Rao Lab Group Members:

Prof. Jianghong Rao, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology and Chemistry (courtesy), Member of the Molecular Imaging, Bio-X, Cancer Biology, and Biophysics Programs
jrao@stanford.edu


Prof. Rao did his Ph.D. with George M. Whitesides and his postdoc with Roger Y. Tsien. He became an Assistant Professor at UCLA before joining Stanford. Prof. Rao enjoys playing with his little daughter Angela and working in the backyard mowing grass and cutting trees.
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Jinghang Xie, Ph.D.,
Instructor
jinghang@stanford.edu

Jinghang mainly focus on the design and biological evaluation of smart probes for the diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases.

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Liyang (Sarah) Cui, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
liycui@stanford.edu

Sarah enjoys the splendid view from the top of a mountain, but always knowing that true happiness is found upon climbing the rugged hill.

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Tingting Dai, Graduate Student
tingd@stanford.edu

In addition to working on synthesizing small molecules, I also enjoy making good food, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

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Joanna Wang, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
jow@stanford.edu

 

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Cheng Liu, Ph.D., 
Post-doctoral Fellow
cheng.c.liu@stanford.edu

In addition to working in the lab, Cheng enjoys meditation, travelling and cooking.

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Ran Mu, Ph.D., 
Post-doctoral Fellow
ranmu@stanford.edu

 

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Jeena M T, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
jeena91@stanford.edu

Besides pursuit of inspired research, Jeena enjoys travelling, driving and hangout with friends.

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Sheng-Yao Dai, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
sydai@stanford.edu

His current research focus is developing tools to image and modulate cancer immunotherapy. Sheng-Yao also enjoys sports, such as basketball, running, and hiking. He is also a foodie that loves cooking for himself and his friends.

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Preethi Bala Balakrishnan, Ph.D.,
Post-doctoral Fellow
pbala@stanford.edu

Preethi’s research interests involve nanoimmunotherapy to target and eliminate solid tumors and infectious diseases like HIV-1 and SAR-CoV-2. The time she is not enjoying her work, she likes to travel the world, watch movies, play with her kitten, Monét and go out with her husband, Mario. She also enjoys catching up with her friends and she will never say no to a good coffee.

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