Current Lab Members

Jun Yang, Ph.D.Jun

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Member, Molecular Biology Program
Member, Neuroscience Program

Jun obtained her B.S. degree from the Biology Department at Nankai University in China. After working in the industry for 7 years, she came to the United States and started her Ph.D. study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She got her Ph.D. degree in Dr. R. Thomas Zoeller's laboratory, where she studied the gene expression changes in fetal alcohol syndrome using rat. Then, she joined the Berman-Gund laboratory for the Study of Retinal Degenerations at Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr. Tiansen Li. In 2008, Jun established her own laboratory as an assistant professor at the John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah. In 2020, she was promoted to Professor with tenure.


Junhuang Zou, Ph.D.Junhuang

Postdoctoral Associate

Junhuang graduated with his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Yangzhou University, China. Later on, he earned his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Genetics and Development Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Junhuang joined the Yang laboratory in 2009. His research interests are broad and related with both retinal degeneration and hearing loss.



Anna M. Clark, Ph.D.Anna

Senior Lab Specialist

Anna received her MS in genetics from University of Wroclaw, Poland and PhD in molecular genetics from the Ohio State University. She has worked at the University of Utah since 1999 and joined the Moran Eye Center in 2014 where she applies her molecular biology skills in helping graduate and undergraduate students with their research projects. She is also responsible for user training and maintenance of certain equipment shared by the department. For the last two years in Dr. Yang’s lab, Anna has been a part of a team studying the function of an unknown protein, assocaited with retinal degeneration. She also oversees day to day lab activities, including preparation of solutions and ordering of reagents.


Daniel Zhu, B.S.Junhuang

Laboratory Technician

JDaniel graduated from the University of Utah with a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He joined our laboratory in 2019. He is helping us with mouse genotyping and electroretinogram tests.





Former Lab Members

Ali Sakawa Sharif (PhD graduate student)
Pranav Dinesh Mathur (PhD graduate student)
Qian Chen (Postdoc)
Kevin Nguyen (undergraduate student)
Stuart Loertscher (undergraduate studnet)
Kevin Refahiyat (undergraduate student)
Maya Brewer (part time lab aide)
Brian Fortie (undergraduate student)
Spencer Hill (undergraduate student)
April Vigus (technician)
Louis Lu (undergraduate student)
Peter Ostler (undergraduate student)
Tihua Zheng (MS graduate student)
Le Wang (PhD graduate student)
Zuolian Shen (Postdoc)
Weiping Zhang (Postdoc)
Dongmei Yu (Postdoc)
Richard O. Austin (Laboratory Aide)
Daniel Vilchez (undergraduate student)
Deepti Vashist (Volunteer)


Lab Pictures

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