Sahin Laboratory at Columbia University

Ozgur Sahin, PI

sahin smallOzgur is an Associate Professor jointly in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Physics.

Suleyman Ucuncuoglu

Capture1Suleyman is a postdoctoral research scientist in Sahin Lab at Columbia University. He received his B.S from Bogazici University in Turkey and his Ph.D. from Emory University. His research interests lie in the area of single molecule biophysics and he now focus on the nanoimaging of nucleic acids-enzyme complexes.

Nicola Mandriota

Nicola is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences Department at Columbia University. He graduated from Scuola Normale Superiore. He is an avid explorer of animal cell shape and mechanics, and the physiological mechanisms regulating them.

E-mail: nm2508[at]

Duckhoe Kim

Duckhoe is a postdoctoral research scientist. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from POSTECH in Korea. He now focuses on developing a chemically-specific, multicolor imaging method to investigate biological samples that are not easy to be imaged with conventional methods.

E-mail: dk2683[at]


Xi Chen

Xi Xi Chenis a postdoctoral research scientist in the Sahin Laboratory at Columbia University. His current research focuses on investigating and developing bacterial spores based hybrid materials for harnessing energy of natural evaporation.

E-mail: xc2239[at]



Ju Yang

Ju is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological Sciences program. Her research focuses on the mechanical properties of cells.

In her spare time, she likes watching anime and traveling. She is also an amateur rubber stamp carver.

E-mail: jy2487[at]

Livan Alonso Sarduy

livan alsonso sarduyLivan is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Sahin Laboratory at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from EPFL in Switzerland. His current research focuses on developing new approaches for nanoimaging of membrane receptors.

E-mail: lba2135[at]



Zhenghan Gao

Zhenghan GaoZhenghan graduated from University of Science and Technology of China and is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Physics now. He is interested in biological physics.

E-mail: zg2191[at]


Michael DeLay

Michael DeLayMichael is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is interested in the optimization & characterization of the biological mechanism underlying bacterial spore-based energy. When he is not in lab he can be found composing song or climbing rock.

E-mail: md3235[at]

Davis Goodnight

Davis GoodnightDavis is a rising senior in Columbia College studying Biophysics. He is taking excessively long Bacillus spores and working on applications that capture the energy of water’s evaporation using the spores walks through the city. He will be applying to PhD programs this year in Biophysics or a related field.

E-mail: dwg2112[at]