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.

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.

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.

Sumaira Ali, PhD

I have received my Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Kingston University London in 2014. During my Ph.D. I have developed and characterized the novel monoclonal antibodies against colorectal tumor cells for use in cancer diagnosis and therapy. After my one year of post-doctoral fellowship at Kingston, I moved to the US and joined the New York Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor of Biology where I used to teach Biochemistry and General Biology. I joined Dr. Chen’s Lab in September 2021. I focused on sequencing of hybridoma antibodies and screening for functional activity. I am also looking expression of LILRB2 and NOSH pathway genes in the cancer cells treated with LILRB immunotherapies. I also have expertise in cell culture and molecular biology.

Daling Li

Daling earned her MD and Master degree in Immunology from China in 2013. From 2018 to 2020, she focused on pain related research at Rutgers University. After joining Dr. Chen’s lab in 2020, she is in charge of making and purifying hybridomas antibodies. At the same time, she is screening candidates of LILRBs immunotherapies. She also works for the ImmunoMonitoring core for collecting and isolating clinical trial samples.

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.

Arshiya Parveen, PhD

Dr. Arshiya Parveen received PhD in Life Sciences at the King Georges Medical University of India, where she investigated the neurotoxicity exerted by silica nanoparticles on dopaminergic and cholinergic systems in rats. In Oct 2018, she joined the Houston Methodist Research Institute as a postdoctoral researcher, where she studied molecular pathways that regulate autophagy in tumor-specific immune memory cells, and how deficiency in autophagy leads to defective mitochondrion accumulation, increased oxidative stress and cell death in these cells. In Nov. 2019 she joined University of Houston where she studied role of ER stress genes in regulating the molecular and signaling mechanisms in skeletal muscle growth, atrophy, regeneration and self-renewal and differentiation of satellite cells in myogenic lineage in adult mice. she joined Dr. Shu Hsia Chen’s group in Oct. 2021 and began working on cancer initiating cells, as well as the immunological changes inside the distinct tumor microenvironment, after administration of radiation therapy, chemotherapy.

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.