Lab Members


Current Lab Members

Kook Hui Ryu
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ph.D in Biology from Yansei University, Korea.

Lijun An
Visiting Faculty Member
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Wenjia Wang
PhD Student
B.S. in Life Sciences from Peking University

Yun Long
Visiting PhD Student, Sichuan Agricultural University
M.S. in Crop Genetics & Breeding from Sichuan Agricultural University

Yan Zhu
PhD Student
B.S. in Biological Sciences from Fudan University

Ashley Beacham
Undergraduate Researcher
B.S. in Biology from College of Charleston

Chukwudi Enogwe
Undergraduate Researcher
B.A.Sc. in Biology from Long Island University

Former Lab Members

Myeong Min Lee
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Myeong Min earned a B.S. and a Ph.D in Biology from Yansei University, Korea. Myeong Min’s postdoctoral research was focused on the role of WEREWOLF and other MYB transcription factors in epidermal cell patterning. Myeong Min is currently a faculty member at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Pious Thomas
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pious received a B.S. in Horticulture form Kerala University and a Ph.D in Horticulture from Indian Agricultural Research Institute. He studied the initiation of root development in grape cuttings.

Marissa Simon
Ph.D. Student
Marissa joined the lab in 2000 after earning a B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis. For her thesis work, she characterized new regulators of root epidermal call specification, including the family of CPC-related one-repeat Myb proteins.

Ling Huang
Ph.D. Student
Ling earned her PhD in MCDB and her Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan in 2016.  Her thesis work centered on the molecular evolution of gene expression in developing roots and root hairs of plants.

Yan Lin
Ph.D. Student
Yan earned a B.S. in Biology from Beijing Normal University. Her PhD work focused on understanding the expression and function of the GLABRA2 gene in root and embryo development.

Ronglai Shen
Ph.D. Student
Ronglai received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Fudan University.  She joined the lab in 2000 and studied the role of a new gene required for epidermal patterning.

Christine Bernhardt
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Christine joined the lab in 1999, after earning a B.S. in Biology from Technical University of Darmstadt, and a Ph.D in Plant Pathology from University of Gottingen, Germany. Christine’s research focused on the basic helix-loop-helix proteins that participate in root epidermis development.

Amy Riley
Undergraduate Researcher
Amy earned a B.S in Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan. She conducted an extensive undergrad research project studying several new genes associated with epidermal cell fate.