Roberto Rosato

Robert Rosato’s career has encompassed more than 20 years of experience and knowledge related to the field of cancer biology and therapeutics, focusing in blood related and solid tumor diseases. These skills have enabled him to hone his understanding of the day to day operation of a laboratory environment, sample and test management, and corrective policies and procedures and team management. As a faculty and scientist, Robert has been actively involved in all facets of laboratory procedures including modulation of immunotherapeutics, identification of new therapies and mechanisms associated to drug efficacy.

Ann Cassany Anselme

Ann Cassany (Cassy) Anselme, originally from Haiti, graduated from the honors program at Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s in biology with a minor in chemistry. She is a PhD candidate from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and joined Dr. Jenny Chang’s Lab in 2016. Anselme’s research focuses on understanding mechanism contributing to low response of Breast Cancer, especially TNBC, to immunotherapy and developing more effective combinatorial regiments. When not in the lab, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, taking long walks (especially at Hermann Park), and exploring Houston’s diverse food scene (Houston Restaurant Week is her favorite time of the year).

Tejaswini Reddy

Tejaswini (Teja) Reddy received a bachelor’s of arts in neuroscience from Wellesley College in 2015. She matriculated into the Texas A&M MD/PhD program in 2016 and joined Dr. Jenny Chang’s Lab in April 2019. Prior to joining the MD/PhD program, Reddy gained research experience at various institutions, including Oregon Health and Science University, Wellesley College, Indian Council for Medical Research, The Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Her research currently involves studying novel therapeutics to treat metaplastic breast cancer, a rare and highly aggressive cancer. In her free time, Reddy enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and traveling.

Wei Qian

Before joining Dr. Jenny Chang’s Lab, Wei Qian worked in a molecular and cellular biology lab at Baylor College of Medicine for more than ten years. She joined Dr. Jenny Chang’s Lab as a research assistant in May 2012. Qian primarily assists in the animal maintenance, projects, treatment, surgery, and several other aspects. She also is essential in helping fellow coworkers and students by maintaining the mouse model supply, performing IHC staining, preserving a tissue bank for all clinical samples, training new employees, creating and keeping lab sample inventory, analyzing data, and many other aspects involving the lab. In her spare time, Qian enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and watching movies.

Jianying Zhou

Jianying Zhou received her bachelor’s in public health from Shanghai Medical University and practiced as a Certificated Nurse in China for more than 15 years before moving to the United States. She joined Dr. Jenny Chang’s Lab in April 2019 as a research assistant. Zhou assists in taking care of the experimental animals, mating, breeding, maintenance of PDX models and storage, mouse tumor implanting, and preforming treatment procedures. She also is involved in bench lab work, which includes recent involvement in a brain tumor metastasis project. In her spare time, Zhou enjoys traveling and watching movies.

Liliana Guzman, PhD

Liliana Guzman received her bachelor’s in clinical chemistry from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Later, she obtained a master’s in immunology at the School of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she developed a diagnostic test for Chaga’s disease. Next, Guzman received her PhD from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, and performed her research thesis at the Department of Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, studying the transcriptional control of B-lymphocyte maturation in immune response. She continued her postdoctoral training in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dr. Pasqualini and Dr. Arap lab developing new Phage Display technology and angiogenesis using genetically engineered mouse models. Then, Guzman was recruited by Dr. Nancy Jenkins and Dr. Neal Copeland at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in the Department of Cancer Research working in new approaches to sequence the insertion of transposons in the mouse genome by using next generation sequencing. In addition, she collaborated in the functional validation of novel tumor suppressors in breast cancer identified by transposon mutagenesis. Dr. Guzman then transferred to Dr. Jenny Chang’s Lab at the Cancer Center of Excellence in January 2019. She is involved in the characterization of transcriptional regulation of pathological angiogenesis in triple negative breast cancer. In her past time, Guzman enjoys being around her family and traveling.