Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Arjun Deb, MD.
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Broad Stem Cell Research Center
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Molecular Biology Institute
Graduate Program affiliations: Molecular Cellular & Integrative Physiology (MCIP), Cell & Developmental biology (CDB) and Molecular Pharmacology (MP)

Senior Scientist

Ping Wang, MD, Ph.D
Assistant Project Scientist
Dr. Ping Wang has an in-depth experience in biomedical research and clinical work. In addition, she has about 20 years of experience in operating rodent in-vivo surgeries. She received her Ph.D from the Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Japan.
Baiming Sun, MD
Assistant Project Scientist
Dr. Baiming Sun's research was focused on studying the atherosclerosis, cardiac regeneration and heart failure. She can perform cardiovascular surgical procedures well in rodents. She received her M.D. from a medical school in China.


Shen Li, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Fellow
Shen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Deb lab investigating cardiac calcification and the role of progenitor like cells in mediating cardiac calcification. He has a Ph.D from the University of Yamanashi, Japan. His expertise is in atherosclerosis and plaque stability.  
Rimao Wu, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rimao is a postdoctoral fellow in the Deb lab and she received her Ph.D from the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. Her focus was on transcriptional regulation of skeletal muscle stem cells. 
Yijie Wang, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yijie is a postdoctoral fellow in the Deb lab and she received her Ph.D from the Institute of Health Science, SIBS, CAS in Shanghai. Her previous research focus was on the role of calcium signaling in the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cell. 
James Hyun
Postdoctoral fellow
James is a postdoctoral fellow in the Deb lab and has a PhD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His doctoral work focused on the role of HIF and Notch signaling in vascular cells following ischemic injury. He also has expertise in genome engineering and heterologous gene expression. 


Abraham Rodriguez 
Lab Manager
Abraham graduated from UC Santa Cruz and has previous experience in various molecular biology and biochemical techniques. 


Maxine Nanthavongdouangsy
Research Associate
Maxine is a research associate in the Deb Lab and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology. She has previous research experience in brain plasticity, neurodegenerative diseases, and clinical drug trials. 
Edward Cao
Lab Assistant
Edward is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he completed his studies in Molecular and Cell Biology and Toxicology. He previously worked in a metabolic biology lab, using proteomics to study the effects of caloric restriction.