Current Lab Members


Li-En Jao

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

UC Davis Departmental Profile

Li-En received his B.S. in Life Science from National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) before moving to the US for his graduate study. He joined the lab of Kuang Yu Chen at Rutgers University to study eIF5A and posttranscriptional gene regulation. For his first postdoc, Li-En moved to NIH to work with Shawn Burgess on developing genome-wide retroviral mutagenesis strategies in zebrafish. He then went back to the root of gene regulation and did his second postdoc with Susan Wente at Vanderbilt University on RNA metabolism, human disease modeling, and centrosome biology, using the zebrafish and cultured cell systems. In his spare time, Li-En enjoys the California sun, family time, and photography.










Xueer Jiang

Graduate Student, BMCDB Program

Xueer received her B.S. in Microbiology from University of California, Davis in 2017. In her undergraduate years, she studied the dynamics of microtubules during cell division in Arabidopsis thaliana in Dr. Bo Liu’s lab. Xueer is currently working on the projects that aim to elucidate the mechanism of co-translational targeting of centrosomal proteins during centrosome maturation. In her free time, Xueer enjoys indoor gardening, baking, and spending time with her cats.














Karan Mahe

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Karan is majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Writing at the University of California, Davis and plans to graduate June 2019. Karan is dedicating his time to learn more about the phenotypic analysis of centrosomal mutants and techniques involving molecular and cellular biology. After graduation, Karan plans to pursue either a medical degree or a Ph.D. in a health-related field. During his free time, he tutors chemistry through the university, enjoys playing piano, and loves to learn new languages.












Jennielee Mia

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jennielee is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Davis. She used to help the lab maintain the zebrafish facility and now works in the lab as a research assistant. Her interests include human anatomy, drug development, and microbiology. She plans to go to either medicine or pharmacy school after graduation. During her free time, she creates digital artworks, listens to music, and watches TV shows.

















Mark Antkowiak: Medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Gudalupe Sepulveda: Graduate student at UC Berkeley

Janice Tam: Staff Research Associate at UCSF

Marvin Orellana: Associate at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Yeon Kim: Student at UC Davis

Stephen (Evan) Brahms: Research Professional at Standford University

Daniel Yoon: Junior Specialist at UC Davis

Christopher Yousif

Alan Zhong: Student at Cornell University

Noemi Castro

Lana Christensen

Hashim Shaikh

Lee Cheung

Tingyoung Ou


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