Principal Investigator

Yue Julia Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences,

College of Medicine, FSU.

Office: Thrasher Medical Research Building, Suite 2300-D

Tel: 850-645-7324


Dr. Wang obtained a B.S. at Tsinghua University in China, and received her Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics at Johns Hopkins University. Julia completed her post-doctoral training in Dr. Klaus Kaestner's laboratory at University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her love for science, Julia enjoys rock climbing and playing with her cat.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Gengqiang Xie, Ph.D. (Co-mentored with Jerome Irianto)

Office: Thrasher Medical Research Building


Dr. Xie obtained his B.S. from Lanzhou University and Ph.D. at the Institute of Biophysics of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. Outside the laboratory, Gengqiang is a sports fan. His favorite activities include driving and hiking. He also enjoys playing with his four-year old little boy.

Graduate Student

Hyo Jeong Yong, M.S.

Office: Thrasher Medical Research Building


Hyo Jeong obtained her B.S and M.S. in Biological Sciences at Sookmyung Women's University in South Korean. She is passionate to develop new genomic technologies and apply cutting edge of genomic and molecular biological techniques to uncover underlying mechanisms of human diseases and discover new targets for therapeutic methods. Hyo Jeong is actively engaged in science communication activities and she was one of the eleven finalists for the FameLab Korea 2016. To balance work and life, she enjoys drawing, reading books, playing instruments, and playing golf (Florida is a fantastic place to play golf!).

Research Assistants

Pilar Toledo, M.D.

Office: Thrasher Medical Research Building


Pilar obtained her M.D. degree at the National University of Tucumán (Argentina). As a research assistant, she is interested in learning about new technologies in molecular biology that can provide us with a better understanding of diseases, in particular diabetes. When she is not working, she enjoys running, doing outdoor activities, and spending time with her dog.

Jacob Gottlieb, B.S.

Office: Thrasher Medical Research Building


Jacob obtained his B.S. in Biological Sciences at Florida State University. Outside the lab, Jacob enjoys playing basketball, getting out in nature, and theorizing about leftist politics.

Undergraduate students

Kathryn Woodford


Kathryn is an undergraduate student at Florida State University and is working towards her B.S. in Biological Sciences. She is passionate about science and medicine, as she is pursuing a career in healthcare. Outside of the laboratory, Kathryn enjoys painting, gardening, and spending time with friends.

Valerie Martino


Valerie is currently an undergraduate student at Florida State University majoring in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences. She is interested in science, research, and healthcare. She plans on continuing a career in healthcare after her B.S. Outside the lab and school, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends/family.


Patrick Wabnitz

2019-2020. UROP undergraduate student. Current position: FSU.

Madison Layfield

2019-2020. UROP undergraduate student. Current position: Ph.D. student in Biostatistics. FSU.

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