Current lab members


Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California at Davis in 1990 and then did his post-doc training in UC Berkeley. He joined the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1995.  He enjoys working with his wonderful team members in beautiful Hawaiʻi.

 



Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China in 2007. Since 2008 he has been a Research Assistant Professor in the lab. His research interests are focused on agricultural and food chemistry, environmental microbiology, marine pollution and toxicology, atmospheric environment sciences and analytical chemistry.


Cho
Dr. Cho is a junior researcher in the lab. His research focuses on the study of insect nutriproteomics and toxicoproteomics. In his studies he does protein profiling and biological networks analysis. He is interested in the expression of flightless-I protein (fli-I) and fli-I gene regulation in the oriental fruit fly in response to dietary wheat germ oil and its correlation to adult fly flight ability.


Zhen Cao (Richard)
Zhen received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Science from China Agricultural University in 2014. His research is centered on studying plant peroxidases and the development of biosensors for the study of human exposure to pesticides. He uses ELISA, colloidal gold strips and LC-MS on the detection of pesticide residue, environmental contaminant and GMOs.



Camila received her M.Sc. in Biotechnology in 2010, from Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, Chile. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in the MBBE department. Her project centers in studying the role of biosurfactants in bacterial degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. She is interested in developing bioremediation technologies to clean up soils from environmental toxic pollutants.



Margaret is a Ph.D. student in the MBBE department. The goal of her project is to understand the roles of glycosylation in an unusually stable plant peroxidase that can be used for medical, agricultural, and environmental applications. One of her research intents is to develop a MALDI-TOF/TOF MS workflow for studying glycoprotein structures. This workflow includes derivatizations to improve detection and fragmentation efficiencies, glycopeptide enrichment strategies, and LC-MALDI.



Ruijin is a Ph.D. student from China Agricultural University. Her research focuses on studying protein phosphorylation involved in pathogenicity of rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae). For her studies, she uses a combination of molecular biotechnology with mass spectrometry techniques.

 


wu
Dr. Wu is a visiting professor. He has worked in the gas chromatography field since 1965. His research interests include development of gas chromatographic separation methods, capillary column, and GC retention models. He has authored a book and authored or coauthored more than 30 research articles.



Ben received his M.S. degree in Natural Products Chemistry from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2012. In 2012, he joined Professor Li’s lab.  He focuses on the isolation and characterization of bioactive natural products from tropical plants by using biochemical and spectroscopic approaches.

 



Robert obtained his BS in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He worked for the EPA in the New York and San Francisco Regional Offices in various capacities including, enforcement and building state and tribal environmental regulatory programs. Additionally, he worked as Pesticides Program Manager for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Currently, he is enjoying his retirement by assisting with projects at the lab.


Dan
Dan received his B.S in general biology from California before coming to Hawaii in 2011. He has three years of lab experience as an environmental forensic chemist. He is currently working on the isolation and characterization of a newly isolated yeast organism.  For his study, he uses a combination of molecular biotechnology, microscopy and spectrometry techniques.


Molly Green
Molly obtained her B.S. in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University in 2014. She is currently working on her masters in the MBBE department at UH-Manoa. Molly utilizes qualitative proteomics techniques to study the growth-inhibitory effects of natural compounds on human lung cancer cells.

 


Abraham's Picture
Abraham is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing a degree in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology. He is currently a research assistance under Camila Ortega looking at the bacterial influences of secreting biosurfactants in order to break down environmental pollutants. In his spare time he does lion dancing and tennis.


bo fu
Bo received her Ph.D. in Ecology from China Agricultural University in 2015. Her research focuses on expression and characterization of peroxidase from windmill palm tree by using genetic engineering, mutagenesis techniques and mass spectrometry.

 


Yanjie
Yanjie is a Ph.D. student from China Agricultural University. Her research interests are focused on pesticides residue analysis and environment safety. Currently, she is working on the development of gas cromatography retention models and exposure and risk assessment of pesticides for applicators in golf course.


xu wang
Xu is a visiting scholar from Public Monitoring Center for Agro-product from Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on human contamination exposure and phytoremediation of pesticides. She is interested in risk assessment and food safety.

 


Hao
Hao is a Ph.D. student from Hainan University, China. Her research focuses on studying marine ecotoxicology. For her studies, she uses proteomics techniques to research toxic effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on pearl oyster. Currently, her research is centered on apply protein barcodes to study molecular toxic effects of indoxacarb enantiomers on the larval development in Zebrafish (Danio rerio).


Deguan tan
Dr. Tan received his Ph.D. in Crop Genetics and Breeding from Hainan University, China in 2011. Currently, he is a visiting scholar from Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences. He focuses on screening natural products against adiposity from tea.


Donging
Dongjin is a Ph.D. student from Guangxi University. Since 2016, she joined Dr. Li’s group as a visiting student. Her field of interest is the agriculture chemical safety assessment. Currently, she focuses on the isolation and characterization of cannabinoids from industry hemp and bioassay their pharmaceutical potential.

 


Jia
Jia is a Ph.D. student from China Agricultural University. Her research focuses on improvement of PAHs bioremediation with biosurfactants.