Alumni and Collaborators


Diana La Torre, PhD 2017-2019
Former Postdoctoral Scholar

Sonny Lee, PhD 2018-2019
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Sonny is now as Assistant Professor at Kansas State.

Jun Miyoshi, MD, PhD 2014-2019
Former Visiting Scholar

Sawako Miyoshi, MD 2015-2019
Former Laboratory Technician

Xitao (Larry) Xu, PhD 2018-2019
Former Visiting Scholar

Jeannette Messer DVM, PhD 2009-2018
Former Instructor
Jeannette is currently at the Cleveland Clinic.

Chai Chuan Chang, PhD 2017-2018
Former Visiting Scholar

Zhanghan Dai, MD 2017-2018
Former Visiting Scholar

Yingying Lu, MD 2016-2017
Former Visiting Scholar

Alex Bobe, PhD 2013-2017
Former Graduate Student
Title of Project: Mechanisms underlying the role of gut microbiota in the etiology of Type 1 diabetes.
Alex is currently a Science Writer at Tempus, Inc.

Kristina Martinez, RD, PhD 2012-2017
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Title of Project: ‘The effect of soybean oil supplementation on inflammatory bowel disease through changes in gut microbiota.
Kristina is now an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL.

Noelle Patno, PhD 2013-2017
Former Graduate Student
Title of Project: The impact of Microbial Metabolites on Colon Cancer.
Noelle has returned to her native California to work as a Digestive Nutrition Scientist at Metagenics.

Joe Pierre, PhD 2013-2017
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Joe worked on regulation of intestinal metaplasia by microbiome signaling.
Joe is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee

Mark Musch, PhD 1982-2017
Professor and former lab leader
Mark was a scientific power house and Chang lab super star for over 25 years.
He has recently retired from the University.

Kentaro Nobutani, MD 2014-2016
Former Visiting Scholar
Title of Project: Effect of long-term TU-100 on microbiome and drug metabolism.
Kentaro has returned to his clinical practice in Japan

Yuqi Qiao, MD 2015-2016
Former Visiting Scholar
Title of Project: The role of HSP25 in the colon epithelial cells.
Yugi has since traveled the world and then returned to his practice in China.

Daina Ringus, PhD 2012-2016
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Daina studied the gut virome and its interaction with the gut microbiota and how they alter bacterial community structure and function.
Daina is now a medical student at Northwestern University.

Kyle Dolan, PhD 2012-2016
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Kyle studied the interactions between gut microbes and host epigenomes, with a primary focus on DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation.
Kyle has since moved on to become the Head of Science and Innovation at British Consulate-General in Chicago.

Emma Liechty, DVM 2015-2016
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Emma studied Bacteriodes in the development of pouchitis.
She has since moved over to Northwestern University to become a clinical veterinarian.

Patty Ojeda 2015-2016
Former Howard Hughes Fellow
Working closely with Dr. Kristina Martinez, Patty worked on a project focused on the interactions of the gut microbiome and the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR), a nuclear receptor which plays a significant role in xenobiotic and lipid metabolism. Using CAR knockout mice, she examined changes in development, lipogenomics, and microbiome in various settings.
Patty has returned to medical school to complete her  studies.

Jinlu Tong MD, PhD 2015-2016
Former Visiting Scholar
Jinlu worked on characterizing the role of HSP 25 in inflammatory bowel disease before heading back to his home institution in China.

Yue (Carrie) Zeng MD 2015-2016
Former Visiting Scholar

Xiang Zhong PhD 2014-2015
Former Visiting Scholar

Ketrija Touw, PhD 2011-2015
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Ketrija’s research focused on the role of intestinal motility in shaping the gut microbiome, understanding the mechanisms through which the host and microbiome interact, and how these relationships can be applied for future interventions to treat gastrointestinal dysmotility.
Ketrija has since moved on to Abbot Molecular as a Senior R&D Biologist in GI Research.

Takumu Hasbe, MD, PhD 2012-2014
Former Visiting Scholar
After his tenure in the lab, Tak has returned to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology at Asahikawa Medical University in Japan.

Edmond Huang, PhD 2008-2013
Former Graduate Student
Edmond’s research focused on the dietary and pharmacologic regulation of the intestinal microbiome.
Edmond is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at James Olzmann’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley.