Lab Members

Lab Members

Adi F. Gazdar, M.D.

Adi F. Gazdar, M.D.
Principal Investigator
Phone: 214-648-4900
adi.gazdar@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: M.D. – Guy's Hospital Medical School, England

Research Interests – To determine molecular and genetic basis of human cancers, and to develop molecular insights to provide prognostic and diagnostic therapies in the treatment of human cancers.

Wei Zhang, Ph.D.

Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Phone: 214-648-4922
wei1.zhang@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: Ph.D., molecular biology

Research Interests – My current project in Dr. Gazdar’s lab is to study the inactivation mechanisms of chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF complex in lung cancers and its downstream effects.

Yu-An Zhang, Ph.D.

Yu-An Zhang, Ph.D., M.D.
Instructor
Phone: 214-648-4190
yu-an.zhang@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: M.D. – Henan Medical University, China; Ph.D. – biomedical studies (molecular cancer gene therapy), Baylor University

Research Interests – The epigenetic dysregulation in chromatin remodeling and histone modification process have been recently demonstrated to be involved in varied types of cancer although the scope and role of the genes involved are yet to be studied.

In Dr. Gazdar’s lab, my research is to investigate whether the gene(s) in chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF complex and histone methyltransferase genes are dysregulated in lung cancer. Our studies have potential to advance our understanding of lung cancer and indentify new biomarkers/targets clinically relevant.

Victor Stastny

Victor Stastny
Research Scientist
Phone: 214-648-4910
victor.stastny@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: B.S. – Fort Lewis College, Colorado

Research Interests – I am a Dallas native. My current projects involve culturing a variety of human tissues and creating sets of paired tumor and non-malignant cell lines for use as cancer models.

Mahboubeh Papari-Zareei

Mahboubeh Papari-Zareei
Research Associate, Co-Lab Manager
Phone: 214-648-4922
mahboubeh.papari-zareei@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: B.S. – microbiology, Azad University, Iran

Research Interests – My main research focus in the lab is on establishing ovarian cancer cell lines from malignant ascites.

Kuntal Majmudar, M.D.

Kuntal Majmudar, M.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: 214-648-4922
kuntal.majmudar@utsouthwestern.edu

Research Interests – Since joining the lab in 2011, I have assisted in updating and maintaining the Lung SPORE publications' database that is shared between UT Southwestern and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers. I also obtain PMCID numbers for NIH-funded publications for principal investigators at the Hamon Center.

Yi-Wei Wang, Ph.D.

Yi-Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: 214-648-4909
yi-wei.wang@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: Ph.D. – National Defense Medical Center, Taiwan

Research Interests – I joined Dr. Gazdar’s lab in September 2012. My current research focuses on novel oncogenes in lung cancer, and their potential therapeutic applications.

Yibing Yao

Yibing Yao, Ph.D., M.D.
Visiting Junior Researcher
Phone: 214-648-3111
yibing.yao@utsouthwestern.edu
Education: Ph.D., M.D. – oncology, Tianjin Medical University, China

Research Interests – My research is to study deregulation of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex in lung cancer tumors and cell lines – with the emphasis on some selected genes – and find mechanisms for widespread inactivation of these genes.

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