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Research Associates

Jia Li, MD

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


Lingzhi Ren, MS

Research Associate
Joined The Gao Lab in 2017 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.



D8093B1D-91BF-44A4-A3A5-BBC86ADE19F1 cropped.jpgCraig Mendonca, BS

Research Associate I 
Joined the Gao Lab in 2016
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Craig graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Physiology and Neurobiology as well as Molecular and Cell Biology. His research focuses on AAV-mediated RNA therapy for various diseases.


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Research Associate II
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Hyunki Kang

Reseach Associate I
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