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Lab Members

Principal Investigator
Mark Bedford
, Professor
 
mtbedford@mdanderson.org
M.S. in Medical Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch, 
South Africa
Ph.D in Developmental Biology, 
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Philip Leder

 

Donghang Cheng, Assistant Research Professor
dcheng@mdanderson.org
Originally from China
M.S. from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ph.D from National Center for Drug Screening, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Current Research: Functional analysis of arginine methyltransferases; identifying and developing specific PRMT inhibitors. 

 

Guozhen Gao, Postdoctoral Fellow
ggao2@mdanderson.org
Originally from China
B.S in Molecular Biology, Wuhan University, China
Exchange Ph.D Student, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Exchange Ph.D Student, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Ph.D in Virology, Wuhan University, China
Current Research: Investigation of PRMT5 function in development with a gain of function mouse model.

 

Jianqiang Bao, Postdoctoral Fellow
jbao2@mdanderson.org
Originally from China
B.S. from Anhui University of Science and Technology
M.S. & Ph.D from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Current Research: Biological significance of protein arginine methyltransferases in breast cancer and germ cell development. 

 

 

Narkhyun Bae, Postdoctoral Fellow
nbae@mdanderson.org
Originally from Korea
B.S. & M.S. Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea
Ph.D. Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Vienna, Austria (Host Institution: Medizinische Universität Wien)
Current Research: Developing small molecule inhibitors to block methyl binding epigenetic effectors. 

 

 

Vidyasiri Vemulapalli, Graduate Research Assistant
vvemulapalli@mdanderson.org
Originally from India
B.S. from Vellore Institute of Technology, India
M.S. from The University of Texas at San Antonio
Current Research: Identifying PRMT substrates; regulation of protein function by arginine methylation. 

 

 

Alexsandra Espejo, Graduate Research Assistant
abespejo@mdanderson.org
Originally from Chile
B.S. in Marine Biology, University of Concepcion, Chile
Current Research: Regulation of epigenetic enzyme PRMT5 by phosphorylation and the effects in its catalytic activity and recruitment of phospho-dependent binding proteins. 

 

Sitaram Gayatri, Graduate Research Assistant
sgayatri@mdanderson.org
Originally from India
B.S. from Sri Satya Sai University, Bangalore, India
M.S. from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
M.S from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Current Research: Functional analysis of coactivator CARM1. 

 

Cari Sagum, Research Assistant
casagum@mdanderson.org
Originally from Houston, Texas
B.S. in Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin
Current Research: Identifying novel protein-protein interactions using protein domain microarrays.


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