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THE BOSS

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Zhipeng Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Southern California
Education and Training
2014-2018, Postdoc in Howard Chang lab, Stanford
2008-2014, PhD in Greg Matera lab, UNC Chapel Hill
2004-2008, BSc, Fudan University
Recent Awards
2017 NHGRI K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
2017 RNA Society Scaringe Award
2016 Stanford’s Jump Start Award for Excellence in Research
2015 Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

 

 

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

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Minjie Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Education and Training
2016-2018, Postdoc in Columbia University, New York
2011-2016, PhD in Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Research Interests
My research focuses on how dynamic RNA conformations affect their biological functions, including: 1) Identify genetic variations that will affect RNA structure; 2) Function and mechanism of different RNA-protein complexes for different conformation; 3) Investigate the roles of RNA structures and interactions in human diseases.

 

 

 

Zhenqing LiuZhenqing Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, joint with Jianfu Chen lab
Education and Training
2016-2019, Postdoc in University of California, Los Angeles
2012-2016, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, TheChinese University of Hong Kong, China
2008-2011, MS in Central South University Xiang-Ya Medical School, China
2003-2008, BS in Clinical Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, China
Research Interests
1. Neural development and neurodegenerative disorders. 2. The molecular mechanisms underlying pluripotent stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. 3. Epigenetic regulation of mesenchymal stem cells differentiation and bone formation.

 

 

 

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Kongpan Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Education and Training
2012-2019, PhD from China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
2008-2012, BS in Biotechnology, College of Science, Shantou University, China
Research Interests
My research interests are to find out important RNA structures and interactions between host cells and RNA viruses during the infectious cycle and study the molecular mechanisms underlying viral infection so as to help control infectious diseases.

 

 

 

Jianhui Bai

Jianhui Bai, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Education and Training
2013-2019, PhD from China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
2009-2013, BS in Biological Sciences, Changzhi University, China
Research Interests
My research interest is focused on discovering RNA structures and interactions associated with viral infection using PARIS method to further understand their roles in human infectious diseases.

 

 

 

 

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GRADUATE STUDENTS
Maia Corpuz, PhD student in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
Education and Training
2015-2017, MS in Molecular Biosciences at UH Manoa
2010-2014, BS in Biology at Chaminade University of Honolulu
Research Interests
I’m interested in developing new tools for determining RNA structures and RNA-protein interactions, and understanding their roles in human diseases. 

 

 

 

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Ryan Van Damme, PhD student in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
Education and Training
2012-2016, BS in Chemistry, University of California, Merced
2016-2019, researcher at Genentech and Diassess.
Research Interests
My research interests lie in developing new molecules and methods for increasing the efficiency in DNA/RNA crosslinking to better understand RNA complexes and RNA/protein complexes

 

 

 

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Wilson Lee, PhD student in Pharmaceutical and Translational Sciences
Education and Training
2014-2018, BSc, California State University Los Angeles
Research Interests
My research is focused on understanding the roles and structures of cancer-associated RNAs. I am also interested in the development and optimization of chemical and computational methods for RNA structure analysis.

 

 

 

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Jiacheng Ding, Master student in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Education and Training
2013-2017, BEng, Sichuan University
Research Interests
I have a wide range of interests in studying interactions between small molecules and biochemistry. Now I am focusing on optimizing the crosslink of RNA strands with a chemical method.

 

 

 

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Xinyi Wang, Master student in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Education and Training
2014-2018, BSc, China Pharmaceutical University
Research Interests
I am interested in developing new methods for the analysis of RNA secondary structures and interactions, including chemical and enzymatic approaches to optimize the PARIS method.

 

 

 

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Yao Xiao, Master student in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Education and Training
2013-2018, BSc, Kunming Medical University, Yunnan, China
Research Interests
My research focuses on how to determine and analyze RNA intramolecular structures and intermolecular interactions, and investigate what factors drive intermolecular interaction and the consequences it can bring.

 

 

 

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Chengqing Yu, Master student in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Education and Training2013-2018, BSc, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
Research Interests
My research focuses on identifying and understanding the functions of snoRNA interactions, using bioinformatic and genetic approaches.

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