. Outside of the lab, I am a cyclist on the RideOn women’s cycling team, a tutor, and a volunteer at the Community Kitchen. In my free time, I enjoy biking, cooking, solving jigsaw puzzles, and playing with my four dogs.

Emma Wiesler

Graduate Student

  • B.Sc., Indiana University

I am a graduate student in the Microbiology program. I became interested in microbiology during high school and studied Microbiology with a minor in Informatics in College. In the Ph.D. program, I am interested in learning more about how bacteria operate and how coding can be used to streamline data analysis in the lab. In my free time, I like reading, photography, collecting plants, and taking walks with my dog.