Alex Vander Ark completed her B.S. in health professions at Grand Valley State University in 2010. After graduation, Alex worked as a phlebotomist at Holland Hospital for a year before returning to Grand Valley to earn a professional science Master’s degree in cell and molecular biology. Alex completed her internship in Dr. Li’s lab during the summer of 2013 and was hired into the lab as a research technician upon graduation in 2014. As the lab manager, Alex works on multiple projects in collaboration with other team members and is currently studying how hormone signaling in the tumor microenvironment influences prostate cancer metastasis.
Dr. Sourik Ganguly obtained his B.S in microbiology from Bangalore University, India, and then obtained a Master’s in biology from Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky. Dr. Ganguly completed his Ph.D. in pharmacology in 2013 at the University of Kentucky under the mentorship of Dr. Rina Plattner. While finishing his Ph.D., he studied the role of Abl kinases in melanoma and breast cancer invasion and metastasis. After completing his dissertation work, Dr. Ganguly joined Van Andel Research Institute as a postdoctoral fellow and is studying the mechanism of osteoblastic metastasis in prostate cancer.
Austin M. Meadows graduated from Hudsonville High School in 2013. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in biomedical science and Spanish in 2016. During the summer of 2015, Austin began his experience in Dr. Li’s lab as a part of the Frederick and Lena Meijer Summer Research Internship Program. Throughout the summer internship, his project’s focus was on studying how osteoclast-specific TGF-β signaling increases lung cancer-induced bone lesion development. Following the completion of his internship, he extended his stay in Dr. Li’s lab as a guest student intern. Austin continues to work under the mentorship of Dr. Paul G. Daft, assisting in studying the cell-specific role of TGF-β and its influences in metastatic tumor progression.
Jie Wang earned his Master’s degree in radiotherapy from Dalian Medical University of China in 2008. Upon graduation, he moved to the Radiotherapy Department of Dalian Municipal Central Hospital, where he acquired his attending physician degree in May 2011. In August 2014, Jie joined the Laboratory of Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis as a visiting scholar.
Qi Zeng earned his M.D. degree in clinical medicine from the University of South China in 2002. In 2007, he completed his Master’s degree in radiation oncology at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center in Guangzhou, China. From 2007 to 2010, he received residency training in radiation oncology in Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center. After that, he moved to 5th Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, where he worked as a radiation oncologist-in-charge in the Department of Radiation Oncology. In 2013, he returned to Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center and worked toward his Ph.D. in interventional oncology. As a guest graduate student in Lab of Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis, he currently works on the contribution of lymphangiogenesis in sentinel lymph node to metastasis and mechanisms of nasopharyngeal carcinoma bone metastases.