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Lab Members

Kun-Che Chang, PhD

Principal investigator

Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

Graduate faculty:

Integrative Systems Biology (ISB)

Neuroscience (CNUP)

BS: Life Sciences, National Dong Hwa Univ. (Taiwan), 2002-2006
MS: Biotechnology, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan), 2006-2008
PhD: Toxicology/Ophthalmology, Univ. of Colorado, 2011-2015 
Postdoc training: Ophthalmology, Stanford University, 2016-2020 
Assistant Professor: Ophthalmology, Univ of Pittsburgh, 2021-present

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Hui-Chun Cheng, BS

Lab Administrator

Hui-Chun is a graduate from University of Colorado Denver, where she majored in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). During her free time, she likes to play the piano and watch movies.

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Mishal Rao, BS
PhD Student

Mishal is a graduate student in the Integrative Systems Biology Graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for her undergraduate degree where she studied Cell Biology and Genetics. During her free time, she likes watching movies, exploring restaurants around the city and going hiking!

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Dimitrios Stavropoulos, MD
Research Fellow

Dimitrios obtained his MD degree at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, where he also discovered the joys of research. He has practiced medicine in diverse settings, such as the military, rural communities, and hospitals. He is committed to pursuing a career in ophthalmology in the US, with a particular focus on medical and surgical retina. He was born and raised in Ioannina, Greece. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, working out and exploring all that Pittsburgh has to offer.

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Chi-Yu Chen, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow

Chi-Yu hold a Ph.D. from the Institute of Clinical Medicine at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is major in the research of atherosclerosis, angiogenesis, and vascular restenosis. He is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He is particularly interested in  motorcycle travels and camping. In his leisure time, he engage in coding, enjoy creative pursuits as a maker, and explore the art of cooking.

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Joanne Lee,
Lab Intern

Joanne is a current undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Public Health, minoring in Chemistry, and working towards a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. She is from the suburbs of Philly and enjoys cooking and crocheting in her free time.

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Jonathan is current undergraduate student from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in public health with a minor in chemistry, and certificate in bioethics. He is originally from Long Island, NY. On his free time, he likes to play tennis, watch movies, and hang out with friends.

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Jonathan Yasin,
Lab Intern


Niki is currently pursuing a master's degree in the Human Genetics program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her undergraduate degree is in Microbiology, which she earned from Azad University - Tehran Medical Science Institute in Iran. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and spending time with friends.

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Niki, Talebian,

Graduate Student


Saket, Gamini
Lab Intern

Saket is a current undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Molecular Biology. He is from Mechanicsburg, PA. In his free time, he likes to play basketball, hang out with friends, and watch various movies.

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Chandler Meadows, BS

Research Technician

Elizabeth Rubin,

Lab Intern

Soureesh Moturi,
Lab Intern

Yingwen(Venice) Lin, Summer Intern

Hamid Alahmari, MS
Medical Student

Paul Rodriguez, BS
Medical Student

Shih-Hsuan Ku,
Graduate Student

Juana Yang,
Lab Intern

Chia-Chun Liu, MS
Senior Technician

Shining Wang, MS
Senior Technician

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