Laboratory

The NIH consists of 19 separate institutes. We are members of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the largest and most productive of the institutes. We are one of 17 research sections in the Program on Genomics of Differentiation (PGD). Our laboratory is housed on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Collaborations, exchange of information and reagents, and technical support among our scientists are excellent. Everyone's research is fully funded by the NIH.

Current members of this laboratory are:

Alex Vassilev headshot.

Alex Vassilev

Staff Scientist
vassilev@mail.nih.gov
Xiaohong Zhang headshot.

Xiaohong Zhang

Research Assistant
zhanxiao@mail.nih.gov
Dina O'Connell headshot.

Dina O'Connell

Post-Baccalaureate
constandina.o'connell
@nih.gov
Sushil Kumar Jaiswal headshot.

Sushil Kumar Jaiswal

Post-Doctoral Fellow
sushil.jaiswal@nih.gov
Arup Chakraborty headshot.

Arup Chakraborty

Research Fellow
arup.chakraborty@nih.gov
John Oh headshot.

John Oh

Post-Baccalaureate
john.oh@nih.gov
Ajit Roy headshot.

Ajit Roy

Post-Doctoral Fellow
ajit.roy@nih.gov
Mel DePamphilis headshot.

Mel DePamphilis

Lab Head
depamphm@nih.gov

Former Trainees and Their Current Position (March, 2017)

Former Graduate Students at Harvard Medical School and one at the NIH

Name Current Position Current Work Place
Stephen Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor Dept. of Molecular Biology &
Biochemistry Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ
Earl R. Shelton, Ph.D.
Group Leader Roche Bioscience
Palo Alto, CA
Douglas P. Tapper, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Surgery Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Hayward, CA
Eric A. Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Professor Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN
David Weaver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chief Scientific Officer
1. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
2. On-Q-ity
Waltham, MA
Zong Sheng Guo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh Cancer
Institute Dept. of Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA
Shawn C. Fields-Berry, Ph.D.
Minister Society Of Elder Faith
A nonprofit Charity Organization
Boston, MA
Michael E. Cusick, Ph.D. (joint with Paul Wassarman)
Assistant Professor
Research Associate
1. Department of Medical Biochemistry & Genetics
Texas A&M College of Medicine, College Station, TX
2. Dept. of Genetics
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Ilian A. Radichev, Ph.D.

Institute of Molecular Biology
Sofia, Bulgaria
Completed PhD thesis at NIH
Staff Scientist Sanford Research Center Department of Pediatrics
Univ. South Dakota Medical School
Sioux Falls, SD

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows at Harvard Medical School

Name Current Position Current Work Place
Ronald T. Hay, Ph.D.
Professor Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
University of Dundee
Dundee, UK
Gabriel Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Professor Dept. of Biochemistry
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Howard J. Edenberg, Ph.D.
Chancellor's Professor
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology &
of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Director, Center for Medical Genomics
Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lorraine E. Chalifour, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Graduate Students, Research Scientist, Associate Professor Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research Department of Medicine
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Masamitsu Yamaguchi, Ph.D.
Lab Chief Division of Biochemistry
Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute
Nagoya, Japan
Hans Krokan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway
Timothy M. Herman, Ph.D. (joint w/ Paul Wassarman)
Professor Department of Biochemistry
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Cynthia G. Pritchard, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer Biotechnology Transfer
Raleigh, NC
Dana O. Wirak, Ph.D.
Director Process Sciences Optherion, Inc.
New Haven, Connecticut
Robert T. Su, Ph.D.
Health Science Administrator National Heart Lung and Blood Institute National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Roberta Possenti, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist Department of Neuroscience
University of Roma II – Tor Vergata
Rome, Italy
Robert Scott Decker, Ph.D.
Supervisory Special Agent Biology Program Manager
Hazardous Materials Response Unit
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Lois C. Tack, Ph.D.
Group Leader PerkinElmer
Life and Analytical Sciences Division
Doreen Y. Cupo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry
Bates College
Lewiston, Maine

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows at the Roche Institute for Molecular Biology

