Current Members:

Keane Lai, MD

Principal Investigator


Keane attended college at UCLA and medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed residency training in clinical pathology and fellowship training in clinical chemistry at the University of Washington. He subsequently completed postdoctoral research fellowship training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Southern California.


David Lin, BS

Graphic Illustrator/Webmaster/Analyst

David completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at UCLA. He has previously conducted research at the UCLA Brain Research Institute, practiced at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, and forecasted in industry.

Quincy Lai

Researcher/Graphic Illustrator/Webmaster

Former Members:

Soo-Mi Kweon, PhD

Staff Scientist

Soo-Mi received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in cell and molecular biology from Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea. During her ensuing postdoctoral training at the House Ear Institute, she investigated how NF-κB signaling mediates the cellular inflammatory response induced by nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Subsequently, as a research associate at the University of Southern California, she investigated how Wnt/β-catenin signaling mediates liver disease, in addition to studying the molecular mechanisms of cellular DNA methylation and de-methylation. She was then promoted to staff scientist at City of Hope where she led research projects in the Keane Lai Lab which have been focused on elucidating the role of midnolin in the liver. She also collaborated on projects which have looked at the role of Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the liver and pancreas.


Gayeoun Kim, BS

Research Associate II

Gayeoun graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from California State University Long Beach. After graduation, she joined the lab of Dr. James C.H. Tan at Doheny Eye Institute where she used mouse models to study primary open-angle glaucoma. She then joined the Keane Lai Lab then at City of Hope where she used an orthotopic transplantation mouse model to study the role of midnolin in the liver. In addition to her experience with mouse models, she has experience with writing and maintaining IACUC protocols.