Lab Members

Jun R. Huh, Ph.D.

Joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2013.
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Jun Huh earned his B.S. and M.S. in microbiology from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. After completing one and half year of military duty, he came to United States to enter graduate program at California Institute of Technology. He carried out his doctoral training in the laboratory of Bruce Hay where he studied Drosophila apoptosis, obtained his PhD in Biology. Jun was trained as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dan R. Littman at the NYU School of Medicine, studying T cell immunology with a particular focus on chemical and genetic modulation of pathogenic Th17 cells. Jun was selected as a recipient of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006), the NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (2011), and the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2013). He has been named a 2015 Searle Scholar and 2016 Pew Scholar.

Soyoung Ha, M.S.

Lab manager, lab member since 2013
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Graduated from Yonsei University, Korea in 2011, majoring Biological Resource and Biotechnology. Received M.S in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology at UMass Lowell.





Saiyu Hang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, lab member since 2015
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Graduated from Soochow University, China, in 2007 with B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry. Obtained Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2012, trained in Peter Gergen’s lab studying transcription regulation during early embryogenesis of Drosophila. Then, moved to Paula Watnick lab in Boston Children’s Hospital studying the interaction of Vibrio cholerae with host intestine.

Sangdoo Kim, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar, lab member since 2015
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In 2010, I received Ph.D from Dong-A University in South Korea under the mentorship of Dr. Yoe-Sik Bae. The title of my thesis was ‘Regulation of Sepsis and Natural killer cell Activity by Formyl Peptide Receptor Ligands’. Then I moved with Dr. Bae and continued my postdoctoral work at Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, Korea. I am a recipient of the 1st President Postdoctoral Fellow Award.





Hyun Ju Kim, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar, Lab member since 2015
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Graduated with PhD in 2011 from Dong-A University, South Korea. I majored Molecular Biology with a thesis, entitled “Regulation of lung cancer cell metastasis by transcription mediator Trap220”.  After graduation, I did my first post-doctoral trainings in the Sungkyunkwan University and the Ajou University, both located in South Korea, in the field of cancer biology. I received Basic Science Research Funding (2015~2017) from National Research Foundation of Korea. 



Donggi PaikDonggi Paik, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, Lab member since 2016
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Donggi graduated from Seoul National University with a B.S in microbiology and earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from KAIST where he used Drosophila system to study signaling pathways governing appendage development and aging in 2007.  After Ph.D., Donggi worked as a research scientist in a biotech company for 2 years.  In 2009, Donggi started his postdoctoral training with Neal Silverman at UMass Medical School studying innate immunity and moved to Jun’s lab to expand his research into adaptive immunity focusing on Th17 biology.  Donggi is a recipient of the postdoctoral fellowship by National Research Foundation of Korea (2009).



  Noah J. Silverstein, B.A.

   M.D. Ph.D candidate, Lab member since 2016
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Noah Silverstein received his BA from Middlebury College in 2011, where he completed a double major in Neuroscience and Music. After graduation he worked for three years as a research assistant at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the lab of Joshua Roffman where he used neuroimaging and genetics techniques to study schizophrenia and in particular the role played by folate metabolism. His current research regards the role of inflammation in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder.




Former lab members

Name (Time) - Current position

Ying Cai, Ph.D. (2014-2015) - A postdoc in Tufts Medical School
Trinath Jamma, Ph.D. (2014-2016) - Back to India
Aya Nambu, Ph.D. (2014-2016) - Staff Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Piblic Health

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