About Us

Lab Members

Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai, Ph.D.

Assistant Instructor

Dr. Sakurai received his Ph.D. from Tohoku University, Japan, in 2011. He was a postdoc and research associate in the National Institute of Animal Health, Tsukuba, Japan and the Ochi Yume Clinic in Nagoya, Japan. He worked with Dr. Wu as a research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies before joining the Wu Lab in 2018 as an Assistant Instructor. His research interest is in mammalian gonadogenesis, early embryogenesis, implantation, and pregnancy.

 
Yulei Wen

Yulei Wei, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Wei received her Ph.D. from Kyoto University, Japan, in 2018. Her thesis work focuses on the neural differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells using artificial transcriptional factors. In the Wu lab, she is interested in developing an interspecies chimera model to study cancer resistance mechanism(s) in the naked mole rat.

 
Leqian Yu

Leqian Yu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Leqian Yu received his Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University, Japan in 2017. He is interested in human stem cell research and embryonic development. He speaks Chinese, English, and Japanese.

 
Yingying Hu

Yingying Hu, Ph.D.

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Hu received her Ph.D. from Peking University, China, in 2016. She served as a research scientist in Beijing Genomic Institute. In the Wu Lab, she focuses on translational research of genome editing and mammalian embryonic development.

 
Canbin Zheng

Canbin Zheng, M.D.

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Zheng received his medical degree from Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and completed fellowship training at the First Affiliated Hospital of SYSU, where he served as an attending physician of Microsurgery, Orthopedic Trauma, and Hand Surgery.

 
Daniel Schmitz

 

Daniel Schmitz

Graduate Student

Daniel received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied marine invertebrate development with Dr. Douglas Pace. He then interned in Dr. Weian Zhao's lab at UC Irvine, studying exosomes as intercellular vehicles for biological cargo. In the Wu lab, his interests include gene therapy, gene editing, and interspecies organogenesis as strategies to treat disease.

 
Carlos Pinzon

Carlos Pinzón, D.V.M, M.S.

Graduate Student

Dr. Pinzón received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the National University of Colombia and his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M. His previous research includes increasing influenza vaccine production by genetically modifying chicken eggs and producing recombinant vaccines against zoonotic diseases in the milk of genetically modified animals. His Master's work focused on precise and efficient therapeutic genome editing of genetic diseases. He is interested in the development of novel genetic engineering technologies and their applications to improve the lives of all organisms.

 
Emily Binshtok

Emily Binshtok

Graduate Student, Medical Scientist Training Program

Emily received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas, where she was involved in research on microRNAs and breast cancer metastasis. In 2017, she entered the Medical Scientist Training Program, UT Southwestern's M.D./Ph.D program. She completed two years of medical school coursework before joining the Wu lab. Her current research interests include interspecies differences in cell adhesion and embryonic development.

 
Ling Zhang

Ling Zhang

Technician/Lab Manager

Ling Zhang provides lab organization and management, and technical support in tissue culture, molecular biology, histology, and animal maintenance.

 
Pamela Jackson

Pamela Jackson

Administrative Associate