LAB TEAM

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

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

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

Brief biography.  Jingjun came from China. He finished the DVM (2010) and M.S. (2013) degrees 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.

WOOSUK CHOI

GRADUATE STUDENT

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

Brief biography.  Woosuk came from South Korea. He finished the B.S. (2011) and M.S. (2013) degrees 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.

SHANNY KUO

GRADUATE STUDENT

Email: hsuank2@illinois.edu

Brief biography. Shanny completed her DVM (Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University) and MS (National Taiwan University) from Taiwan. She joined the lab as a PhD student in 8/2020. Her thesis projects focus on the regulation of airway cell apoptosis and mucus secretion  in the chronically diseased lungs.

MYUNG WHAN OH

GRADUATE STUDENT

Email: oh31@illinois.edu

Brief biography. Myung Whan completed his BS at the UIUC (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology), followed by a MS from the Seoul National University in South Korea. He joined the lab as a PhD student in 8/2020. His thesis projects focus on the regulation of the Streptococcus pneumoniae virulence by the competence regulon.

Alumni

VISITING SCHOLARS

ZhiZhou Kuang (2007-2008), PhD
Institute of Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China

Chao-Hui Duan (2011-2012), MD
Associate Professor
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen Medical School, Guangzhou, China

Ying Xu (2012-2013), MD
Instructor
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen Medical School, Guangzhou, China

Jinfeng Miao (2013-2014), DVM/PhD
Associate Professor
Nanjing Agriculture University, Nanjing, China

Yani Zhang (2015-2016), PhD
Associate Professor
Northwest University, Xi’an, China

Luhua Zhang (2015-2016), DVM/MS
PhD Candidate
Sichuan Agriculture University, Ya’an, China

RESEARCH TECHNICIANS

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

Yi Chen, (2004-2006)
Tax Accountant
Seattle

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Fansheng Kong (2004-2005)
MD/PhD, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Associate Professor
School of Optometry and Ophthalmology, Wenzhou Medical College, China

Shiping Zhang (2003-2006)
MD/PhD, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Senior Research Associate
Division of Pulmonary Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Yonghua Hao (2007-2014)
PhD, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Research Scientist
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Zhizhou Kuang (2010-2014)
PhD, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Senior Scientist
RayBiotech, Inc., Norcross, GA

Brent Walling (2013-2015)
DVM/PhD, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards Postdoctoral Fellowship NIH/NIEHS
Staff Pathologist II
Charles River Labortory, Ashland, OH

Jing Jia (2014-2016)
DVM/PhD, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Assistant Professor
Southwest Chinese Medical School, China

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Brent Walling, DVM, PhD (2013)
Staff Pathologist II
Charles River Laboratory, Ashland, OH
bewalling@hotmail.com

Ying Xu, MD, MS (2013)
Attending Physician & Instructor
Sun Yat-Sen University, China
longsixiuxiu@126.com

Luchang Zhu, DVM, MS, PhD (2013)
Senior Research Associate
Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX
zhulvchang2014@gmail.com

Jayme Jeffries, DVM, MS (2014)
Senior Staff Veterinarian
Veterinary Services, National Import Export Services, APHIS, USDA
jayme.hennenfent@gmail.com

Rommel Max Tan, DVM, MS, (PhD 2014)
Anatomic Pathologist II
IDEXX Laboratories, Sacramento, CA
rommel.tan@gmail.com

SUMMER VETERINARY MEDICINE T35 RESEARCH STUDENTS

Elizabeth Peters (2007)
Veterinarian
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Caroline Cua (2009)
Associate Veterinarian
Bartlett Animal Hospital, Bartlett, IL

Rebecca Powell (2012)
Associate Veterinarian
Forest South Animal Hospital, University Park, IL

Michelle Waltonberg (2015)
Epidemiology Elective Program Student in the One Health Office
National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases, CDC

Aaron Sieve (2019)
3rd-year DVM Student
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Jin Ahn, BS (2008)
DO, Midwestern Medical School, Downers Grove, IL
Physician
Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL

Abbie Wong, BS (2008)
Research Scientist
Pfizer, St. Louis, MO

James Chu, BS (2009)
Trinity Theological Seminary
Youth Pastor
Chicago, IL

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

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

Timothy Lee, BS (2009), MS (2011)
MD (2016), University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago, IL
Medical Residency
UC-Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA

Charlotte So, BS (2009)
MD, Rush Medical School, Chicago, IL
Physician
North Shore Medical Group, Chicago, IL

Jason Yoon, BS (2009)
CITES IT Specialist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Helena Berezowskyj, BS (2010)
JD, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, IL
Lawyer
Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP, Chicago, IL

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

Liyu Mei, BS (2013)
Physical Therapist
Chicago, IL

Ryan Lee, BS (2013)
MD, University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Medical Residency
Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Shawn Choe, BS (2014)
Medical Student
Loyola University School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

Susie Kim, BS (2015)
Awaiting admission to medical school

Constantine Gastouniotis, BS (2015)
Chemical Engineer

Madeline Steiner, BS (2017)
PhD Student
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Anita Matthews, BS (2017)
Research Technician, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Awaiting admission into medical school

Tishuana Edwards, BS (2019)
MS Student in Public Health
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Vivian Li, BS (2019)
PhD Student in Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Henry Rothenberg, BS (2019)
MS Student in Science Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

David Salami, BS (2019)
MS Student in Med School Preparation
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Paul Park, BS (2020)
PhD Student
Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Alina Yang, BS (2020)
PhD Student
Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Eunice Kim (Summers 2007-2009)
Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, CO
BS, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO
IT Specialist
Denver, CO

Daniel Cheng (2009-2010)
Univeristy of Illinois High School, Urbana, IL
BS, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Working at Facebook, San Francisco, CA

Gyumin Lee (Summer 2019)
Centennial High School, Champaign, IL
Student in Bioengineering Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

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