Lab Members

Gregory S. Ducker, Ph.D.

Gregory S. Ducker, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

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Greg grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He attended college nearby at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he obtained his B.A. in Chemistry in 2006. After a year working in a molecular diagnostics laboratory and learning about how most oncogenes were signaling proteins called kinases, he moved to California to pursue a Ph.D. with Kevan Shokat at the University of California, Berkeley. At Cal, Greg mostly studied how to block the activity of a master regulator of metabolism kinase, mTOR. His interest in metabolism piqued, Greg dove all-in when he started his postdoctoral work in cancer metabolism with Josh Rabinowitz at Princeton University. As an American Cancer Society fellow, Greg studied one-carbon and amino acid metabolism in cancer. He started his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Utah in September of 2018. New to the mountain west, Greg is excited about the hiking and skiing options that start right outside the university.  

Guoshen Cao

Guoshen Cao

Graduate Student

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Jesse Velasco

Jesse Velasco

Graduate Student

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Chad Cooper

Chad Cooper

Lab Technician

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Chad grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles in Upland, Ca. He attended the University of Colorado,  Boulder where he obtained a B.A. in evolutionary biology. After that, he proceeded to spend six months working with the bison management program in Yellowstone National Park, and has now moved on to working with Dr. Ducker in his lab.

Matthew McArdle

Matthew McArdle

Lab Specialist

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