2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemistry
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Jianghong Rao, Associate Professor of Radiology (Diagnostic Radiology)

Linyi Gao is a rising sophomore at Stanford from Moscow, Idaho. He is especially interested in biomedical research and plans to major in chemistry. This summer, Linyi is working in the Radiology department under Professor Jianghong Rao to help develop a new method for in vivo fluorescence imaging of proteins that uses derivatives of a novel reagent, 2-cyanobenzothiazole, to selectively label N-terminal cysteine residues. He is excited about the potential of this method to study protein dynamics and to learn from this great experience. In his spare time, Linyi enjoys piano, distance running, basketball, fishing, and ancient Chinese poetry.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 25, 2010:

Developing a New Method for Protein Labeling Using Fluorescent Derivatives of the Firefly Luciferin Precursor 2-cyanobenzothiazole

Linyi Gao, Dr. Ke Zhan, and Prof. Jianghong Rao
[Chemistry, Radiology; Stanford University]