Yu-Ju Chen joined the Liou lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2013. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from National Taiwan University. Her study focuses on the regulation of store-operated calcium entry and endoplasmic reticulum-plasma membrane (ER-PM) junctions by novel regulators, including RASSF4. Yu-Ju is interested in most things in the lab (especially in getting exciting data…). Outside the lab, Yu-Ju likes to explore new things.
Wan-Ru Lee is the lab manager/research scientist in the Liou lab. She obtained her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and studied cdc25A gene regulation in breast cancer cells under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Safe prior to joining the Liou Lab. Wan-Ru is experienced with various imaging techniques, including live-cell confocal imaging, super-resolution imaging, and electron microscopy. Her research interests include characterizing and developing new tools to investigate the functions and regulation of various inter-organelle membrane contact sites.
Carlo Quintanilla is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program whose research interests include understanding cell signaling events mediated by interorganellar contact sites. He earned a B.A. in Biology from San Diego State University where he studied transcriptional regulation of neuronal regeneration in the non-parasitic flatworm Schmidtea Mediterranea. Carlo’s main research focus is to identify and characterize proteins that localize at ER-PM contact sites and understand their roles in cellular signaling events and physiology. Outside the lab, Carlo enjoys skateboarding, BBQing, going to breweries and traveling.