Principal Investigator

Hui Zong, PhD

Associate Professor
B.S., Fudan University M.S., Fudan University Ph.D., Indiana University Email:
Phone: 434.982.1956

Office Location:  Jordan Hall 7042

Research Scientist

Ying Jiang, PhD

Research Scientist
B.S., Fudan University M.S., Fudan University Ph.D., Indiana University Email:
Phone: 434.982.0074

I am studying the role of microglia and astrocytes in the tumor microenvironment (TME) of medulloblastoma, a type of pediatric brain cancer, with a strong interest in the modulation of neuro-immunology, especially innate immunity.


Jungeun Kim, Ph.D.

Research Associate
PhD University of Virginia Email:

I’m interested in OPC competition and studying the molecular mechanism of OPC competition in glioblastoma.

Bing Xu

Research Associate
Ph.D., Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China Email:

I am studying the treatment responses of mutant, pre-malignant oligodendrocyte progenitors (OPCs) toward radiation to devise highly effective, low-relapses therapeutic regimen for glioma treatment. I am also establishing a zebrafish MADM model to study the role of cell-cell interaction in gliomagenesis, with a strong interest in live imaging.

Graduate Students

Ping He

Visiting Graduate Student
B.S., Jiling University, China Email:

I am testing a chemo-prevention strategy against BRCA1-mutated breast cancer with the MADM system.

Tiffany Shand

Graduate Student
B.A., Chemistry, Brooklyn College CUNY Email:

I am interested in studying the signaling pathways in brain tumor cells that promote proliferation and survival.

Jianhao (Ray) Zeng

Graduate Student
B.S., HuaZhong University of Science&Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China Email:

I am studying cellular events at pre-neoplastic stage of BRCA1-mutated breast cancer with the MADM system.

Undergraduate Student

Bryan Nolasco

Undergraduate Student

I am studying the mechanism of tumor-to-TME cell trans-differentiation in medulloblastoma, under the guidance of Ray Zeng.

Laboratory Specialist

Eli Casarez

Laboratory Specialist
B.S., University of Miami, Fl Email:

I am characterizing an MADM-based BRCA1-mutated ovarian cancer model to study early detection and cancer prevention.

Former Lab Members

Alyssa Kelder

Undergraduate Researcher

Brit Ventura, PhD

former graduate student

Chong Liu, PhD

Research Scientist

Guoxin Zhang

Research Associate
B.S., Nanjing University; Ph.D., Nanjing University

Maojin Yao, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Phil Gonzalez

Graduate Student

Pitia Flores Ledur

visiting graduate student

Sarah Alberstein

undergraduate researcher