B.S. Cornell University / PhD University of Washington
My current projects are focused on trying to understand epigenetic mechanisms driving tumorigenesis in pediatric high grade gliomas harboring histone mutations. The long term goal of this research is to develop chromatin-based therapies for brian tumors in children.
When I'm not in the lab I like to swim and read/write poetry.
Hao Chen, PhD
PhD Molecular Biology & Disease Proteomics, IBS, Fudan University (2013) / B.S. National Base of Biology, Wuhan University (2008)
Interested in identifying novel epigenetic factors in establishment and switch of epigenetic patterns.
I love reading and cooking
David Valle-Garcia, PhD
BS, National Autonomous University of Mexico / PhD, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Dr. Valle-Garcia investigates how histone variants and RNA modifications contribute to normal cell function and go awry in cancer using a combination of bioinformatic, molecular biology, and biochemistry approaches.
I like playing strategy games, reading and answering questions in Quora.
Abhinav Dhall, PhD
Integrated BSc. And Masters in Chemistry, IIT-Bombay, India / Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle
Abhinav is interested in understanding the epigenetic basis of differentiation, especially the role played by histone methylation in the differentiation blockade observed in AML.
I am also working toward a Certified Personal Trainer certification from ASCM.
Erdem Sendinc, PhD
BS, Molecular Biology and Genetics at Middle East Technical University, Turkey / PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia
Dr. Sendinc is interested in epitranscriptomics and mechanisms by which epigenetic information is inherited over the generations in C. elegans.
Adam Fiseha-Kebede, PhD
BSc., Jacobs University Bremen, Germany / MSc., Jacobs University Bremen, Germany / Ph.D, University of Freiburg, Germany
I'm interested in how nucleic acid modifications regulate gene expression and how that is altered in disease.
I enjoy playing and watching soccer.
Lei Gu, PhD
BS, China / MS and PhD, Germany
I am interested in long range epigenetic regulations in cancer and transgenerational epigentic inheritance.
Alan Jiao, PhD
BSc: Immunology, University of Toronto, Canada / PhD: Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology, Yale University, USA
Many cancer cells exist in highly abnormal epigenetic states. I am broadly interested in better understanding those states in order to identify cancer-specific vulnerabilities. I am also a model organism enthusiast. My current projects include investigating the role of certain histone mutations in driving a rare, incurable childhood brain cancer. I am studying these mutations in systems ranging from primary human tumors to roundworms (C. elegans).
I love poker, badminton, basketball, snowboarding, and cooking, none of which I am particularly good at.
Violetta Karwacki Neisius, MD, PhD
MD, Medical School Hannover, Germany / PhD, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr. Karwacki-Neisius is studying X linked intellectual disabilty. She will use iPS cells containing mutations in the histone demethylase KDM5C together with isogenic control cell lines to define mechanisms underlying intellectual disability.
Wanqiang Sheng, PhD
BSc, Ocean University of China / PhD, National University of Singapore
I am interested in understanding the complex interaction between tumor and host imune system in tumorigenesis and tumor development, and particularily its regulation by epigenetic and chromatin mechansim. I am also interested in characterizing epigenetic/chromatin factors that can be targeted for enhancing anti-tumor immunity and immunotherapy.
I enjoy travelling and watching movies
Yi Liu, PhD
BS Wuhan University, PhD Cornell University
I am investigating the molecular mechanisms of how chromatin factors can modulate anti-tumor immunity, which would lead to the discovery of new potential therapeutic targets for cancer treatment.
Barry Zee, PhD
B.A. Swarthmore College, PA / Ph.D. Princeton University, NJ
Research Interest: Role of LSD1 in AML differentiation blockade
Zhennan Shi, PhD
B.S. Northwest A&F University, China / Ph.D. Fudan University, China
I am interested in investigating the interplay between cellular metabolism and epigenetic regulation in different physiological and pathological processes, such as aging and cancer.
I enjoy hiking and swimming.
Habib Shojaei, DVM, PhD
DVM., Urmia University, Iran / MSc., University of Calgary, AB, Canada / PhD., Université Laval, QC, Canada
Dr. Shojaei is interested in epigenetics studies, and in particular histone modifications in early development. He is studying the role of chromatin histone demethylase KDM5C, in early (neuro)development as well as male and female reproductive biology.
He enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and learning and working with R programming.
Damayanti Chakraborty, PhD
BSc. Presidency College, Calcutta, India/ MSc. Calcutta University, Calcutta, India/ PhD. University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA.
I am interested in epigenetic regulation of cell fate changes in early development and diseases.
I am an avid fan of independent films, love to travel and explore different cultures through food, different cooking styles and techniques.
Elizabeth Senior, B.S.
B.S., Cellular & Molecular Biology at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont, USA.
I am interested in investigating epigenetic mechanisms involved in development and disease, and their impact on human health.