Name Current Position Current Work Place
Crisanto Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Director Instituto de Biologia Molecular "Eladio Viñuela", CSIC
Centro de Biologia Molecular "Severo Ochoa"
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
Encarnita Martinez-Salas, Ph.D.
Research Scientist Centro de Biologia Molecular "Severo Ochoa" (CSIC)
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
David Gilbert, Ph.D.
Professor Dept. of Biological Science
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
William C. Burhans, Ph.D.
Associate Member Dept. of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Sadhan Majumder, Ph.D.
Professor Dept. of Genetics
The University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Maria T. Wiekowski, Ph.D.
Group Leader Dept. of Immunology
Schering-Plough Research Institute
Kenilworth, NJ
Jose Miguel Ortega
Instructor Dept. of Biochemistry & Immunology
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Thomas P. Dooley, Ph.D.
Group Leader IntegriDerm Inc.
Huntsville, AL
Uwe Heine, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President & Technical Director DNA Identification Testing Division
LabCorp
Jean-Yves Nothias, Ph.D.
Managing Director SG Asset Management
Paris, France
Francoise Mélin, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist Université Pierre et Marie Curie CNRS
Villejuif, France
Lyubomir T. Vassilev, Ph.D.
Lab Head Molecular Oncology
Hoffmann-LaRoche
Nutley, NJ
Caroline C. Henery, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist Centre for Reproductive Biology
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Ferez Nallaseth, Ph.D.
Visiting Scientist Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Cila Blatt, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist Dept. Molecular Genetics and Virology
Weizmann Institute of Science

Former Visiting Scientists at the Roche Institute for Molecular Biology

Name Current Position Current Work Place
José M. Sogo, Ph.D.
Professor Institute of Cell Biology
ETH Zurich

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows and Students at the National Institutes of Health

Name Current Position Current Work Place
Darren Natale, Ph.D.
Research Assistant
Professor Team Leader
for the Protein Information Resource
Department of Biochemistry and
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC
Cong-jun Li, M.D.
Research Molecular Biologist Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory
Animal and Natural Resources Institute USDA
Beltsville, MD
Takehiko Kobayashi, Ph.D.
Professor Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
The University of Tokyo,
1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo, 113-0032, Japan
Theo Rein, Ph.D.
Group Leader & Deputy Director Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry
Munich, Germany
Wei-hsin Sun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Life Sciences
National Central University
Chung-Li City, Taiwan
Joseph A. Bogan, Ph.D.
Division Director MRIGlobal
Gaithersburg, MD
Contract research in life sciences,
agriculture, food safety
Tapas Saha, Ph.D.
Research Associate Scientist Department of Oncology,
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Georgetown University Medical School
Washington DC
Daochun Kong, Ph.D.
Professor College of Life Sciences
Peking University
Beijing, Peoples Republic of China
Soma Ghosh, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist Department of Oncology
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Kohji Noguchi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Faculty Of Pharmacy
Keio University Tokyo, Japan
Rieko Yagi, Ph.D.
Group Leader Ajinomoto Institute of Life Science
Kawasaki, Japan
Matthew Kohn, Ph.D.
Scientific Officer NYSTEM
NY State Department of Health
Albany, NY
Isa Maria Stehle, Ph.D.
Sales Director International Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH
Laupheim, Germany
Wenge Zhu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
George Washington University
Medical School
Washington DC
Chrissie Y. Lee, Ph.D.
Project Leader NantBioscience
9920 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Zakir Ullah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Dept. of Biology
Lahore University of Management and Sciences
Lahore, Pakistan
Kotaro J. Kaneko, Ph.D.
Toxicology Reviewer Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
College Park, MD 20740
Christelle de Renty, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientific Investigator Cancer Center
University of Arizona Tuson, AZ
Lori Griner, Ph.D.
Reviewer Food & Drug Administration
College Park, MD
Courtney Kurtyka, Ph.D.
Education and Outreach Specialist Intramural Training and Education NIH
Bethesda, MD
Sunyoung Kim-Kleinedler, Ph.D.
DNA analyst Crime Laboratory
Hennepin County Minneapolis, MN
Yi-Yuan Huang, Ph.D.
Technical Accounts Manager GenScript, Piscataway, NJ
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