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Lab Members

 
Current Lab Members

Shannon Maldonado
Senior Administrative Analyst
 
Ramir Vega
Research Associate
 
Grace Aldana-Masangkay, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
 
Aileen Alontaga, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
 
Nigus D Ambaye, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Chih-Hong Chen, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Li Du, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
 
Yi-Jia Li, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
 
Alumni

Postdoctoral fellows
Yate-Ching Yuan, Ph.D.
Director of the Bioinformatic Core Facility at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope

Maria Victoria Botuyan, Ph.D.
Staff scientist at Mayo Clinic, MN, USA

Jerry Hu, Ph.D.
Manager, Materials Research Laboratory Spectroscopy Facility, UC Santa Barbara

Donghai Lin, Ph.D.
Professor at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Suhkmann Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Pusan National University, Korea. 

Sheng Cai, Ph.D.
Director of the NMR laboratory at Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA

Lingyang Zhu, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Array BioPharma Inc. Boulder, CO

Thomas Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, UCLA

Xuanjun Ai, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Charalampos Kalodimos at Rutgers University
 
Ikenna Madu, Ph.D.
Scientist Kineta, Inc, Seattle, WA
 
Yang Su, Ph.D.
Beijing, China
 
Jianghai Wang, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, BostonBiochem, MA, USA
 
Yifei Li, Ph.D.
NCI at Frederick, Frederick, MD
 
Graduate students
Ziming Zhang, Ph.D. (2004)
Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core, University of South Florida

Jing Song, Ph.D. (2006)
Jing spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Timothy Springer at Harvard Medical School, and now is group leader at BioDuro.

Khue Truong, Ph.D. (2012)
Post doctoral fellow at UCLA.

Research technicians
Qin Liu, M.S., Biomolecular NMR Facility manager, Department of Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Candace Seu, Ph.D. student, UC San Diego

Lisa Fukui, M.D/Ph.D. student, University of Illinois at Urbane Champion

Brian Lee, medical student, SUNY Stony Brook

Larry Tong, medical student, University of Nebraska

Steven Wong, medical student, UCLA
 

Lab Members and Alumni

Lab Members

 
Current Lab Members

Shannon Maldonado
Senior Administrative Analyst
 
Ramir Vega
Research Associate
 
Grace Aldana-Masangkay, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
 
Aileen Alontaga, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
 
Nigus D Ambaye, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Chih-Hong Chen, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Li Du, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
 
Yi-Jia Li, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
 
Alumni

Postdoctoral fellows
Yate-Ching Yuan, Ph.D.
Director of the Bioinformatic Core Facility at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope

Maria Victoria Botuyan, Ph.D.
Staff scientist at Mayo Clinic, MN, USA

Jerry Hu, Ph.D.
Manager, Materials Research Laboratory Spectroscopy Facility, UC Santa Barbara

Donghai Lin, Ph.D.
Professor at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Suhkmann Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Pusan National University, Korea. 

Sheng Cai, Ph.D.
Director of the NMR laboratory at Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA

Lingyang Zhu, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Array BioPharma Inc. Boulder, CO

Thomas Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, UCLA

Xuanjun Ai, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Charalampos Kalodimos at Rutgers University
 
Ikenna Madu, Ph.D.
Scientist Kineta, Inc, Seattle, WA
 
Yang Su, Ph.D.
Beijing, China
 
Jianghai Wang, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, BostonBiochem, MA, USA
 
Yifei Li, Ph.D.
NCI at Frederick, Frederick, MD
 
Graduate students
Ziming Zhang, Ph.D. (2004)
Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core, University of South Florida

Jing Song, Ph.D. (2006)
Jing spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Timothy Springer at Harvard Medical School, and now is group leader at BioDuro.

Khue Truong, Ph.D. (2012)
Post doctoral fellow at UCLA.

Research technicians
Qin Liu, M.S., Biomolecular NMR Facility manager, Department of Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Candace Seu, Ph.D. student, UC San Diego

Lisa Fukui, M.D/Ph.D. student, University of Illinois at Urbane Champion

Brian Lee, medical student, SUNY Stony Brook

Larry Tong, medical student, University of Nebraska

Steven Wong, medical student, UCLA
 
Our Scientists

Our research laboratories are led by the best and brightest minds in scientific research.
 

Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is internationally  recognized for its innovative biomedical research.
City of Hope is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, the highest designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute to institutions that lead the way in cancer research, treatment, prevention and professional education.
Learn more about City of Hope's institutional distinctions, breakthrough innovations and collaborations.
Develop new therapies, diagnostics and preventions in the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
 
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NEWS & UPDATES
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  • City of Hope is extending the reach of its lifesaving mission well beyond U.S. borders. To that end, three distinguished City of Hope leaders visited China earlier this year to lay the foundation for the institution’s new International Medicine Program. The program is part of City of Hope’s strategi...
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  • Most women who are treated for breast cancer with a mastectomy do not choose to undergo reconstructive surgery. The reasons for this, according to a recent JAMA Surgery study, vary. Nearly half say they do not want any additional surgery, while nearly 34 percent say breast cancer reconstruction simply isn’t imp...
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