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Current Lab Members

Todd Waldman

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

Dr. Waldman was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. He 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. He was then recruited to a faculty position at Georgetown University School of Medicine/Lombardi Cancer Center, where he has been on the faculty for the past 19 years. In addition to running the lab, writing papers and grants, and occasionally brandishing a pipet, he also serves as Director of the Georgetown MD/PhD program. When not in the lab, he lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Emily and provides life lessons of dubious quality to his kids Ben (15), Max (13), and Rebecca (10).

Jung-Sik Kim

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

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Dr. Kim graduated from Seoul National University (BS 1989, MS 1991) and the University of Tokyo, Japan (PhD 1997). He then went to the NCI/NIH intramural program in Bethesda as a post-doctoral fellow and moved to Georgetown University School of Medicine where he started his career as a Research Associate (2001), was then promoted to Research Assistant Professor (2004) and subsequently to his current position (Research Associate Professor, 2009).  His motto for life is "have fun everywhere I go." Dr. Kim's hobbies include gene cloning, DNA sequencing, jogging, reading, and cooking Korean BBQ. He lives with my wife Euna and has two sons - Brian (22) and Dennis (18).

Xiaoyuan He

Xiaoyuan He, Ph.D.

Dr. He was born and raised in China. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in China and received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Basel, Switzerland. He moved to the United States in 2000, and performed postdoctoral research in Claire Moore's Lab at Tufts Medical School, where he studied the regulation of mRNA formation in yeast. He then moved to the NIH in Bethesda, where he also worked on mRNA metabolism in yeast, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he worked on the structure of a protein from Mycobacterium. He joined the Waldman Lab in February 2014. Dr. He lives by the motto "Learning is a life-long endeavor."

Alana Lelo

Alana Lelo, B.S.
MD/PhD Student

Ms. Lelo is from New York and received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from NYU in 2010. After graduating, she pursued her 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. She joined the Georgetown MD/PhD program in 2012 and is now in her sixth year of the program. In the Waldman lab, she is working on elucidating the role of the tumor suppressor STAG2 in urothelial carcinoma. When she is not labeling hundreds of eppendorf tubes for clonal selections or taking "#cellfies" in the tissue culture room, she can be found lifting heavy objects for fun as an avid lifter and CrossFit devotee.