John T. Ngo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

John was born in San Jose, California and was the first in his family to graduate from high school. As an undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, he studied Biochemistry, and carried out research in Dan Morse's lab on the molecular mechanisms of biomineralization. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. from Caltech, where he worked under mentorship of David Tirrell on cell-selective methods for tracking protein synthesis in living organisms. Between 2012-2015, he was a post-doc at UC San Diego, training under Roger Tsien (2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) and developing new tools to image cells and biomolecules by correlative light and electron microscopy. He began his appointment as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University in July 2015 and became the Reidy Family Career Development Professor in September 2016. 


Grad Students

Hannah L. Dotson

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Chris Kuffner

Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering

Jeff B. McMahan

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

D. Chris Sloas

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Shannon N. Tunney

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Krishna Harpanahalli

MS student in Biomedical Engineering

Alex M. Marzilli

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Remy E. Peace

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Elliot P. Tague

Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Deema Abdel-Meguid

BME undergrad @ BU

Vara Mathiyalakan

ChemE undergrad @ Johns Hopkins


Flora & Fauna


Lab's Best Friend


Lab Mascot



  1. A gift to the Ngo Lab from its first set of graduate students (04/01/2016) 
    "hey, look at that avocadngo over there"

  2. Sibling of P. america-ngo (may it rest in peace)

  3. The tropical evergreen tree that bears the avocad-ngo. 


Ezira Y. Yolle

BU BME undergrad (c/o 2019)

Current position: BU BME Ph.D. student