Li Laboratory



Alex Vander Ark, M.S.
Laboratory manager

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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.

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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.

Erica Woodford, B.S.
Assistant research technician

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Bio coming soon!

Guangyong Yang, B.S.
Senior research technician

Past lab members

Samual Ameh
Summer intern
Yiqing Dong
Summer intern
Rebecca Emery
Summer intern
Peter Hsueh
Ph.D. rotation student (MSU)
Prisilla Lee
Assistant technician
Julienne Louters
Ph.D. rotation student (MSU)
Austin M. Meadows, B.S.
Assistant research technician
Neil (Xiangqi) Meng, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow
Ghada Y. T. Mohsen
Jared Murdoch
Assistant technician
Abigail Solitro
Ph.D. rotation student (VAIGS)
Jie Wang, M.S.
Visiting scholar
Qi Zeng, M.D.
Guest Ph.D. student