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Postdoctoral Associates

Alex Brown, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Joined The Gao Lab since 2017
alex.brown at

Alex obtained his BS degree in Biological Sciences, and PhD in Microbiology from University of Rhode Island. He is currently interested in the development and application of new gene editing and transcriptional regulation tools for use in human gene therapies, as well as the safe and efficient production of the viral vectors we employ and the structural-functional characterization of newly discovered AAV variants.


Dominic J. Gessler, M.D.

Postdoc Associate/Millennium PhD candidate
Joined The Gao Lab in 2013
dominic.gessler at

Dominic graduated from University of Heidelberg Medical School. His research areas include Canavan disease, Alexander disease, gene therapy for disorders of the central nervous system, N-acetylaspartate metabolism, brain energy metabolism, and in vivo cell reprogramming.


Hung-Lun (Jeff) Hsu, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Joined The Gao Lab in 2018
hung-lun.hsu at

Jeff obtained a BS degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in 2011, and a PhD degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. His research focuses on discovering high genome packaging adeno-associated viruses (AAV) and using bioengineering tool to improve the performance of AAV gene delivery.


Manish Muhuri, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Joined The Gao Lab in 2018
manish.muhuri at

Manish obtained his BS degree (Hons) in Microbiology and MS degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Delhi, India, and PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research areas include AAV immunology and cancer immunology. Currently, he is working towards developing strategies to circumvent AAV based transgene and capsid immunity.


Jiaming Wang, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Joined The Gao Lab in 2018 at

Jiaming received his PhD from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. His current research focuses on developing CRISPR tools based on AAV delivery to treat human diseases.



 4AB2187E-9321-4486-8278-05FA312D9F7D.jpgJote Bulcha, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Joined the Gao Lab in 2019
jote.bulcha at

Jote received his MSc and PhD degree from the University of Hannover and the Free University of Berlin, respectively. His research focus includes technology development of AAV production for gene therapy, CRISPR-based therapeutic genome editing, and AAV biology.

Jisun Li, PhD

Postdoc Associate
JiSun.Lee2 at

Tam Tran, PhD 

Postdoc Associate

Yue Zhang, PhD

Postdoc Associate
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Shiliang Hu, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Shiliang.Hu at

Hirosha Geekiyanage, PhD

Postdoc Associate
Hirosha.Geekiyanage at