Meet the Team Members of the Zhang Research Group

GuangJun Zhang, Ph.D

GuangJun Zhang, Ph.D

Dr. GuangJun Zhang is the John T. and Winifred M. Hayward Associate Professor of Genetic Research, Genetic Epidemiology and Comparative Medicine in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in China and earned his MD degree from the Tongji University in Shanghai in 1998 and his Master’s degree from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (currently, Chinese Center for Disease Control) in 2001. His research focused on evolutionary and developmental biology of vertebrate skeletons during his PhD. training at the University of Florida from 2003 to 2007. Before he came to Purdue, he did his postdoctoral training on cancer genetics using zebrafish as an animal model at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT from 2008 to 2012. He joined Purdue University in 2012.

Martin R. Silic, graduate student

Martin R. Silic, Graduate Student

Martin Silic completed his undergraduate studies at Purdue University in 2016 obtaining a bachelor's degree in biology, with a concentration in molecular biology. After graduating he spent a year working in Dr. Zhang's laboratory as a technician. In 2017, Marty joined the CPB graduate program. Currently, he is studying the roles of bioelectricity in vertebrate development, the cell cycle, and cancer using zebrafish and human cell lines.

Brian H. Kim, Graduate student

Brian H. Kim, Graduate student

Brian studied genetics as an undergraduate student, mainly focused on studying plant genetics. His undergraduate research analyzed maize samples for cellulose content, and for determining the profiles of non-cellulosic sugars to find out the proportion of the sugar contents in order to find candidate genes to contribute to the traits of lignin abundance. He changed his interest of study to cancer genetics from plant genetics as he graduated in 2017. Brian joined the lab in the summer of 2018, and is currently studying genetics with zebrafish. He is now focusing on genotyping of mutant fish lines, creating CRSIPR mutants, and is also engaging into a research project on vertebrate embryonic development and cancer biology.

Han Han, Graduate student

Han Han, Graduate student

Han Han graduated from Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, in 2017, with a bachelor degree in biology. His undergraduate research explored the relationship between Nitric Oxide and Melatonin in the salt tolerance of Brassica napus L. Han joined the lab in the summer of 2018. Now he is working on cancer biology of a few novel cancer driver candidate genes in human cell lines and zebrafish genetic models.  

Current undergraduate Research

Stanley A. Buczynski, 2018 LASMP undergraduate researcher
Huanpeng Liu, Undergraduate researcher

Lab Alumni

  • Guolin Cai, MD. Ph.D., postdoctoral associate. Physician, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital.
  • Kenny H. Chen, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Rhys Chua, Undergraduate researcher. Now a graduate Student at the University of San Francisco.
  • Zhibin Cui, Ph.D. postdoctoral associate.
  • Richard Feng, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Monica Hensley, Ms., Now a technician at the Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington.
  • Guangzhen Jiang, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar, Associate professor, Nanjing Agricultural University.
  • Jacob Jefferies. Lab Technician. Now, a Ph.D student at the Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University.
  • Elizabeth M. Nguyen, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Cara Rafanelli, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Natalie Shammas, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Nicole Shammas, Undergraduate researcher, Now a MD student at the Indiana University.
  • Stefanie Simpson, Undergraduate researcher. Now a graduate Student at the IUPUI
  • Marlon Urgelles, 2018 Summer UROP undergraduate researcher
  • Alexandra Irma Nin Velez, 2016-2017 LASMP Undergraduate researcher. Now a graduate Student at the Virginia Tech
  • Chelsey Wallace, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Xinmin Yan, Visiting Scholar, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute (LVRI), Gansu, China.
  • Ge Zhu, Undergraduate researcher. Now a graduate Student at the University of Minnesota
  • Xiaoguang Zhu, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate.

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