About Us

Shay/Wright Lab Alumni

Ph.D. Advisor for the Following Graduate Students

  • Michael Clark 1975-1981, Ph.D., 1981 (Professor, University of Kentucky)
  • Lamont Weide 1975-1981, Ph.D., 1981; M.D., 1985 (Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
  • Andrew Crenshaw 1976-1979, M.D., 1982 (Private practice)
  • Cheryl Walker 1979-1984, Ph.D., 1984 (Professor, University of Texas Cancer System, Houston)
  • William Rainey 1981-1985, Ph.D., 1985 (Professor, University of Michigan, School of Medicine, Conn Professorship)
  • Deborah Iman 1984-1988, Ph.D., 1988 (High School science teacher, Albuquerque, NM)
  • Dennis Pierce 1985-1989, Ph.D., 1989 (Associate Professor, University of Utah)
  • Ruben Ramirez 1995-2000, Ph.D., 2000 (Assistant Professor, Veterans Administration, Dallas, Faculty, UT Dallas)
  • Patricia McChesney 1997-2001, Ph.D. 2001
  • Dara Aisner 1997-2001, Ph.D., 2001 (Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Health Center, Denver)
  • Joseph Baur 1999-2003, Ph.D., 2003 (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Ying Zu 2000-2004, Ph.D., 2004 (Director of Clinical Cytogenetics, Boston University)
  • Gunner Dikmen 2002-2005 (Professor, University of Hacettepe, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey)
  • Agnel Sfeir 2002-2006, Ph.D., 2006 (Selected for Nominata Award, top award for all graduate students at UT Southwestern; Assistant Professor, NYU, Skirball Institute)
  • Vikash Bhagwhandin 2004-2008, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral fellow, UCSF, laboratory of Michael Bishop)
  • Christy Duncan 2005-2007 (Completed Master’s degree and took a position in industry)
  • Oliver Delgado 2005-2009, Ph.D., 2009 (Postdoctoral fellow, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX)
  • Nuno Gomes 2005-2009, Ph.D.
  • Hirotoshi Hoshiyama 2005-2010, Ph.D., 2009 (Oncolys BioPharma, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Christen Buseman 2006-2010, Ph.D., 2010 (Masters of Public Health training)
  • Tracy Chow 2006-2011, Ph.D., 2011 (Postdoctoral fellow, UCSF, laboratory of Elizabeth Blackburn)
  • Aric Whitington 2007-2012, Ph.D. (Executive Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration)
  • Ugur Eskiocak 2008-2011, Ph.D., 2011 (Postdoctoral fellow, UT Southwestern, laboratory of Sean Morrison)
  • Peter Ly 2009-2012, Ph.D., 2012 (Postdoctoral fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, UC San Diego, laboratory of Don Cleveland)
  • Sin (Sabrina) Mak 2007-2014, Ph.D., 2014
  • Aadil Kaisani 2009-2014, Ph.D., 2014 (Entered medical school)
  • Mandy (Sze) Wong 2010-2014, Ph.D., 2014 (Postdoctoral fellow, Cold Spring Harbor, laboratory of Adrian Kranier)
  • Jerome Robin 2010- 2014, Ph.D., 2014 (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Nice, France)
  • Dustin Boyd 2010-2012 MSTP, (Returned to medical school)
  • Lu Zhang 2010-2014, Ph.D., 2014
  • Ilgen Mender 2012-2014, Ph.D., 2014
  • Brody Holohan 2010-2015, Ph.D., May 2015
  • Mariam El-Ashmawy 2011-2015 MSTP, Ph.D., May 2015 (Returned to medical school, HHMI Gilliam Predoctoral Fellowship)

