Category Archives: People

Rong Li, PhD – Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Dr. Rong Li's photo

  • 2015 – Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 2005-2015 – Principal investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • 2000-05 – Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1994-99 – Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston,Massachusetts, USA
  • 1993-94 – Molecular Cell Biology Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California USA
  • 1992 – PhD Cell Biology, UCSF, San Francisco, California, USA
  • 1988 – BS/MS Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Hometown: Beijing, PRC
Family: Husband (Dan) and two children (Olivia and Gregory)
Hobbies: Art, Hiking, and Sports in general

Xing Duan, PhD – PostDoc

  • 2012-2016 – Ph.D – Animal Genetics Breeding and Reproduction, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  • 2008-2012 – B.A – Animal Science, Shanxi Agricultural University, Jinzhong, China


  • Mechanisms of spindle positioning during mammalian oocyte asymmetric division

Hometown: Shanxi, China
Hobbies: Basketball, table tennis, traveling.

Hongyan Huang, MD – Visiting Scientist


  • 2015-present – Chief Physician, Department of Oncology. Beijing Shijitan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
  • 1999-2005 – Ph.D- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China
  • 1994-1999 – B.A. Clinical Medicine, Shandong Medical University, Jinan, China


  • Aneuploidy Based Evolutional Trap Strategy in Glioblastoma and Breast Cancer Treatment

Hometown: Xinjiang, China
Hobbies: Reading, music

Xi Zhang, PhD- PostDoc


  •  2016 – PhD Zoology-Molecular cell biology, Joint training in Central China Normal University and Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  •  2010 – BS Bioscience, Henan University


  • Asymmetric inheritance of mitochondria during asymmetric cell division

Hometown: Zhumadian, China
Hobbies:  Traveling, music and family time

Tatianna Larman, MD – PostDoc


  • 2014-present – Resident in Anatomic Pathology, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA
  • 2008-2014 – MD, University of California School of Medicine, San Diego,  USA
  • 2010-2012 – HHMI Medical Fellow
  • 2006 – BA, Biology, Harvard University, Boston, USA


  • Aneuploidy in step-wise transformation of wild-type intestinal stem cells

Hometown: Southern California
Hobbies: cooking/baking, travel, family time, being  outdoors

Hung-Ji Tsai, Ph.D. – PostDoc


2013 – PhD Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2004 – MS Microbiology, National Taiwan University-College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

2002 – BS Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


Adaptive evolution in aneuploidy

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Hobbies: Baseball, music and Reading


Jin Zhu, PhD – PostDoc


  • 2014 – PhD Life and Biomolecular Sciences, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University
  • 2008 – MS Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences-Institute of Zoology, Xicheng, Beijing, ROC
  • 2005 – BS Biology, Peking University, Haidian, Beijing, PRC


  • Yeast evolutionary genomics

Hometown: Nantong, Jiangsu, PRC
Family: Wife (Di)

Kristen Swaney, Ph.D. – PostDoc

  • 2012 – PhD Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2004 – BS Biology and Neuroscience, Penn State University, State College, PA, USA


  • Understanding the role of Aneuploidy in Glioblastoma progression and treatment
  • Innate immune response in polycystic kidney disease

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD, USA
Hobbies: hiking, spending time with friends and family, music

Josh McNamara – PhD student 

  • 2014-2016: Research Associate – Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research, Center for Proteomic Chemistry, Structural Biophysics Group, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2012-2014: Lab Specialist – University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • 2012: BS Chemistry – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA


  • Mechanisms and consequences of cellular aging

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Hobbies: kayaking

Andrei Kucharavy – PhD student


  • 2013 – MS Life Science- Bioinformatics, Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2011 – Engineer, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France


  • Mechanisms of aneuploidy – related stress resistance in budding yeast and human tumor cells

Hometown: Strasbourg, France
Hobbies: Swimming, Sailing, Coding

Akshay Narkar – PhD Student


  • 2013 – MS Medical Biology, LIU-POST, NY.
  • 2010 – B.Pharm  V.M.H.P.S. College of Pharmacy, Mumbai, India.


  • Understanding signaling in response to Aneuploidy in mammalian cells.
  • ER dependent retention of damaged proteins in asymmetrically dividing yeast cells.

Hometown: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Hobbies: Table Tennis, Travel & Movies!


Wahid Mulla – PhD Student

  • 2010 – BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, Government College of Pharmacy, Karad, Maharashtra, India


  •  Aneuploidy influence on the state of epigenetic markers in yeast

Hometown: Karad, Maharashtra, India
Family: Mom, Dad, elder brother and sister
Hobbies: Cooking, Cricket, Cycling, Trekking, Soccer

Linhao Ruan – PhD Student

  • 2014 – MS Bioengineering-Neuroscience, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 2011 – BS Biotechnology; BM Business Administration, Huazhong University of Science & Technology


  • Proteostasis: How organelles facilitate the asymmetric retention of proteome damage during asymmetric cell division

Hometown: Mudanjiang, China
Hobbies: Soccer (MU is my team!), basketball