Lab Members

Principle Investigator


Xing Dai, PhD
Principle Investigator

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Hobbies: Singing & Tai Chi
Favorite Food: Hot Foods & Tea





Staff Scientists



Peng Sun, PhD
Assistant Specialist

Hometown: Beijing, China
Hobbies: Playing Tennis
Favorite Food: Dumplings



Postdoctoral Scholars

unnamed-1Yingying Han, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Heilongjiang, China
Hobbies: Going to Museums and the Beach
Favorite Food: Seafood in General & White Rice





Graduate Students

Morgan Dragan
PhD Candidate

Hometown: Themyscira
Hobbies: Sports & Crafts
Favorite Food: I like salad





Guadalupe Gutierrez
MS Student

Hometown: Mos Eisley, Tatooine
Hobbies: Fishing, Guns & Eating
Favorite Food: Free Food





Remy Vu
PhD Student

Hometown: Hawkins, Indiana
Hobbies: Disney and Archery
Favorite Food: Ice Cream, Noodles & Eggos






Jerry Chen
Visiting Graduate Student

Hometown: Fujian, China
Hobbies: Swimming
Favorite Food: Ribs







Visiting Scientists



Kazuhide Watanabe
Visiting Scientist

Hometown: Tochigi, Japan
Hobbies: Rock Climbing
Favorite Food: Ramen



Former Lab Members


Anh Pham
Current Position: UCLA Dental School

Melissa Ann McNeil, M.S.
Current Position – New Mother!

Daniel Haensel, PhD
Current Position: Postdoc
Stanford – Oro Lab

Xianghui Ma, PhD
Current Position: Postdoc
University of Pennsylvania – Hamilton Lab

Alvaro Villareal-Ponce, PhD
Current Position: Postdoc
New York University

Magid Fallahi, PhD

Megan Afetian
Current Poistion – Scientist
Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Parama Dey, PhD
Earned PhD in 2012
University of Nebraska Medical Center