Alumni and Collaborators


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 traveling in Southeast Asia.

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 in a Biotech start-up.

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 sinced moved over to Northwestern University to become a clinical veterinarian.

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.

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.

Edmond Huang, PhD 2008-2013

Former Graduate Student

Edmond’s research focused on the dietary and pharmacologic regulation of the intestinal microbiome. His projects involved characterizing perturbations in the gut microbiota due to these external stimuli as well as their subsequent repercussions on host inflammation in the context of both metabolic dysfunction and inflammatory bowel disease. Edmond is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at James Olzmann’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.