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Current Lab Members

Todd Waldman

Todd Waldman, M.D.,Ph.D.
Professor of Oncology

I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. I graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1987, Yale University (B.S.) in 1991, and Johns Hopkins Medical School (M.D., Ph.D.) in 1998. I was then recruited to a faculty position at Georgetown University School of Medicine/Lombardi Cancer Center, where I have been on the faculty for the past 18 years. In addition to running the lab, writing papers and grants, and occasionally brandishing a pipet, I also run the Georgetown MD/PhD program. When not in the lab, I live in Bethesda, Maryland and spend my non-science time with my wife Emily, and provide life lessons of dubious quality to my kids Ben (13), Max (11), and Rebecca (9).

Jung-Sik Kim

Jung-Sik Kim, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, I graduated from Seoul National University (BS 1989, MS 1991) and the University of Tokyo, Japan (PhD 1997). I then went to the NCI/NIH intramural program in Bethesda as a post-doctoral fellow and moved to Georgetown University School of Medicine where I started my career as a Research Associate (2001), was then promoted to Research Assistant Professor (2004) and subsequently to my current position (Research Associate Professor, 2009).  My motto for life is having fun everywhere I go. Hobbies are gene cloning, sequencing, jogging, reading, and cooking Korean BBQ. I live with my wife Euna and two boys Brian (21), and Dennis (17).

Xiaoyuan He

Xiaoyuan He, Ph.D.

I was born and raised in China. I earned my B.S. and M. S. degree from China and received my Ph. D. in Biochemistry from University of Basel, Switzerland. I moved to the United States in 2000, and performed postdoctoral research in Claire Moore’s Lab at Tufts Medical School, where I studied the regulation of mRNA formation in yeast. I then moved to the NIH in Bethesda, where I also worked on mRNA metabolism in yeast, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where I worked on the structure of a protein from Mycobacterium. I was lucky enough to join the Waldman Lab in February 2014. It is an outstanding opportunity for me to transition to studying human cancer. I always believe that “Learning is a life-long endeavor”.

Victoria Hill

Victoria Hill, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow

Originally from the UK, I studied at the University of Leicester (BSc), Newcastle University (MSc) and the University of Birmingham (PhD) before moving to the USA in 2011 to work in the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH in Bethesda, MD and now at the Waldman Lab, Georgetown University, DC. My predominant interest is in the field of cancer genetics and I have been fortunate enough to actively participate in researching aspects of breast cancer, melanoma and glioma. When not hanging around the lab, I enjoy reading fiction and cycling around DC/MD with my husband. When I can find a little more time I hope to see more of the USA — partly to increase my tacky collection of souvenir fridge magnets — and to learn how to use my new SLR camera in a way that is more than just point and click.

Alana Lelo

Alana Lelo, B.S.
MD/PhD Student

I hail from New York and received my degree in Chemistry from NYU in 2010. After graduating, I pursued my cancer biology research interests in both the industrial and academic settings, first at OSI Pharmaceuticals and then at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the lab of Nick Tonks. I joined the Georgetown MD/PhD program in 2012 and am now in my fourth year of the program...time flies when you're having fun! In the Waldman lab, I am working on elucidating the role of the tumor suppressor STAG2 in urothelial carcinoma.  When I'm not labeling hundreds of eppendorf tubes for clonal selections or taking "#cellfies" in the tissue culture room, I can be found lifting heavy objects for fun.  I am an avid lifter and CrossFit devotee, and because of these hobbies and the voracious appetite that comes with it, I can also usually be found scavenging food from many of the labs on campus and at various meetings here at Georgetown. My two wonderful puppies, Chip and Gizmo, will gladly follow me to the ends of the earth because they know there is a good chance I'll drop something and they have no problems cleaning up after me!  

Julia Gerard

Julia Gerard, B.S.
Research Assistant

Growing up the youngest of six children in Connecticut, I was happy to strike out on my own by attending boarding school on Long Island, NY. After high school, I attended Loyola University in Maryland, where I majored in Biology and French, with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation in 2009, I moved to Manhattan, where I enjoyed working as a research technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Alexander Rudensky's Immunology Lab. There I learned how to dissect lymph nodes from a mouse in under two minutes, and how to survive living in 500 square feet with two roommates. In 2011 I moved to DC, and was lucky enough to join this lab as a research assistant. Todd and JS have been wonderful (and patient) teachers, helping me create knock-in cell lines, and explore protein-protein interactions. When not in lab, I enjoy biking and running on the many trails in the area, practicing yoga, and taking pictures of my cat Franklin. My husband Hee Jae, a structural engineer, and I like to play Scrabble and watch "Arrested Development".