Principal Investigator: Feng Ding, PhD
Dr. Feng Ding is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University. He received his BS degree in Physics from the Department of Intensive Instruction at Nanjing University (NJU) in 1997. After two years as a graduate student in the Physics Department of NJU, he joined the Center for Polymer Studies at Boston University and obtained his PhD in Physics in January 2004, under the supervision of Prof. Eugene Stanley. From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Ding worked with Prof. Nikolay Dokholyan at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral fellow (2004-2006), research associate (2006-2008), and later research assistant professor (2008-2012). Dr. Ding joined Clemson in August 2012.

Office Phone: 864-656-0459
Office: 208 Kinard

Huayuan Tang, PhD
Dr. Huayuan Tang’s research focuses on understanding the effects of various biomolecules on amyloid aggregation and co-aggregation of different amyloid proteins and peptides.

Myeongsang Lee, PhD
Dr. Myeongsang Lee’s research focuses on bacterial amyloids, crowding effects of amyloid aggregation by cellular and extra-cellular molecules, and the effects of amyloids on inter-cellular tight junction.

Graduate Students

Zhiyuan Song
Mr. Song got his BS degree from Sun Yat-sen University. His current project is to understand the cross-talk between tau and Abeta.

Zhenzhen Zhang
Ms. Zhang joined Clemson in 2017. She got her BS degree from Nankai University. Her current research project focuses on RNA folding and RNA design.
Office: 109 Kinard

Gangtong Huang
Mr. Huang joined Clemson in 2019. He got his BS degree from Sun Yat-sen University. His current research project focuses on RNA folding and RNA design.
Office: 109 Kinard

Yanting Xing
Ms. Xing majors in Materials Science and Engineering. Her current research project is to understand the formation of “amyloid corona”, where proteins bind to amyloid fibrils.
Office: 109 Kinard

Undergraduate Students

Ms. Sarah Fields
Mr. Anish Jha
Mr. Richard Ricketts


Chi Zhang, MS
Mr. Zhang joined Clemson in 2015. He got his BS degree from Peking University. His current research project focuses on studying the effects of nanoparticles and star polymers on IAPP aggregation.

Mikael Toye, BS
Mr. Toye studied the recognition of peptides with carbon-based nanoparticles in the lab. He is now joining Georgia Tech as a graduate student.

Xinwei Ge, PhD
Dr. Xinwei Ge graduated in May 2018. Dr. Ge got his BS from University of Science and Technology of China and joined Clemson in 2012. His PhD project included Nano-assembly, interactions between nanoparticles and biomolecules at the Nano-Bio interface, and the inhibition of hIAPP aggregation.
Bo Wang, PhD
Dr. Bo Wang graduated in August 2017. His PhD projects included soft condensed matter, nanoparticle-protein interactions, and protein aggregations. Bo is now a postdoctoral fellow working at Vanderbilt University.
Slaven Radic, PhD
Dr. Radic graduated in March 2015. Slaven’s PhD project focused on understanding the interactions between nanoparticles and biomolecules. Dr. Radic is now working at Wells Fargo.
Nicholas K. Geitner, PhD
Dr. Geitner graduated in 2014, and currently, is working as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Mark Wiesner at Duke.
Nabanita Saikia, PhD
Dr. Nabanita Saikia’s research focused on uncovering the structure and dynamics of biomolecules and molecular complexes, and using the obtained structural and dynamic insights to understand their biological functions. Her research projects include RNA riboswitches, intrinsically disordered proteins, and multi-domain proteins. She is now an Assistant Professor at the Navajo Technical University.
Dr. Yunxiang Sun
Dr. Sun worked in the lab a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Oct. 2016 to Nov. 2019. His research focused on computational modeling of IAPP aggregation under different conditions, such as the presence of different kinds of biomolecules – lipids, small molecule drugs, proteins, or nanoparticles. He is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics of Ningbo University.
Dr. Praveen Nedumpully
Dr. Nedumpully-Govindan worked in the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Jun 2013 to Jan 2016. Praveen’s research focused on nano-bio interface, protein aggregation, and protein-ligand recognition.
Dr. Ye Yang
Dr. Yang studied the dependence of IAPP aggregation on the relative concentrations of zinc ions, the co-aggregation between IAPP and Abeta, and the inhibition of IAPP by fullerenols.

Domen B. Jemec , BS, Genetics Major

Rachel Andorfer, BS, Physics Major