Lab Team 2017-09-06T21:25:08+00:00

LAB TEAM

Prof. Gee Lau

DR. GEE W. LAU

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Associate Professor of Pathobiology
Email: geelau@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 333-5077
Fax: (217) 244-7421

Brief biography.  Gee came from Malaysia where he finished high school. He received his B.S. (1990) and M.S. (1992) degrees in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and PhD (1997) from Purdue University, studying the genetics and molecular pathogenesis of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe grisea under Al Ellingboe and John Hamer, respectively. He did a 2-year postdoc with David Holden at the Imperial College School of Medicine, examining functional genomics of virulence in Streptococcus pneumoniae. He did a second postdoc with Laurence Rahme at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School studying modulation of Drosophila innate immunity by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Between 2002-2006 he was a research assistant professor under Frank McCormack at the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, studying lung-bacterial pathogen interactions. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, where he is currently Associate Professor of Pathobiology.

Jingjun Lin

JINGJUN LIN

GRADUATE STUDENT

Brief biography.  Jingjun came from China. He finished DVM (2010) and M.S. (2013) at the China Agriculture University in Beijing, China. He joined the lab 8/2013. His thesis projects focus on deciphering the regulation of virulence by the competence regulon in the respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Wang Y, Zhou X, Lin J, Yin F, Xu L, Huang Y, Ding T, Zhao D. 2011. Effects of Mycobacterium bovis on monocyte-derived macrophages from bovine tuberculosis infection and healthy cattle. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 321(1):30-6.

Zhao W, Zhou X, Lu Y, Peng Y, Lin Z, Lin J, Yang L, Yin X, Zhao D. 2014. Mycobacterium bovis ornithine carbamoyltransferase, MB1684, induces proinflammatory cytokine gene expression by activating NF-κB in macrophages. DNA Cell Biol. 33(5):311-9.

Lin J, Zhao D, Wang J, Wang Y, Li H, Yin X, Yang L, Zhou X. 2015. Transcriptome changes upon in vitro challenge with Mycobacterium bovis in monocyte-derived macrophages from bovine tuberculosis-infected and healthy cows. Vet Immunopathol. 163(3-4):146-56.

Zhu L,* Lin J,* Kuang Z, Vidal JE, Lau GW. 2015. Deletion analysis of Streptococcus pneumoniae late competence genes distinguishes virulence determinants that are dependent or independent of competence induction. Mol Microbiol 97(1):151-65. *(co-first authors).

Lin J, Zhu L, Lau GW. 2016. Disentangling competence for genetic transformation and virulence in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Curr Genet 62(1):97-103.

Jeffries JL, Jia J, Choi W, Choe S, Miao J, Xu Y, Powell R, Lin J, Kuang Z, Gaskins HR, Lau GW. 2016. Pseudomonas aeruginosa pyocyanin modulates mucin glycosylation with sialyl-Lewisx to increase binding to airway epithelial cells. Mucosal Immunol 9:1039-50. PMID: 26555707

Email: jlin59@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-300-3807

WOOSUK CHOI

GRADUATE STUDENT

Brief biography.  Woosuk came from South Korea. He finished B.S. (2011) and M.S. (2013) at the Pukyong National University South Korea. He joined the lab 8/2014. His thesis projects focus on the signal regulation of airway mucus homeostasis in the chronic diseased lungs including cystic fibrosis and non-CF bronchiectasis and COPD.

Choi WS, Shin PG, Lee JH, Kim GD. 2012. The regulatory effect of veratric acid on NO production in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophage cells, Cell Immunol 280, 164-170.

Choi WS, Jeong JW, Kim SO, Kim GY, Kim BW, Kim CM, Seo YB, Kim WY, Lee SY, Jo KH, Choi YJ, Choi YH, Kim GD. 2014. Anti-inflammatory potential of peat moss extracts in lipopolysaccharide-activated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Int J Mol Med 34 (4): 1101-1109.

Choi WS, Shin PG, Lee JH, Kim WY, Lee SY, Kim GD. 2015. Veratric acid inhibits iNOS expression by regulation of PI3K activation and histone acetylation in LPS-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. Int J Mol Med 35 (1): 202-210.

Jeffries JL, Jia J, Miao J, Xu Y, Choe S, Choi WS, Powell R, Gaskins HR, Lau GW. 2016. Pseudomonas aeruginosa pyocyanin modulates mucin glycosylation with sialyl-Lewisx to increase binding to airway epithelial cells. Mucosal Immunol 9(4):1039-50.

Email: woosuk84@gmail.com
Phone: 217-300-3807

Vivian Yuetian Li

VIVIAN YUETIAN LI

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Vivian is an undergraduate student in the Integrative Biology Honors Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is performing undergraduate research on modulation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing by alveolar epithelium environment.

Email: li212@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-300-3807

Ahmed Radwan

AHMED RADWAN

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Brief biography.  Ahmed is an undergraduate student in the Integrative Biology Honors Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is performing undergraduate research on induction airway goblet cell metaplasia and hyperplasia by virulence factors of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Email: aradwa2@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-300-3807

Henry Rothenberg

HENRY ROTHENBERG

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Brief biography.  Henry is an undergraduate student in the Integrative Biology Honors Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is performing undergraduate research on modulation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing by alveolar epithelium environment.

