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Members

Dean Tantin, PhD

Dean Tantin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.  Tantin studies gene expression and its relationship to immune and stem cell function, and malignancy. He focuses on a class of transcri... Read More

Research Interests: Development and Regulation of Immune Responses, Gene Regulation, Stem Cells, Transcriptional Control of Malignant State

Phone: 801-587-3035

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Zuolian Shen, PhD

Zuolian Shen, PhD

Email Address: zuolian.shen@path.utah.edu

Zuolian graduated from China Agricultural University. She is working on the Oct1 regulation in embryonic stem cell development and differentiation and Oct4 roles in induced pluripotent stem cells.

Wenxiang Sun, PhD

Wenxiang Sun, PhD

Email Address: Wenxiang.Sun@hci.utah.edu

Wenxiang graduated from Peking University (Beijing, China) with the background of innate immunity. She did her first postdoc at NIAID/NIH to study innate immune signaling in autoimmune diseases. She joined Tantin Lab in 2019 to explore the function of mitochondria transporter and OCAB associated protein in T cells with CRISPR technology. She is really enjoying working at Tantin Lab and getting training in immunology.

Jelena Perovanovic, PhD

Jelena Perovanovic, PhD

Email address: jelena.perovanovic@hci.utah.edu

Dr. Perovanovic research is focused on using the high-throughput genomic technologies to study genetic and epigenetic changes of normal development and disease progression. She got her doctorate from the George Washington University during which she defined how human disease mutations of nuclear envelope proteins lead to specific perturbations of chromatin remodeling and cell fate. For her postdoctoral work she moved to NIH where she worked on epigenetic regulation of mesodermal lineage specification. Using transcriptomics and chromatin accessibility assays, Dr. Perovanovic identified key molecular steps required for mesodermal fate specification. In 2019, she joined Dr. Tantin group at the HCI to continue her postdoctoral work. Her current research is focused on developmental transition from pluripotecy to lineage specific programs.

Graduate Student

Heejoo Kim, MVSc, DVM

Heejoo Kim, MVSc, DVM

Email Address: heejoo.kim@path.utah.edu

Heejoo transferred from Purdue University during the second year of her PhD course. Before coming to graduate school, She worked as a researcher at the International Vaccine Institute. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Korea with M.V.Sc. and D.V.M. degrees in Veterinary Infectious Disease and Microbiology. She aims to study immunology and considers the University of Utah as an ideal place to pursue her goal.

Nieca Bronson, BS

Nieca Bronson, BS

Email address: nieca.bronson@hci.utah.edu

Nieca graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in biology. In 2012 she completed the Medical Laboratory Scientist program and is ASCP board certified. She is working on her Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Science, and joined the Tantin lab in 2019 to study the effect of OCA-B on T cell anti-tumor immunity. She is very happy to be part a great team.

Erik Hughes, BS

Erik Hughes, BS

Email address: erik.hughes@path.utah.edu

Erik Hughes graduated from Westminster College with a BS in Biological Sciences. After his undergraduate, he worked in the life science industry for several years developing iPSC based tools and technologies. Erik joined the Molecular Biology Ph.D. program in 2018. In 2019, Erik joined the Tantin Lab where he is researching the transcriptional cofactor OCA-B and its impact on autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with all the amazing researchers here at the University of Utah.

Tantin Lab Alumni

Catherine Callister, MD
Medical Resident, Geriatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Cody N. German, MS
Pathology Technician
Intermountain Healthcare Central Laboratory

Jenny Hong-Gonzalez
Registered Patent Attorney
Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP
12 South First Street, 12th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Jinsuk Kang, PhD
Principal Research Scientist
Discovery Research I
C&C Research Laboratories

Jessica Maddox, MD/PhD
Medical Resident, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco

Arvind Shakya, PhD/DVM
Senior Scientist, Pharmacology
Cellgene, Inc
San Diego, CA

Samuel South, MD
Medical Resident, General Surgery
McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University

Karina Vázquez-Arreguín, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Kalluri laboratory
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

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Contact Us

Dean Tantin
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Huntsman Cancer Institute
2000 Circle of Hope, Research South
Room 3707 (LL376 for courier service)
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5550

Lab Phone: 801-587-3802
Office Phone: 801-587-3035
Email Address: dean.tantin [@] path.utah.edu

Lab administrative contact:
Email: Ryan.Tuohy@hci.utah.edu
Phone: 801-213-5767

Lab manager:
Email: zuolian.shen@path.utah.edu
Phone: 801-587-3802