Lab Members

Lee Lab group photo
Coordinated Lee Lab science Christmas sweaters (winter 2018) Credit: Lee Lab.

John K. Lee, MD, PhD

John K. Lee, MD, PhD

Title: Principal Investigator

John K. Lee received an AB magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College, an MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and a PhD from the Molecular Biology Institute as a Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) fellow at UCLA. His PhD thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Owen Witte focused on characterizing determinants of aggressive prostate cancer. His postdoctoral research with Dr. Witte involved the identification of cell surface antigens in subtypes of prostate cancer and the development of immunotherapeutics against these targets. John started his independent research program at Fred Hutch in March of 2018. He is also a medical oncologist who specializes in metastatic prostate cancer and sees patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center. 

Honors Year
Movember Foundation-PCF Challenge Award 2019
DOD PRCRP Career Development Award 2019
DOD PCRP Idea Development Award - New Investigator 2019
Safeway Early Career Award in Cancer Research 2019
DOD PCRP Physician Research Award 2017
STOP CANCER Foundation Grant 2017
UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award 2016
PCF Young Investigator Award 2015
Tower Cancer Research Foundation Award 2015
HHMI-NIH Research Scholar 2004

Ailin Zhang, PhD

Ailin Zhang, PhD

Title: Research Scientist

Ailin received her B.S. from the Department of Pharmacy, Inner Mongolia Medical University and her Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Ailin has been involved in various studies investigating the mechanisms of cancer progression and prevention in prostate cancer and leukemia since her postdoctoral training. She has 18 years of experience in cancer biology, specifically focused on the discovery of surrogate biomarkers for early detection and prognostication and the delineation of mechanisms of response and resistance to cancer therapies. Her recent research focuses on clarifying androgen receptor and steroid related mechanisms of resistance in both primary and metastatic prostate cancer. She has been serving as a lead investigator on multiple preclinical studies delineating the mechanisms of resistance to a steroidogenic enzyme CYP17A inhibitor, including induction of AR variants, alterations of steroidogenesis and androgen catabolism, steroid transport, and identification of alternative steroids as  novel AR ligands.


Shan Li, PhD

Shan Li, PhD

Title: Post-doctoral Fellow

Shan received her B.S. and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science from Wenzhou Medical University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science from Oregon State University. Her doctoral thesis focused on identifying key factors that play important roles in skin development, skin inflammatory diseases, and skin carcinogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow in the Lee Lab, Shan is studying the interactions of oncogenic networks in prostate cancer using a prostate epithelial organoid transformation system. Her ultimate goal is to find new ways to prevent and fight cancer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and baking.


Diana DeLucia, PhD

Diana DeLucia, PhD

Title: Post-doctoral Fellow

Diana received her B.A. in Biology from Washington Jefferson College and her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on delineating the role of cellular cholesterol metabolism in HIV-1 intercellular trafficking and disease progression. As a post-doctoral fellow in the Lee Lab, Diana is studying methods to develop T cell therapies against prostate cancer. Her overarching goal is to identify exploitable mechanisms that to increase efficacy of immunotherapies against prostate cancer. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, water sports, reading, and traveling.

 


Huiyun Sun

Huiyun Sun

Title: Graduate Student
Email: hsun45@uw.edu

Huiyun graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Nanjing University and a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Microbial and Cellular Biology from Emporia State University. Her Master's research focused on analyzing gene expression downstream of TP53 under different genetic contexts in malignant melanoma cells. Her current project in the Lee Lab involves developing pipelines to deconvolute diverse population of cells marked by combinations of lentiviral barcodes using next-generation sequencing technologies. She is interested in using computational methods to solve biological problems. In her free time, she enjoys K-pop and J-pop. Huiyun also likes to travel, watch movies, and play with her cat. 


Vessel sculpture and Arnold Building on Fred Hutch campus

Alicia Wong

Title: Lab Manager

Tiffany Pariva

Tiffany Pariva

Title: Research Technician

Tiffany was born in Indonesia and moved to Arizona when she was three years old. She recently graduated from UCLA as a Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major in 2018. As a research technician in the Lee Lab, Tiffany is developing novel cellular immunotherapies for metastatic prostate cancer. Outside of the lab, she really enjoys badminton, hiking, Christian fellowship, and helping others in need by volunteering at homeless shelters and clinics.


Vessel sculpture and Arnold Building on Fred Hutch campus

Jeffery Kennedy

Title: Research Administrator

Lee Lab Alumni

Tanushri Kumar - SURP Student, 2019

Nathan Lau - Research Technician, 2018-2019

Lily Bai - High School Intern, 2018-2019