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Dean Tantin, PhD

Dean Tantin is a 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 the regulation of gene expression and its relationship to immune and stem cell function, and malignancy. He focuses on a class ... Read More

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

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Zuolian Shen, PhD

Zuolian Shen, PhD

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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

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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

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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

Yifan Wu, MS

Yifan Wu, MS

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Yifan obtained her undergraduate degree from South China University of Technology and the University of Edinburgh, and her master’s degree from the University of Southern California. She joined the Molecular Biology Ph.D. program in 2019 and joined the Tantin Lab in the next year. She currently focuses on the role of Oct1 in embryonic stem cell development and Oct1-mediated interchromosomal interactions in immune cells. She is very excited about the ongoing research and looking forward to making more progress in the Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

Erik Hughes, BS

Erik Hughes, BS

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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

Reuben Ryan Cano
MD/PhD Candidate
MSTP program
Duke University
Durham, NC

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

Jenny Hong-Gonzalez
Associate Director, Intellectual Property
CytomX Therapeutics, Inc.
151 Oyster Point Blvd. #400
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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

Heejoo Kim, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Johnson & Johnson Research and Development
San Diego, CA

Jessica Maddox, MD/PhD
Pediatrics Specialist
Saint Alphonsus Hospital
Boise, ID

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
Balveen Kaur laboratory
Department of Neurosurgery
Houston, TX


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Dean Tantin
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
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