TEAM

Sizun Jiang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. Major: Molecular Biology).

Harvard University (PhD in Virology).

Stanford University (Postdoctoral).

I completed my Ph.D. training at Harvard with Elliott Kieff, uncovering the complex host-pathogen chromatin interactions during viral-driven lymphomagenesis. I next moved west for some warmth and sunshine, where I worked with Garry Nolan at Stanford on technology development and ways to better interrogate biological systems. My current interests lie at the intersection of addressing critical questions in host-disease interactions, through the development and applications of novel spatial technology platforms and computational algorithms. Ongoing work includes the biology of viral pathogenesis, tumor biology, and immune dysregulation.

Fun fact: Since starting the lab, I have 5 new email accounts (and counting).

Precious Cramer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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University of Ghana (B.Sc. Major: Biochemistry, M.Phil: Molecular Cell Biology).

University of Freiburg (PhD).

My doctoral thesis focused on solving the molecular mechanisms driving humoral immune evasion during human cytomegalovirus infection, with the aim of identifying viral targets for novel intervention and prevention strategies. Outside the lab, I enjoy interior designing and traveling.

Addison Deisher

Lab Manager and Research Assistant. Wonder Woman keeping the lab afloat.

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Pepperdine University (B.A. Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry and Spanish).

I have no idea what to write here, but I love Molecular Biology and Chemistry. Immunology is pretty cool and so is Public Health. Eventually, I want to go to grad school, but I’m still trying to figure out what type of program I want to pursue. Ask me two days in a row and you will probably get two different answers.

Fun fact: I only have 9 fingers.

Guanrui Liao

Visiting Graduate Student

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Sun Yat-sen University (Bachelors in Clinical Medicine: Liver Surgery).

Graduate Student (Ming Kuang Lab)

I am Liao Guanrui, a visiting student at Jiang Laboratory. I am a Ph.D/M.D. student of the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), majoring in liver surgery under supervision of Prof. Kuang Ming. I have been working on various researches concerning molecular mechanisms and tumor microenvironment of liver neoplasms since 2018. During my undergraduate course, I organized several activities as the president of the Student Union and took part in an exchange program in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Personally, I have a wide range of hobbies and I am good at Chinese traditional hand-writing.

Fun fact: I always attract stray cats and dogs that I walk by

Andrew Ma

Research Assistant and Noodle Master (incoming)

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Cornell University (B.A. Major: Biological Sciences (Computational Biology) and Mathematics (Mathematical Biology)).

I will complete my undergrad studies May 2022 and will also figure out how to make hand-pulled noodles via an optimal dough recipe. My research interests are broad and I enjoy anything that involves disease and mathematical theory, and I studied henipaviruses and their glycoprotein functions in my undergrad. I am always engrossed by anything that involves asking questions and designing experiments to test those questions.

Fun fact: I had recurrent sinus infections every 3 weeks for two years.

Maxim Markovic

Visiting Graduate Student, Cancer Biology, Stanford University (Garry Nolan Lab).

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University of California Berkeley (B.A.). Major: Integrative Biology

After graduating, I studied macrophage-mediated immunotherapy strategies in the laboratory of Dr. Irving Weissman at Stanford University. In 2018, I began my doctoral studies at Stanford under the mentorship of Dr. Garry Nolan. Iโ€™m broadly interested in applying multiplexed tissue imaging strategies towards understanding red blood cell cycling. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and writing, and hiking.

Huaying Qiu

Biostatistician, Code Ninja and Manager of Servers

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Reed College (B.A. Major: Mathematics).

University of North Carolina (M.S. in Biostatistics)

I am a biostatistician by training. Currently, my research interests are mostly in medical image analysis and machine learning methods. In my leisure time, I enjoy photography, cooking, badminton, and kendo.

Fun fact: I wanted to go to culinary school when I was applying for college.

Yao Yu Yeo

Graduate Student, Harvard Program in Virology.

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Cornell University (B.A. Major: Biological Sciences. Minor: Infectious Disease).

Hello! My name is always mispronounced, and I am currently older than I look. I am pursuing a PhD in Virology at Harvard, where I spend too much time daydreaming and learning in the lab. I find viruses fascinating for their extraordinary capabilities despite being minuscule pieces of genetic material, and I admire the potential for highly multidisciplinary research. Outside of work, I enjoy playing the piano and gaming with my friends.

Fun fact: Many people have told me that I have a very unusual collection of drinks.

Jason Yeung

Bioinformatician

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Cornell University (B.S. in Biological Sciences (Microbiology))

Boston University (M.S. in Bioinformatics)

I started out studying microbiology and cancer biology in the lab before transitioning to more computational work and bioinformatics. I’ve always been a visual learner so I’m really excited by spatial technologies and where they can take biology research in the near future. Outside of the lab, I’m always looking for my next hiking trip and I’m also a big basketball fanatic.

Fun fact: When I have free time, I volunteer as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line.

FRIENDS OF THE LAB

Bokai Zhu

Graduate student, Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University (Garry Nolan lab).

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Cornell University (B.S. Major: Biology).

I’m interested in microbiology, immunology, cancer biology, system and computational biology. Of course the list is always expanding until I don’t know what I’m doing anymore.

Fun fact: Didnโ€™t learn how to bike until I was 18.

Yunhao Bai

Graduate student, Chemistry, Stanford University (Garry Nolan lab).

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Tsinghua University (B.S. Major: Chemistry).

I am always curious about the collective behaviors of no matter molecules, cells or individuals.

Fun fact: Canโ€™t drive but loves watching F1.

Han Chen

LSRP, Stanford University (Garry Nolan Lab aka Jiang Lab West). Soon-to-be Graduate Student

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UCLA (B.S. Major: Bioengineering)

Hi! My name is Han, like Han Solo.
Iโ€™m generally interested in using single-cell technologies to characterize the immune system and understand how different cells communicate with one another to coordinate a response.
Outside of the lab, my hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee competitively, climbing, playing tennis, running โ€ฆsports. Love sports.

Fun fact: I own 31 long sleeve t-shirts. Long sleeve > Short sleeve

ALUMNI

Nagendra Dhanikonda

Undergraduate Research Intern

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Washington and Jefferson College (Major: Biology).

I am an undergraduate student majoring in biology at Washington and Jefferson College. I am interested in the general field of virology as well as the interactions between viruses and the host immune system. In the future, I wish to attend medical school and stay involved in research along the way. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, going on hikes, and binge-watching random youtube videos.

Fun fact: I have terrible hand-eye coordination when playing sports.

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