About Us

Current Members

Berdymammet Hojayev

Berdymammet Hojayev

Postdoctoral Researcher II

I am from the small town of Turkmenbashy located in the western region of Turkmenistan on the shore of the Caspian Sea. I was always interested in science and became interested in biology in high school where I started training for and participating in the International Biology Olympiads. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bilkent University in Ankara,Turkey.  I’ve completed my Ph.D. thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Hill here at UTSW, where I worked on mechanisms governing cardiac hypertrophy and failure. I have joined Dr. Malter’s lab as a postdoc and am currently working on regulation of cytokine mRNA stability and turnover by Pin1 and Auf1 in lung fibroblasts. 

Jie Hu

Jie Hu

Research Associate

I was born and raised in China and graduated from China Medical University with both a M.D and Ph.D.  My career with UTSW began as a postdoc in department of pharmacology in 2000.  Before joining the Malter lab I had been working on developmental expression and function of BMPs in male reproductive system and enzyme replacement therapy of human recombinant palmitoyl-protein thioesterase-1 for infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. I moved to the Malter Lab in 2011 and my research is focused on generating conditional knockout mouse for tissue specific gene disruption, particularly in lung and eosinophils. Outside the lab I enjoy reading, watching movies and spending time with my husband and kids.

Jiyoung Oh

Jiyoung Oh

Postdoctoral Researcher II

I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea where I earned my Ph.D. degree.  During the time I was a Ph.D candidate, I took part in various research projects including T cell survival and apoptosis against oxidative stress and identification of human thioredoxin as a novel IFN-gamma-induced factor in immune cells. I joined Dr. Malter's lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2010. My Ph.D. research focuses on the Asthma and Allergic inflammation including intracellular signaling pathways in the immune cell and lung fibroblast cells.

Zhong-Jian Shen

Zhong-Jian Shen

Instructor

I am from China and joined this lab in 2003 after completing post-doctoral fellowship in Japan, and initiated my studies on the molecular pathogenesis of allergic asthma and pulmonary fibrosis. Specifically, my research has been directed to understand how immune cells, particularly eosinophils produced cytokines and responded to receptor mediated signaling. I showed that Pin1, a peptidyl prolyl isomearase, regulates eosinophil lifespan as well as fibrotic phenotype of lung fibroblasts in rodent model of allergic asthma and human asthmatics. Currently I am pursuing the molecular mechanism by which Pin1 controls TGF super-family signaling and its roles in disease pathogenesis. These studies could lead to the identification of novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of human diseases.