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Research Associates

Jia Li, MD

Laboratory Manager & Research Associate I
Joined The Gao Lab in 2011
li.jia at

Jia graduated from the Kunming Medical University in China with the specialty in Clinical Medicine. She works on the development of more effective and safer deliveries of therapeutic genes. She is also in charge of the animals used in lab research and responsible for lab management.


Anoushka Lotun, BS

Research Associate
Joined The Gao Lab in 2018
anoushka.lotun at

Anoushka received her BS in Biological Sciences with a minor in Bioinformatics from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on Canavan’s Disease, specifically on tissue specificity of gene therapy in Canavan’s, as well as different metabolic contributions in NAA metabolism.


Hyejin Oh, PhD

Research Associate II
Joined The Gao Lab in 2019
hyejin.oh at

Hyejin obtained her PhD and MS degrees from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), and BS in Biology from Chung-Ang University, South Korea. Her goal is to exploit the replication mechanism of AAV for the development of safe and effective clinical gene therapy.


Lingzhi Ren, MS

Research Associate
Joined The Gao Lab in2017 at

Lingzhi graduated from the Biotechnology Program at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on gene and transcript editing, with a goal of gaining more knowledge and technical skills on human gene therapy.


Craig Mendonca

Jihye Ko