Jen Guo


Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Jen Guo is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Personality & Health Psychology and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.  As a member of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, Jen is interested in the different thematic qualities of people’s life narratives - the stories people construct to make sense of and create purpose for their lives.  Additionally as an interdisciplinary Fellow in the Society, Biology, & Health cluster, Jen enjoys utilizing her qualitative and quantitative skills to examine the complex relationships between human variations in health and personality characteristics.  Outside of her research, Jen serves as an undergraduate advisor to Northwestern's International Studies Residential College, is the VP Programming of the Chicago Delta Gamma Alumnae chapter, and volunteers for her alma mater. In her spare time, Jen enjoys taking advantage of Chicago’s vibrant music scene, salsa dancing, and watching NFL games.


Shengshuang Zhu


Shengshuang Zhu is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interest is at the interface of biology and materials science. Zhu grew up in China before coming to Wabash College for undergraduate study. He also worked for an investment firm before starting as a Ph.D. student at Northwestern. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer with his friends.


Karson Leperi

Marketing Officer

Karson Leperi is a 4th year PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering. He received his B.S.E in Chemical Engineeringat the University of South Carolina. His current research has focused on gaining insights into ideal material properties for separation applications from process level modeling and simulations. During his free time, he enjoys playing intramural football and softball and weightlifting.


Weiwei Wang

Recruiting Relations Officer

Weiwei Wang is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department. She holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and decided to stay around the Midwest for gradate studies. While in Kalamazoo, she did undergraduate research in organic synthesis and was an active member of the university and community orchestra. Her current research focuses on methodology development and its application to the syntheses of natural products. During her free time, Weiwei enjoys going to concerts, exploring the small towns around Chicago and driving along Lake Michigan.


Nikita Divekar

Administrative Officer

Nikita Divekar is a 3rd Year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Biosciences Department at Northwestern University. She holds a double major in Molecular Biology and Bioengineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. At Northwestern, she is involved in NU-MORE and serves as an International Student advisor. Nikita is interested in diversity and cultural uniqueness and has studied in different countries.

Her current research involves the study of meiotic kinases using diverse microscopy, biochemistry, and cell biology techniques. She enjoys watching movies, dancing, and exploring the city.


Xuan Dou

Professional Development Officer

Xuan Dou is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. Xuan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. Xuan's research at Northwestern University is focusing on designing new type of lubricant additive to further reduce the mechanical friction and wear, in the meantime he is very interested in technology commercialization. In his leisure time, Xuan enjoys running and sailing.


Siyu Tao


Siyu Tao is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, and holds a B.E. with honors at Tsinghua University (China). During his undergraduate study, Siyu developed research skills and experience in solid mechanics via a research internship at Georgia Institute of Technology and a prize-winning graduation thesis project at Tsinghua University. After joining Northwestern University, Siyu’s research interests transitioned to uncertainty analysis and dynamic decision making in model-based design optimization which are based more on statistics than mechanics. Outside of his profession, Siyu used to be an amateur clarinet player and enjoy playing pocket billiards. Siyu is still a lover for classical music and sports, but nowadays he devotes most of his spare time to addressing human right issues. Siyu is seeking for a career path on which he can maximize his contribution to the collective well-being of humankind.

Amr Elfar

Community Development Officer

Amr is a 3rd year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering and a researcher at the Northwestern University Transportation Center. His research focuses on evaluating the impacts of connected and automated “self-driving” vehicles on the operational performance of transportation systems and the travel behavior of individuals. Before joining the doctoral program, Amr worked in construction management on multiple projects in Oman and his home country of Jordan. In his spare time, he enjoys table tennis, squash, and scenic drives.