Tim Chai, MD/PhD Student (joint with Irv Weissman's lab)
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
Tim began his never-ending MD/PhD candidacy in 2016. He did not seriously consider a career in research until joining Owen Witte’s lab at UCLA in 2012. There, he realized that he was not good at memorization and needed another way to make a living. Jointly mentored by Irv Weissman and Kyle Loh, he is interested in T cell dysfunction within the tumor microenvironment and T cell maturation for the eventual development of cancer therapies. Outside of the lab, Tim enjoys pestering Warriors “fans.” Tim is supported by the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program.
Rayyan Jokhai, MD/PhD Student
BA, Johns Hopkins University
Rayyan is from Queens, New York and is pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. from Stanford School of Medicine. He is interested in developmental neurobiology and understanding the maturation process of neural cells, beginning at the embryonic stem cell stage. He hopes to apply this knowledge clinically and ultimately use regenerative medicine to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Rayyan completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Thomas Lectka to develop novel fluorination methods for biologically-relevant compounds. At Stanford, Rayyan hopes to better understand how we can selectively drive neural differentiation and improve patient care. Outside of the lab, Rayyan enjoys watching basketball, going bowling, (mini)golfing, and playing ping pong. Rayyan's support comes from the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program and Stanford Medical Scholars Research Program, and he has been recognized by the Stanford Chi-Li Pao Foundation-AOA Student Research Fellowship.
Kyle enjoys learning about developmental biology and using this knowledge to exert control over stem cells. He was a beneficiary of public schools (County College of Morris and Rutgers University) and conducted research at the Genome Institute of Singapore (with Bing Lim) and Stanford University (for his Ph.D., with Irv Weissman), with fellowships from the Hertz Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation and Davidson Institute for Talent Development. He then continued as a Siebel Investigator and later, as an Assistant Professor and The Anthony DiGenova Endowed Faculty Scholar, at Stanford. Kyle is a Packard Fellow, Pew Scholar, Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator and Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholar, and has been recognized by the NIH Director's Early Independence Award, Forbes 30 Under 30, Harold Weintraub Graduate Award, Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize and the A*STAR Investigatorship. In his spare time, Kyle goes road biking, enjoys science fiction, and indulges his new fascination with biosafety level 4 viruses.
Liying Ou, Administrative Associate (joint with Phil Beachy's lab and Lay Teng Ang's lab)
MA, University of Ottowa; BS, North China Electric Power University
Liying is an administrative associate at the Ang, Beachy and Loh labs in Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. After earning a M.A. degree in Public Administration at the University of Ottawa in 2010, she is currently pursuing a preliminary teaching credential and probably an accounting certification. Although a busy working parent of a rabbit son and a human daughter, Liying enjoys volunteering, reading non-fiction medieval history books, experimenting in the kitchen, and grocery shopping as a competitive sport.
Alicia Wong, Research Professional
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
Alicia received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of California – Los Angeles. Since her undergrad, she has been trained as a molecular biologist with a focus on cancer biology. In her previous lab, she worked on creating genetically defined models of bladder cancer that better recapitulated human disease. She really enjoys learning about new research fields and different experimental techniques and is excited to pursue a new interest in stem cell biology and virology. During her spare time, she enjoys beer tasting and attempting to garden.
Sherry Zheng, PhD Student
BS & BA, University of California, San Diego
Sherry is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Developmental Biology at Stanford. She is fascinated by the mechanisms that coordinate pattern formation and maintenance during early organismal development. Her undergraduate research (conducted in the labs of Andrew Chisholm at UC San Diego and Dan Starr at UC Davis) centered on the patterning of structural components in the C. elegans extracellular matrix. At Stanford, she aims to understand how vascular-derived signals influence the development of various organ systems. Outside of the lab, Sherry enjoys visiting the ocean, eating sandwiches, and watching F1 auto racing. Sherry is supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Alumni (and where they went next)
Scientist, Orca Bio
Ph.D. Student, UC San Diego
Ph.D. Student, UC Davis