Yi Lan Weng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Scientist

Yi Lan Weng received his PhD in neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University where he focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of axon targeting and regeneration. During his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University, Weng developed a series of innovative next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches and experimental methods to elucidate roles of DNA and RNA epigenetics in determining regenerative capacity. He has broad interests in the epitranscriptomic regulation of neuronal function and diseases. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family

Boranai Tychhon, Research Assistant

Boranai Tychhon started working in the Weng Lab in December 2018 as a research assistant. She manages the wet lab, as well as assisting with epitranscriptomic projects. Tychhon emigrated from Cambodia in 2012 to pursue higher education in the United States. She received a bachelor’s in biology with minors in chemistry and microbiology with summa cum laude honors from the University of Houston – Downtown. Her senior project, under supervision of Tyra Hessel, PhD, and Hamida Qavi, PhD, was to extract the natural compounds from Neem Leaves and test on breast cancer cell lines for anticancer efficacy. She was also an intern for two summers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, assisting Nidhi Sahni, PhD, on profiling the functions of genetic and epigenetic perturbations in cancer heterogeneity. In her free time, Tychhon enjoys watching anime and reading manga, as well as exploring a variety of foods in Houston.

Wenjuan Ru, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Wenjuan Ru, PhD, graduated with a master’s in pharmacology from China. She earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch where she studied cellular and molecular mechanisms of HIV-infection-induced synaptic degeneration. She identified a novel neuron-to- microglia signaling pathway that mediates synaptic degeneration. She joined the Weng Lab in April 2019, working on an epitranscriptomic project. Her research focuses on determining the role of m6A RNA methylation in regulating RNA trafficking, localization and translation. Wenjuan enjoys outdoor activity, traveling and watching movies in her free time.


Wahibah Hannan, Visiting and Rotating Researcher

Wahibah Hannan is an undergraduate summer intern in the Weng Lab. She is majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. She graduated from Mayde Creek High School in Houston in 2017 as salutatorian. Hannan is a National Merit Scholar and a recipient of the Craig & Galen Brown Foundation Scholarship. She is the President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society at Texas A&M and is involved in organizations such as Engineers Serving the Community, the American Red Cross, Engineering World Health, and Project CURE. Hannan is also involved in a biomedical engineering research lab at Texas A&M and is working on organ-on-chip models and biosensors. During her free time, Hannan loves programming, reading mystery books and playing volleyball.