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May 2024

  • Congratulations Dr. Francesca Aguilo's manuscript entitled "Both catalytic and non-catalytic functions of LSD1 modulate the epigenetic landscape of mouse embryonic stem cells" was accepted in Nature Communication. Drs. Trinh T. T. Phan and Dung-Fang Lee are honored to work with Dr. Aguilo's group on LSD1 and epigenome research. 

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang on receiving Dean's Research Scholarship. Elena celebrated her success at the Award Ceremony alongside her lab colleagues.  

  • Welcome Megan Fisher as she joins our lab.

  • ​Congratulations to Taylor Rosen for successfully completing her undergraduate research in our lab and transitioning to her future career path—studying in dental school.  

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April 2024

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang! Her review article entitled "Therapeutic Strategies for RB1-Deficient Cancers: Intersecting Gene Regulation and Targeted Therapy" has been accepted in Cancers.

  • Congratulations to Taylor Rosen for receiving the BioSciences Award for Outstanding Leadership and a Distinction in Research and Creative Work Award

  • Welcome Rachel Shoemaker to join our lab as a PhD student.

  • Congratulations to An Xu for being the finalist in 2024 Lawrence Award Competition.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lee for receiving the Concept Award from DOD Rare Cancers Program.

March 2024

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lee for receiving the UTHealth Just Missed Grant in support of Drs. Lee and Zhao's R01 grant resubmission.

  • Welcome Rachel Shumaker as she joins our lab.

February 2024

January 2024

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang on receiving Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship and G&E program travel award.

  • Congratulations to Trinh TT Phan on receiving the CPRIT BIG-TCR Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellowship 

  • Welcome Megan E Fisher and Mariana K Najar as they join our lab.


December 2023

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang on being selected as FInalist for the 2024 Dr. John J. and Charlene Kopchick Fellowships  

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jun Wang on receiving the R01 grant, with Dr. Dung-Fang Lee serving as co-investigator.

  • The Lee and Zhao Lab is featured on the McGovern Medical School Instagram at UTHouston Health.  


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November 2023

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang on earning the 1st place poster award in the post-candidacy group during the 2023 G&E Program Retreat

  • Congratulations to Yuan-Xin Wang for being awarded a scholarship from Shen's Culture & Education Foundation

  • Congratulations to Dr. Dung-Fang Lee on being honored with an Appreciation Award in recognition of their exceptional service as a faculty mentor and active participation on various committees within McGovern Medical School's Summer Research Program  

October 2023

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for passing the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam.

  • Dr. Dung-Fang Lee was invited to present lab works and served as a section chair in Therapeutic Areas (Section III) at the Seventh International Conference on Drug Discovery and Lead Optimization Meeting on November 1-3, 2023, at San Francisco, 

  • Dr. Dung-Fang Lee is invited to present lab works at the 2023 Texas Taiwanese Biotechnology Association Annual Symposim on October 28-29, 2023, at Houston, 

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September 2023

  • Dr. Dung-Fang Lee is invited to present lab works and share his experience in grant writing at the 2023 BCB Program Fall Retreat on September 23-24, at Galveston.


August 2023

  • Congratulations Drs. Jaskirat Singh Batra, Ting-Yen Chi, and Jun Kameoka's manuscript entitled " Wearable Biosensor with Molecularly Imprinted Conductive Polymer Structure to Detect Lentivirus in Aerosol" was accepted in Biosensors. Drs. Elena Huang, Dandan Zhu, and Dung-Fang Lee are honored to work with Dr. Kameoka's group on biosensor research.

  • Welcome Yuan-Xin Wang and Cheng-En (Allen) Shen to join our lab.

July 2023

  • Welcome Dr. Trinh T. T. Phan to join our lab.

  • Congratulations Yen-Ting Chiang for passing Ph.D. Candidacy Exam.

May 2023

  • Congratulations Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for receiving 1st place in the poster award at 2023 BCB Spring Symposium.

  • Congratulations Dr. Dung-Fang Lee for receiving BCB program breakthrough science award.

  • Congratulations Drs. Dhruv Chachad and Guillermina Lozano's manuscript entitled "Unique transcriptional profiles underlie osteosarcomagenesis driven by different p53 mutants" was accepted in Cancer Research. Drs. An Xu and Dung-Fang Lee are honored to work with Dr. Lozano's group on mutant p53/LFS research. 

April 2023

  • Congratulations to Rachel Shoemaker for her Biosciences Award for Outstanding Research and the Distinction in Research and Creative Work Award.  

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lee on his promotion to Associate Professor.  

  • The editors at Nature Communications have put together an Editors’ Highlights webpage of recent research called “Cancer”. Drs An Xu and Mo Liu's article entitled “Rewired m6A epitranscriptomic networks link mutant p53 to neoplastic transformation” is chosen as a featured article by Nature  Communications Editor Dr. Stephanie Koo. 

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  • Congratulations to Rachel Shoemaker for receiving The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) admission and joining GSBS.

March 2023

  • Congratulations Dr. Ruoji Zhou match UCLA Pathology Residence Program.

  • Dr. Ruoji Zhou comes back to Houston and visits us.

Feburary 2023

  • Congratulations Joshua H Choe and Dr. Carol Prives' manuscript entitled "Li Fraumeni Syndrome-associated dimer-forming mutant p53 promotes transactivation-independent mitochondrial cell death" was accepted in Cancer Discovery. Drs. An Xu, Ruiying Zhao, and Dung-Fang Lee are honored to work with Dr. Prives' group on mutant p53/LFS research. 

