Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Alicia Melendez, Ph.D.

Alicia Melendez, PhD

Graduate Program: Columbia University
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Identified role of C. elegans autophagy genes in development and longevity
Current Position: Associate Professor, Queens College, New York, NY

Zsolt Talloczy, Ph.D.

Zsolt Talloczy, Ph.D.

Graduate Program: Rutgers University
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Identified role of eIF2a kinase pathwwy in autophagy
Current Position: Senior Clinical Manager, Novartis, Parsippany, NJ

Norihiko Furuya, Ph.D.

Graduate Program:  Nigata University, Japan
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Structure-function analysis of the beclin 1 autophagy gene
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Juntendo University, Japan

Xueping Qu, Ph.D.

Xueping Qu

Graduate Program: Chinese Academy of Science, China
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Demonstrated beclin 1 is a haplo-insufficient tumor suppressor gene
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Genetech, San Francisco, CA

Sophie Pattingre, Ph.D.

Sophie Pattingre

Graduate Program: University of René Descartes, France
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Demonstrated a role of Bcl-2 in autophagy inhibition
Current Position: Assistant Professor, INSERM, France

Yongjie Wei, Ph.D.

Yongjie Wei

Graduate Program: Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Bcl-2 inhibition of autophagy
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Center for Autophagy Research, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern, Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Kailiang Jia, Ph.D.

Kailiang Jia

Graduate Program: Univeristy of Missouri
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Role of C. elegans autophagy in aging, neurodegenerative disease and Salmonella infection
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Amina Tassa, Ph.D.

Amina Tassa

Graduate Program: University of Medicine Clermont-Ferrand, France
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Role of autophagy in cell growth control
Current Position: Professor, Collin County Community College, Plano, TX

Sara MacPherson, Ph.D.

Sara MacPherson

Graduate Program: McGill University, Canada
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Identified role of autophagy in antiviral host defense
Current Position: Medical writer, Montreal, Canada

Sanae Shoji-Kawata, Ph.D.

Sanae Shoji-Kawata

Graduate Program: Kyoto University, Japan
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Autophagy-inducing peptide
Current Position: Instructor, Department of Molecular Immunology and Inflammation, Research Institute, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Congcong He, Ph.D.

Congcong He

Graduate Program: University of Michigan, MI
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Beclin 2
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Rhea Sumpter, M.D., Ph.D.

Rhea Sumpter

Graduate Program: UT Southwestern Medical Center
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Autophagy and antiviral immunity
Current Position: Instructor, Center for Autophagy Research, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Richard Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Graduate Program: Weill Cornell Medical College/Rockefeller University
Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Beclin 1 cytokeratin interactions
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Xiao Huan Liang

Yang Liu

Postdoc Mentor: Beth Levine
Project: Identified beclin 1 as autophagy gene and tumor suppressor
Current Position:
 Senior Scientist, Genetech