Vitaliy Davidov

Vitaliy Davidov is an MD/PhD student from the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He received a BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry from UC San Diego and is currently studying how to regulate the pathogenic immune response in Alzheimer’s disease.

Kyeongah Kang, PhD

Kyeongah Kang received her PhD in immunology and tumor biology in South Korea. During her postdoctoral training in Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, she has focused on immune therapy to develop and identify the novel therapeutic modalities for cancer and inflammatory diseases. She has a broad background in immunology and tumor biology with specific training and expertise in myeloid cell differentiation, inflammation, and tumorigenesis. Her research area of interest includes how different types of immune cells control tumor microenvironment and inflammatory responses.

Alan Hodges

Alan is a current first year graduate student in the MD-PhD program at Texas A&M.  He graduated from Utah State University with a BS/MS in Biological Engineering in 2017. He has broad research interests in the field of cancer immunology in the setting of hematologic malignancies. For leisure, he enjoys running, backpacking and watching Aggie athletics.

Licheng Zhang, PhD

Licheng Zhang received his PhD in Mathematics from University of Houston. He studied Dynamical Systems and researched on statistical properties of non-stationary chaotic systems. He has rich knowledge and experience in utilizing machine learning and deep learning for real life applications. He joined Dr. Shu-hsia Chen lab in May 2019, working on Bioinformatics data, especially Imaging Mass Cytometry, CyTOF, RNAseq and scRNAseq.  In his free time, he enjoys learning new technologies and outdoor activities.

Qiong Zhao

Qiong Zhao began to work in Dr Chen’s Lab in May 2019. She is focusing on production and purification of monoclonal antibodies within the LILRB family. She also has abundant cell culture experience. Qiong graduated with a master in Microbiology Immunology of animals from China in 2013. During her first job, she worked on developing one of the Prion virus antibodies that can be detected the virus.In her free time, Qiong enjoys baking, cooking food, and traveling with family.

Debasish Boral, PhD

Debasish ‘Debu’ Boral received his MD from the University of Calcutta, India, and his PhD in molecular Biology at Southern Illinois University, where he explored the role of embryonic stem cell transcription factors in cancer cell quiescence. During his postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, Debu studied circulating tumor cells, and delineated novel signaling mechanisms implicated in maintaining dormancy in bone marrow-resident breast cancer and melanoma cells vis-a-vis systemic organotropic metastasis. In his present role in the Chen lab, Debu is studying how dormant cancer cells maintain their genomic integrity and evade detection by the immune system. Debu enjoys road trips, cooking for family and friends, and loves to sing karaoke with his kids.

Yitian Xu, PhD

Yitian received his PhD in Biological Engineering at Cornell University where he studied how Mycobacterium tuberculosis interacts with the immune system. He has been working on tumor metastasis and adaptive immune response since he joined Dr. Shu-hsia Chen’s lab at 2018. He also works for the ImmunoMonitoring core with duties of discussion with customers, sample preparation for staining (rare situations), Helios and Hyperion machine running trouble shoot, data transfer to bioinformatics, data deliver to customers and data discussion with customers.

Gabrielle Free

Gabrielle Free graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University where she also worked in a lab that was focused on developing a vaccine for Brucellosis in livestock. She started working in the Chen lab in early 2020 as a Lab Technician. She does a lot of genotyping and maintains mouse lines. She enjoys working in this role because as a lab tech, she gets to learn a little about everyone’s projects. Outside of work she enjoys playing with her dogs, tandem biking with her husband, and rock climbing.

Jie Yang

Jie is primarily working for the ImmunoMonitoring core with duties of antibody conjugation, IHC validation of imaging antibodies, staining CyTOF and IMC samples, sample preparation for staining (rare situations), Helios and Hyperion machine running and maintenance. Jie is also experienced in antibody purification, animal genotyping, sperm and embryo cryopreservation, in vitro fertilization, microinjection before he joined the ImmunoMonitoring core.

Vijaya Charaka, PhD

Dr. Vijaya Kumar Charaka received PhD in Life Sciences at the Homi Bhabha National Institute of India, where he investigated genetic instability in radio resistant bacteria (Deinococcus radiodurans). In May 2014, he joined the Houston Methodist Research Institute as a postdoctoral researcher, where he studied the role of chromatin epigenetic modulation and modulators in DNA damage repair by homogeneous recombination using human cancer cells and mouse models. He joined Dr. Shu Hsia Chen’s group in December 2019 and began working on the role of macrophages in metabolic disease (HCC progression from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (Nash)) and he is also interested in understanding metallo reductase function in lung and prostate cancer.  During his free time he enjoy exploring nature with his family.