Lab Members

Xianzhi (Andrew) Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: xianzhi.lin@cshs.org

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Xianzhi (Andrew) Lin, PhD, received his bachelor's degree in bioengineering from the Kunming University of Science and Technology in 2004, and a doctorate in microbiology from the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. Before joining the Lawrenson Laboratory in the Women's Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA with Grace Xiao, PhD, studying the molecular mechanisms of RNA regulation, including alternative splicing, RNA editing and RNA degradation. Currently, his research focuses on elucidating the mechanism of long noncoding RNAs in the initiation and/or development of ovarian cancers.

Tassja Spindler

Research Associate II Email: tassja.spindler@cshs.org

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Tassja Spindler graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning her bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a minor in exercise and sport studies. She received postgraduate training in the Biotechnology Program at Pasadena City College and was selected as a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine intern for stem cell research at the University of Southern California (USC) where, under the mentorship of Gregor B. Adams, PhD, her research focused on understanding the role of the hematopoietic stem cell niche. Spindler continued her research studies at USC with Simon Gayther, PhD, elucidating the role of long noncoding RNA in ovarian cancer. She now works in the Lawrenson Laboratory in the Women's Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai, exploring how lncRNAs shape the development of ovarian cancers.

Roxanne Manek

Research Lab Assistant II Email: roxanne.manek@cshs.org

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Roxanne Manek graduated from King's College London University in 2011, earning her bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences specializing in neuroscience. Since completing her undergraduate studies, Manek has pursued her passion for cancer research at the University of Southern California's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and now in the Lawrenson Laboratory in the Women's Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai. Manek’s research involves using three-dimensional in vitro models of ovarian cancer to identify novel therapeutic targets.