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Xiaolei Su, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Xiaolei Su obtained his B.S. at Peking University, Ph.D. at Harvard University, and postdoc training at UCSF. As a faculty at Yale, Dr. Su leads a team studying membrane signaling in immune responses.


Kendra Libby

Research Assistant

  • Yale College ‘22 with a major in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics

  • Prior research experience with Yale's Discovery to Cure High School Internship Program

  • Studies chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) with the goal of improving CAR localization and signaling while understanding how CAR triggers T cell activation

  • Dances competitively with the Yale Ballroom Dance Team and works with horses


Longhui Zeng, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D. in biology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Supported by the Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoc Fellowship

  • Studies how phase separation orchestrates immune signal transduction

  • Enjoys fishing, swimming, & listening to powerful and positive music


Walker Fuchs

Graduate Student

  • B.A. in Biochemistry from Wheaton college (MA); honors thesis on heart regeneration in zebra fish

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard Medical School research assistant studying the use of microRNAs as biomarkers for cancer

  • Studies the effects of membrane biophysics on immune activation in anti-tumor response in the Su Lab

  • Enjoys hiking and woodworking


Fawzaan Hashmi

Research Assistant 

  • Yale College '25 with a major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

  • Yale First-Year Summer Research fellowship

  • Prior work on cancer diagnostics and CRISPR-related ethics

  • Project: targeting tumor-associated myeloid cells with CAR-T

  • Enjoys traveling and rooting for LeBron

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Kazuki Sato, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D. from the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2017 on the functional analysis of regulatory T cells

  • Daiichi Sankyo Foundation of Life Science, Japan fellowship.

  • Joined the Su Lab in April 2022 studying the molecular mechanisms of immune cell activation and migration via phase separation

  • Enjoys cooking and making sweets with his family


Xinyan Zhang, PhD

     Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D in pediatrics in 2017 from Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology

  • Interest in improving CAR-T sensitivity to target low-antigen expressing cancers and uncovering signaling details in CAR activation pathways

  • Obsessed with translating new CARs and signaling details to clinical medicine

  • Enjoys reading and running


Yiwei Xiong, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D from the University of Liverpool on the roles of immune adaptor proteins in T-cells and macrophages

  • Studies immune signaling and cancer immunotherapy in the Su Lab

  • Enjoys soccer (avid Manchester United fan), beer, and traveling

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Jianjian Guo

Graduate Student

  • B.A. in Life Sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China

  • Studied CRISPR knock out screen in search for novel T cell immune suppressor against cancer at Yale for graduation thesis

  • Currently developing novel cell therapy against solid tumors in the Su Lab

  • Enjoys Sci-fi, psychology, movies, and pop music

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Elahe Kamali, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D from the University of Isfahan

  • Worked on CRISPR/Cas9-based gene editing of human primary T cells and also involved in establishing a CRISPR-based assay (CRISPR-Select) to evaluate the possible driver role of cancer-associated mutations and predict treatment response

  • Joined the Su lab in May 2022 to explore the cell biology of CAR signaling and improve the CAR-T efficacy using genome editing.

  • Enjoys traveling, cycling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends