Principal Investigator
Clement T. Y. Chan
Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  Clement Chan participated in academic research since he was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After accomplished his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, he joined a Ph.D. program in Biological Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted his thesis research in the laboratory of Peter C. Dedon, M.D., Ph.D. at the Department of Biological Engineering. As a graduate student, Dr. Chan used a quantitative systems approach to study biological roles of tRNA modifications in cellular response to different types of stress. With Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism, he developed a mass spectrometric platform to quantify tRNA modifications, which led to the discovery of specific changes in the quantitative pattern of tRNA modification spectrum in response to different types of stress.
   During his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of James J. Collins, Ph.D. at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Chan continued to conduct systems biology research while using transcriptomics and proteomics analyses to understand the bacterial response to antibiotics. Additionally, he also developed his research in synthetic biology, including using protein engineering methods to construct a series of biosensors for the detection of different small molecules and harnessing these biosensors to build a programmable “Passcode” genetic circuit to control cellular behaviors in response to multiple environmental signals.
  In 2017, Dr. Chan was selected for a Rising STARs award by the University of Texas System, which supports him to establish his research program at the University of Texas at Tyler. He also received an NSF grant award during this period of time.
  In 2020, Dr. Chan started his current position at University of North Texas, Department of Biomedical Engineering.


Graduate Researcher


Alison Draeger
B.A. in Biological Sciences, University of North Texas

  I am a graduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences with a minor in chemistry in May 2020. During my undergraduate degree I worked on isolating endolysin encoding genes from bacteriophages as a promising treatment for antibiotic-resistant infections. I am eager to apply my knowledge and techniques to protein and cellular engineering in Dr. Chan's program. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing video games, traveling, and reading a good book. 

Vincenzo Kennedy

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of North Texas

  I am a graduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I graduated from the University of North Texas in the spring of 2019 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with minors in chemistry, biology and mathematics. I am delighted to apply my knowledge of biology, chemistry and engineering to further my knowledge within the field of cellular and protein engineering and research under Dr. Chan. Aside from my academic goals. I enjoy reading books and comics, watching movies, playing video game, working out.

Lab Technician

Katherine (Kat) Beigel
M.S. in Biology, University of Texas at Tyler

  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Evolution and Ecology (2017) and my Bachelor of Art in Art (2017) from The Ohio State University, where I completed an Honors research thesis in plant molecular genetics (Meier Lab) and worked as a specimen photographer for the C. A. Triplehorn Insect Collection at OSU's Museum of Biological Diversity. I completed my Master of Science in Biology in the Seal Lab at University of Texas at Tyler in 2020. I am currently working in the Chan Lab at University of North Texas to expand my knowledge in cellular biology and bioengineering. I want to go on to earn a PhD after gaining more experience and exposure to additional topics in the life sciences, and I plan to continue doing research. Outside of academics and research work, I enjoy learning new things and exploring.

Undergraduate Researcher

Adam Chiragh Lakhani
Major: Biomedical Engineering

  I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with minors in Mathematics & Communication Studies. I have completed internships which involved coding security validation software for bank checking systems, data debugging for 4G networks, & assisting in designing electrical plant houses for oil rigs. I am excited to assist in the bioengineering research Dr. Chan is working on and refining my biomedical skillsets. When I can, I spend my spare time traveling the world, socializing, & cooking up a storm.


Ben Jordan (2017-2018)
Next Position: Lab technician at Dr. Joseph Glavy's lab at UT Tyler College of Pharmacy

Bianca Chu (2017-2018)
Next Position: Transfer to UT Austin to attend an undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering

Rey Dimas (2017-2020)
Next Position: Medical trainee at UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Derrick Wong (2019-2020)
Next Position: Join a D.D.S. program at UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry

Catherine Martini (2018-2020)
Next Position: Adjunct Professor at University of Texas at Tyler, Department of Biology

Prabhat Kattel (2018-2020)
Next Position: Continue his undergraduate program at UT Tyler after we moved to UNT

Connor Crowe (2019-2020)
Next Position: Continue his undergraduate program at UT Tyler after we moved to UNT

Kyren Miller (2019-2020)
Next Position: Continue his undergraduate program at UT Tyler after we moved to UNT

Adam Davis (2019-2021)

Next Position: Graduate student at UT Dallas

Sunny Jung Yeon Lee (2020-2021)

Next Position: Research associate at a biotech company, Singular Genomics