MEET OUR TEAM

If you’re interested in joining our team:

Meet our

Principal Investigator

Xia Yang, Ph.D.

Xia Yang, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. Integrative Biology & Physiology

Expertise: Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics

Meet our

Postdoctoral Scholars

Graciel Diamante, Ph.D.

Graciel Diamante, Ph.D.

(2017-present)
Expertise: Molecular Toxicology, Non-coding RNAs

MolTox T32 Training Grant Postdoc Fellow
(2017-18)

American Diabetes Association Postdoc Fellowship
(2019-21)

Daniel Ha, Ph.D. <br />

Daniel Ha, Ph.D.

(2020-present)
Expertise: Bioinformatics, Microbiology

QCBio Collaboratory Fellowship
(2020-21)

Meet our

Graduate Trainees

Jason Hong, MD, MPH

Jason Hong, MD, MPH

(2017-Present)
MCIP PhD program (jointly with Dr. Mansoureh Eghbali)

UCLA STAR Fellow
UCLA Department of Medicine Research Day Poster Competition Winner (2018)
Elected Chief STAR Fellow (2019-2020)
Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute Abstract Award (2019) American Thoracic Society International Conference Abstract Scholarship (2019)

Yen-Wei Chen, MS

Yen-Wei Chen, MS

(2017-Present)
Molecular Toxicology PhD program (jointly with Dr. Patrick Allard)

Judith Black Memorial Fellowship (2018)
Eureka Fellowship (2019-2020)
BWF-CHIP Fellowship (2019-2020)

Montgomery Blencowe, MS

Montgomery Blencowe, MS

(2017-Present)
MCIP PhD program

IBP MS Academic Excellence Award (2018-2019)
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
(2021-2023)

Jessica Ding, MS

Jessica Ding, MS

(2018-Present)
MCIP PhD program
Russell Littman

Russell Littman

(2019-Present)
Bioinformatics PhD program

UCLA Biomedical Big Data Training Grant (2019-2020)
iDiscovery Cardiovascular Data Science Predoctoral Fellowship (2021)

Gao Yan Li

Gao Yan Li

(2019-Present)
MCIP PhD program
Zacary Zamora

Zacary Zamora

(2019-Present)
IBP MS program
Yanning Zuo

Yanning Zuo

(2019-Present)
Neuroscience PhD program (jointly with Dr. Weizhe Hong)
Jenny Cheng

Jenny Cheng

(2020-Present)
IBP MS program
Ingrid Cely, BA

Ingrid Cely, BA

(2015-Present)
IBP MS program
Thomas Kowal-Safron

Thomas Kowal-Safron

(2021-Present)
Molecular Toxicology PhD program

Meet our

Staff Research Associates

In Sook Ahn, Ph.D.

In Sook Ahn, Ph.D.

(2016-Present)
Expertise: Food Science and Nutrition, Molecular Biology
Guanglin Zhang, Ph.D. Assistant Project Scientist

Guanglin Zhang, Ph.D. Assistant Project Scientist

(2016-Present)
Expertise: Occupational and Environmental Health, Molecular Biology

Meet our

Undergraduates

Jack Bonnett

Jack Bonnett

(2019-Present)
Computational and Systems Biology
Neil Hsu

Neil Hsu

(2019-Present)
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Caroline Huynh

Caroline Huynh

(2019-Present)
Computational and Systems Biology
Hengjian (Jane) Li

Hengjian (Jane) Li

(2019-Present)
Computational and Systems Biology
Justin Yoon

Justin Yoon

(2019-Present)
Biology
Sergey Komzyuk

Sergey Komzyuk

(2020-Present)
Physiological Science
Felix Su

Felix Su

(2020-Present)
Mathematics of Computation
Wendy Su

Wendy Su

(2020-Present)
Computational and Systems Biology
Justin Yee

Justin Yee

(2020-Present)
Mathematics of Computation
Caden McQuillen

Caden McQuillen

(2020-Present)
Mathematics of Computation
Zoeb Jamal

Zoeb Jamal

(2020-Present)
Computational Systems and Biology
I-Hsin Tseng

I-Hsin Tseng

(2020-Present)
Biochemistry
Carissa Zhu

Carissa Zhu

(2020-Present)
Computational and Systems Biology
Zoe Zhao

Zoe Zhao

(2020-present)
Physiological Sciences
 Ormina Naveed

Ormina Naveed

(2020-Present)
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Andy Shen

Andy Shen

(2021-Present)
Computer Science
Ashwathi Nair

Ashwathi Nair

(2021-Present)
Psychobiology
Darren Wijaya

Darren Wijaya

(2021-Present)
Biochemistry
Eleanor Pae

Eleanor Pae

(2021-Present)
Computational & Systems Biology

LAB ALUMNI


ENGINEER

Thien Nghiem (2020), now at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biochemistry

