About Us


Head of the Laboratory 

Vineet Gupta, PhD
Principal Investigator

I am a scientist, an inventor and an entrepreneur. I have a core belief that we help accelerate translation of discoveries into therapeutics and diagnostics to help patients in our own lifetime.

I received my MS in Chemistry from IIT Delhi and my PhD in Chemistry from University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. My post-doctoral training in Biomedical Research and Structural Biology was at the Rockefeller University in New York City and at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

I previously held faculty positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and at University of Miami. I have also previously worked at various biotech companies.

Contact: vineet_gupta@rush.edu

I am a co-founder of following biotech startups:

149 Bio, LLC

Adhaere Pharmaceuticals, Inc (acquired by Gossamer Bio, Inc)

Aquatrove Biosciences, Inc (acquired by Sasmar)


Mohd. Hafeez Faridi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Hafeez received his PhD in Biochemistry from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Contact: hafeez_faridi@rush.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Samia Khan, PhD
Samia received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Contact: samia_khan@rush.edu

Ha Won Lee, PhD
Ha Won received his PhD in Physiology from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.
Contact: HaWon_Lee@rush.edu

Shehryar Khaliqdina, MBBS
Shehryar received his MBBS from the Dow Medical College, Pakistan.
Contact: Shehryar_Khaliqdina@rush.edu

Graduate Students

Xiaobo Li
Contact: Xiaobo_Li@rush.edu

Terese Geraghty
Contact: Terese_Geraghty@rush.edu

Summer Students

Aneil Srivastava
Undergraduate Student at George Washington University

Renu Nair
Medical student at Midwestern University

Shrey Maheshwari
Undergraduate Student at UIUC


Professor Darren Stoub – (as a Visiting Faculty) Associate Professor of Organic and Biochemistry, Dordt College, IA

Prachal Bhargava, MBBS – Postdoctoral Fellow

Hatem Elshabrawy, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow

Rachael Day – Undergraduate Summer Student

Salman Jaffer – High-School Summer Intern

Daniel Chow – Master’s Student

Dmitriy Chernyakhovskiy – Medical Student

Tristan Hays – Master’s Student

Joseph Abrams – Undergraduate Summer Student

Saravana Kanagavelu, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow

Ellora Sarkar – HHMI High-School Summer Intern (Undergraduate student at Caltech)

Alexander Braley – Graduate Student, University of Miami

Cassandra Jean Marie – STIR Program High-School Summer Intern

Terri Long – STIR Program High-School Summer Intern

Dony Maiguel, Ph.D. – Post-doctoral Fellow

Harold Gil – Undergraduate Student (University of Miami)

Desiree Newkirk– HHMI High-School Summer Intern

Jessica Goymer– HHMI High-School Summer Intern

Edward Santos – High-School Summer Intern

Constantinos Barth – Research Assistant (Now, Medical Student)

Kyle Robinson – Undergrad Student Intern (Now, Undergraduate Student, Columbia University)

Amir Qureshi – Research Associate (Now, Medical Student, University of Miami)

Jack Rosa, Ph.D. – Post-doctoral Fellow (Now, Patent Attorney)

Christine Min – Undergrad Student Intern (Wellesley College)

Max Dyer – High School Intern

Hiba Tannoury – Research Assistant (Now, Graduate Student, Northeastern University)

Jun Y. Park, Ph.D. – Post-doctoral Fellow (Now, Senior Scientist, Millipore)

Corrina Franklin – Medical Student (Harvard Medical School, jointly with Nikolic lab)

Sara ElDib – High-School Summer Intern (Now, Undergraduate Student, Boston University)