Wei Li
I'm another Li from China in the Wang lab. My Ph.D. work at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, focused on verification and analysis of noncoding RNAs, including box C/D snoRNAs and microRNAs. In the Wang lab I'm continuing the research on microRNAs in Giardia. It is a very interesting topic. In my view, San Francisco is a beautiful city and a suitable place for a Chinese person. I like it here very much. In my spare time, I like reading, watching movies and cartoons, doing some cross stitching and writing my blog. I also enjoy trying out new recipes, and even though most of them taste terrible I enjoy it anyway.
Mohamed Bessat

I am from Egypt. I did my PhD work at the University of Hull in England in the lab of Dr. Klaus Ersfeld, where I studied the proteins involved in chromosomes segregation of the Eukaryotic organism, Trypanosoma brucei. Now and as a postdoc in prof. Wang’lab at UCSF, I am continuing the exploration of the cell biology of Trypanosoma brucei from the prospective of the cell cycle regulation. My research project focuses on the study of the Anaphase Promoting Complex, also called Cyclosome (APC/C), a cell cycle regulator that is conserved in many organisms studied to date. An equivalent of the core APC/C complex has been identified in the T. brucei genome database with only seven core subunit homologues, much less complex structure than other cellular systems (APC/C in yeast and vertebrate composed of at least 13 core subunits). Only two out of the seven subunits are found to be essential for the growth of trypanosomes with different phenotype outputs in the two life cycle stage, bloodstream and procyclic forms. Using a set of techniques such as PTP tagging-associated with mass spec, RNAi and other techniques, I set to explore the structure of the APC/C complex in T. brucei and the biological functions of its different subunits.

Out of the lab, I am enjoying myself by exploring the beautiful city of San Francisco, cycling, playing soccer and mingling with friends.
Jesse Wu
I'm an summer intern student at Prof. Wang's lab in 2011 and am developing a pipeline for analysing immunoprecipitation based deep-sequencing data for finding new and interesting microRNA's in Giardia lamblia.
I'm currently studying the watermarking of synthetic genomes for my PhD in Bioinformatics at National Yang Ming University in Taiwan, and had studied licensing schemes of software and digital media for my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Playing (and listening to) music, programming, and reading are amongst some of the things I enjoy as a pastime. Personal website: http://paxxcy.net
Lu Sun
I did my PhD work at Nankai University in China, where I focused on investigating the interactions between the protoporphyrinogen oxidase and its substrate/inhibitor/cofactor in Bacillus subtilis. Now I switched to another interesting protein---Polo like kinase, exploring its unique role in the cell cycle of T. brucei in the Wang Lab.
When not in the lab, I enjoy reading, hiking, exploring the Bay Area with my friends
Wilson Cheng
As a summer intern student at Prof. Wang's lab in 2011, my study is focused on the proteomic analysis of the anaphase promoting complex and the spindle-assembly checkpoint in Trypanosoma brucei. By using bioinformatics analysis, we try to find proteins which may be related to the spindle-assembly checkpoint and proteins that are substrate candidates of polo-like kinase.
I’m currently studying the epigenetics of gene regulation in E. coli for my Masters degree in Biomedical Informatics at the National Yang Ming University in Taiwan and working on the analysis of next generation sequencing data.
Beside research, I enjoy exercising, and reading in my spare time.
Ashesh A. Saraiya
I did my doctoral work at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where I used site-directed mutagenesis to explore ribosomal genetics using the E. coli ribosomal system.
At UCSF I am interested in understanding gene regulation in the deeply branching organism Giardia lamblia. I have identified and characterized the presence of microRNAs in Giardia which may be a major mechanism of gene regulation in this organism. I have also identified a novel mechanism of microRNA biogenesis using small nucleolar RNAs.  I am currently trying to understand the interaction between Giardia microRNAs and the regulation of variant surface proteins proteins that are involved in infection.
When not in the lab I enjoy reading, photography, exploring San Francisco, and rooting for Detroit's great ice hockey team. Go Wings!
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