LAB MEMBERS

POSTDOCS / FELLOWS

Neil Kelly

Neil Kelly, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Neil is a postdoctoral fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research interests include the use of genomics- and network-based methods to identify novel pathways involved in the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension.

In his free time, Neil enjoys fishing, golf, and cooking.

kelly.neil@medstudent.pitt.edu | 412-383-1270

 

 

Vinny Negi, PhD

Vinny Negi, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Vinny recently graduated from Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, India with a doctorate degree. In free time, Vinny likes listening to music, dancing and watching movies.

negiv@pitt.edu | 412-383-1276

 

Wei Sun, MD

Wei Sun, MD

Fellow, Heart and Vascular Institute

Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program

sunw2@upmc.edu

 

Qiujun Yu, MD, PhD

Qiujun Yu, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Qiujun graduated from the Fourth Military Medical University in China with MD and PhD degrees, and completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in Cardiology in Xijing hospital, Xi’an, China. Her previous research interests were metabolic and redox regulations of myocardium and cardiac microvasculature in ischemic heart disease. She joined Chan lab in 2015 as a postdoc associate working on novel roles of long-noncoding RNA in pulmonary hypertension and molecular mechanics of mitochondrial metabolism in pulmonary vascular biology.

yuqiu@pitt.edu | 412-383-1270

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Miranda Culley

Miranda Culley

Graduate Student

Miranda is a dual-degree student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Angiopathy Training Program with a particular interest in pulmonary hypertension and heart failure.
When not in lab, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, drinking a good cup of coffee, going to the gym, yoga, and visiting Frick Park and the Strip District.

Culley.Miranda@medstudent.pitt.edu | 412-383-1270

 

Lloyd Harvey

Lloyd Harvey

Graduate Student

Lloyd is an M.D. and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Scientist Training Program. Having completed the preclinical medical school curriculum, he is now working on his graduate studies in the Molecular Pharmacology Training Program.
When not in the laboratory, Lloyd enjoys spending his free time hanging out in coffee shops, reading autobiographies, and staying up to date on international and domestic affairs via the The Economist, NYTimes, and WaPo.

Harvey.Lloyd@medstudent.pitt.edu

 

Anna Ramos

Anna Ramos

Medical Student

Anna is a first year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is interested in the response of circulating miRNAs to aerobic exercise.
If not in the lab (or studying for medical school), she is probably rehearsing with the University of Pittsburgh School of Health Sciences a cappella group PalPITTations, training for another half-marathon, or searching for the best dessert in the city.

Ramos.Anna@medstudent.pitt.edu | 412-383-1270

 

RESEARCH STAFF

Adam Handen, MS

Adam Handen, MS

Computational Specialist

handena@pitt.edu | 412-648-2094

 

Miranda Tai, MS

Miranda Tai, MS

Laboratory Technician

Miranda recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a master degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is interested in the roles and functions of microRNA and long-noncoding-RNA in pulmonary hypertension.
In her spare time, Miranda enjoys art, music, playing badminton, kayaking, and exploring new places as well as trying out new (yummy) food!

taiy@upmc.edu | 412-383-1270

 

Ying Tang

Ying Tang

Research Specialist IV, Senior Lab Manager

Ying has extensive experience in the development of viral vectors and the application of stem cells for gene and cell therapy, especially for musculoskeletal disease and injury. She has played a major role in the following projects: 1) recombinant adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector-based gene therapy for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD); 2) bone regeneration including the use of gene-enhance human mesenchymal stem cell with biomaterial scaffolds; 3) the development of techniques in small animal experiments and imaging.
Her research is focused on the field of gene transfer and stem cell modification utilizing AAV, lentivirus and retrovirus. She is currently investigating: 1) the response of pulmonary and peripheral blood vessels to hypoxic and ischemic injury; 2) strategies for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH).
In these projects, small animals, such as transgenic and double-knock out mice, are bred, genotyped and treated for pulmonary and peripheral blood vessel related diseases. Imaging techniques frequently used in these animal experiments include micro-CT for bone imaging.  Imaging techniques employed in cell-based experiments include dot blot, western blot and other immunostaining procedures.

yit3@pitt.edu | 412-648-2094

 

Annie Watson

Annie Watson, MPH

Clinical Research Coordinator

Annie spent many years doing bench work in genetic laboratories and later completed an MPH at the University of Pittsburgh. Afterwards, she became a clinical research coordinator. She is interested in expanding the pulmonary hypertension biorepository to facilitate future studies.  She is elated to be part of the Chan lab, as it provides an opportunity for her to learn more about the clinical trial process and the development of novel therapies.  In her free time, Annie likes kayaking, running, watching movies and attending Pittsburgh cultural events.

watsonam3@upmc.edu | 412-647-4964

 

Jingsi Zhao, MS

Jingsi Zhao, MS

Laboratory Technician

Jingsi graduated from Nanjing University in China with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, and then gained the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. As a research lab technician, Jingsi is working to be responsible for maintaining the laboratory animal colony and performing multiple rodent manipulation experiments which are involved in several projects in the lab. She is excited to work here because she wants to apply her biological knowledge and laboratory skills to studying the function and regulation of microRNA in pulmonary hypertension, and also gain more research experience. When not doing science, Jingsi enjoys watching movies and listening to music.

zhaoj5@upmc.edu | 412-648-2094

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Leonard Estephan

Leonard Estephan

Undergraduate Researcher

Leonard is an undergraduate student studying biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Post-graduation, he plans on attending medical school and becoming a physician. In his free time his favorite things to do are listen to music, play sports, explore Pittsburgh, and watch movies with his friends.

lee22@pitt.edu | 412-648-2094

 

Deepak Kumar

Deepak Kumar

Undergraduate Researcher

Deepak is a senior Biology major at the University of Pittsburgh with the goal of becoming a Cardiologist. In his free time, Deepak enjoys practicing Judo, playing tennis and pick-up basketball, and listening to music.

dek82@pitt.edu | 412-648-2094

Yanlin Ren

Yanlin Ren

Undergraduate Researcher

Yanlin is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. He is interested in exploring the potential regulatory effects of long-noncoding RNAs in the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension. In his free time, Yanlin loves playing badminton, writing poetry and biking.

yar8@pitt.edu

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Diane Margaria

Diane Margaria

Administrative Assistant

Diane has been employed at Pitt since 2000 and graduated from Pitt in 2011 with a BA. Diane enjoys spending time with her family, riding motorcycles, playing/watching sports and watching movies.

margariad@upmc.edu | 412-383-6030