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Principal Investigator

Fu-Sen Liang

Photo: Fu-Sen Liang
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 started at UNM for his independent research group and later moved to the Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on the development of novel chemical biology tools for biomedical research.


Dan Gao

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  • 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 at the Case Western Reserve University where she investigated the chromatin and epigenetic regulation with chemical biology tools. In her spare time, she loves playing badminton, swimming and cooking.

Hao Yan

Photo: Hao Yan
  • BS in Chemistry, Beijing Normal University
  • MS in Organic Chemistry, Beijing Normal University
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of New Mexico

Hao 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 got his PhD from UNM before starting his postdoc position at CWRU.

Graduate Student

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 4th 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 she started her PhD studies. 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.

Weiye Zhao

Photo: Weiye Zhao
Graduate Student
  • BS in Chemistry, Sichuan University
Weiye is a 4th 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

Honorary Member


Photo: Eason Liang
Honorary Member

Past Members & Current Positions

Visiting Scholar

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


Yabin Song (Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PhD), 2016-2018
Assistant Professor, Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology

Tingjun Chen (Fujian Normal University, PhD), 2016-2017
Research Staff, Mayo Clinic

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

Graduate students

Huijie Zhu (Lanzhou University BS, Hunan University MS), 2018
PhD student, UNM

Lin Zhou (Jiangsu University BS), 2017-2018
PhD student, University of Arizona

Hao Yan, Ph.D. UNM 2014-2018
Postdoc, Case Western Reserve University

Umesh Bhattarai, Ph.D. UNM 2014-2018
Assistant Professor, Adams State University

Guihua Zeng, Ph.D. UNM 2012-2017
Postdoc, University of Florida

Cat Wright, Ph.D. UNM 2011-2016

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

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

Postbac & Undergraduates

Brynn Cullander (UNM), 2017-2018

Eunju Lim (UNM), 2017-2018

Danielle Parsons (UNM), 2016-2018
PhD student, Ohio State University

Zac Candelaria (UNM), 2016-2017

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
MD student, Johns Hopkins Medical School

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