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


Xiaoni Fang

Postdoctoral Associate

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My name is Xiaoni Fang, a post-doctoral research scholar in Andy Tao’s group. I’m from Yunnan, Kunming. I got my Ph.D degree of Analytical Chemistry in Fudan University. My research in the Tao lab mainly focuses on the mass spectrometry related to extracellular vesicles. In my free time, I like cooking, shoping, sleeping, and spending time with my son.


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. 


Mayank Srivastava

Chemistry Graduate Student

My name is Mayank Srivastava and I grew up in the northern part of India. I earned my Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from Pune University. Subsequently, I moved to Michigan to pursue my Master’s in Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University. I joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue in August 2013. My current research in the Tao lab focuses on the two-dimensional gel-based detection and identification of phosphoproteins in complex mixtures. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and hanging out with friends.

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Sebastian Paez

PULSe Graduate Student

Hello, My name is Sebastian Paez and I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. Back in my hometown, I got my undergraduate degree in Biology from the National University of Colombia. In 2016 I enrolled in Purdue as part of the PULSe program and joined the Tao lab in summer of 2018. Currently, my research focuses on the study of kinase-substrate interactions. On my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and playing with my dog Rosie.

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Xiaofeng Wu

Chemistry Graduate Student

Hello, I am Xiaofeng Wu, a graduate student in Department of Chemistry (Analytical Division). I come from Tianjin, China and I got my bachelor of science degree 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 many sports, especially snooker. Besides, I enjoy listening to music from a Chinese musician called Li Jian.


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