Peng Jin, PhD

Principal Investigator & Chair

Department of Human Genetics

Dr. Peng Jin received his doctorate degree in Molecular and Developmental Biology from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/University of Cincinnati, and postdoctoral training at Emory University. At Emory, Dr. Jin is interested in the roles of noncoding RNAs and epigenetic modulation in neural development and brain disorders. Dr. Jin is the recipient of Beckman Young Investigator Award, Basil O’Connor Scholar Research Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience, and NARSAD Independent Investigator Award.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests include non-coding RNA, chemical biology, and epigenetic pathogenesis of neurological disorders.

Yujing Li, PhD

Ronghua Li obtained his Bachelor degree of Medical Science in Luzhou Medical College in 1983 and his Doctoral degree of Medicine in West China University of Medical Science in 1995. He worked in Department of Human Genetics in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Research Associate and Research Instructor from 2001 to 2016. In 2016 Dr. Li was recruited as an Instructor by Department of Human Genetics in the Emory University School of Medicine to study of gene editing/cell therapy (iPSCs differentiation into target cells) for the inherited diseases such as phenylketonuria (PKU). In the meantime, Dr. Li is also doing epigenetic study in Dr. Jin’s lab.

Ronghua Li, MD, PhD

I am interested in the following topics: neurodevelopment related with neural cell migration during early development; neural function specifying excitatory and inhibitory synaptic balance related with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the role of Fmr1 in fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and Fragile X syndrome (FXS).

Yunhee Kang, PhD

I obtained my Ph.D. from the Australian National University where I studied the effect of an RNA modification, 5-methylcytosine, on mRNA metabolism. In the Jin lab, I am interested in understanding the role of RNA modifications in neurodegenerative diseases such as Fragile X syndrome and Alzheimer’s.

Andrew Shafik, PhD

I received my Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2018. My doctoral research focused on the identification of loci controlling heat tolerance and ESC disease resistance in catfish using GWAS and transcriptomic analysis. I joined Jin lab in September of 2018. My research interests are 1)  studying Tet enzymes and their role in brain disorders, such as Alzheimer disease; 2) characterizing cell-free DNA methylation in brain disorders.

Yulin Jin, PhD

I obtained my Ph.D. from Ocean University of China where I focused on molecular basis of sexual differentiation in scallop. I joined Jin lab in January of 2020. My current research interest is the molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases caused by expansion of tandem repeats.

Ruojiao Li, PhD

Graduate Students

I am a second-year graduate student in the Genetics and Molecular Biology program. My current research focus is on DNA and RNA modifications and their role in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In my spare time, I like to think about hiking, rock climbing, and going to the gym.

Matthew Armstrong

I obtained my Master's degree of Neurology from the Central South University in China. Now I am a joint Ph.D. student in Jin Lab. I am interested in using bioinformatics analysis to understand the causes of age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

Yun Peng

I obtained my master’s degree from Xiangya Hospital, Central South University where I focused on the genetic effects on neurodegenerative disease and genetic disorders. I am a Ph.D. student in Central South University and a visiting scholar in Emory University. In Jin lab, I am interested in understanding the role of epigenetic modifications in neurodegenerative diseases such as Fragile X syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease

Kailin Zhang

I am a graduate student in 8-year Clinical Medicine program from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University. Currently,  I am interested in understanding the DNA 5-hydroxymethylcytosine and N6-methyladenine modification in neurodegenerative diseases such as Fragile X syndrome.

I am a graduate student in 8-year Clinical Medicine program from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University. My work is mainly focused on the association between miRNAs and Alzheimer’s disease.

I am a graduate student in 8-year Clinical Medicine program from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University. I am interested in epigenetic modifications in neurodegenerative diseases.

Keqin Xu
Mei Zhen
Yiqu Cao

I obtained my Master’s degree of Neurology from Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China, where I focused on the genetic effects on neurodegenerative disease. I am a Ph.D. student in Central South University and a joint Ph.D. student in Emory University. In Jin’s lab, I am interested in using bioinformatic tools to improve genetic diagnosis in Mendelian disease with the combined NGS datasets (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, DNase-seq, and ATAC-seq data), and to explore the ethnicity-specific and similarity of 5hmC in Alzheimer ’s disease pathogenesis.

Yuwen Zhao

I obtained my Master’s degree of Pharmacology from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2018. I am a Ph.D. student in Soochow University. I am interested in epigenetic modifications in major depressive disorder.

Qian Zhang

Staff

I joined Dr. Jin’s lab in 2018 after I finished my postdoc training at Emory University. I am currently focusing my research on two Fmr1 mutated mouse models while doing lab management.

Yaran Wen, MD, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Lab Manager

I am a research specialist and joined the lab in 2016. I investigate drosophila eye screening and behavior test to identify genetic modifiers in Fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). I am also involved in epigenetic study.

Junghwa Lim
Research Specialist, Lead

Undergraduate Students

I am a rising Junior at Emory University majoring in Biology and Music. After discovering the field of epigenetics, I joined the Jin lab to pursue my interest in this field. I am currently studying the effects of RNA modifications on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Moreover, I was given the flexibility to utilize both wet lab techniques and computational methods, which I believe are beneficial in formulating a multi-faceted project. 

Lesley Mun

Hwanwook Seong is a rising sophomore  at Emory University double majoring in music and biology (pre-med track). He is interested in developmental diseases and how epigenetic-related projects can further influence research. He looks forward to the projects that he will be able to develop as he continues working in the lab.

Hwanwook Seong

Wardha Mowla is a current undergraduate in the college and is majoring in Human Health with a minor in English. She is interested in epigenetics and DNA modifications in the development of diseases. She is an executive officer for Citizen Science HD at Emory, an organization that encourages and teaches underrepresented and minorities in middle school about STEM fields. 

Wardha Mowla

Visiting Fellow

I am doing the second sequencing analysis in Jin Lab.

Lei Gu, PhD
Ruoqiong Huang

I am a Ph.D. student in Zhejiang University and a visiting scholar in Emory University. In Jin’s lab, I am interested in the role of epigenetic modification in inherited metabolic disorders.