Lab Members

Lab Members

 
Joan Jacob

Joan Jacob

Green Fellow

Joan is pursuing her B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she analyzed inflammatory-cytokine-induced prostate-cancer treatment resistance. She is working full-time in the Jewell lab as a part of the Green Fellowship Program. She is studying the biochemical pathway by which amino acids activate mTORC1 in pancreatic cancer. Joan intends to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.

 
Sophia Martinez

Sophia Martinez

Independent Study Student

Sophia Martinez is a junior at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. She is a part of the Independent Study and Mentorship program, which allows her to research a career path. She is interested in becoming a scientist.

 
Chase Melick

Chase Melick

Graduate Student

Chase earned his B.S. in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego, where he focused on the role of Notch signaling in hematopoietic stem-cell specification. He worked briefly as a research technician, then went to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, where he studied vertebrate vascular development. Chase is a graduate student in the Genetics, Development and Disease Program. In the Jewell laboratory, he is studying the crosstalk between mTORC1 and amino-acid metabolism.

 
Delong Meng

Delong Meng

Postdoctoral Fellow

Delong earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Fudan University, China, where he worked with Dr. Daru Lu. His graduate work focused on the role of several key genes in the pathogenesis of human glioma. As a postdoctoral fellow, his research focuses on the mechanisms through which the mTOR pathway senses amino acids.

 
Greg Urquhart

Greg Urquhart

Lab Manager/Technician

Greg is a joint lab manager/technician for the Jewell and Tagliabracci Labs. Greg has an AAS degree in biotechnology from Collin College. He has been at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2001.

 
Huanyu Wang

Huanyu (Austin) Wang

Research Assistant

Huanyu earned his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Bradford in England. In 2017, he earned his M.S. in Pharmacology and Neuroscience from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he explored structure-activity relationships of ligands to receptors.

 
Qianmei Yang

Qianmei Yang

Research Technician

Qianmei graduated from Anhui Agricultural University in China with a major in computer information management. In 2016, she started as a research technician in the Bezprozvanny lab, where she studied calcium signaling and neurodegenerative disorders. In the Jewell lab, she is working on amino-acid sensing mechanisms of mTORC1 pathway.

 
Teresa Yoon

Teresa Yoon

Research Technician

Teresa earned her B.S. in Biology from Loyola University in Chicago. She is working part-time in the Jewell lab while she pursues a M.S. in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.