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Principal Investigator

Fu-Sen Liang

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Principal Investigator
  • BS in Chemistry, National Taiwan University
  • MS in Organic Chemistry, National Chiao Tung University
  • PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • Postdoc in Chemical Biology, Stanford Medical School

Fu-Sen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. After receiving his BS in Chemistry, he conducted MS research in natural product synthesis under the guidance of Dr. Tse-Lok Ho.

He then joined the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla for PhD studies in Dr. Chi-Huey Wong's group where he designed and synthesized RNA-targeting small molecules and developed binding and specificity assays.

He did a postdoctoral research with Dr. Gerald Crabtree at Stanford Medical School where he investigated the functions of Brg chromatin remodeling complex and developed a new chemically induced proximity technique based on abscisic acid.

He moved to UNM at 2012 to start his independent research group. His research focuses on the development of novel chemical biology tools for biomedical research.

Postdoc

Tingjun Chen

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Postdoc
  • BS in Medicine, Fujian Medical University
  • BS in Life science, Fujian Normal University
  • PhD in Neuroscience, Fujian Normal University
I was born and grew up in Fujian, China. I am a PhD in neuroscience. I believe neuroscience research needs new molecular tools. Now I work in Prof. Liang’s lab to develop new methods to accelerate neuroscience research. I enjoy hiking, bking and swimming in my free time.

Dan Gao

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Postdoc
  • BS in Biotechnology, Inner Mongolia Medical University
  • PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Tianjin Medical University
Dan was born in Hebei, China. She got her BS in Biotechnology from Inner Mongolia Medical University in 2011. She then finished her PhD studies in Tianjin Medical University in 2016, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is now a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Fu-Sen Liang in the University of New Mexico where she investigated the chromatin and epigenetic regulation with chemical biology tools. In her spare time, she loves playing badminton, swimming and cooking.

Yabin Song

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Postdoc
  • BS in Materials Chemistry, Nankai University
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yabin was born in Henan, China. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Materials Chemistry from Nankai University. Then he finished PhD studies in Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he designed and synthesized some organic functional molecules. He is very interested in chemical biology, which includes the techniques of synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, imaging and bioengineering. He believes “The Future Is Interdisciplinary”. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling and playing pingpang.

Graduate Student

Umesh Bhattarai

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Graduate Student
  • BS in Chemistry, Tribhuvan university
  • MS in Organic chemistry, Tribhuvan university

Umesh is a 4th year graduate student. He was born and raised in a city of midwestern region of Nepal. After schooling, he got B.Sc. in Chemistry and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Tribhuvan University of Nepal. He has joined Dr. Liang's research group as a graduate student in 2013. He has deep interest on chemical biology and its application to answer important questions that will be beneficial for mankind. Beside, spending time on his research, he loves listening music and reading novel. He enjoys cycling, hiking and playing soccer.

Huong Nguyen

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Graduate Student
  • BS in Biotechnology, International University, Vietnam National University
  • MS in Biotechnology, International University, Vietnam National University
Huong is a 2nd year graduate student. She was born in Ho Chi Minh city - the largest and liveliest city in the southern of Vietnam. She got her consecutive BS and MS in Biotechnology from Vietnam before joining UNM in fall 2015. Huong is interested in applying chemical tools to understand how biological systems work , especially in human diseases and develop strategies for application in biological and biomedical problems. Besides studying, she likes swimming, cooking, traveling and photography.

Hao Yan

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Graduate Student
  • BS in Chemistry, Beijing Normal University
  • MS in Organic Chemistry, Beijing Normal University

Hao is a 4th year graduate student. He was born and grew up in China. He received his Bachelor's degree from Beijing Normal University in 2008, majoring in chemistry. After obtaining his Master's degree (organic chemistry) from the same university in 2011, he worked in Pharmaron as a chemist. He joined UNM as a graduate student in 2014 and is now pursuing his Ph. D. in Chemistry.

Guihua Zeng

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Graduate Student
  • BS in Chemistry, Shantou University

Guihua is a 5th year graduate student. She was born in Hunan, south of China. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Shantou University in 2011. After that, she was in the graduate program in the same university for one year and then started her Ph.D. program in the University of New Mexico in Dr. Liang’s group. Now she is interested in synthesizing and modifying biological probes as tools to control biological processes. She loves playing ping-pang, tennis and badminton. She is also a big fan of gardening.

