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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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Chia-Chun Liu, MS
Senior Technician

Chia-chun is a graduate from National Cheng Kung University, where she majored in Medical laboratory science  and biotechnology. She also got her master degree at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. During her free time, she likes to play table tennis, basketball and watch movies or baseball games.

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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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Shining Wang, MS
Senior Technician

Shining got her master's degree from National Yang Ming Chiao Tung Univerisity, majoring in microbiology and immunology. She received her bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science and biotechnology from National Cheng Kung University.  She is originally from Taichung, Taiwan. During her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, and photography.

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Hamid Alahmari, MS
Medical Student

Hamid is a graduate student in the Biomedical Masters Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences where he double majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. During his free time, he enjoys archery, cooking and watching nature documentaries.

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Paul Rodriguez, BS
Medical Student

Paul is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is from Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree where he majored in Economics and minored in Chemistry. When he is not busy, he enjoys fishing, working out, and cooking new foods!

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Shih-Hsuan Ku,
Graduate Student

I’m a master's student at Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in biotechnology and pharmaceutical engineering. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, working out, and watching sci-fi and mystery movies/novels.

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Juana Yang,
Lab Intern

My name is Juana. I am currently studying in University of Pittsburgh and major in computational biology. I am from Taichung,Taiwan. I love to baking, watching Netflix, and listening to music in my free time.

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Jonathan Yasin,
Lab Intern

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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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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Chandler Meadows, BS

Research Technician

Chandler is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he majored in Physics with an additional major in German Studies. He is originally from Charleston, West Virginia and enjoys exercising, reading, and exploring the city with friends.

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Elizabeth Rubin,

Lab Intern

Elizabeth is currently attending school at the University of Pittsburgh and is majoring in Microbiology with certificates in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine and Global Health. She is originally from outside of Philadelphia, PA, and enjoys cooking, figure skating, and traveling.


Soureesh Moturi,
Lab Intern

Soureesh is currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is currently pursuing a major in biology. He is from Sewickley, PA, and enjoys chess, tennis, socializing, and trying out different cuisines.


Yingwen(Venice) Lin, Summer Intern

Venice is a high school senior at North Allegheny with an interest in going into the biomedical field. She is originally from China, but moved to the United States when she was seven. On her off time, she likes to watch movies, paint, and bake.

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