Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Liam Chen, MD, PhD

Liam grew up in China, and graduated from Shandong Medical University before he came to Canada in 1997, and earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology from the University of Alberta in 2002. His Ph.D. research was in a Drosophila laboratory studying the neural transmitter dopamine in development. This led him to Dr. Mel Feany’s lab at Harvard Medical School for his postdoctoral training. Feany’s lab models human neurodegenerative diseases in the fruitfly and Dr. Chen published his postdoctoral work in various leading journals including the Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Chen completed the Anatomic Pathology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Molecular Genetics Pathology fellowship at Harvard Medical School, followed by a Neuropathology training in the joint fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Chen joined the Johns Hopkins Neuropathology faculty in August 2012. His current clinical and research interests focus on defining cellular pathways underlying neurodegenerative disorders.

Lab Members

Mingkuan Sun, Ph.D

Mingkuan received his PhD degree from Southeast University in September 2009 under the mentorship of Dr. Wei Xie. His PhD research focused on Neuroligin-Neurexin signaling in synapse development and function using Drosophila as a model. He joined Dr. Chen’s lab in May 2013. His current research focus on understanding the TDP-43 pathological function in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders like FTD-ALS disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Heather Han

Former Members

Fenghua Zhang, M.D, Ph.D
Sheng Wang, Ph.D
Max Lu
Gabrielle Allred
Iyla Oulabi
Froza Mushfique