Tien Peng, MD

Principal Investigator


Tien grew up in Taiwan and Virginia. He trained in Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia before moving to California. His favorite hiking trail is the Marin Headland Coastal Trail.


Chaoqun Wang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Chaoqun was born in Hangzhou, China. He completed his PhD in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, investigating the role of CD147 in regulating germ cell death and human endometriosis progression. He plays badminton in the campus gym almost every weekend.


N. Soledad Reyes de Mochel, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Soledad was born in Durango, Mexico and raised in California's central valley. She completed her PhD at UC Irvine investigating the function of BMP signaling and dynamic transcription factor gene expression in preimplantation mouse development.  Her free time is divided between climbing, dancing salsa, and spending quality time with friends and family.


Alaa Ibrahim, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Alaa is originally from Cairo, Egypt, and has been living in Europe for more than 10 years. She completed her PhD at the University Medical Center, of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She investigated the role of TLR-4 receptor in the mouse tibia fracture model of CRPS. Her free time is divided between contemporary dance, yoga, climbing, and cooking for friends and family.


Monica Cassandras

Research Associate


Monica is from Boston, Massachusetts. She has a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, where she studied innate immunity and RNA silencing in tobacco plants. In her free time, she likes to watch football and spend time outdoors. She loves to travel and has been to six continents - she hopes to make it to the seventh soon!



Ka Neng (Nancy) Cheong

Research Associate


Ka Neng was born in Macao, China. She finished her bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley with a double major in Molecular and Cell Biology and Toxicology. During her undergraduate studies, she investigated cofactors that affect glucocorticoid-induced gene transcription and their effects on metabolic diseases. She likes boxing, cooking and hunting for good brunch places in her free time.