Research Team

Principle Investigator

Justin P. Annes MD PhD

Thank you for visiting us and learning about our exciting work!   

Everyday in lab is an adventure- learning basic biologic mechanisms, discovering new therapeutic targets and synthesizing novel compounds that will one day (hopefully) become medicines. Important work that's fun to do.   


Dr. Annes is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University in the Division of Endocrinology. Justin was previously an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he completed clinical training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Genetics (Brigham and Women’s Hospital). He performed his post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Douglas Melton Ph.D. (Harvard University) where he studied β-cell regeneration. Justin obtained his M.D., Ph.D degrees from New York University Medical School where he was a graduate student in the laboratory of Daniel Rifkin, Ph.D. and studied the post-translational regulation of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β).

Dr. Annes’ runs the Endocrine Genetics Clinic at Stanford Hospital that focuses on the care of patients and families with Endocrine Tumor Syndromes such as Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and Hereditary Paraganglioma. His nonprofessional interests include tennis (All-American at Haverford College), Sci-Fi novels and Family.  

Academic Scientists

Neali A. Armstrong PhD

Neali did her Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University with Eric Gouaux where she solved crystal structures of the AMPA receptor ligand-binding domain in complex with several ligands.  She received a Jane Coffin Childs post-doctoral fellowship to continue studying the structure-function relationships of the AMPA receptor using electrophysiological and biochemical techniques.  Currrently, Neali is working on a mouse model for pheochromocytoma to determine how the loss of a metabolic enzyme  leads to tumorigenesis.   

Basic Research Scientist

Rebecca C. Schugar, PhD

Rebecca completed her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology at Washington University in Saint Louis with Peter Crawford, MD, PhD; her work focused on understanding the role of myocardial ketone body oxidation under both physiological and pathological stresses. Rebecca continued her studies in metabolism during her post-doc at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute with Mark Brown, PhD, where her work centered on a hepatic enzyme connecting microbial-derived metabolites to host metabolic health. In the Annes Lab, Rebecca will continue to work on underlying mechanisms driving obesity and diabetes using mouse models with tissue-specific knockout of a key metabolic enzyme. 

Visiting Endocrinology Clinical/Research Fellow

Myat Han Soe, M.D., M.S

Myat received his medical degree from University of Medicine Mandalay, Myanmar in 2007 with the highest academic distinctions in many basic science and clinical disciplines throughout his medical school years. After medical school, Myat pursued his graduate degree in Health Science at Western Illinois University and finished Internal Medicine Residency including Chief Residency at Prince George's Regional Hospital of University of Maryland Medical System in 2015. He then joined Internal Medicine Residency Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate as faculty academic hospitalist. He also served as medical director for residency morning conference and case reports curriculum while pursuing fellowship in Medical Education. He was the recipient of Martin Broder Award - The Best Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years. In 2018, Myat left his academic career as clinical educator and started Endocrinology fellowship at University of California San Francisco to become a clinician scientist. His clinical and research interests are related to oncologic endocrinology, especially tumor biology and management of neuroendocrine neoplasia. He recently joined Annes lab and his current work is to identify prognostic molecular markers in Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma. 

Visiting Instructor

Haixia Xu MD PhD

Haixia completed clinical training in Internal Medicine in the Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (P.R.China). She performed her post-doctoral studies in Weil Cornell Medical College with Xiaojing Ma and Xiaoyu Hu. Currently, she is working on identifying the optimal agents for reversing hypoglycemia.


Sooyeon Jenny Lee PhD

Sooyeon received her Ph.D. in Physiology at Pennsylvania State University where she studied the role of the zinc transporter ZnT2 in mammary gland development and functions during lactation in the laboratory of Shannon L. Kelleher. Sooyeon joined Annes lab in July 2016 to study the molecular connections between cellular metabolism, growth and function in beta-cells. 

Li Zheng PhD

Li joined the Annes lab / Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge Center at Stanford ChEM-H in the fall of 2020 as a postdoctoral scholar. His work focuses on the development of bioactive small molecules for the treatment of diabetes and neuroendocrine tumors. Li received his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Michigan State University under the supervision of professor William D. Wulff. His doctoral research was about the applications of chiral aluminum and boron catalysts in asymmetric synthesis. Outside of lab, Li enjoys spending time with his wife and cats.



Graduate Students

Ella Ainsley Thomson

Ella is a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering Department. She came to Stanford in 2017 and is a member of Professor Ada Poon's research group (Stanford Integrated Biomedical Systems). She joined a collaboration project with the Annes lab in 2019 and is working on developing an artificial pancreas. Prior to coming to Stanford, Ella earned her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. During her undergraduate degree, Ella worked in the lab of Dr. Ben Albensi, where she helped develop a mathematical model of mitochondrial function in Alzheimer's Disease. ­­

Lab Alumni

Tim Horton

Hannah Page Moeller

James Preston Holt-Martyn

Benjamin Yeh

Raquel Freeman

Claire M. Storey

Paul Andrew Allegretti

Yassan Abdolazimi

Guadalupe Navarro PhD

Robert Nichols  PhD

Senior Scientist @ Revolution Medicines

Sharon Chen

Stanford Undergraduate

Hailey D. Blain

Bowdoin College Undergraduate