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Kang Chen

Kang Chen, PhD
Principal Investigator

Kang studied in the National University of Singapore on a Singapore government scholarship, initially majoring in Computer Science and later graduating with First-Class Honors degree in biochemistry, studying tumor immunology and microbiology with Yunn-Hwen Gan, a world's leading researcher in bacterial pathogenesis. He did doctoral research at Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with the renowned immunologists Andrea Cerutti, Kendall Smith and Eric Pamer, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Andrea Cerutti at Weill Cornell Medicine and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While in New York, he also worked with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on initiatives of sustainable urbanization and public health, and organized regular seminars in the UN Headquarters to host the world's political and economic leaders. He has been a member of the NIH/NIAID Mucosal Immunology Studies Team, the tumor biology and microenvironment program at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and the UN Committee on Human Settlements in consultative relationship with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Jacqueline Guterman

Jacqueline Guterman, MD, PhD
OB/GYN Resident

Jackie is an OB/GYN resident at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center. She graduated with the highest honors from the City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island and was trained in the MSTP Program at the SUNY Upstate Medical University, working on cell-mediated immunity against viral infections. She is an American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)-funded research fellow.

Fayi Yao

Fayi Yao, MD
Research Associate

Fayi is a Research Associate with expertise in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, cell biology, pathology and neurology.

Bihui Huang

Bihui Huang, MD, PhD
Research Associate

Bihui studied medicine at Jiangxi Medical College and graduated as the top student of his class. He received further medical and scientific training at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine and New York University School of Medicine. He conducted doctoral study at Weill Cornell Medical College and postdoctoral trainng at Yale School of Medicine with the renowned vascular biologists Katherine Hajjar and William Sessa, respectively.

Michael Pawlitz

Michael Pawlitz, BS
Research Assistant / Graduate Student

Michael graduated from Ohio Northern University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, receiving the Dean's scholarship throughout his undergraduate study. He is also a varity wrestler, being a two-time All-OAC honoree.

Jordan Zhou

Jordan Zhou, BS
Graduate Student

Jordan is a graduate student of the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics Program at Wayne State University and is also a member of the graduate student resarch committee. He graduated with dual majors in biomedical science and classics from Grand Valley State University, where he was a student leader in multiple scientific and extracurricular societies and a winner of many academic and research awards.

Joshua Goyert

Joshua Goyert, BS
Graduate Student

Joshua is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. During his undergraduate study, he served as a student ambassador and traveled to many parts of the world working on initiative of sustainable development and renewable energy technologies.

Jason Lin

Jason Lin
Honors Student

Jason is a junior attending the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

Japnam Jassal

Japnam Jassal
Honors Student

Japnam is a junior attending the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

Aivy Dao

Aivy Dao
Honors Student

Aivy is a junior in the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College, and plans to pursue a career in dental medicine.

Noor M Suleiman

Noor Mohammad Suleiman
UORP Student

Noor is a Biology major in the Wayne State University.

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Brett Sassack

Brett Sassack
Honors Student
Current position: MD Student (Class of 2021), Michigan State University

Brett is a senior in the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College, majoring in Honors in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise and Sport Science. Brett is determined to pursue a career in medicine.

Azure Faucette

Azure Faucette, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure track), City University of New York

Azure, a native of Brooklyn, New York, studied Animal and Poultry Science from the Tuskegee University and received BS and MS degrees in 2003 and 2005, respectively. She was trained in Physiology of Reproduction at Texas A&M University and received her PhD in 2012. During her postdoctoral training, she was the recipient of several prestigious national awards, including the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) travel award, William Townsend Porter Scholarship, Burroughs Wellome Fund (BWF) and Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Scholarship for Frontiers in Reproduction.

Nadim El-Hage

Nadim El-Hage, BS
UROP Student
Current position: MD Student (Class of 2020), Wayne State University School of Medicine

Nadim is studying medicine at Wayne State University. He graduated from the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College in Biological Sciences with the highest departmental and university honors. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.

Bo Pei

Bo Pei, PhD
Research Associate
Current position: Senior Scientist, Intrexon

Bo graduated from the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and subseqently conducted postdoctoral research with the renowned immunologist Mitchell Kronenberg at the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology. He is highly experienced in cellular and molecular immunology, mucosal immunology, and cell and molecular biology.

Lakshmi Nerusu

Lakshmi Nerusu
UROP Scholar
Current position: MD Student (Class of 2021), Wayne State University School of Medicine

Lakshmi is a senior attending the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College. She is an Honors Psychology major and determined to pursue a biomedical career. She had worked as a research student at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Benjamin Unger

Benjamin Unger, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Current position: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar, Michigan State University

Ben received his BA degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, and his PhD degree from SUNY at Binghamton. He has experience in both the academia and the industry, working previously as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tennessee, an Application Scientist at the EDP Biotech Corporation and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Unger is currently a Robert Noyce teacher scholar at Michigan State University funded by the National Science Foundation.

Aditya Mathiarasu

Aditya Mathiarasu, BS
Wayne State University Presidential Scholar and UROP Scholar
Current position: Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University

Aditya was a Wayne State University Presidential Scholar and graduated from the Wayne State Irvin D. Reid Honors College with the highest honor, majoring in Psychology. He is currently a graduate student in Case Western Reserve University. He is also training for his black belt in Taekwondo and is a member of various organizations, such as the Honors Student Association, American Medical Student Association, Student Environmental Action Leaders, and Psi Chi. He also volunteers in the emergency department at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

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