The Leader

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Jihye Yun, PhD

Dr. Jihye Yun is an assistant professor at the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Bert Vogelstein. During her PhD studies, Dr. Yun discovered low glucose conditions resulting from the suboptimal vasculature in tumors is the key to the selection of KRAS or BRAF mutations in tumors (Yun et. al, Science, 2009). Subsequently, she joined the Laboratory of Dr. Lewis Cantley at Harvard Medical School and later at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) as a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow to study cancer metabolism. In the Cantley lab, she discovered that high dose vitamin C could specifically kill colon cancer cells harboring KRAS or BRAF mutations (Yun et al, Science, 2016). Her findings led to the initiation of the clinical trials at Weill Cornell Medicine (Phase II) and Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center in China (Phase III). Dr. Yun moved to Houston in March 2018 to open her laboratory and conduct innovative research at BCM located in Texas Medical Center. She and her team have been exploring how sugary drinks affect colon cancer development (Yun et al, Science, 2019). Her team also works on several exciting projects concerning the effects of dietary factors on our health and diseases. She is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the recent CPRIT Scholar Award (first time, tenure-track recruitment), NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22), and V Scholar Award.


Current Members


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Qin Luo, PhD

Fudan University, Biomedical Science,
Shanghai, China.


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Ph.D. Student (Rotation)

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Miso Nam, PhD

Sungkyunkwan University, Chemistry, Suwon, South Korea

Alyssa Alaniz

Baylor University, Texas, USA

Research Assistant I

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Yanlin Liu, MS

Capital Normal University
Beijing, China

Visiting Student

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Zikuan Song

Sichuan University, Sichuan, China

Undergraduate Student

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James Liu

Rice University, Houston, TX

Postdoc (opening)

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Research Assistant (opening)

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Ph.D student (opening)

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Administration Assistant

Francoise (Franny) Caro, BS

Columbia University, New York, USA


Former Members

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Jordan Tutnauer, BS

After graduating from Rutgers University, Jordan Tutnauer joined the Cantley lab at Weill Cornell Medicine to work with Dr. Jihye Yun. With his hard work, intelligence and excellent communication skills, Jordan significantly contributed to Dr. Yun’s projects in the Cantley lab. In February 2018, Jordan started working at Baylor College of Medicine to help set up the Yun lab, training new personnel and doing experiments until the end of April 2018. Jordan is now following his dreams to become a great doctor as he began Medical School at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in summer 2018.