Dr. Peng Mao is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). He obtained his Ph.D. from Peking University in China. He received his post-doctoral training with Dr. Mick Smerdon in the DNA Repair Shop at Washington State University (WSU). He also worked with Dr. John Wyrick at WSU as an Assistant and Associate Research Professor before he moved to UNM. His goal is to develop new genomics tools to understand how DNA repair proteins recognize and repair DNA damage in the genome. Dr. Mao likes sports, particularly soccer.
Dr. Mingrui Duan is an Assistant Research Professor at UNMCCC. Initially trained as a biochemist in graduate school, she has successfully extended her skills to genomics and bioinformatics. She is interested in understanding the mechanism by which enhanced DNA repair capacity in cancer cells leads to drug resistance in chemotherapy. Dr. Duan likes playing piano.