Meet Current Members
Steven S. An, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. An held the position of Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. At Hopkins, he had faculty appointments across three schools (School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine) in four academic departments, and was the recipient of the Discovery Awards (2015 & 2016) and the Catalyst Award (2017). Dr. An’s primary research is focused on the mechanobiology of living cells in health and disease. Dr. An has specific expertise in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling and excitation-contraction coupling mechanisms of airway smooth muscle shortening in the context of obstructive lung disease.
While not in the lab, Dr. An enjoys traveling to “PARTS UNKNOWN”, exploring “BIZARRE FOODS”, and playing “STRAIGHT FLUSH” (2009 American Lung Association ‘Casino Night’ Champion).
Dae Young Jung, PhD, Research Associate
Dae Young has joined Dr. An’s lab recently. She majored in biochemistry and has focused her research on metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Dae Young likes watching sports, especially baseball, and she likes listening to K-pop music.
Jordan Lee, Graduate Research Assistant
Jordan is a graduate student in the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and minor in Chemistry from Rutgers. Her research interests include epigenetics, cell metabolism, and lung mechanics. Jordan enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, and getting ice cream.
Darin Mak, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Darin is currently a senior studying biomedical engineering at Rutgers University. His research interest includes cancer and tissue engineering. In the future, he hopes to apply to medical school. Outside of work his favorite things are playing volleyball, going to the gym, and cooking new recipes with friends.
Justin Lee, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Justin is an undergraduate student in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Rutgers Honors College. His research interests include tissue regeneration mechanisms and cancer. He hopes to earn a PharmD degree in the future.
Justin relishes moments of running and swimming, weight lifting, meals with friends and family, and trips to Livingston Dining Commons.
Isha Dandekar, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Isha is currently a freshman at Rutgers Honors College studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience on the pre-med track. Her research interests include tissue engineering and cancer. Outside of school, Isha enjoys placing viola, riding horses, reading, and watching movies with friends.
Sahar Chohan, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sahar is currently an undergraduate student at the Rutgers Honors College studying Cell Biology & Neuroscience. Her research interests include epigenetics, tissue regeneration, and cancer. In her free time, Sahar enjoys hiking and exploring different cuisines with friends and family.
Furqan Syed, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Furqan is an undergraduate student in the SEBS honors program studying Biological Sciences. He is interested in researching genome defense mechanisms and cancer, and wants to pursue oncology in the future. He loves reading, watching horror movies and true crime documentaries, going on spontaneous road trips, and spending time with friends and family.