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Four Faculty Join Department of Molecular & Cell Biology in 2013

We are delighted to welcome four new faculty members to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology in 2013. 

Heng Du and Lan Guo both came to UT Dallas from the University of Kansas, where they were post-doctoral researchers with Shirley ShiDu Yan.  Heng and Lan are interested in neurodegenerative disorders, and the role that mitochondria play in the etiology of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Jung-whan (Jay) Kim joins us from the University of California San Diego and Salk Institute, where he did post doctoral research with Randall Johnson and Reuben Shaw.  Jay trained originally in Veterinary Medicine, but made the switch to cancer research for his PhD at Johns Hopkins University.  Jay is interested in cancer cell metabolism, the tumor microenvironment, and the interactions between cancer cells and surrounding fibroblasts.

Duane Winkler is a protein biochemist and structural biologist who joins us from Colorado State University, where he did post-doctoral research with Karolin Luger.  Duane is interested in the assembly of chromatin, the nucleoprotein complex that is involved in the condensation of eukaryotic chromosomes. 

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology is one of the fastest-growing departments on campus. Its mission is to maintain a nationally competitive research program, to train students to become outstanding scientists and to provide an exceptional foundation for students pursuing careers and continued education in the life sciences, medicine or other healthcare fields.

  • Updated: October 21, 2013