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Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Howard C. Hang, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Head of Laboratory
B.Sc. in Chemistry 1998, University of California, Santa Cruz with Prof. Joseph Konopelski
Ph.D. in Chemistry 2003, University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow 2004 - 2006, Whitehead Institute with Prof. Hidde Ploegh
Assistant Professor and Head of Lab, 2007 - 2012, The Rockefeller University
Associate Professor and Head of Lab, 2013 - present, The Rockefeller University

Current Members


Yen-Chih Wang, Ph.D. – Cancer Research Institute Fellow
B.S. in Chemistry 2006, National Taiwan University
Ph.D. in Chemistry 2014, University of Minnesota with Prof. Mark Distefano

Qiang Li, Ph.D. – Cancer Research Institute Fellow
B.S. in Biochemistry 2010, South China University of Technology
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology 2015, Graduate School of Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, National Institute of Biological Sciences with Prof. Xiaoguang Lei

Charles Hespen, Ph.D.
B.S. in Biochemistry 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology 2016, University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Michael Marletta

Xinglin Yang, Ph.D.
B.S. in Pharmacy 2012, Shandon University
Ph.D. in Biology 2017, Tsinghua University with Prof. Yu Rao

Xiaohui Zhao, Ph.D.
B.S. in Chemistry 2009, Shandong University
M.S. in Organic Chemistry 2012, Nankai University
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology 2017, University of Konstanz with Prof. Andreas Marx and Prof. Martin Scheffner

Matthew Griffin, Ph.D.
B.S. in Chemistry 2010, Tulane University
Ph.D. in Chemistry 2017, California Institute of Technology with Prof. Linda Hsieh-Wilson

Graduate Students

Zhenrun (Jerry) Zhang
B.Sc. in Chemistry 2012, Peking University, Beijing

Emma Garst
B.A. in Biochemistry 2013, Mount Holyoke College

Taku Tsukidate – Takenaka Scholar
B.Sc. in Chemistry 2016, Kyoto University

Tandrilla Das
B.Sc. in Chemistry 2016, Indian Institute of Science

Juliel Espinosa
B.Sc. in Chemistry 2016, Hunter College

Victor Chen 
B.Sc. in Microbiology 2017, University of California, Berkeley


Angela Kong - Lab Administrator/Manager
B.S. in Resource Management 2001, minor in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. in Soils and Biogeochemistry 2005, University of California, Davis
Ph.D. in Soils and Biogeochemistry 2009, University of California, Davis


Postdocs (Tenure in lab) – Current Position                                                                               

Byungchul Kim (2015 - 2019) - Research Associate, Cho lab, University of Michigan Medical School.
Nathan Westcott (2012 - 2018) - Research Scientist, Torque Therapeutics.
Virginia Ahn Pedicord (2013 - 2018, joint with Mucida Lab) - Group Leader, Cambridge University, UK
Emmanuelle Thinon (2014 - 2017) - Group Leader, Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie Bordeaux, France.
Tao Peng (2012 - 2016) - Associate Professor, Peking University School of Chemical Biology & Biotechnology, Shenzhen, China.
Rayshonda Hardy (2014 - 2016) - Biomedical Writer at Phase Five Communications.
Ruina He (2014 - 2016) - Senior Scientist at GenScript Inc.
Xiaonan Zhao (2013 - 2015) - Clinical Genomics Analyst at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan (2013 - 2015) - Research Scientist at University of Georgia
Jordan RoseFigura (2010 - 2015) - Scientist Swift Biosciences, Inc
Lisa Ambrosini Vadola (2011 - 2013) - Medical Writer and Consultant, Whitsell Innovations, Inc.
Jacob Yount (2007 - 2012) - Assistant Professor, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity, The Ohio State University.
Lun Kelvin Tsou (2007 - 2012) - Associate Investigator, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
Yu-Ying Yang (2007 - 2010) - Research Scientist, Pfizer.
Anuradha Raghavan (2007 - 2009) - Research Scientist, ChemWerth.

Graduate Students

Avital Percher (2012 - 2017) - AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at National Science Foundation.
Xiaoqiu Yuan (2010 - 2016) - Life Science Specialist, L.E.K. Consulting.
Kavita Rangan (2008 - 2015) - Postdoctoral fellow in Rosenthal Lab, Marine Biological Laboratory.
Paul Dossa (2007 - 2013) - Associate, Venrock.
Mingzi Zhang (2007 - 2012) - Assistant Investigator, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan.
Markus Grammel (2007 - 2012) - Patent Attorney, Grunecker.
Guillaume Charron (2006 - 2012) - Postdoctoral fellow in Bourgault lab, Université du Québec à Montréal.
John Wilson (2006 - 2011) - Chief Executive Officer, ProtiFi.

Technicians, Undergraduates, High School Students

Hang Hoang (Bard Visiting Student 2017)
Aleksandra Prochera (SURF Student 2016)
Corey Model (SSRP Student 2015, 2016)
Geneva Miller (Technician 2013 - 2014)
Steven Chen (Technician 2013 - 2015)
Emma Salmon-Taylor (Bard Visiting Student 2011)
Kathrin Schwinghammer (Bayer Foundation Diploma Student 2010)
Audrey Li (STRAW Student 2008, Research Assistant 2010)
Xin-Zi Emily Tang (SURF Student 2010)
Eliah Shamir (SURF Student 2007)
James Flexner (STRAW Student 2007)

Principal InvestigatorHoward C. Hang, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Head of LaboratoryB.Sc. in Chemistry 1998, University of California, Santa Cruz with Prof. Joseph KonopelskiPh.D. in Chemistry 2