  • Congratulations Drs. An Xu and Mo Liu's manuscript entitled "Rewired m6A epitranscriptomic networks link mutant p53 to neoplastic transformation" was accepted in Nature Communications


December 2022

  • Welcome Liang-Wei Lin to join our lab.

  • Congratulations Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for receiving The Antje Wuelfrath Gee and Harry Gee, Jr. Family Legacy Scholarship

  • Dr. Brittany Jewell comes back to Houston and visits us.


November 2022

  • Welcome Dr. Yu-Wen Huang to join our lab.

  • Congratulations Dr. An Xu for renewing the CPRIT BIG-TCR fellowship.

October 2022

  • Dr. Lee meets Dr. Arnold J Levine at the 6th International LFS Association Symposium. Bethesda, MD

  • Congratulations Dr. Lee for being selected as a Reprogramming Star and interviewed by Dr. Filipe Pereira, Editor-in-Chief of Cellular Reprogramming

  • Congratulations Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang and Rachel Shoemaker for their manuscript (News & Views) accepted in Cellular Reprogramming.


August 2022

  • Drs Lee and Zhao have lunch with Dr. Mien-Chie Hung (The President of China Medical University, Taiwan) at John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons

  • Rachel Shoemaker presents her summer research in the UTHealth CPRIT undergraduate summer research.

  • Congratulations Rachel Shoemaker for receiving the third place and people's choice awards of elevator speech in the UTHealth CPRIT undergraduate summer research program.

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July 2022

  • Congratulations to Drs Jian Tu and Zijun Huo's PNAS paper (Hereditary retinoblastoma iPSC model reveals aberrant spliceosome function driving bone malignancies) is highlighted by NCI Division of Cancer Biology - Sarcoma Awareness Month Highlights.

  • Congratulations to our collaborators Dr. Xian-Biao Xie and Jing-Nan Shen for their paper accepted in EBioMedicine

June 2022

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for receiving the Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship.


May 2022

  • Congratulations to Dr. An Xu for receiving the Best Poster Award in the UTHealth IBP Department Retreat

April 2022

  • Congratulations to  Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for receiving 3rd place GSEC Poster Competition Award in the UTHealth Annual Retreat

March 2022

  • Congratulations to Drs Jian Tu and Zijun Huo's Hereditary Retinoblastoma iPSC manuscript was accepted in PNAS.

January 2022

  • Welcome Rachel Shoemaker, Taylor Rosen, and Hannah Ashraf joining our lab.


December 2021

  • Congratulations to our collaborator Dr. Francesca Aguilo for her paper accepted in EMBO Reports.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Jewell for her paper accepted in PLOS Genetics.

October 2021

  • Dr. Lee serves as a Webber Prize Competition Judge.

  • Congratulations to Dr. An Xu for being awarded the CPRIT BIG-TCR Postdoctoral Fellowship. We particularly thank Dr. Huihui Fan serves a co-mentor for An's research.

  • Drs Zhao and Lee serve as the 31st Keck Annual Research Conference poster judges.

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang and Lon Kai Pang's iPSC-Cardiomyocytes review article accepted in Cells

September 2021

  • Congratulations to Dr. Dandan Zhu for being selected to present her work in 2021 Bone Program Annual Scientific Retreat.

  • Welcome Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang to join The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) .

August 2021

  • Congratulations to Dr. Ariadne Letra for NIH/NIDCR R56 grant (Dr. Dung-Fang Lee serves as a co-investigator)


April 2021

  • Congratulations to Lon Kai Pang for receiving Blayor Colledge Medicine (BCM) admission and join BCM Medical School.

March 2021

  • Congratulations to Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for receiving The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) admission and joining GSBS.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Ellis Jewell for moving to Salk Institute for Biological Studies as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Reuben Shaw's laboratory.

February 2021

  • Congratulations to Drs Lee, Zhao, and Huff for being awarded NIH/NCI R01 grant 

  • Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Ellis Jewell for receiving her Ph.D. degree.

  • Congratulations to Brittany Ellis Jewell for passing the Ph.D. defense 

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January 2021

  • Congratulations to Dr. An Xu and Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang for publishing their first-author paper in Frontiers in Genetics.

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December 2020

  • Congratulations to Lon Kai Pang for publishing his first-author review article in Stem Cell Research 

October 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lee for being awarded The Pablove Foundation Childhood Cancer Research Grant  


July 2020

  • Congratulations to Drs Lee and Zhao for being awarded UTHealth Cancer Genomics Core Grant

April 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Zijun Huo for publishing her first-author book chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology (Immune Mediators in Cancer).

March 2020

  • Congratulations to Brittany E Jewell for being awarded GSBS/UTHSC Student Travel Award

February 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Dandan Zhu for being awarded Department of Defense Horizon Award

  • Congratulations to Dr. Mo Liu for being promoted to be a Instructor


January 2020

  • Mo-Fan (Elena) Huang joined our labs as a research assistant. Welcome to the lab, Elena!   


July 2019

  • Congratulations to Dr. Ruoji Zhou receive her Ph.D. degree.

  • Congratulations to Ruoji Zhou for passing the Ph.D. defense 

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May 2019

  • Congratulations to Dr. Dung-Fang Lee for being awarded Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Research Award

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April 2019

  • Congratulations to Ruoji Zhou for being awarded Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research


February 2019

  • Congratulations to Brittany Ellis Jewell for being UT System Student Regent

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