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Lab Members

Jue Chen

Jue Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Head of Laboratory
E-mail:juechen@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7807

Jue received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from Ohio University, and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University, where she was advised by Dr. Don C. Wiley. She did postdoctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. Florante A. Quiocho. She joined Purdue University in 2002 as assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2011. She was named a Pew Scholar in 2003 and was named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2008. She joined Rockefeller's faculty in 2014.

Ming Guo
Research Specialist
E-mail:mguo@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Ming received her B.S. in Microbiology from Fudan University, China, and Ph.D in Molecular Biology with Dr. Steve Mount from Columbia University. She completed postdoctoral work at Rockefeller University in the Nussenzweig Lab. She then worked in the laboratory of Dr. Neil Bander in the Department of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College, focusing on developing monoclonal antibody-based immunotherapy. She joined the Chen lab in July 2023.

Eriko Koide

Eriko Koide
Graduate Fellow
E-mail:ekoide@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Eriko received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Tufts University in 2019, where she was a Beckman Scholar in Dr. Joshua Kritzer’s lab. She then worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a research technician in Dr. Nathanael Gray’s lab, characterizing small molecule kinase inhibitors and PROTACs. She joined the Chen lab in July 2022. 

James Lee

James Lee
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:jlee07@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

James received his B.S./M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 2012 and received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 2018 under the supervision of Daniel Kahne. His graduate studies focused on protein folding and insertion into the outer membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. He joined the Chen lab in 2018.

Jesper Levring

Jesper Levring
Graduate Fellow
E-mail:jlevring@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Jesper received a Masters degree in Biochemistry from Exeter College at the University of Oxford in 2017. He joined the Chen lab in 2018.

Victor Manon

Victor Manon
Graduate Student
E-mail: vmanon01@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Victor received his B.S. in Biology at Baylor University in 2014. He joined the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in 2019 and began his graduate studies with the Chen Lab in 2021.

Sarah

Sarah Marshall
Administrative Assistant
E-mail:chen_admin@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7808

Sarah provides administrative support to the Chen lab. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from The University of Scranton in May 2022 and joined the Chen Lab in November 2022.

Harlan

Harlan Pietz
Graduate Student
E-mail:hpietz@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Harlan received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Washington in 2014. He joined the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in 2016, and began his graduate thesis work in the Chen lab in 2018.

Harlan

Márton Simon
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:msimon01@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Márton received his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Eotvos Lorand University in 2019 and received his Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from Semmelweis University in 2023 under the supervision of Laszlo Csanady, conducting structure-function studies on CFTR. He joined the Chen lab in September 2023.

Anna

Ana-Maria Tanasescu
Lab Manager
E-mail:atanasescu@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Ana-Maria received her B.S. in Medical Lab Science and Masters in Biology with Specialization in Biotechnology from Hunter College. She has previously done research in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology (Fischetti Lab) at Rockefeller University while she was an undergraduate student at Hunter College. There, under the close mentorship of Dr. Assaf Raz, she studied the bacteria which causes strep throat called Streptococcus pyogenes and performed a series of experiments in which inhibition of sortase by small-molecule inhibitors lead to rapid elimination of the bacterium. These inhibitors are possible anti-bacterial agents since they work by preventing the anchoring of virulence factors to the cell wall of the bacterium and reduce the pathogenicity of S. pyogenes. She joined the Chen Lab as a Research Assistant in 2016. Ana-Maria is currently the Lab Manager and Cell Culture guru.

Terence Tang

Terence Tang
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:ttang@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Terence is from Hong Kong and obtained a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, carrying out his thesis project on novel tick-derived inhibitors of the complement system in Susan Lea's lab at the Dunn School of Pathology. He then received a PhD from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK under the supervision of Lori Passmore, where he investigated the structure and function of the conserved eukaryotic deadenylase enzyme complex PAN2-PAN3. He joined the Chen Lab in January 2022.

Kang

Kang Wang
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:kwang01@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Kang received his MS in conventional Virology and Vaccinology at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences under the supervision of Yanjun Zhou and Guangzhi Tong. He then received a PhD in Biochemistry and Structural Biology from Nankai University in China under the supervision of Zihe Rao and Xiangxi Wang. He then worked as a postdoc at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Studies, studying the molecular details of viral cell entry and host immune responses to infection and vaccines by integrative techniques. He joined the Chen lab in January 2023.

Jinshan

Jinshan Xie
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail:jxie02@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Jinshan received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2023 under the supervision of Jiaoyang Jiang. Her graduate research focused on the molecular basis for substrate recognition by human O-GlcNAc cycling enzymes, OGT and OGA. She joined the Chen lab in September 2023.

Paul Young

Paul Young
Graduate Student
E-mail:pyoung@rockefeller.edu
212-327-7809

Paul received his B.S. in Biology from Emory University in 2018. In 2020, he joined the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. He joined the Chen lab in 2022 to begin his thesis work.

Jue Chen, Ph.D.Professor, Head of LaboratoryE-mail:juechen@rockefeller.edu212-327-7807Jue received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from Ohio University, and Ph.D. in biochemistry f