Current Lab Members

Jun Yang, Ph.D.Jun

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Adjunct Assistant 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 2014, she was promoted to Associate 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.


Dongmei Yu, Ph.D.Dongmei

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dongmei earned her B.S. degree from Northeastern Agricultural University, China, and Ph.D. degree from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Before she came to the Yang laboratory, she worked in Dr. Ahmet Yildiz's laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Dongmei has a strong research background in biochemistry and biophysics. Currently, her research focus is on the biochemical aspects of Usher proteins.


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.


Richard O. AustinRichard

Laboratory Aide

Richard joined the Yang laboratory as a volunteer in 2016, when he assisted our former graduate student, Dr. Ali Sharif, in his research project. Now, Richard continues his research with Dr. Clark and Dr. Zou as a part time laboratory aide. He plans to apply for a school of dentistry after his graduation with a B.S. degree from the University of Utah.


Daniel VilchezDaniel

Laboratory Aide

Daniel is interested in biomedical research and just joined the laboratory. He studies protein interactions using cultured cells. He also helps us with our laboratory routine chores. Besides English, Daniel is able to communicate with us using fluent Mandarin Chinese!



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)
Deepti Vashist (Volunteer)


Lab Pictures

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