STAFF RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Sana Majid, MD, CCRP (2016-2018), now at Boston University for interdisciplinary Postdoc training

Peter Cohn (2019-2020)

VISITING SCHOLAR

Yong Zhang, M.D. (2017), Dept. of Cardiology, Qianfoshan Hospital, Shandong, China

POSTDOCS

Wenting Liu, Ph.D., Postdoc (2018-2019), now Lecturer, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Zeyneb Kurt, Ph.D., Postdoc (2015-2018), now Assistant Professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Yuqi Zhao, Ph.D., Postdoc (2013-2018), now Research Assistant Professor, City of Hope

Anindya Bhattacharya, Postdoc (2014-2015), Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellow at Indian Statistical Institute

Qingying Meng, Ph.D., Postdoc (2012-2015), now Bioinformatics Scientist at Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Tianxiao Huan, Ph.D., Postdoc (2010-2015), now Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Katie Chan, Visting Postdoc, Brown University (2013-2014), now Assistant Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ville-Petteri Maekinen, Dsc., Postdoc (2012-2013), now Associate Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia; EMBL Bioinformatics Group Leader

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Nguyen Phi, Ph.D rotation, MCIP (Winter 2021)

Junjie (Roy) Chen, Ph.D rotation, MCIP (Winter 2021)

Ricardo Frausto, Ph.D rotation, MCIP (Fall 2020)

Marisol Arellano, Ph.D rotation, Molecular Toxicology (Spring 2020)

Frank Wang, Ph.D rotation, MCIP (Winter 2020)

Douglas Arneson, Ph.D., Bioinformatics PhD (2015-2019), now a postdoc at UCSF

Feng Zhang (2018) Visiting Graduate Student Ph.D. candidate, Geriatrics, Fudan University

Angeliki Ioannidis, M.S. (2018) Ph.D. Fall rotation, Molecular Toxicology Ph.D. program.

Le Shu, Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology (MCIP) (2013-2018), now Manager of Marketing Analytics & Insights, Illumina.

Anthony Crymes, M.S. Environmental Health Science MS program (2017-2018), now in medical school

Abigail Bline, Ph.D. rotation, Molecular Toxicology PhD program (2017, Fall)

Daniel Johnson, Ph.D. rotation, Bioinformatics PhD program (2017, Spring)

Katherine Wei, M.S. Integrative Biology and Physiology (2014-2016), now in California Northstate School of Medicine

Tracy Chan, Ph.D. Rotation Student, Bioinformatics (2016)

Martha Zamora, Ph. D. Rotation Student, MCIP (2015)

Albert Sek, Ph.D. Rotation Student, MCIP (2015)

Arthur Ko, Ph.D. Rotation Student, ACCESS (2012)

May Behetraratana, Ph.D. Rotation Student, Molecular Toxicology (2012)

VOLUNTEER

Dr. Andrea Ihegwood, MD, MPH (2017), now Clinical Pharmacology Fellow in Vanderbilt School of Medicine

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Jessica Yang, Environmental Health (2019-2020)

Nima Zaghari, B.S. Computational & Systems Biology (2018-2020), now MS program at UCLA

Jeanette Lin, B.S Computational & Systems Biology (2018-2019)

Megan Li, B.S Computational & Systems Biology (2018-2019)

Jennifer Garcia, B.S. Environmental & Occupational Health, CSUN (2018-2019)

Benjamin Shou B.S. Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (2019), now in John Hopkins Medical School

Paul Patel, B.S. Psychobiology (2017-2019), now in Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Zara Saleem, B.S. Biology (2017-2019), now in Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Varun Mandi (B.I.G. Summer Undergraduate Research 2018 ), University of Pittsburg

Christine Sun, B.S. Biology (2014-2018)

Jonnby LaGuardia, B.S. Biology (2015-2018)

Brandon Tsai, B.S.  Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (2014-2017), now Research Scientist at UCLA

Rio Barrere-Cain, Human Biology and Society (2014-2017), now Research Assistant at UCLA

Ashok Ajunakani (B.I.G. Summer Undergraduate Research 2016 ), University of Illinois

Ugoma Onubogu (B.I.G. Summer Undergraduate Research 2016), Florida A&M University

Xingyi Shi, B.S. Statistics & Bioinformatics (2013-2016), now Bioinformatics Ph.D. student in Boston University

Ivy Yang, B.S. PhySci (2013-2015), now in dental school

Esmeralda Ruiz, PhySci (2013-2015)

Helen Luk, Biology (2012-2014), now in University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Candace Levian, PhySci (2012-2014), now in VCU School of Medicine

Drew Mikhail, PhySci (2012-2013), now in USC Keck School of Medicine

Naomi So, PhySci (2012)

Naira Goukasian, PhySci (2012)