Xuehong Deng

Xuehong is the lab manager for Hu Lab. In addition to overseeing smooth operation of the lab and lab environment, she focuses on novel and pilot projects in the lab. She is also extensively involved in collaborations with internal and external Hu lab collaborators. Outside of the lab, Xuehong enjoys cooking and gardening.

Andrew Asberry


Andrew is a second year student in the PULSe program. His research focuses on the mechanisms of therapy-induced neuroendocrine differentiation in cancer cells. With a background is in analytical chemistry, he spent over six years in Industry at Dow Chemical. Currently, Andrew is utilizing multidisciplinary approaches including proteomics, genomics, computational, and structural biology to address how cancers evade treatment. Outside of lab, he enjoys running/biking with friends, cooking, and playing guitar. After graduating, Andrew will seek a postdoc position in drug development.


Regina Nam, M.Sc.


Regina finished undergrad at UCS and completed research at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center. She finished her M.S. in GIST, S. Korea, with main research focused on cancer metabolism. Regina will continue to study reprogrammed metabolism by PRMT5 in Dr. Hu’s lab. Outside of the lab, she likes to watch movies, go running, and play tennis. 

Dr. Qi Shen, Ph.D.

Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Dr. Shen is a visiting scholar from Tongji Hospital of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. In the Hu lab, he is mainly dedicated to the research of genetically modified mouse models and the study of the mechanism of neuroendocrine transformation in lung and pancreatic cancers. 

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Jogendra Pawar, Ph.D.

Dr. Pawar is a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Hu’s lab. He is working on understanding the role of PRMT5 as an important epigenetic regulator of prostate cancer cell growth. He has completed his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in molecular cancer biology. Before joining Dr. Hu’s lab, he was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Department of chemistry and biochemistry, Northern Arizona University. Outside of the lab, he likes watching movies, traveling, hiking, and cooking. 

Christopher T. Nguyen

Undergraduate Researcher, Purdue BSPS Program

Chris is an undergraduate in his second year at Purdue’s BSPS Program. He is currently performing research in the Hu lab and learning laboratory skills in determining the affects of PRMT5 on driving prostate cancer growth. He plans to continue to medical school in the future. Outside of the lab, he likes flying drones recreationally and mountain biking.

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Md Yusuf Al Amin, M. Pharm.

Yusuf is a first-year (Fall-2021) graduate student in the interdisciplinary life science (PULSe) program. He got his B. Pharm. (Undergraduate) and M. Pharm. (Post-graduate) degrees from the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. After finishing the M. Pharm., he worked as an RA for one and a half year with Professor Golam Sadik at his undergraduate institution. At Sadik lab, he took part in a number of projects involving natural products screening to find lead compounds with a goal of developing drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. His current research in Hu lab is focused on developing new drugs in the context of PRMT5 (Protein arginine methyltransferase 5) & AR (Androgen receptor) driven prostate cancer. Outside of the lab, Yusuf likes watching movies, listening to music, reading books, playing cricket and football.

Zhixia Chi

Zhixia Chi joined Dr. Hu’s lab in 2021 and is jointly supervised by Dr. GuangJun Zhang (Department of Comparative Pathobiology). She graduated from Huazhong Agriculture University with a bachelor’s degree. Later, she received a comprehensive training in the area of cancer biology research and got her Master's degree from Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before becoming a graduate student at Purdue, she worked as a research assistant and focused on immunotherapy research at National University of Singapore. Right now, Zhixia is very interested in the oncogenic mechanisms of PRMT5 in prostate cancer development and metastasis. Outside of the lab, she enjoys listening to music, long-distance running and reading stories.


Hu Lab Alumni and Past Members

Graduate Students:

  • Elena Beketova (2016-2020). Subsequent Position: Clinical Trial Manager

  • Jake Owens (2014-2020). Subsequent Position: Medical Writer

  • Sarah Kelsey (2015-2016). Subsequent Position: Research Assistant

  • Geon Oh (2013-2015). Subsequent Position: Graduate Student

  • Chih-chao Hsu (2007-2012). Subsequent Position: Postdoc at MD Anderson

  • Chris Suarez (2007-2012). Subsequent Position: Postdoc at Notre Dame

  • Holli Duren (2005-2010). Subsequent Position: Director of Molecular Diagnosis Lab

  • John Shyu (2003-2008). Subsequent Position: Globe Manager at Corning Inc

  • Susan Hiatt (2003-2008). Subsequent Position: Senior Scientist at HudsonAlpha institute for Biotechnology

  • Tim Husk (2003-2005). Subsequent Position: Scientist at DEA



  • Brij Nath Tewar (2017-2018). Subsequent Position: Assistant Professor, India

  • Yutaka Kodama (2009-2010). Subsequent Position: Associate Professor at Utsunomiya University

  • Han Liu (2003-2007). Subsequent Position: Research Scientist at USC


Recent Undergraduate Researchers (26 in total since 2003):

  • Esther Park (2018-2020)

  • Jonathan Malola (2016-2019). Subsequent Position: Pharmacy Student at Purdue

  • Athena He (2016-2017). Subsequent Position: Pharmacy Student at Purdue

  • Elisha Martin (216-2017): Subsequent Position: Pharmacy Student at Purdue

  • George Grabtree (2015-2016). Subsequent Position: Scientific associate (Medical Writer) for PRECISIONvalue (New Jersey)

  • Limin Zhang (2014). Subsequent Position: Pharmacist

  • Jose Rivera-Fores (2012-2013): Subsequent Position: Pharmacist


Visiting Scholars:

  • Jie (Jason) Yang (2019-2020)

  • Yi Liu (2019-2020)

  • Jing yue Yan (2018). Subsequent Position: Graduate Student at The Ohio State University

  • Hai Xue (2017-2018): Subsequent Position: Associate Professor and Department Chair of Endocrinology at Jianghan University Affiliated Hospital

  • Genbao Shao (2015-2016). Subsequent Position: Associate Professor at Jiangsu University

  • Yihang Wu (2014-2015). Subsequent Position: Professor and Chair at Jiliang University

  • Huantian Zhang (2012-2014). Subsequent Position: Associate Professor at Jinan University

  • Huan Dou (2012-2013). Subsequent Position: Associate Professor at Nanjing University

  • Genbao Shao (2010-2011). Subsequent Position:  Professor at Jiangsu University

  • Kazuhito Akasaka (2004-2005). Subsequent Position: Senior Scientist at Kyowa Pharmaceutical

Our Pets

Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)
Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)

Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)

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Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)
Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)

Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)

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Cloud and Chloey (Andrew's)
Cloud and Chloey (Andrew's)

Cloud and Chloey (Andrew's)

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Tesla (Elena's)
Tesla (Elena's)

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