Dr. W. Andy Tao

Principal Investigator

Professor 
Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology 
Purdue Center for Cancer Research 
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 


Dr. Anton Iliuk

Postdoctoral Associate

My name is Anton Iliuk, and I am a post-doctoral student in Dr. Andy Tao’s group. I’m originally from Ukraine, where I went to a secondary school. Later, I spent my last year of high school in El Paso, TX, and then continued my education at Eastern New Mexico University where I received my B.S. and M.S. in chemistry (biochemistry emphasis) before coming to Purdue. I joined Dr. Tao’s group as a Ph.D. student in April 2007. Because I really enjoyed the research in the lab, I decided to stay after graduating in May, 2011 to continue my work. My project is based on the development of novel phosphoproteomic and phosphorylation detection techniques. The results of these projects, we hope, will provide us and other laboratories with putative therapeutic targets for drug research. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing sports, running, and spending time with my wife and friends. 

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My name is Hillary Andaluz and I am from Barquisimeto, Venezuela. I graduated from Elmira College located in upstate New York with a chemistry degree and a biology minor. I also did two years of agroindustrial engineering at UCLA (Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado) located in Venezuela. My research focuses on glycoproteomics of human biofluids for potential cancer biomarkers. One of my favorite things to do is dancing. In Venezuela, I danced Flamenco for eight years; I also enjoy dancing salsa and merengue.

Hillary Andaluz

Chemistry Graduate Student


Andrew DeMarco

Biochemistry Graduate Student

My name is Andrew G DeMarco, born in San Diego California and raised in Washington DC. I graduated cum laudein May 2017 with ACS certified Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in mathematics from Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh PA, the city of bridges. I then completed my Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University in May 2018 and joined Purdue University department of biochemistry the same month. My research broadly focuses on the characterization and validation of phosphatase substrates, as well as biomarker research in Rheumatology.  My hobbies include cooking, brewing beer, playing electric bass and travelling. 

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Dr. Yinghua Deng

Visiting Scholar

My name is Yinghua Deng, a visiting scholar in Andy Tao’s group. I’m from Wuhan, Hubei, China. I received my Ph. D degree of Analytical Chemistry from Wuhan University in 2008. My research in the Tao lab mainly focuses on immunoassay and mass spectrometry for protein biomarkers discovery. In my free time, I like cooking, shopping, and traveling.


Marco Hadisurya

Biochemistry Graduate Student

Aloha, I am Marco Hadisurya. I am originally from Indonesia. After my high school, I spent two years serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2014, I attended Brigham Young University-Hawaii to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. I graduated Summa cum laude in 2017 with three minors, Math, Biology, and English as an International Language. To decide if graduate school is really for me, I went to an internship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and worked on the SIRT1 protein, which is related to aging. In May 2018, I earned my US citizenship after two years of service in the US Army. Now, I am pursuing a Ph. D. degree in Biochemistry at Purdue University. I joined Dr. Tao lab in 2019 because I am interested in learning about mass spectrometry and disease biomarker discovery. During my free time, I love to visit new places, watch movies, and take naps.

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Der-Shyang (Leo) Kao

PULSe Graduate Student

My name is Der-Shyang Kao, and I go by Leo. I am from Taipei, Taiwan. I received my B.S. and M.S. degree from National Taiwan University. I have attended PULSe program since August 2016 and joined Dr. Andy Tao's lab since May 2017. I enjoy playing badminton, table tennis, and wallyball in my free time. 


Xiaofeng Wu

Chemistry Graduate Student

Hello, I am Xiaofeng Wu, a graduate student in Department of Chemistry (Analytical Division). I come from China and I got my bachelor in Peking University. Professor Tao’s research field is in mass spectrometry related to protein and disease, which interests me a lot. So I joined the group in Oct, 2016. In my spare time, I like music and many sports, especially snooker.


Dr. Yali Zhang

Visiting Scholar

My name is Yali Zhang, a visiting scholar in Andy Tao’s group. I’m from Nantong, Jiangsu, China. I received my Ph. D degree of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Zhejiang University in 2012. My research in the Tao lab mainly focuses on the role of protein phosphotase in disease by proteomics techniques. In my free time, I like listening music, watching movies and traveling.

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My name is Peipei Zhu, I am from Rochester Institute of Technology. I did undergrad in biochem and masters in chem there. I usually watch movies when I am free. I like sleeping when I am stressed, and I like listening musics when I need to concentrate to study.

Peipei Zhu

Chemistry Graduate Student