Hyejung Won, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of Genetics and the Neuroscience Center. I completed my Ph.D. in Dr. Eunjoon Kim's lab at KAIST, where I investigated the underlying mechanism of neurodevelopmental disorders using genetically modified mouse models. I then did my postdoctoral studies at UCLA in Dr. Dan Geschwind's lab, where I performed genome-wide analyses of chromosome conformation in human brain. 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Won Ma, PhD

I got my Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Eunjoon Kim at KAIST. During my PhD, I studied molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD and ASD, by generating and characterizing genetically modified animal models. After I completed my PhD, I became an Assistant Professor at the Dentistry Department of Kyungpook National University. There, I studied synaptic structures in the trigeminal nerve using an electron microscope based technique.

I joined the Won lab as I wanted to expand my horizon by tackling important questions in Neurogenetics. 

Nana Matoba, PhD

I earned my B.S. from Kyushu Institute of Technology (Dept. Biochemical Science and Engineering). After five years of experience as a system administrator/software engineer at Mitsubishi Space Software Co., Ltd, I earned M.S. in Medical Science from Saitama Medical University. I completed PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Tokyo under Dr. Tadafumi Kato, where I studied genetics of bipolar disorder through whole exome sequencing of trio families. Then, I studied GWASs of lifestyle related phenotypes in BioBank Japan Project at the Lab for Statistical Analysis, RIKEN under Dr. Yoichiro Kamatani.  I will be jointly advised by Dr. Jason Stein at UNC. I am interested in studying the genetic components of human behaviors. 

Benxia Hu, PhD

I obtained my Ph.D. from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (KIZ, CAS) and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). During my Ph.D. training, I studied epigenetic and transcriptomic changes in the host system in reaction to virus infection. I used multi-omic approaches that include analyses of ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, and RNA-seq data, and conducted functional experiments to experimentally validate my findings. In the Won lab, I plan to work on the epigenetic mechanisms underlying brain disorders using bioinformatics and deep learning approaches.

Graduate Student

Nancy Sey

I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Curriculum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I obtained my B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Va. My undergraduate research focused on understanding the effects of racial discrimination on health of African Americans. With an interest in furthering my scientific training, I joined UNC’s Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) and studied the effects of adolescent alcohol use on behavior flexibility. I plan to further my interest in substance use studies in the Won Lab by investigating the comorbidity between neuropsychiatric disorders and substance use. I enjoy participating in science outreach programs outside of the lab.

Lab Manager

Jessica McAfee

I joined in late 2018 as the Lab Manager and Research Technician for the Stein lab and Won lab. I earned my B.S. in Biology at UNC Chapel hill. My undergraduate research focused on using CRISPR/Cas9 on Arabidopsis thaliana. I went on to work at a lab at NC State, and then lived in Japan for a year. I hope to help find the genetic basis of mental illnesses through various molecular biology techniques.

Undergraduate Researcher

Alice Yu

I am currently an undergraduate student at UNC Chapel Hill and is originally from Cary, North Carolina. I am pursuing a BSPH degree in Biostatistics and a BA in Computer Science. Aside from research, I am also a member of the Carolina Analytics and Data Science club as well as in GlobeMed.

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