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Principal Investigator

William (Billy) KimBilly Kim
Principal Investigator
The Rush S. Dickson Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Genetics, and Pharmacology
B.A. Wesleyan University
M.D. Brown University


Administrative Support

Rachel Mulock
B.S. Spanish Education, Appalachian State University


Lab Technicians

Lucia Kim
Lab Technician
B.S. Neuroscience, University of Michigan


Bladder Cancer Program Manager

Jeffrey Damrauer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Oncology
Ph.D. Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. Biology, The Ohio State University


Computational Biologist

Mi Zhou

Mi Zhou, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Cell & Developmental Biology, Rutgers University
M.S. Applied and Mathematical Statistics, Rutgers University
B.S. Biotechnology, Wuhan University


Visiting Scholar

Minyong Kang, M.D., Ph.D.

Ph.D.  KAIST  Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering
M.S.  Seoul National University, College of Medicine
M.D.  Seoul National University, College of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sean Clark-Garvey, M.D., M.P.H.
M.D. Stony Brook University School of Medicine
MPH. Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
B.A. Sociology, Wheaton College



Andrew Gdowski, Ph.D.
B.S. Biology, Creighton University
Ph.D. Cancer Biology and Biochemistry, University of North Texas Health Science Center
D.O. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center


Akihiro Hamada, M.D.
M.D. Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University
Ph.D. Candidate, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine

Shawn Yu, M.D., Ph.D.
B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
M.D./Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Washington


Graduate Students

Wolfgang BeckWolfgang Beckabir
B.S. Molecular Biology, Princeton
M.D.-Ph.D. Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill
(Co-mentored with Dr. Ben Vincent, Microbiology)

Michael Sturdivant
B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Emily Kounlavong
MDPhD Candidate Pathobiology and Translational Science, UNC
B.S. chemistry, University of Tennessee


Elliott Drew Toomer
B.S in Biology with a minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics
Kennesaw State University


Sarah WobkerSarah Wobker, MD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tracy RoseTracy Rose, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hematology / Oncology,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Daniel CronaDaniel Crona, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kate Gessner, M.D., Ph.D. Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Dartmouth College

Lab Alumni

  • Andrew Truong, Research Scientist, Ribometrix (Former Graduate Student)
  • Di Wu, Bioinformatic Specialist, University of Kansa (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Ujjawal (Jim) Manocha, Associate Scientist, Gilead Sciences, Bioinformatics (Former Lab Manager)
  • Xingnan Zheng, Data Scientist, Publicis Groupe (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • John Raupp, Medical Student, University of Michigan, (Former Lab Technician)
  • William Weir, ENT Resident, University of Arkansas (Former Graduate Student)
  • Yuki Kita, Assistant Professor Urology, Kyoto University, Japan (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Ibardo Zambrano, Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Former SUO Research Fellow)
  • Atsushi Okato, Assistant Professor Urology, Teikyo University, Chiba University Medical Center, Japan (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Takanobu Utsumi, Assistant Professor Urology , Chiba University, Japan (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Jordan Kardos, Bioinformatics Specialist, Gilead Sciences (Former Graduate Student)
  • Bhavani Krishnan, Manager, Global Solutions, IMS Health (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Tracy Rose, Associate Professor, UNC (Former Hematology/Oncology Fellow)
  • Ryoichi Saito, Assistant Professor, Kyoto University, Japan (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Hyo Jin Lee, Tenured Professor, Chungnam University, Korea (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • David Chism, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Sean Bailey, Director, Mouse Phase 1 Unit, UNC (Former Graduate Student)
  • Jeffrey Damrauer, Bioinformatics Specialist, UNC (Former Graduate Student)
  • Bing Zhou, Senior Scientist, Qiagen (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Sara Hanna, Feasibility Fellow, Novella Clinical (Former Graduate Student)
  • Autumn McRee, Associate Professor, UNC (Former Hematology/Oncology Fellow)
  • Mingqing Li, Attending Physician, Kaiser Heatlhcare (Former Hematology/Oncology Fellow)
  • Tanja Hadzic, Manager, Medical Affairs, Salix Pharm (Former Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Harper Wilson, Medical Student, Wake Forest (Former Research Technician)
  • Taylor Gammons, Medical Student, UNC Chapel Hill (Former Research Technician)
  • Sam Heathcote, Surgery Resident, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Former Research Technician)