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Saki Ichikawa, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Saki Ichikawa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University. She obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tokyo, where she conducted undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Eiichi Nakamura. Following her undergraduate study, Saki pursued her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the guidance of Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. While at MIT, she focused on the development of copper-catalyzed asymmetric hydroamination reactions. After graduation, she joined the laboratory of Professor Christina M. Woo at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow, where she investigated natural substrate recognition mechanisms of the E3 ligase adapter cereblon. Saki then transitioned to her role at Cornell University, where she began her independent career. By integrating chemical biology, organic chemistry, and chemical proteomics, Saki's independent research aims to address significant questions in the chemistry and biology of protein modifications. Outside of the lab, she enjoys birdwatching and learning all about birds. ​ Email: saki.ichikawa (at)

Jessica Lin
Undergraduate student

Jessica is a CALS undergraduate from Maryland. She is majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Computer Science; she is particularly interested in learning more in the fields of cell & molecular biology, nanobiology, and chemical & systems biology. Cells and their pathways are the basis of all living things on Earth, and it’s their complexity that fascinates her. She’s been greatly inspired by her biology and chemistry courses since entering college, and aims to continue researching biology by pursuing a PhD post-undergrad. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time in nature and is often inspired by it to create art. ​ Email: jql4 (at)

Wayne Shih
Undergraduate student

Wayne is a Physics major in the class of 2027 and plans to attend medical school after graduation. He is from Long Island and joined the Ichikawa Lab in spring of 2024. He is interested in the intersection of his research and medicine towards enhancing patient outcomes in the future. Outside of the lab, he enjoys training badminton, playing games, and solving cryptograms. ​ Email: ws475 (at)

We actively seek curious & passionate scientists - like you! :)
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