Weiye Zhao

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Graduate Student
  • BS in Chemistry, Sichuan University
Weiye is a 2nd year graduate student. He was born in China and received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in Sichuan University before he started his graduate studies in Dr. Liang's group. He is interested in developing chemical and biological technique platform to control cellular processes at molecular precision.

Undergraduate Student

Zac Candelaria

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Undergraduate Student
  • Undergraduate, Biology/Chemistry major, University of New Mexico
I was born in San Antonio, TX and raised in Albuquerque, NM. I’m currently a biology major but working towards a B.S. in chemistry. I was a research intern over the summer at OHSU under Dr. Cohen and am very excited to continue working in a lab. In my free time I like to read popular science and watch videos from Youtube channels such as periodic videos and numberphile.

Eunju Lim

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Undergraduate Student
  • Undergraduate, Chemistry major with Biology minor, University of New Mexico
  • MPH in Public Health, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • BS in Environmental Health Science, soonchunhyang University, Asan, South Korea
Eunju is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biology at UNM. She is originally from Seoul, South Korea. Eunju worked at Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs after she got her MPH. She intends on a research career in a clinical setting and also interested in public health. She likes to watch her kids on their swimming practice and jog with her dog, Choco.

Danielle Parsons

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Undergraduate Student
  • Undergraduate, Biology major, University of New Mexico
  • McNair Scholar
  • Donald Caughran Memorial Scholarship
  • Thomas Whaley Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Joan Willard Hemsing Tinoco Scholarship
Danielle was born in La Jolla, California. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico. She hopes to pursue a career in biomedical research. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys reading, camping and gardening.

Honorary Member

Eason

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Honorary Member

Past Members & Current Positions

Visiting Scholar

Huanqiu Li, 2014-2015
Associate Professor, College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University

Postdoc

Zhi-Fo Guo (Beijing Normal University PhD), 2012-2015
Postdoc, Texas A&M University

Graduate students

Cat Wright, Ph.D. UNM 2011-2016

Qi Jin (UNM MS), 2012-2014
PhD student, Chemistry program at Ohio State University

Roushu Zhang (UNM/Sichuan University BS), 2013-2015
PhD student, Chemistry program at University of Maryland, College Park

Postbac & Undergraduates

Ian Nez (SIPI), 2017 summer
Undergraduate student, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Gus Pedrotty (UNM), 2016-2017

Hannah Wilcox (UNM), 2015-2017
MD student, UNM Medical School

Larisa Breden (UNM), 2015-2017
Postbac, NIH NIAID

Annette Fernandez (UNM), 2014-2016

Maria Alvarez (UNM), 2014-2015
Postbac, NIH NIAID

David Danielson (UNM), 2014-2015
Postbac, NIH NIAID

Daniel Roybal (UNM), 2013-2015
PhD student, Pharmacology program at Columbia University

Josh Rabinowitz (Arizona State), 2014 summer
PhD student, Chemistry Program at Stanford University

Destiny Martinez (UNM), 2012-2014
Science Teacher, MAS Charter School

Srijana Pokhrel (Idaho State), 2013-2014
PhD student, Biomedical Science program at UNM Medical School

Ashley Clark (UNM), 2012-2014
PA, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Jennifer Barrios (UNM), 2012-2013
Research Technician, Sandia National Laboratories

Alex Vold (UNM), 2012-2013
MD student, UNM Medical School

High school interns

Allison Rodas (La Cueva High School), 2017 summer
High school student, La Cueva High School

Stephanie Rifkin (Albuquerque Academy), 2017 summer
High school student, Albuquerque Academy

Carolina Alvarez (Albuquerque Academy), 2016 summer
Undergraduate student, Northwestern University

Léa Godret-Miertschin (NextGen Academy, Sandia High School), 2015, 2016 summer
Undergraduate student, Rice University

Paige Nielson (Sandia High School), 2015 summer
Undergraduate student, Baylor University

Emily Eix (St. Pius X High School, University of Oklahoma), 2014, 2016 summer
Undergraduate student, University of Oklahoma

Julia Lu (Albuquerque Academy), 2013 summer
Undergraduate student, University of Texas at Austin

Alicia Williams (Albuquerque Academy), 2013 summer
Undergraduate student, Cornell University