Meet Our Team
Our team members are at the core of what makes Laboratory of Keith Syson Chan such a unique and fulfilling place to work. We take pride in the diversity of our staff, with each member contributing their unique skills to the projects we are working on.
Keith Syson Chan
I received my PhD at UT MD Anderson and my postdoc training at Stanford. I am enthusiastic about cancer research that can ultimately impact patients' lives. I enjoy Jazz and getting to know other music lovers at local bars. Tony Bennett is my favorite. I appreciate impressionist art work and blown glass e.g., Chihuly. During the pandemic, I am using the instant pot as a novel approach to optimize experimental protocols.
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Assistant Professor (Former CPRIT fellow)
I have a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. I received my PhD from University of Houston. For hobbies, I love cooking food (especially BBQ/Grilling), eating, and baking. I also love to run (to compensate from all the eating!).
Hongbo (Beth) Gao
I received my MBBS in Clinical Medicine from Taishan Medical University and went on to obtain a PhD in Basic Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Dakota. Currently, I am studying the crosstalk between cancer cells and its stromal niche. In my spare time, I love spending time and playing with my children, exploring the beaches, zoo and California outdoor scenics!
I obtained my B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Western Australia in Perth, and went on to obtain a PhD in Biological Sciences from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. I am interested to understand more about therapy resistance and mechanisms of metastasis in various cancer, and how the immune system plays a role in these deleterious phenotypes. During my free time, I enjoy a good game of badminton, the great outdoors, and eating! I love the Japanese culture and music, too! Yoroshiku!
I graduated from the Medical Biology and Genetics Master Program at Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey. In my master's, I mostly conducted studies to understand the molecular mechanisms of cancer stem cell subpopulations. I completed a Molecular Biology and Genetics Ph.D. program in Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center at the stem cells and organoid technologies lab. In my doctorate, I conducted studies to obtain a tumor organoid with the CRISPR-Cas9 method from a healthy liver organoid produced from IPSC. I am interested in the role of the tumor microenvironment (TME) effect on immune response in therapy-resistant bladder tumors in the organoid model. I enjoy watching anime, drawing, and designing.
I received my B.S. in Microbiology and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly Pomona. I am interested in the interplay between the tumor microenvironment and cancer cells. For my project, I am investigating the effects of DDR1 and its interaction with collagen, on the regulation of cancer progression. When not in lab, I am probably: playing video games, binging TV shows and movies, reading, eating ramen/pho.
Xen Ping Hoi
I received my B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA. I am interested in the cross-talk between immune cells and their microenvironment during disease progression (i.e., in cancer). I enjoy exploring eateries, hanging out with friends, hiking and being restful during vacations.
I am a biotechnologist and I obtained both my B.S. and my M.S from the University Padua. My background is in cancer-applied pharmacology and epigenetics. Upon moving to the US, I spent 2yrs studying the epigenetic mechanisms that play a role during the development and the progression of diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Currently, I am working on human bladder cancer. As a PhD student at Cedars-Sinai, I hope to have the opportunity to do high-level cancer and immunology translational research. Besides my strong interest and commitment to science, my other passions include love for animals, cooking, and yoga.
I obtained my bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in biology with an emphasis in biochemistry and molecular biology. My previous research project aimed at elucidating mechanisms of novel pro-viral host factors that help viruses escape innate immunity upon infection. I now hope to apply my knowledge and experience to the field of cancer biology to contribute to projects to better understand emerging topics such as the immune microenvironment, therapeutic resistance, and repopulation prior to pursuing graduate level studies in translational immunology. During my free time, I am an avid sports fan and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
I graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Business Law. I am interested in modeling and interrogating distant organ colonization and differences between primary and metastatic niches via microfluidics and organ-on-chip platforms. Outside of lab, I enjoy spending time with my puppy, trying seasonal coffee drinks and rewatching modern classic movies!