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Former Members

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Yuan-Xin Wang, MS

Visiting Graduate Student

Education: National Tsing Hua University (BS)

Research Fields: RB1 tumor suppressor and cancer

Award: Overseas Internship Program (Taiwan Ministry of Education) and Shen's Culture & Education Foundation Scholarship

Liang-Wei Lin, MS 

Visiting Graduate Student  

Education: Asia University (BS), China Medical University (Ph.D.)

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Hereditary Retinoblastoma

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Cheng-En (Allen) Shen, MS

Graduate Student

Education: National Tsing Hua University (BS/MS)

Research Fields: mutant p53 and cancer

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Rita B Khouri

UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School Medical Student

Education: Brown University (MS), Chicago University (BS)

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, mutant p53

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Yen-Ting Chiang   

Visiting Graduate Student (2021-2023)

Education: China Medical Unversity

Research Fields: Li-Faruamnei syndrome, osteosarcoma, cancer mutations

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Rachel Shoemaker

Undergraduate Student

Education: Rice University  

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, mutant p53

Award: UTHealth SPH CPRIT summer program internship; The third place and people's choice awards of elevator speech in UTHealth CPRIT undergraduate summer research program; Biosciences award for outstanding research; Distinction in research and creative work award.

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Dandan Zhu, Ph.D.  

Postdoctoral Fellow (DoD Horizon Award Fellow) (2017-2023)

Education: Central China Normal University (BS), Wuhan University (MS), The University of Hong Kong (Ph.D.)

Research Fields: Hereditary Retinoblastoma, transcriptional factors, bone development

Award: DoD Horizon postdoctoral fellowship, The 2nd Oversea Young Investigators Symposium of China Travel Award

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Shannon Erhardt, MS   

Ph.D. Student (2022)

Education: Iowa State University (BS), MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biological Sciences (MS)

Research Fields: neural crest differentiation

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Yueh-Ming Shyu, MS

Ph.D. Student (2022)

Education: National Tsing Hua University (BS/MS)

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Hereditary Retinoblastoma

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Yumeng Sun  

Undergraduate Student (2022)

Education: Texas A&M

Research Fields: p53 function

Award: UTHealth GradSURP summer program internship

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Hao-Nien Chen, MS 

Ph.D. Student (2022)

Education: Chung Shan Medical Dental University (BS), National Taiwan University (MS)

Research Fields: Dendritic cell (DC) differentiation 

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Yi-Hung Chen, MS 

Research Assistant (2021-2022)

Education: Taipei Medical University (BS), National Yang-Ming University (MS), Baylor Colledge of Medicine (Ph.D)

Research Fields: Hereditary Rentinoblatoma, RB1, oncogenic corporation

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Hannah Ashraf

Undergraduate Student (2022)

Education: Rice University 

Research Fields: Hereditary Retinoblastoma, RB1 mutation

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Brittany E Jewell, Ph.D.  

Ph.D. Student (UT Systems' student regent; Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR) CPRIT Predoctoral Fellowship) (2016-2021)

Education: Baylor University (BS)The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.), Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Postdoc, currently)

Research Fields: Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, osteosarcoma, iPSC disease model

Award: UT Systems’ student regent, CRB Program Travel Award, Tzu Chi Scholarship Award for Excellence, GSBS Travel Award, NIH T32 Training Fellowship, ICPR CPRIT Predoctoral Fellowship, Charlene Kopchick Fellowship, Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, Graduate Student Education Committee Travel Award, BCB Program Travel Award, AACR MICR Scholar Award, and UTHealth Dean’s Research Scholarship

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Mo Liu, Ph.D. 

Instructor (2017-2020)

Education: Wuhan University (BS), The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (Ph.D.), Neural Stem Cell Institute (Postdoc)

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, mutant p53, organoid, brain tumors

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Xueqin Gao, MD Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist (2019-2020)

Education: Tongji Medical University (MD), Shandong University (Ph.D.), University of Pittsburgh (Postdoc) UTHealth (Assistant Professor))

Research Fields: bone development, muscle differentiation

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Haidan Luo, MD 

Visiting Student (2018-2020)

Education: Sun Yat-sen University (MD)

Research Fields: nasopharyngeal carcinoma, drug treatment, mutant p53

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Jian Tu, MD  

Visiting Scholar (2016-2019)

Education: Sun Yat-sen University (MD), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Postdoc)

Research Fields: hereditary retinoblastoma, osteosarcoma, RB1 tumor suppressor, cancer drivers, ubiquitin

Awards: Ke Lin program fellowship

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Zijun Huo, MD  

Visiting Scholar (2016-2019)

Education: Sun Yat-sen University (MD), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Postdoc)

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, mutant p53, liver cancer, liver lineage differentiation, AI

Awards: Ke Lin program fellowship

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Ruoji Zhou, MD Ph.D

PhD Student (2016-2019)

Education: Sun Yat-sen University, (MD), Fudan University (MS), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.), Northwestern University (Postdoc), UCLA Pathology Residence (currently)

Research Fields: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, osteosarcoma, cancer mutations

Awards: Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR) CPRIT Predoctoral Fellowship, Wei Yu Family Endowed Scholarship, UTHealth Dean’s Research Scholarship Award, Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research

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Lon Kai Pang 

Undergraduate Student (Summer Intern) (2018-2021)

Education: Rice University (BS), Baylor Colledge of Medicine (MD student, currently)

Research Fields: osteosarcoma, drug treatment

Awards: UTHealth MedSURP program internship; UTHealth SPH CPRIT summer program internship

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Mezthly Pena 

Undergraduate Student (Summer Intern) (2019)

Education: Rice University (BS)

Research Fields: p53 and MDM2

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Yao-Sheng Chen 

MD Student (Summer Intern) (2019)

Education: National Defense Medical Center (MD)

Research Fields: CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, enhancer

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Yi-Lin Lee  

MD Student (Summer Intern) (2019)

Education: National Defense Medical Center (MD)

Research Fields: transcription factors in bone development

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Wei-Chao Lee 

MD Student (Summer Intern) (2019)

Education: National Defense Medical Center (MD)

Research Fields: p53 stability, ubiquitin 

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Vivian Tat

Undergraduate Student (2018)

Education: The University of Texas at Austin (BS), The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Ph.D. student, currently)

Research Fields: osteosarcoma, drug treatment

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Yu Lin, MD

Visiting Student (2018-2019)

Education:  Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

Research Fields: p53 stability, ubiquitin

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Alaa M.T. Mohamed

Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Education:  Ain Shams University (BA and MS), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D. student, currently)

Research Fields: liver differentiation

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Donghui Wang, MD Ph.D.

Visiting Student (2016-2018)

Education:  Sun Yat-sen University (MD)

Research Fields: nasopharyngeal carcinoma, radiation resistance

Award: China scholarship council fellowship

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Celine Shuet Lin Kong

Undergraduate Student (Summer Intern) (2017), Research Assistant (2018)

Education: Queens University of Charlotte (BS), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D. student, currently)

Research Fields: mutant p53, brain tumors

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Grant A. Dixon

MD Student (Summer Intern) (2017)

Education:

Research Fields: mutant p53, osteosaarcoma

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Yu-Hsuan Lin

Research Assistant (2016-2017)

Education: National Tsing Hua University, (BS), National Taiwan University, (MS), UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D. student, currently)

Research Fields: Diamond-Blackfan anemia, RPS19, RPL5, osteosaarcoma

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