Lu “Lucy” Bai

Principal Investigator  [My Google Scholar Page]

Dr. Bai is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Physics at Penn State University. She received her PhD in biophysics from Cornell University (supervisor: Dr. Michelle Wang). For her thesis work, she combined single molecule experimental approaches with theoretical modeling to understand the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of a variety of biomolecules. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University (supervisors: Dr. Fred Cross and Dr. Eric Siggia), using cell-cycle genes as a model to understand how promoter architecture and nucleosome positioning regulate gene expression in single cells. Dr. Bai moved to the Penn State University as an assistant professor in 2012, and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. Besides her dual appointment at BMB and Physics, her group is also part of the Penn State Center for Eukaryotic Gene Regulation, which provides a highly interactive environment for the study of chromatin and gene regulation.

Hengye Chen

Graduate Student

Hengye Chen is a PhD student from Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology program at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Bachelor degree in biotechnology from Beijing Normal University (Supervisor: Dr. Dong Yang). He then received his Master degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Georgetown University (Supervisor: Dr. Chunling Yi) and worked as a research assistant in Dr. Yi’s Lab after graduation, where he used mouse models to study cell signaling in pancreatic and lung tumors. He enrolled in Penn State University and joined the Bai Lab in 2016, and currently he is working on identifying nucleosome depletion factors and probing the underlying mechanisms in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae cells.

Manyu Du

Graduate Student

Manyu Du is a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. She studied at Wuhan University in China as an undergraduate majoring in Biology from 2009 to 2013. She joined Dr. Bai’s lab at Penn State since December 2013. She has been using budding yeast as a model to investigate how long-distance chromosome interactions regulate gene expression.

Hungyo Kharerin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kharerin earned his PhD from the department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His PhD thesis is about studying the various physical determinants of transcriptional gene regulation. In Bai lab, as a postdoc researcher, he will study nucleosome positioning and chromatin dynamics using computational approach.

James Lee

Graduate Student

James Lee is a PhD student in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He has a BS and MS in Biology, and Biotechnology. Before graduate school, he worked as a lab manager and research technician at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests are yeast epigenetics, and transcriptional hotspots.

Cheng Xu

Graduate Student

Cheng Xu is a graduate student from Molecular, Cellular and Integrated Biological Sciences (MCIBS) program at Penn State University. He received his B.S degree from Fudan University in China with a major in Biological Sciences. In his undergraduate thesis lab, he worked on meiosis and heterochromatin in yeast and Arabidopsis (mentor: Dr. Hong Ma). Now he is developing a high-throughput screen method in mammalian cells to study the nucleosome-depleting function of pioneer factors.

Fan Zou

Graduate student

Fan Zou is a PhD student from Physics Department at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Bachelor degree in optoelectronics from Beijing Institute of Technology. Then he received his Master degree in quantum optics from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science. He joined Dr. Bai’s lab since 2018 and is working on gene expression noise in silenced region using yeast cells.

Yi Li

Graduate student

Yi Li is a PhD student from Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BMMB) program at Penn State University. He received his Bachelor degree in Biology from Shandong University (Supervisor: Dr. Mingyu Wang) in China and Uppsala University (Supervisor: Dr. Fredrik Pettersson) in Sweden. He joined Bai’s Lab since January 2019 and now he is studying chromosome interaction using a yeast model.

Jenna Johnson

Undergraduate student

Jenna Johnson is a freshman from New Jersey majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is involved in multiple clubs on campus. She joined Dr. Bai’s lab in January 2019 through the WISER program and is excited to be working with Cheng to expand her knowledge and learn lab techniques!

Yujie (April) Yan

Undergraduate student

Yujie Yan is a sophomore majoring in Physics with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She is enrolled in Schreyer Honors College. She joined Bai Lab in May 2019 through REU program and is working with Manyu and Fan on long-distance chromosomal interactions and software microscopic autofocus.

Past Members of the Bai Lab:

Youngdae Yoon (postdoc)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Environ Health Science, Konkuk Univ.

Daoyong Zhang (postdoc)
Current position: Professor, Institute of Cancer Research, Xuzhou Medical University

Chao Yan (graduate student)
Current position: New York Genome Center

Qian Zhang (technician)

Domenick Braccia (undergraduate, Physics, REU program)

Alexander Bowman (undergraduate, Physics)

Benson Chong (undergraduate, BMB)

Evelyn Kim (undergraduate, BMB)

Haylie Kim (undergraduate, BMB, SURF award)

Seth Kodner (undergraduate, ChemE)

Alexander Kuznetsov (undergraduate, Physics, REU program)

Jessica O’Callaghan (undergraduate, ChemE, Schreyer honors college)

Ben Paskoff (undergraduate, BMB, Schreyer honors college)

Christopher Pocetti (undergraduate, Physics, REU program)

Ryan Rogers (undergraduate, BioT)

Jessica Saganowich  (undergraduate, BMB, WISER program)

Collin Leese-Thompson (undergraduate, BMB)

George Tankosich (undergraduate, BMB)

Shuyang Wu (undergraduate, BMB, ECoS Undergraduate Research Support)

Nur Izzati Huda Zulkarnain (undergraduate, Physics, REU program)