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Bo Liang, PhD

Bo Liang, PhD

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine. I am also the Co-Scientific Adviser of the Robert P. Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core (IEMC) at Emory University. I am broadly interested in the structural basis and physiological function of biologically important complexes in space and time. My research interests focus on integrated approaches of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), x-ray crystallography and fluorescence light microscopy to uncover the molecular mechanisms of human disease associated macromolecular machineries. I am also interested in sampling and deciphering the structural and dynamic aspects of molecules that are critical for their biological function in real time at single molecule level. I have the motivation, expertise, leadership, and training essential to successfully lead the research programs in the Liang laboratory at Emory.

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Dongdong Cao, PhD

Dongdong Cao received a B.A. in Biotechnology in 2011 and a Ph.D.in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2017 from University of Science and Technology of China. During his time at USTC, he mainly focused on exploring the structure and function of enzymes and immune related proteins by X-ray crystallography.

In June 2017, Dongdong joined Liang laboratory as a research scholar, where his research continued to focus on the structure and function of the RNA synthesis machinery of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) using X-ray crystallography and Cryo-EM.

Yunrong Gao, PhD

Yunrong received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Huazhong Agricultural University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Bi lijun and Prof. Zhang xian’en at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academic of Sciences. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the new mechanism of PAS (Para-Aminosalicylic Acid) resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and structural analysis of the regulatory mechanism of MarR family proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Yunrong joined in the Liang’s group in June of 2017, in his current project, he will apply cyo-EM or X-ray crystallography to study the function of some important proteins in HRSV.

Hyunjun Max Ahn

My name is Hyunjun Max Ahn, a freshman majoring in chemistry at Emory University. Although I am originally from Korea, I attended and graduated from high school in Georgia. In high school, I was very involved in tutoring activities – I mainly tutored math, chemistry, reading and ESOL. In fact, I was the president of the tutoring program in my high school and a manager of the math tutoring program in Ocee public library. In addition, I was also very involved in fundraising organizations – I was Historian and Vice President of Make A Wish Foundation in my high school. I seek to continue my tutoring career in Emory through Project Shine – a project dedicated to mentor elementary students. 

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Amber Bell

My name is Amber Bell and I am a sophomore undergraduate here at Emory University double majoring in Biology and Mathematics. I am from a small town named Cleveland in Southeast TN. I attended Walker Valley High School where I was the Student Body President, Science Olympiad team member, and Anchor Club service member. Graduating from high school, I was a Rotary Youth Leader, a Tennessee Scholar, a Questbridge National College Match finalist, an Air Liquide America Foundation scholar, and a member of the Georgetown Scholarship Program.

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Paul D'Cunha

My name is Paul D’Cunha and I am a Junior at Emory University. I am from Lubbock, Texas but I have lived in several places ranging from Montana to New York. I am currently majoring in Chemistry (B.S.) and Mathematics (B.A.). Previously, I worked in an inorganic chemistry lab here at Emory under the mentorship of Dr. Hill in the department of chemistry studying new synthetic methods for adding Zirconium to polyoxometalates. 

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Maria Dhinojwala

Maria Dhinojwala is from Akron, Ohio and currently a freshman at Emory University majoring in Biology. In high school, she participated in multiple science fairs and competitions, and was named Semifinalist in the SIEMENS Discovery Competition for a team project completed in the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program at Stony Brook University.

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Shaylan Hill

My name is Shaylan Hill, I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and I am a freshman here at Emory University. I attended Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, FL where I was a student in the school’s medical academy. In this academy, I took several medical laboratory classes and became a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). I plan to double major in Biology and Spanish on the pre-health track at Emory with plans to study abroad as well.

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Claire Roesler

Claire Roesler is from Western Springs, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where she graduated from Lyons Township High School in the top one percent of her class and was awarded with the senior orchestra award. Claire hopes to attend medical school and go into emergency medicine. Claire is a sophomore at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. She is on the pre-medical track and double majoring in chemistry and music. In addition to working in the Liang Lab, Claire tutors chemistry and mathematics at the local high school and is an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon. Her other involvements include being the assistant principle violinist in the Emory Symphony Orchestra and performing in a chamber quartet.

Sarah Romanelli

My name is Sarah Romanelli and I'm a freshman at Emory University studying biology on a pre-med track. I'm from Oceanside, New York and I'm a proud student from Oceanside High School! During my time in high school, I was heavily involved in science research and a proud member of my high school's college research program. I interned for the past two years at Columbia University's Center for Cancer Genetics, where I studied the effect of hyperactive NT5C2 genes on relapsed leukemia and nucleoside analogue resistance. For my research, I was awarded "Best In Fair" at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair (NYSSEF) as well as second place in translational medicine at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

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Angela Salazar

My name is Angela Salazar, currently a freshman at Emory University College of Arts and Sciences, planning to major in Chemistry and Mathematics. I was born in Manila, Philippines and have lived in several states. I previously attended Augusta Preparatory Day School in Augusta, Georgia. I have been freshman class representative, science club’s PR officer, vice president, and president.

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Julia Slack

My name is Julia Slack and I am currently a freshman at Emory University. This last year I graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. During my time in high school I was very involved in community service, rock climbing, and soccer. Regarding community service, I worked with the non-profit Youth Volunteers Corps and served over 1,000 hours with their organization to better my community. I also had the honor to serve as both the president of the local youth advisory board as well as a member on the International Youth Advisory Board.

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Lisa Zhuang

Hi, my name is Lisa Zhuang, a student lab assistant for the Liang Laboratory. I hail from college town Columbia, MO, where I graduated with highest honors from Rock Bridge High School. Currently, I attend Emory College of Arts and Sciences (class of 2021,) where I plan to major in neuroscience. In high school, I participated in a multitude of service projects independently and through community service clubs. I volunteered at the local food bank weekly for two years, an assisted living home for a year and a half, and helped set up and run the local Alzheimer’s Walk for four years. I worked as both vice president and treasurer for HOSA for four years, planning service projects including cancer research fundraisers and blood drives. I was also president of Environmental Coalition, where I enacted plans to make the school more sustainable. 

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