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The Illustrious Members of the Myong Lab


Sua obtained her B.S in Molecular Cellular Biology and Ph.D in Nutrition/Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She received biophysics training in her postdoctorate years. She loves being a scientist! Her research interest is driven by unsolved biomedical problems including cancer and neurodegeneration. If she did not become a scientist, she would have chosen a path in medicine, music or engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, painting and cooking.



Laura obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University. Her Ph.D. work applied NMR methods to develop structure and dynamics based approaches to target RNA with small molecules. In 2019, Laura joined the Myong lab as postdoctoral researcher to study the dynamic RNA-protein interactions that lead to phase separation using single molecule techniques. Outside of lab, Laura loves travel, yoga, board games and cuddling her cat.



Tapas obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc in chemistry from Calcutta University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, West Bengal, India. He joined Prof. Sua Myong’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in 2018. His research interests included DNA breathing and looping dynamics but now focus on ‘how the oxidative lesions impacts on the telomeric structural properties and conformational dynamics and also telomerase accessibility and activity’ at the single-molecule level. In his free time, he likes to play cricket, football, and badminton and enjoys cooking.


GRADUATE STUDENT, Chun-Ying "Jim" Lee (

Jim obtained his B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. He has joined Dr. Myong’s group since 2014. His research is focused on a special nucleic acid secondary structure, called G quadruplex (G4) and its mysterious role in the central dogma. Combining both in vitro and in vivo methods, he has systematically investigated the effect of G4 in the transcription and translation processes. Currently, he has applied single-molecule technique to dissect each transcription stage and investigate how G4 forming sequences are involved in the regulation of transcription.


GRADUATE STUDENT, Amirhossein Ghanbari Niaki (

Amirhossein joined the lab in 2015 and he is from a town close to the Caspian Sea in Iran. He obtained his BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in Tehran and Koç University in Istanbul, respectively. His research interest is utilizing single molecule techniques to understand the role of intrinsically disordered proteins such as FUS in the context of stress granules. His effort is focused on how different patient occurring mutations in FUS mechanistically lead to ALS and understand what are the mechanisms to dissolve these FUS aggregates.



Kevin is a Ph.D student from the CMDB program. He earned his BA with honors in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and his MA in Biotechnology from Boston University in 2017. His research focuses on how ALS-like fates are driven by heterozygous mutations in FUS. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his cat, Zelda.


GRADUATE STUDENT, Gabby Vidaurre (

Gabby is a graduate student co-mentored by Dr. Xin Chen in the CMDB program. She earned her BA in Biology from The College of William and Mary in 2017. Her project involves characterization of a Polycomb puncta that forms in Drosophila germ cells. She also has a bunny named Stouie.



Sophie is an undergraduate Biophysics major at Johns Hopkins University. She joined Dr. Myong's lab group in the Fall of 2019 and is working with her wonderful mentor Xinyi to study the FUS protein. She also practices karate and taekwondo.



Josh is a sophomore Biophysics major at Johns Hopkins from the great state of Colorado. His mentor in the lab is the amazing and very patient Dr. Hui-Ting Lee. When Josh is not working in the lab, he volunteers at a Spanish clinic in East Baltimore and serves as a bible study leader for Intervarsity at Hopkins.  



Ashley is an undergraduate Biophysics major and Space Science and Engineering minor at Johns Hopkins. She recently joined Dr. Myong’s research group, and is working with her fantastic mentor, Jim, to study how G-quadruplex (GQ) formation affects transcriptional and translational regulation. Ashley is a native Marylander and loves dark chocolate! In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and baking.



Joey is a sophomore studying Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the lab in the Spring of 2019, working under the patient, magnificent Kevin Rhine. His work revolves around a lesser-studied polymer, PAR: a potent aggregator of ALS-related proteins. Joey spends his free time writing or playing card games.  



Xinyi is a senior in Biophysics at Hopkins. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2017. Xinyi is deeply involved in the RNP phase separation project to understand molecular basis of neurodegeneration.



Jesse is a sophomore studying Biophysics and Applied Math and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the lab in Spring of 2019 and works under the calm yet cheerful Amir in studying the FUS protein. In his free time Jesse enjoys swimming, reading, and playing tennis.



Wilson is a rising sophomore at Hopkins majoring in biophysics and planning to minor in computer science. He is from central Jersey. Outside of school he enjoys running and watching sports.


Gloria is a grad student at Harvard who designed the template of this website and hand drew all the avatar figures on the members page. We appreciate her artistic touches pervasive all throughout our website!  Thanks, Gloria!!!



Hui-Ting Lee - Assistant Professor, University of Alabama - Birmingham
Ramreddy Tippana
Jaya Sarker
Peggy Billingsley - Research Director, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Hye Ran Koh - Chung-Ang University, Korea, Assistant Professor
Alex Kreig - The Climate Corporation, Senior Agronomic Data Scientist
Younghoon Kim - Genzyme, Staff Scientist
Shirley Wang - Lawyer, China
Jacob Calvert - University of Bristol, Mathematics graduate student
Mallory Shroeder - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Blake Wilhelmsen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Partha Ryali - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Janet Sanoica - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Brendan Pullen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Emily Cullen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Sarthak Grover - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Grace Kim - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Neuroscience graduate student
Lauren Grant - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering undergraduate student
Helen Hwang - Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Resident Physician
Molly Imgruet - University of Chicago, MSTP student
Tiffany Sum - UCSF School of Dentistry student
Jason Xu - Bloomberg LP, Software Developer
Weikun Xiao - UCLA, Bioengineering graduate student
Amanda Hayward - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biochemistry graduate student
Alex Loiben - Cornell University, Molecular and Cellular Tissue Engineering graduate student
Justin Drawz - SIMnext, Simulation Engineer
Divya Srinivasan - Consultant, Inventiv Health
Jamie Kelly
Meghan McCleary - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Extension Educator
Shayan Guhaniyogi - Biotronik, Engineer
Ensun Kwon
Zita Hubler
Thomas Leslie Deleon