Group Members

Students, postdocs, and staff in the Tang Research Group have diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds. Group members with varying expertise (e.g., synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and biomedical engineering) work closely to develop novel therapeutics. Our alumni all have successful careers in either academic institutes or pharmaceutical companies.

Weiping Tang, PhD

Weiping Tang, PhD

Janis Apinis Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy; Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of UW-Madison
Director of Medicinal Chemistry Center at the School of Pharmacy
Faculty Appointment with the Department of Chemistry in the College of Letters and Science
BS 1997 Chemistry - Peking University
MS 1999 Chemistry - New York University
PhD 2005 Organic Chemistry - Stanford University
Postdoc 2007 Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery - Harvard University

View Dr. Tang’s School of Pharmacy bio.
View Dr. Tang’s Chemistry Department bio.

Staff Scientists, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Visiting Scholars

Qiuhua Fan

Chemistry Staff Scientist
BS, Peking University
PhD, Peking University
Postdoc, Oregon Health and Science University and University of Arkansas

Chunrong Li

Biology Staff Scientist
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine
Postdoc in Cancer Biology, UW-Madison
Scientist in Cancer Biology, UW-Madison

Jingyao Li

BS, China Pharmaceutical University
MS, Shandong University
PhD, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Junzhuo (James) Liao

BS, Peking University
PhD, Stony Brook University

Nuwan Pannilawithana

BS, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
PhD, Marquette University

Venkatesan Srinivasan

Chemistry Staff Scientist
MS, Indian Institute of Technology
PhD, University of Rochester
Postdoc, University of Rochester
Tang Hua

Hua Tang

MS, Sichuan University
PhD, Sichuan University

Haibo Xie

Chemistry Staff Scientist
BS, Anhui Normal University
PhD, SIOC
Postdoc, Simon Fraser and UW–Madison

Zhen Zhang

PhD, Lanzhou University
Postdoc, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Boston College

Graduate Students, Visiting Graduate Students, Research Interns, and Research Specialists

Chelsi M. Almodovar-Rivera

PhD Candidate
BS, University of Puerto Rico
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences, NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program Trainee

Peijing Jia

PhD Candidate
BS, Beijing Normal University
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Xiaolei Li

PhD Candidate
BS, Peking University
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bethany J. McCarty

PhD Candidate
BS, Indiana State University
PhD Candidate, UW-Organic Chemistry
NSF predoctoral Fellow

Xueqing (Sherry) Nie

PhD Candidate
BS, Nanjing University
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Christopher M. Stevens

PhD Candidate
BS, University of Texas At Dallas
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences
NIH Translational Cardiovascular Science Training Program Trainee

Ira Tandon

PhD Candidate
BS, University of Colorado Denver
PhD candidate, UW-Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program
NIH Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Training Program Trainee

Yunxiang Wu

PhD Candidate
BS, Nankai University
MS, Medicinal Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica
Research Assistant at Peking University
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Zhongrui (Michael) Zhang

PhD candidate
BS, Brandeis University
PhD Candidate, UW-Chemical Biology
Yuan Zhao

Yuan Zhao

PhD Candidate
BS, Nankai University
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Yaxian (Sherry) Zhou

PhD Candidate
BS, Southeast University
MS, Biomedical Engineering, UW–Madison
Research Associate at MalarVx Inc.
Research Intern & Lab Manager at UW–Madison
PhD Candidate, UW-Pharmaceutical Sciences

PharmD Students and Undergraduate Students

Alexander Klein

Undergraduate student

Lauren N. Rault

Undergraduate student

SooJin Park

Undergraduate student

Raven William Coil-Otto

Undergraduate student

Paulina Nichole Esguerra

Undergraduate student

Marissa Mannhardt

Undergraduate student