Principal Investigator

Haw Yang

Professor of Chemistry

Phone: +1-609-258-3578

Email: hawyang (at)

Advisory Board: Chem. Soc. Rev.; Chem. Phys.; Chem. Phys. Lett.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2008
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 2006
Hellman Family Fund Award, 2005
NSF CAREER Award, 2004

Postdoctoral Associates

M. Junaid Amin
(joint with Prof. Petry and Prof. Shaevitz)

Ph.D. 2016, Electrical Engineering, University College Cork, Ireland

Email: mja5 (at)

Junaid completed his undergrad from Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan) in Electrical Engineering in 2012. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork (Ireland) in 2017 where he worked on optical imaging and sensing systems. Here at Princeton, he is developing new microscopy platforms to investigate dynamic microscopic systems for biological, physical chemistry and material applications. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing cricket and table tennis, and closely follows his favorite English Premier League side Arsenal through thick and thin.

Joseph S. Beckwith

Ph.D. 2019, Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Email: joseph.beckwith (at)

Joe obtained his PhD from the University of Geneva in 2019 working on ultrafast spectroscopy. He then decided to switch to more complex systems, moving to Princeton to do that as an SNF early postdoctoral fellow. His project involves building a new multi-resolution 3D microscope to understand chemical reactivity inside cells. Outside of the lab he enjoys cooking, comedy and running, not necessarily in that order.

Nyssa T. Emerson

Ph.D. 2019, Chemistry, Princeton University

Email: ntemerso (at)

Nyssa remains mysterious.







Ju-Young Kim
(joint with Prof. Ryota Iino of the Institute of Molecular Science, Japan)

Ph.D. 2019, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame

Email: juyk (at); (at)

After Ju-Young earned her Ph.D. degree from University of Notre Dame majoring Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University with Prof. Van Duyne (1945–2019) for a year. She then moved to Princeton to study single-molecule imaging based on Foster resonance energy transfer as an NINS postdoctoral fellow (National Institute of Natural Sciences, Japan). Having had brutal Midwestern winter for years, she is now ready to enjoy the relatively warmer east side!

Tian Zhao

Ph.D. 2019, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University

Email: tianz (at)

Tian obtained his Ph. D. in physical chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 2019. Tian is currently developing a new generation of 3D multi-resolution system aiming to understand physical and chemical behaviors of the single unit in complex systems.

Graduate Students

Tao Liu

B.Sc. 2017, Nanjing University

Email: taoliu (at)

The Earth, Solar System, Galaxy

Tao graduated from the Department for Intensive Instruction at Nanjing University, with a concentration in Chemistry. He started building his interest in protein from computational protein structure prediction, and now has transitioned to addressing problems by experimentation. During his senior year in college, he picked up his curiosity about linguistics, especially language acquisition and the multilingual phenomenon. Coincidentally, around the same time, he began to cut hair for himself. Outside the lab, Tao is a popping/break dancer for fun and a barber for friends.

Thomas E. Morrell

B.A. 2010, Chemistry, Hamilton College

Email: tmorrell (at)

Tom grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated from Hamilton College with B.A. in Chemistry in 2010.  As an undergraduate he learned molecular simulation techniques and studied both small water clusters and proteins.  He continues this line of work as the Yang Lab's computational chemist, using simulations to provide new insight into protein dynamics.  He is also the lab’s own IT department.  To relax Tom plays drums in the Princeton University Wind Ensemble.  He is also an avid hiker.

Hugh Wilson
(joint with Dr. Quan Wang, a Lewis-Sigler Fellow)

B.A. M.Sci. Natural Sciences (Physics), University of Cambridge

Email: hswilson (at)

Hometown: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Hugh grew up in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences, specialising in biological and condensed matter physics. During his final year he worked in the lab of Dr. Ulrich Keyser on the diffusive motion of colloids in microfluidic channels. He then joined the Princeton community as a graduate student in the Quantitative and Computational Biology programme and is currently a joint student with Quan Wang. In his spare time Hugh likes running and travels occasionally.

Shuhui Yin

B.Sc. 2014, Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Email: shuhuiy (at)

Hometown: Beijing, China

Shuhui is still writing her blurb.


Fernando del Castillo

Class of 2023, Princeton Universiy

Email: fadc (at)

Hometown: Planet Earth

Fernando is a Junior undergraduate at Princeton University, currently on a leave of absence, and will be majoring in Chemistry with certificates in Biophysics and Materials Science. He hopes to continue on to study a Ph.D. in Chemistry after graduation. Fernando is currently working with Nyssa Emerson as his mentor in computationally modeling the Fluorescence Enhancement around metallic nanoparticles and optical antennas. Outside of studying and doing (remote) lab work, Fernando enjoys playing soccer and tennis.


  • L. Meadow Anderson
    Ph.D. 2003-2009, Founder and CEO, Meadow Design Ceramics. See her talk on climate change and creativity.
  • Sucharita Bhattacharyya
    Undergraduate 2003-2005, currently in the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University.
  • Hu Cang
    Postdoc 2005-2009, Assistant Professor at Salk Institute.
  • Karl E. Duderstadt
    Ph.D. 2011 (joint with Professor James Berger), Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry at München.
  • Luis F. Guerra
    Ph.D. 2019 (joint with Professor Tom Muir).
  • Jeffrey A. Hanson
    Ph.D. 2003-2009, Scientist at Sutro Biopharma, South San Francisco, California.
  • Chih-Hao Hsia
    Postdoc 2010-2013, BASF-Taiwan
  • Hugh I. Kim
    Undergrad 2003, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Utsab Khadka
    Postdoc 2013-2018, onward to MBA.
  • So Yeon Kim
    Undergrad 2010-2011.
  • Abigail R. Kostolansky
    Undergrad 2019-2020.
  • Jeffrey A. Hanson
    Ph.D. 2003-2009, Scientist at Sutro Biopharma, South San Francisco, California.
  • Hao Li
    Ph.D. 2013-2020, Postdoc at Rockefeller University, New York, New York.
  • Simon McManus
    Postdoc 20013-2015, post-doctoral associate with Professor Robert Prud'homme.
  • Daniel Montiel
    Ph.D. 2005-2012, post-doctoral associate at the Rockefeller University.
  • Chayan K. Nandi
    Postdoc 2009-2010, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology at Mandi, Kamand, India.
  • Bian Qian
    Postdoc 2010-2011, Senior Software Engineer at Beckman Coulter.
  • Yan-Wen Tan
    Postdoc 2007-2010, Professor of Physics, Fundan University, Shanghai, China.
  • Ilona Rafalska-Metcalf
    Lab Manager 2012-2015.
  • Marissa M. Sampias
    Undergrad 2010-2011.
  • Markus Selmke
    Postdoc 2015, Senior Associate (financial services) KPMG Germany.
  • Nancy Song
    Undergrad 2015-2017, MD student at Stanford University.
  • Xun Sun
    Ph.D. 2009-2015, post-doctoral associate at the Scripps Institute, San Diego.
  • Li Sun
    Postdoc 2009-2011.
  • Kevin Welsher
    Postdoc 2010-2015, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Duke University.
  • Anna Wuttig
    Undergrad 2010-2011, Graduate Student, MIT.
  • C. Shan Xu
    Postdoc 2005-2009, Senior Scientist
    at HHMI Janelia Farm.
  • Emma V. Yates
    Undergrad 2009-2011, graduate student at the University of Cambridge.
  • Kai Zhang
    Ph.D. 2002-2008, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Updated: 2020.10.05.