Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Li-San Wang, PhD
I study genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia, and computational methods for big data in genomics research.


Pavel P. Kuksa, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
I develop methods, algorithms, and analysis tools for high-throughput sequencing and functional genomics data.
Fanny Yuk Yee Leung, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
I develop computational pipelines and analysis tools for processing and analyzing Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia genetics and functional genomics data.
Wan-Ping Lee, PhD
Research Assistant Professor;
Associate Director for Information Technology, NIAGADS
I develop algorithms and software for genomics data analysis.


Luke Carter
Data Analyst
Emily Greenfest-Allen
Research Investigator
Flawless Robbins
Social Media Coordinator
Wenhwai Horng
Systems Administrator
Samuel Tate
Application Developer
Heather White
Research Project Manager
Alexis K. Lerro Rose
Research Project Manager / HR Operations Coordinator, Wang Lab
I serve as the primary HR liaison for the Wang Lab, support the operational needs of the lab, as well as direct and oversee various projects related to lab and PNGC.
Otto Valladares
Information Technology Senior Project Leader / Chief Engineer for IT, NIAGADS
Cloud Manager; IT Support; Software Developer
Amanda Kuzma
Senior Information Technology Manager / Associate Director of Operations, NIAGADS
I oversee data operations for the NIA Genomics of Alzheimer’s Disease Database Storage Site (NIAGADS) as well as for multiple large consortia conducting genetic analyses.
Heather Issen
Senior Data Analyst
I manage and harmonize incoming data and prepare it for sharing with other researchers.
Michelle Moon
Administrative Coordinator
Administrative Support
Naveensri Saravanan
Data Analyst
Peter Keskinen
Research Coordinator
I help manage the NIAGADS website as well as process data request from both the DSS as well as the NIAGADS portal.
Joseph Manuel
Data Analyst
I process and manage incoming data to be made functional and available for researchers.
Lauren Armus
Data Analyst
Jeffrey Cifello
Data Analyst
Youli Ren
Research Project Manager
Yi Zhao
I work on genome-wide association study (GWAS), HRC and TOPMed imputation data, help on developing and maintain QC pipeline for GWAS data.
Maureen Kirsch
Research Project Manager / Project Manager, NIAGADS Administrative Affairs
I manage all data sharing compliance and related administrative activities for NIAGADS. I also manage the education and training program in PNGC.
Zivadin Katanic
Application Developer
I design and develop websites / web apps.
Prabhakaran Gangadharan
Bioinformatician A
I manage and process high-throughput DNA-Seq and functional genomics data and help with NIAGADS data management.
Andrew Wilk
Data Analyst
I develop and manage databases/applications for phenotype data management and work on open-source applications for data discovery and access.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Po-Liang Cheng
Postdoctoral Researcher
Hui Wang
Postdoctoral Researcher
Matei Ionita, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
I work on new methods and pipelines for analysis of functional genomics and single cell data.
Rachel Kolster, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Pei-Chuan Ho, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Wei Fu, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
My research focuses on health disparity across racial groups, as well as gene-environment interactions.


Jiayin Yan
Undergraduate Student
Kaylyn Clark
PhD Candidate
I study the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and innate immunity genetic risk