Email: rthnbrg2@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-300-3807

ROSARIO SALDIVAR

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Brief biography.  Alina is an undergraduate student in the Integrative Biology Honors Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is performing undergraduate research on inactivation of FOXA2 in canine airway cells by respiratory pathogens.

Email: xiaoyuy2@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-300-3807

Alumni

VISITING SCHOLARS

2012-2013
Chaohui Duan
Professor
Sun Yat-Sen University, China
1725012289@qq.com

2012-2013
Jinfeng Miao
Associate Professor
Nanjing Agriculture University, China
mjf171647@126.com

2015-2016 
Yani Zhang
Associate Professor
Northwest University, Xi’an, China
yani@nwu.edu.cn

2015-2016
Luhua Zhang

Research Associate
Southwest Medical University, China
491129297@qq.com

RESEARCH TECHNICIANS

2002-2004
Huimin Ran
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Huimin.Ran@cchmc.org

2004-2006
Yi Chen

Tax Accountant
Seattle

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

2003-2004
Fansheng Kong

Research Associate
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
fansheng.kong@cchmc.org

2004-2006
Shiping Zhang

Medical Technologist
Cincinnati, OH

2007-2014
Yonghua Hao
Home Engineer
Awaiting a research position
yonghuahao1977@gmail.com

2009-2013
Zhizhou Kuang
Scientist and Product Manager
Atlanta
zzkuang@gmail.com

2013
Rommel Max Tan
Staff Pathologist
IDEXX Laboratories, Sacramento, CA
rommel.tan@gmail.com

2013-2014
Brent Walling
Staff Pathologist
WIL Research, Ashland, OH
bewalling@hotmail.com

2015-2016
Jing Jia
Research Associate
Southwest Medical University, China
jing3057@hotmail.com

GRADUATE STUDENTS

PhD 2013
Luchang Zhu
, DVM, MS
Postdoc
Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Houston, TX
zhulvchang2014@gmail.com

PhD 2013
Rommel M Tan
, DVM, MS
Staff pathologist
IDEXX Laboratories, Sacramento, CA
rommel.tan@gmail.com

MS 2013
Ying Xu
, MD
Instructor
Sun Yat-Sen University, China
longsixiuxiu@126.com

MS 2014
Jayme Jeffries
, DVM
Senior Staff Veterinarian
APHIS, USDA
jayme.hennenfent@gmail.com

PhD 2014
Brent Walling
, DVM
Staff Pathologist
WIL Research, Ashland, OH
bewalling@hotmail.com

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Jin Ahn, BS (5/2008) DO
Midwestern Medical School
Physician
Carle Foundation Hospital

Abbie Wong, BS (5/2008)
Research Scientist
Pfizer, St. Lois, MO.

Francis Lee, BS (5/2009) MD
University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago
Residency
MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL.

Charlotte So, BS (5/2009) MD
Rush Medical School
Physician
North Shore University Health System
Chicago, IL.

Amita Krishnan, BS (5/2009) MD
SUNY-Buffalo Medical School
Physician, Buffalo, NY.

Timothy Lee,
BS (5/2009), MS (5/2011), MD (05/2016)
University of Illinois Medical School
Residency, UC-Irvine School of Medicine

Jason Yoon, BS (12/2009)
Associate IT Specialist, UIUC

James Chu, BS (5/2009)
Trinity Theological Seminary
Youth Pastor in Chicago area

Helena Berezowskyj, BS (5/2010)
JD, Loyola University School of Law
Lawyer at Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP

Nazihah Salehan, BS (5/2010)
PhD candidate in Plant Pathology
University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Liyu Mei, BS (5/2013)
Student in the Physical Therapy program
Governor State University, IL.

Ryan Lee, BS (5/2013)
MD student
University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago

Shawn Choe, BS (5/2014)
Research Technician
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Awaiting admission to medical school

Susie Kim, B.S. (5/2015).
Awaiting admission to medical school

Constantine Gastouniotis, BS (5/2015)
Chemical Engineer

Madeline Steiner, BS (5/2017)
Research technician, University of Chicago
Awaiting admission into Vet School

Anita Mathew, BS (5/2017)
Awaiting admission into medical school

SUMMER VETERINARY MEDICINE T35 RESEARCH STUDENTS

Elizabeth Peters
2007. Resident
UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine

Caroline Cua
2009. Associate Veterinarian
Bartlett Animal Hospital, Bartlett, IL

Rebecca Powell
2012. Associate Veterinarian
Forest South Animal Hospital
Chicago Heights, IL

Michelle Waltonberg
2015. 4th-year DVM student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Eunice Kim
Summers 2007-2009
Cherry Creek High School
CO. B.S., Univ. of Colorado-Boulder
Awaiting entrance into med school

Daniel Cheng
6/2009-5/2010
UNI High, Urbana, IL
B.S. Univ. of Chicago
Financial consultant, Chicago

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