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August 30, 2021:

Tom Leland has joined the Tai Research Group as a PhD student.  Welcome, Tom!

August 2, 2021:

Sandhiya Ravi has joined the Tai Research Group as a Postdoctoral Associate.  Welcome, Sandhiya!

July 26, 2021:

Mengtian Cui has joined the Tai Research Group as a Postdoctoral Associate.  Welcome, Mengtian!

June 28, 2021:

Morgan Mooney has joined the Tai Research Group as a Research Technician.  Welcome, Morgan!

June 21, 2021:

Hillary Barnett has joined the Tai Research Group as a Research Associate.  Welcome, Hillary!

June 14, 2021:

Suk has passed his QE!  Congratulations!

May 24, 2021:

Eddie Viscasillas has joined the Tai Lab as a Research Technician.  Welcome, Eddie!

May 3, 2021:

Jackson McGowan has joined the Tai Lab as a Research Technician.  Welcome, Jackson!

May 2021:

Jennifer Chen has received her Master of Science degree in Biochemical Sciences.  Her thesis, entitled, "Single-stranded rAAV vectors are unable to trigger intracellular RNA sensors that mediate innate immunity" examined the role of RNA sensors in AAV gene therapy.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

March 8, 2021:

Mitchell Yip has joined the Tai/Gao Lab as a Technician.  Welcome, Mitch!

March 3, 2021:

Phil Tai has joined The Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research faculty!

February 26, 2021:

We are happy to announce that Dr. Kevin Donahue has been awarded a pilot grant from the Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research!  The project entitled, "Developing Gene Therapy Methods for Familial Atrial Fibrillation" focuses on the engineering of an atrial-specific AAV-mediated gene painting approach to treat familial atrial fibrillation (AF).  We will be working in collaboration with Dr. Donahue to develop atrial-specific regulatory cassettes to drive safe and efficacious transgene expression in the heart.  Our hope for this pilot work is to provide proof-of-concept demonstration in relevant models that the rAAV gene-painting strategy is safe and robust, enabling future clinical studies for patients with familial AF.

February 21, 2021:

Manish Muhuri has been promoted to the rank of Instructor in the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems.  Congrats and well deserved!

September 28, 2020:

Jennifer Chen has joined the Gao Lab as a Research Associate I.  Welcome, Jennifer!

September 14, 2020:

Anne Kennedy has joined the Gao Lab as a Lab Technician.  Welcome, Anne!

August 23, 2020:

Jeff Hsu was been awarded the 2020 HGTC Fellowship for his study entitled, "Identification and characterization of AAV membrane-associated accessory protein (MAAP) variants isolated from human tissues".  Congratulations, Jeff!

The Gene Therapy Center received a $2 million endowment from the Horae Oriental Shenzhen Investment Company of Guangdong, China. On August 17, 2015, the Center was formally renamed the Horae Gene Therapy Center in recognition of this most generous gift. Using annual fair market return of this endowment fund, the Horae Gene Therapy Center decided to establish the Horae Gene Therapy Post-Doctoral Scholarship Program.

July 17, 2020:

Brian Rossmiller has joined the Gao Lab as postdoctoral associate.  Welcome, Brian!

May 7, 2020:

Suk Namkung has joined the Gao Lab as a PhD student.  Welcome, Suk!

April 15, 2020:

Wei Zhan has joined the Gao Lab as Research Associate.  Welcome, Wei!

March 9, 2020:

Dr. Guangping Gao has announced that the Vector Innovation, Discovery and Engineering (VIDE) program will be an official research module of the HGTC of UMMS.