Jake Owens

Jake L. Owens is a 5th year graduate student working to identify and characterize novel therapeutic targets to enhance radiation therapy for cancer treatment. During his PhD, he has won several presentation awards and fellowships. Most notably, he won the Jenkins-Knevel award of outstanding research in the Purdue College of Pharmacy for his thesis work. Outside of the lab, Jake plays soccer in two leagues and enjoys playing music (piano, guitar, and sings). With a passion for scientific communication, he will pursue a career in medical writing or scientific journal editing. He enjoys making science understandable to all audiences and feels this is a way he can make an impact on society.

Elena Beketova

 

Elena is a fourth-year student in the PULSe program. Her research focuses on the epigenetic changes driving castration-resistant and neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Prior to coming to Purdue, Elena received her Master degree in Biochemistry at Moscow State University and worked at the Novartis company. In her free time, Elena likes to dance swing and blues and to play with her doggie Tesla.

Sam Tinsley

 

Sam is a second year student in the PULSe program. Her current research is focused on identifying new drivers of neuroendocrine prostate cancer progression and development through generation of genetically modified mouse models. Background experience in science includes work as an Undergraduate Lab Assistant and Research Technician in a lab specializing in epigenetic regulation of cancer stem cells in triple negative breast cancer. Sam received her B.S. degree in cell/cellular and molecular biology from University of Michigan.

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.

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.

Jie (Jason) Yang, M.D.

Jinan University

 

Jason is a visiting scholar funded by the China Scholarship Council Program. He is a graduate student in Jinan university, Guangzhou, China. In the Hu lab, he is working to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of radiation induced neuroendocrine differentiation in prostate cancer cells. 

Dr. Yi Liu, Ph.D.

Sichuan University of Science & Engineering

 

Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in 2014 from China Medical University. His recent research focuses on the candidate targets of drug resistant cancer cells, development of novel gene therapeutics, and discovery of bioactive molecules. In addition to the discovery of specific targeted cancer drugs in vitro, the drug delivery mechanism to specific organs is still an important direction of targeted therapeutic research. Therefore, my lab’s primary research priorities are: the discovery of bioactive molecules (antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, etc.), drug targets (protein, receptor/ligand, etc.), and efficient drug delivery systems.

Hu Lab Alumni and Past Members

Graduate Students:

  • 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

 

Postdocs:

  • 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-current)

  • 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: Pharmacist

  • Limin Zhang (2014). Subsequent Position: Pharmacist

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

 

Visiting Scholars:

  • 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)
Coco (Xuehong and Dr. Hu's)
Cloud and Chloey (Andrew's)
Cloud and Chloey (Andrew's)
Tesla (Elena's)
Tesla (Elena's)
Tesla (Elena's)
Tesla (Elena's)
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