Meet the Lab

Toni R Pak, PhD

James R. DePauw Professor and Chair

Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Hobbies: Who has time for hobbies outside of lab?

Favorite quote: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it” - Neil deGrasse Tyson


2003 -2007: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Robert Handa, Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

2002: Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

Advisors: Dr. G. Robert Lynch, Dr. Pei-San Tsai

1997: M.A. Secondary Science Education, University of Colorado (Boulder,CO)

1995: B.A. Environmental, Population, Organismic Biology, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

You Hong Cheng, PhD

Staff Scientist

Hometown: Huangshan, Anhui, China

Hobbies that you enjoy outside of lab: Reading and Hiking

Research: Physiological role of ERβ in aging rat brains

Favorite quote: 言必信, 行必果 (Promises must be kept and action must be resolute)


Andie Asimes, PhD

Hometown: North Royalton, OH

Hobby: Traveling and spending time with her family

Research: How teenage binge drinking can alter your brain and offspring

Favorite quote: "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker (or Abe Lincoln)



2013: BA, Neuroscience, Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

2018: PhD, Neuroscience, Loyola University Chicago

Jennifer Chang, PhD

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Hobby: Hanging out with my dog, Frankie!

Research: Examining splice variants of the ER-beta protein!

Favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky



2009: BA, Biological Sciences, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

2012: MS, Biological Sciences, Wright State University (Dayton, OH)

2018: PhD, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (Chicago, IL)

Advisor: Dr Michelle L Hastings

Chun Kim, MS

PhD Candidate, Physiology Graduate Program

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Hobby: MLB - Atlanta Braves

Research: How do hormones affect miRNA degradation?

Favorite quote: "We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented." - Peter Singer



2012: BS, Philosophy and Bird Watching, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL)

2017: MS, Neuroscience, Loyola University Chicago

Kyle Bartelt, MS

Medical Student (Stritch School of Medicine, Class of 2020)

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Hobbies: Biking, swimming, running, going to the movies, and video games.

Research: How testosterone affects microRNAs in the brain during puberty

Favorite quote: "The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have." -Louis E. Boone



2015: BS, Biology, Chemistry and Physiology, Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)

2016: MS, Medical Physiology, Loyola University Chicago

Mengjie Zhang, MS

Research Technician, specializing in Mass Spectrometry

Hometown: Beijing, China

Hobbies: Tennis, exploring restaurants, travel

Project goal: Quantifying ER-beta phosphorylation level in aging brain by Mess Spec.

Favorite quote: "If you have the desire and passion to do something, and it's within god's will, you will achieve it." - Nick Vujicic



2009: BS, Animal Science, South China Agricultural University (Guangzhou, China)

2012: MS, Cell and Molecular Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL)

Paddy Feeney, MS

Research Technician, specializing in Mass Spectrometry

Hometown: Kinsale, Ireland

Hobby outside lab: Triathlons!

Research project: I'm investigating the aging effects on post translation modifications of estrogen receptor beta using Mass Spectrometry.

Favorite quote: All I ask is the chance to prove. That money can't make me happy.



2015: B.SC., Chemistry, University College (Cork, Ireland)

2017: M.SC., Atmospheric Chemistry, University College (Cork, Ireland)

Brady Son, MS

Research Technician

Hometown: Cerritos, CA

Hobbies outside of the lab: Soccer, Basketball

Research project: Helping out with everything and anything!

Favorite quote: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." –Confucius



2016: BS, Human Biology, University of California San Diego

2018: MS, Medical Physiology, Loyola University Chicago