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Who We Are

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Lu Chen

Position/Role: PI

Research interest:

Cancer, Stem Cell, and Aging

Favorite Quotes:

Evolution is the clinical trial of the nature.

Don't waste your clean thoughts on dirty enzymes.

Members: Team Members

Victoria (Tori) Gillespie

Position/Role: Sci Tech I/Lab Manager

B.S. 2021, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Musinu Zakari

Position/Role: Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. 2008, University of Ghana, Ghana

MSc. 2010, Maastricht University, Netherlands

MSc. and PhD 2015, Paris VI University, France


Marie (Masha) Kobin 

Jeanne E. and Robert F. Ozols
Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

2022, Sophomore in Biochemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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Genxuan "Cameron" Lian

Undergraduate Research Scholar

2022, Sophomore in Biological Chemistry,

Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

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Alex Morris

First-year graduate student

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

2022, Lab Tech II, Harvard University / MGH

2020, BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

The College of Wooster, OH


Ashley Park

lab volunteer

2022, Junior, Wissahickon High School


Mengmeng Li

Position/Role: Senior Data Analyst / Friend of the lab

MBBS 2008, Nanjing Medical University

MSPH 2017, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2020, Senior Data Analyst and PhD Candidate, 

                     Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research focuses:

understand and assess maternal, fetal, perinatal, child, and adolescent health through a life course perspective.

The Flock

Lab Alumni


Soon-keat Ooi

Position/Role: Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. 2009, National University of Malaysia (UKM)

PhD 2021, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Dr. Soon-keat Ooi joined the lab in Sept 2021 with his newly minted PhD thesis with Joan and Ronald Conaway at Stowers Institute. Soon-keat dedicated his efforts in the setting up of the young lab, and contributed intellectually during lab/floor meetings and various seminars. Outside of the lab, Soon-keat enjoys playing competitive badminton, watching soap operas, and dining with friends.


Next Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania.

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