PI: Dr. Feng Ding
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: 107 Kinard

Postdoctoral Fellows

Yunxiang Sun, PhD

Dr. Sun got his PhD in biophysics from FuDan University. His research focuses 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.

Nabanita Saikia, PhD

Dr. Nabanita Saikia’s research focuses 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.

Graduate Students

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: 109A Kinard

Chi Zhang

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.

Office: 109A 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: 109A Kinard

Undergraduate Students

Mikael Toye

Mr. Toye is studying the recognition of peptides with carbon-based nanoparticles.


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 working with Dr. Yinghao Wu as a postdoctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


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. Now he is a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Mark Wiesner at Duke.


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.


Ye Yang, PhD

Dr. Yang studied the dependence of IAPP aggregation on the relative concentrations of zinc ions. His research focused on understanding the endogenous inhibition of IAPP aggregation and searching for novel aggregation inhibitors in vitro and in vivo. Dr. Yang was working in the lab of one of my collaborators, Dr. Weiguo Cao.

Domen B. Jemec , BS, Genetics Major

Rachel Andorfer, BS, Physics Major