Yao Lab In the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Meet the People of the Yao Lab

BanerjeePrajna Banerjee, PhD - Post-doctoral Fellow
Contact: prajnab@stanford.edu

Prajna graduated from the University of Delhi, India with a BS in Zoology and a MS in Cell and Molecular Biology. Her interest in human reproduction and Infertility stemmed from a couple of summer internships in various infertility clinics in India. She integrated her interests in molecular biology and reproductive sciences during her PhD in Human Reproductive Physiology under Dr. Asgi Fazleabas from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

She moved to the Bay area in March,2009 to join the Yao lab. She is currently involved in translational research in infertility and is working on developing a prognostic tool to improve IVF treatment and counseling. She is highly motivated  in bridging the gap between the research laboratory and the clinic.

Prajna unwinds with music, is motivated by a variety of food and cuisines, actively participates in social organizations and is currently continuing to explore the Bay area.

Meng How tan, PhDMeng How Tan, PhD - Post-doctoral Fellow
Contact: menghow@stanford.edu

Meng How graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BS in mechanical engineering and a BA in economics in 2001 followed by an MS in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. His inspiration is to apply the concepts of engineering into study of biological systems. He earned his second MS in biomedical engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and his PhD with Drs. Harley McAdams and Lucy Shapiro in developmental biology.

He decided to stay on in Stanford for his postdoc because he loves the Cardinal too much. He is currently trying to dissect the gene regulatory network driving developmental progression of the early mouse embryo.

In his spare time, Meng How enjoys playing the piano, attending classical music concerts, trying out new restaurants, or just spending time with his lovely wife. 

Denise LeongDenise E. Leong, B.Sc. Lab Manager and Microinjectionist
Contact: deleong@stanford.edu

Denise completed her BS in Bioresource Sciences from the University of California, Berkley in 1990. She has been working as a laboratory associate in UCSF and Stanford. She developed an interest in microinjection and honed her skills in the Transgenic core at Stanford for a number of years.

She proceeded to apply her skills to basic and translational research in the Yao lab since 2004. Here, she is instrumental in establishing lab protocols, training personnel and managing the laboratory.

In her leisure Denise indulges in exploring culinary delights, some ‘therapeutic’ shopping and also enjoys frequent skiing get-aways.

Kate O’Leary, MD - Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow
Contact: kmoleary@stanford.edu

Kate is a fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division in Ob/Gyn in Stanford. She is working on the IVF translational research project and is interested in analyzing the possible effects of ethnicity on IVF treatment. She aims at addressing the IVF treatment process from the perspective of patients.

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