Drake Smith, PhD Student (2014-2017)

Drake received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology from Utah State University 2013. He was a Ph.D. student in the Immunity, Microbes and Molecular Pathogenesis (IMMP) Home Area at UCLA. He conducted PhD thesis research at the Yang Lab in 2014-2017, working on the biology and therapeutic application of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. Besides research, Drake enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, and camping.
Drake was the first PhD student graduated from the Yang Lab at UCLA. He completed a productive PhD training in 4 years.

After his PhD training at the Yang Lab, Drake joined the Gilead/Kite Pharma (Santa Monica, California) as a Scientist.

Bo Li, Postdoctoral Scholar (2014-2016)

Bo received his B.A. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Wuhan Institute of Technology at China in 2005, his M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2007, and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in 2010. He had his first postdoctoral training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine from 2010-2014. He continued his postdoc training at the Yang Laboratory from 2014-2016, working on molecular control of immune cell activities in cancer and autoimmune diseases. Besides research, Bo enjoyed sports and traveling.

After his postdoc training at the Yang Lab, Bo joined the Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California) as an Assistant Professor.

Inyoung Choi, Postdoctoral Scholar (2016-2017)

Inyoung received her B.A. degree in Biochemistry with minor in Biomedical Research from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010, and her Ph.D. in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2016. Her Ph.D. thesis work was on dietary restriction regulation of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases. She joined the Yang lab in June of 2016. Inyoung worked on the interface of immune system and nervous system in tumor microenvironment. Besides research, Inyoung enjoyed yoga and any outdoor activities.

After her postdoc training at the Yang Lab, Inyoung joined Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, Virginia) as a Senior Consultant.

Claret Siyuan Liu, Lab Manager & Research Assistant (2013-2015)

Claret received her B.S. degree in Biotechnology from Huazhong Agriculture University at China in 2006, and her M.S. degree in Genetics from Iowa State University in 2010. Claret worked with Dr. Lili Yang as a Research Assistant at the Laboratory of David Baltimore at Caltech from 2010-2013. She was a Lab Manager at the UCLA Yang Lab in 2013-2015. At the Yang Lab, she worked on studying iNKT cell biology and developing iNKT cell-based cancer immunotherapies for cancer. Besides research, Claret enjoyed traveling, petting, cooking, and running.

After her training at the Yang Lab, Claret joined Amgen (Thousand Oaks, California) as a Scientist.

Alexander Pham, Undergraduate Student (2014-2017)

Alex was an undergraduate student majoring in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) at UCLA. He conducted research at the Yang Lab in 2014-2016, working with Drs. Bo Li and Shirley Wang on molecular control of immune cell reactions in cancer and autoimmune diseases. Besides research and classes, Alex enjoyed playing with the Nanodrop 2000 and having Boba Tea!

After college, Alex joined the UCLA Medicine School for MD training.

Levina Lin, Undergraduate Student (2015-2018)

Levina was an undergraduate student majoring in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) at UCLA. She conducted research at the Yang Lab in 2015-2018, working with Drake Smith and Dr. Yanni Zhu on developing iNKT cell-based immunotherapies for cancer. Besides research and classes, Levina enjoyed reading, running, and playing piano.

After college, Levina joined the UCLA Medical School for MD training.

 

Heesung Moon, Undergraduate Student (2014-2017)

Heesung was an undergraduate student majoring in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) at UCLA. She conducted research at the Yang Lab in 2014-2016, working with Dr. Shirley Wang on engineering immunity against cancer. Besides research and classes, Heesung enjoyed sleeping!

After college, Heesung joined the CHA University in Korea for MD training.