Vakoc lab – PI, PhD students, Postdocs

Chris Vakoc

Principal Investigator


Yuan Gao

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Epigenetic regulation by sphingolipids

Yuhan Huang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: POU2F3 addiction and engineering of tuft cell lung cancer mouse models

Stella Hur

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Lineage reprogramming in pancreatic cancer

Olaf Klingbeil

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Paralog domain co-targeting CRISPR screening

Cristian Lopez-Cleary

PhD student

Project: Synthetic lethality in Rhabdomyosarcoma

Bin Lu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: ZFP64 and MYB addiction in leukemia

Diogo Maia-Silva

PhD student

Project: Squamous lineage reprogramming in pancreatic cancer

Sofya Polyanskaya

PhD student

Project: Phosphatase dependencies in acute myeloid leukemia

Damianos Skopelitis

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Elucidating redundant pathways that sustain cancer

Tim Somerville

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: TP63 and the squamous subtype of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Martyna Sroka

PhD student

Project: Targeting fusion oncoproteins in sarcoma

Yusuke Tarumoto

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: MEF2C and Salt-inducible kinase addiction in leukemia

Yiliang Wei

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Bone marrow signals that support leukemogenesis

Xiaoli Wu

PhD student

Project: Identifying POU2F3 cofactors in small cell lung cancer

Zhaolin Yang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Endogenous aldehydes in leukemia pathogenesis

Toyoki Yoshimoto

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Targeted therapy development in Rhabdomyosarcoma

Vakoc lab – Administration & Support Staff

Lukas Benjamin

Lab Technician

Joseph Milazzo

Lab Manager

Lindsay Monaco

Scientific Administrator

Genetic Screening Core

Kenneth Chang

Research Assistant Professor and
Head of the Functional Genomics Core

Osama El Demerdash

Functional Genomics Core

Kaarina Hanington

Functional Genomics Core
Research Technician

Vakoc lab alumni

Eric Wang (research technician from 2008-2015) -> currently a PhD student at NYU

Jessica Minder (research technician from 2013-2015) -> currently a PhD student at NYU

Anand Bhagwat (PhD student from 2012-2016)- > currently finishing his MD at Stony Brook Medical School as part of MSTP program

Junwei Shi (PhD student from 2010-2016) -> currently an Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania

Anja Hohmann (PhD student from 2012-2016) -> currently a Senior Scientist at KSQ Therapeutics

Chen Shen (PhD student from 2012-2016) -> currently a Senior Scientist at Pfizer

Yali Xu (PhD student from 2013-2018) -> current an Investigator at Novartis

Shinpei Kawaoka (postdoc from 2012-2013) -> currently a Group Leader at JST ERATO, Kyoto Japan

Jae-Seek Roe (postdoc from 2012-2018) -> currently an Assistant Professor Yonsei University