Past Postdoctoral Trainees

  • John W. Fuseler, Ph.D., 1977-1980         
  • Marguerite Stauver, Ph.D., 1979-1982
  • Rosalie Ber, M.D., 1981-1982   
  • Harold Werbin, Ph.D., 1982-1983
  • Jun-Ichi Hayashi, Ph.D., 1985-1986        
  • Wang Zongren, Ph.D., 1985-1986
  • Xie Jing-Yu, Ph.D., 1986-1987    
  • Shougo Ishii, M.D., 1986-1988
  • Liu Yinong, Ph.D., 1986-1989     
  • Minakshi Banerjee, Ph.D., 1987-l989
  • Yuan Yang, Ph.D., 1987-1989     
  • Ma Liandong, Ph.D., 1988-1989                
  • Naohisa Kamimura, M.D., 1988-1990   
  • Tsuneyoshi Baba, M.D., 1988-1990
  • Yan-ting Chou, Ph.D., 1989-1990              
  • Qimin Zhan, M.D., 1989-1991 (Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Director and Professor, National Key Lab of Molecular Oncology, Beijing, China)
  • Michael West, Ph.D., 1989-1992 (1992-1998, VP Development, Geron Corp, Menlo Park, CA; 1999-2008 CEO and President, Advanced Cell, Boston, MA; 2009- present, President and CEO, BioTime, Inc., CA)
  • Brigitte Van Der Haegen, M.D., Ph.D., 1990-1992 (VP Research, BioWhitaker)
  • Mieczyslaw A. Piatyszek, Ph.D., 1990-1995 (1995-2005 Senior Scientist, Geron Corporation; Consultant, Sierra Sciences, Reno, NV)   
  • Isabelle Savre-Train, Ph.D., 1990-1993, (1995-1998 Pasteur Institute, Paris, France)
  • Walter Funk, Ph.D., 1991-1993 (1993-2000, Geron; 2000-2006 XGene; 2006-present Director, Parallax Venture Partners, San Bruno, CA)        
  • Michel Ouellette, Ph.D., 1991-1999 (Associate Professor, University of Nebraska, Eppley Cancer Center)
  • Asha Rathi, Ph.D., 1992-1994 (Research Instructor, Hamon Cancer Center)
  • Yury Romanchikov, Ph.D., 1992-1994 (Staff Scientist, Sloan Kettering, NY)           
  • Dana Brasiskyte, Ph.D., 1992-1995 (Staff Scientist, Sloan Kettering, NY)               
  • Yan Ying, Ph.D., 1992-1994 (Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Eppley Cancer Center)
  • Lauren Gollahon, Ph.D., 1993-1997 (Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock)              
  • Shawn Holt, Ph.D., 1994-1998 (Associate Professor, Richard Bland College, Petersberg, VA)     
  • Takeshi Isomura, Ph.D., 1995-1996 (Assistant Professor, Tokyo Medical College, Japan)             
  • Valerie Tesmer, Ph.D., 1996-1999
  • Deborah Fredericks, Ph.D., 1996-1997
  • James Norton, Ph.D., 1996-1998 (Vice President, Amgen Corp., CA)
  • Charles Epstein, Ph.D., 1996-1997 (Second postdoctoral fellowship, Princeton)              
  • Carmela Morales, M.D., 1996-2000 (Professor, UT El Paso)
  • Michael Hu, Ph.D. ,1998-2000 (Changed to computer science)
  • Kazuhiro Abeyama, M.D., Ph.D, 1998-1999 (Academic position in Japan)
  • Lance Ford, Ph.D., 1998-2001 (Senior Scientist, Bioos, Austin, TX)
  • Xiaoming Yi, Ph.D., 1998-2002
  • Laura White, M.D., 2000-2002 (Private practice in Austin, TX)
  • Yu-Sheng Cong, Ph.D., 2000-2002 (Professor, Institute of Ageing Research, Hangzhou Normal University, China)
  • Meaghan Petty Granger, M.D., 2000-2003 (Pediatric Oncology, Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Brittney-Shea Herbert, Ph.D., 2002-2003 (Associate Professor, University of Indiana Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN)
  • Susanne Steinert, Ph.D., 1998-2004 (Research Scientist, France)
  • Nicholas Forsyth, Ph.D., 2000-2004 (Lecturer, The Guy Hilton Research Laboratories, Keel University Medical School, UK)
  • Melville Vaughan, Ph.D., 1999-2004 (Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University)
  • Oliver Bechter, M.D., 2001-2004 (Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Ginelle Gellert, Ph.D., 2003-2005 (Assistant Professor, TCU)
  • Masahiro Takakura, M.D., Ph.D., 2002-2005 (Assistant Professor, Kanazawa University School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Japan)
  • Weihang Chai, Ph.D., 2001-2005 (Associate Professor, Washington State University)
  • Virginia Pearce, Ph.D., 2001-2005 (Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX)
  • Shalmica Jackson, Ph.D., 2004-2006 (Senior Research Scientist, Sigma, Kansas City, KS)
  • Shobhana Natarjan, Ph.D., 2004-2006 (Scientific journal editor, 2012 Reata Pharmaceuticals)
  • Jesper Graakjaer, Ph.D., 2005-2006 (Assistant Professor, Denmark)
  • Wallace Sharif, Ph.D., 2004-2007 (Assistant Professor, Morehouse, Atlanta, GA)
  • Chun-Hong Zhu, Ph.D., 2003-2008
  • Zhenjun Lou, Ph.D., 2004-2009 (Technical Director, Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory, Molecular Pathology, Richardson, TX)
  • Sebastian Biglioni, Ph.D., 2009-2010 (Entered pharmacy school)
  • Calin Marian, Ph.D., 2005-2011 (Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas)
  • Phillip Smiraldo, Ph.D., 2006-2011 (Senior Scientist, WIL Research, Ohio)
  • Hua Guo, Ph.D., 2008-2011 (Second Postdoctoral Fellowship, Albany Medical College)
  • Jun Tang, Ph.D., 2008-2011 (Started a biotech company in Beijing, China)
  • Jinyong Kim, Ph.D., 2005-2011 (Research Scientist, UT Southwestern)
  • Stina Singel, M.D., Ph.D., 2010-2013 (Senior Medical Staff, Genentech, San Francisco, CA)
  • Quan Wang, Ph.D., 2012-2014 (Second Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University)
  • Guido Stadler, Ph.D., 2008-2015