Principal Investigator:


Hai-Bin Ruan, Ph.D. (Email)
Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology
Center for Immunology

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Current Members:


Zengdi Zhang

Zengdi Zhang, M.D. & Ph.D. (Email)
Postdoctoral Associate; Start date: March 2017.
Zengdi received her M.D. degree in Clinical Medicine from Wuhan University and her Ph.D. degree from Nanjing Medical University. She was a pediatrician at Nanjing Children’s Hospital and did her clinical research on Medulloblastoma. In the Ruan lab, she studies the development and function of bone marrow adipocytes.

Zahra Moazzami

Zahra Moazzami (Email)
Nutrition graduate student; Start date: July 2020.
Zahra received her B.S. degree in Nutrition with Honors from South Dakota State University and is pursuing her M.S. degree in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. During her time as an undergraduate student, Zahra was involved in clinical research and served as the coordinator of a clinical study. Zahra is interested in molecular nutrition and metabolism as she believes nutrition-related problems can be tracked more precisely if the underlying contributing factors are studied at the molecular and biochemical levels.

Aishwarya Bhowmik
Graduate rotation student; Pharmacology; Start date: Sep 2021.

Navya Koneripalli
Undergraduate Researcher; Start date: Mar 2021.
Class of 2021, studying Human Physiology and Public Health.


We are hiring!

  • We have two postdoc positions opening.
  • We are also seeking passionate graduate students to join our lab. Affiliated Graduate Programs:

Integrative Biology & Physiology

Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MICaB)



Past Members

Name Role Date Current position
Ming Zhao, PhD Postdoc Jan 2016 - Mar 2021 Senior Associate Scientist, Amgen
Zan Huang, PhD Postdoc Dec 2016 - Dec 2020 Associate Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University 
Bing Liu, PhD Postdoc May 2016 - Jan 2019 Postdoc, City of Hope
Kaiqun Ren, PhD Visiting Scholar Dec 2016 - Dec 2017 Associate Professor, Hunan Normal University
Anna Carey Rotation student Nov 2020 - Jan 2021 Pharmacology PhD program
Pedro Rodriguez     Rotation student Oct 2017 - Dec 2017 IBP PhD program
Chinmayi Sahu, BS Researcher Nov 2016 - Sep 2018  
Ryan Heck, BS Researcher Jun 2016 - July 2017 Senior Product Manager, Boston Scientific
Meng Cheng, BS Researcher Sep 2016 - Apr 2017 Graduate student at UNC
Alexander Battist Undergraduate Jun 2021 - Aug 2021 Carleton College Class of 2022
Angela Kim Undergraduate Sep 2020 - Jun 2021 UMN Class of 2021
Kawita Michareune Undergraduate Jan 2020 - Jun 2021 UMN Class of 2021
Emily Wolniewicz Undergraduate Jan 2020 - Mar 2020 UMN Class of 2020
Brianna Ong Undergraduate Sep 2017 - Jun 2019 UMN Class of 2019
Madysen Cramer Undergraduate Sep 2017 - Jun 2018 UMN Class of 2019
Adam Chen Undergraduate Nov 2017 - Jun 2018 UMN Class of 2020