Molecular Biology Program

The Xiaolan Zhao Lab

Research

Xiaolan Zhao
Xiaolan Zhao, PhD

DNA replication, repair, and damage response, collectively called the 3Rs, support genome stability and faithful genetic inheritance. Proteins involved in the 3Rs are genome guardians that prevent a broad spectrum of diseases, ranging from cancers, immunological and neurodegenerative diseases, to developmental disorders such as diabetes and premature aging. Our lab investigates 3R mechanisms, 3R protein functions and structures, and their links to human disease. Our main research interests include:

  • Mechanisms of genome duplication during growth and under stress conditions that mimics carcinogenic exposure or chemotherapeutic treatment.
  • DNA repair processes that restore genetic information perturbed by a variety of DNA lesions arising from genotoxic exposures.
  • The DNA damage response systems that monitor genome lesion burdens and deploy signaling pathways to induce multi-faceted physiological changes, ranging from metabolic and epigenetic changes, cell cycle delays, to chromosomal organization and maintenance adjustments.

To illuminate 3R processes and genome guardian functions, we have implemented cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary approaches, including genetic, biochemical, cell biological, structural, and genomic strategies. Our broad research scope and approaches provide lab members ample opportunities to explore and discover new biological principles. Our lab also offers a nurturing and supportive environment with tailored mentoring and training to advance lab members’ abilities in research, writing, presentation, and leadership.

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Xiaolan Zhao Lab

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Xiaolan Zhao

Xiaolan Zhao, PhD

  • Molecular biologist Xiaolan Zhao studies chromosomal organization, genome integrity, DNA replication and repair, dynamic protein modification.
  • PhD, Columbia University
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Email Address
212-639-5582
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Members

Victoria Miller-Browne
Victoria Miller-Browne

Graduate Student (BCMB)

Tzippora Chwat-Edelstein

Graduate Student (BCMB)

Jian Zheng
Jian Zheng

Graduate Student (BCMB)

Cory Haluska
Cory Haluska

Research Fellow

Nicole Clerico-Benn
Nicole Clerico-Benn

SKI Senior Admin Assistant

Jiayi Fan
Jiayi Fan

Research Associate

Beccy Lever
Rebecca Lever

Research Fellow

Shibai Li, PhD
Shibai Li

Senior Research Scientist

Sofya Ignatyeva

Undergraduate Researcher

Doston Karimov

Undergraduate Researcher

Lab Alumni
Gemma Regan-Mochrie
Gemma L. Regan-Mochrie

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham

Jake Bonner
Jake Bonner

Former Graduate Student

Xiao Peng
Xiao Peng

Former MD/PhD Student

Lei Wei
Lei Wei

Former Graduate Student

Koyi Choi

Former Graduate Student

Prabha Sarangi

Former Graduate Student

Lisa Hang

Former Graduate Student

Yu-Huang (Jeffrey) Chen

Former Graduate Student

Nalini Dhingra
Nalini Dhingra

Former Senior Research Scientist

Xiangzhou  Meng
Xiangzhou Meng

Former Research Scholar

Bingbing Wan
Bingbing Wan

Former Research Associate

Inn Chung, PhD
Inn Chung

Former Research Fellow

Catherine
Catherine Cremona

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Shelly Lim
Shelly Lim

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Wei Tan
Wei Tan

Former Research Fellow

Milica
Milica Arneric

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Vladimir Yong-Gonzalez
Vladimir Yong-Gonzalez

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Xianpeng Liu

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Thane Than
Thane Than

Former Research Fellow

Danying Guan
Danying Guan

Former Research Technician

Yan
Yan Yang

Former Technician

Sadia
Sadia Rahman

Former Technician

Jacqueline Arenz
Jacqueline Arenz

Former Technician

Fanfan
Fanfan Hao

Former Research Assistant

Emily Chen
Emily Chen

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Vicki Yang
Vicki Yang

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Tammy Yang
Tammy Yang

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Silva Baburyan
Silva Baburyan

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Nisma Hussein

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Jeannette
Jeannette Huaman

Former Summer Research Intern

Dennis Lysov
Dennis Lysov

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Yoona
Yoona Lee

Former Undergraduate Intern

Daniel Liu
Daniel Liu

Former Summer Research Intern

Justin Li

Former Summer Research Intern

Emily Seto

Former Summer Research Intern

Ryan Zhang

Former Summer Research Intern

Jason Ding
Jason Ding

Former Summer Research Intern

Jennifer Guo
Jennifer Guo

Former Undergraduate Researcher

Lab Affiliations

Achievements

  • Bressler Scholar, Alfred W. Bressler Scholar Endowment Fund
  • Research Scholar, American Cancer Society
  • Scholar, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Discovery of the extensive SUMO-based DNA damage response
  • Discovery of the connection between the nuclear pore complex and desumoylation
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  • Discovery of the Smc5/6 complex in budding yeast
  • Discovery of the essential function of the DNA replication and damage checkpoint

Lab News & Events

Accolades

Team Recognitions

  • Congratulations to Tzippora who was awarded the Kravis WiSE fellowship!
  • Congrats to Cory who was awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship and Best Photo Award from Postdoc Association in 2023
  • Cheers to Tzippora! She received honorable mention for the NSF grant
  • Victoria won Faculty Choice for best poster award at the BCMB Retreat in 2023 and People's Choice in 2022! Great Job!
  • Congrats to our lab for being awarded the following grants: BRIA (2023), CER (2022), Geoffrey Beene (2021)
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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Xiaolan Zhao discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Biochemical Society
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    Professional Services and Activities
  • FASEB
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Fusion Conferences
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Gordon Research Conferences
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)

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