Researchers

Amonae Dabbs-Brown, MS

Amonae has been a bioinformatic analyst with the Sun Lab since September 2022. Before joining the Sun Lab, she was a biochemist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she developed standardized methods for the measurement of different biomolecules. Her current research involves sex-stratified identification of genetic variants associated with cardiometabolic outcomes in different gene x sex hormone environments.

Dr. Qin Hui, PhD, MS

With a background in biostatistics, Qin has been working in the Sun lab as a data analyst since 2012. Qin have been involved in many projects both in the Sun lab and in the Million Veteran Program. His main research interest is applying multi-omics methods to study complex diseases. Qin also enjoy playing tennis with friends, as well as ski and travel on weekends and go on vacation.

Dr. Greg Linchangco, PhD, MS

Introducing Greg Linchangco, our Senior Biostatistician with an MS and PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. His research portfolio encompasses diverse topics including computational biology, phylogenetics, marine biology, and epidemiology. He has developed novel phylogenetic pipelines for modeling HIV transmission and the diversification of echinoderms.  Greg is currently working on projects that involve analyzing the omics data of large-scale epidemiological cohorts, such as the Million Veterans Project (MVP) and UK Biobank (UKB). These cohorts represent an unprecedented resource for studying the genetic basis of complex human diseases and traits, with millions of individuals genotyped and phenotyped for a wide range of clinical and demographic variables.  Greg is applying his expertise in biostatistics and computational biology to develop novel pipelines for analyzing the omics data, including genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. He is integrating the multi-omics data with the clinical and demographic variables to identify genetic variants, gene pathways, and metabolic signatures that underlie complex human diseases and traits.  This work is helping to uncover new insights into the underlying mechanisms of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders. Additionally, their research is enabling the development of new diagnostic tools, biomarkers, and therapeutic targets for these diseases. To see Greg’s publications, view his Google Scholar page.

Dr. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, MD, MSc., DTM&H, PhD

Boghuma Kabisen Titan is a Cameroonian born physician-scientist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. She obtained her MD from the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon and worked for some years after graduating as a medical officer, before pursuing post-graduate research training in London, United Kingdom. As an awardee of the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship program, she obtained a master’s degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians and a PhD in Virology from University College London. Dr. Titanji joined Emory University School of Medicine in 2016 where she completed a residency in Internal Medicine, on the ABIM research pathway and a fellowship Infectious Diseases. She has three parallel career interests: translational and clinical research in HIV and emerging infections, science education and communication, and global health equity. Her current research focuses on studying inflammation as a driver of cardiovascular disease in people with HIV using cell culture models and systems biology approaches . She is passionate about leveraging translational research to improve the care of people with HIV,  promoting global health equity through research capacity building in Africa and using science to influence health policy through communication and advocacy.  She currently serves as a section editor for Diagnostics and Laboratory Medicine with the Journal Plos Global Public Health, is Chief Scientific Adviser for the non-profit organization CRITICA and is on the board of directors for the non-profit organization ICMEC.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Tiwari, PhD

Dr. Bojung Seo, PhD, MPH

Bojung has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Sun Lab since September 2023. She obtained her PhD in Epidemiology (major) and Bioinformatics (minor) from the Indiana University and her MPH in Epidemiology from Korea University. Before joining the Sun Lab, she worked at Pfizer Korean and Janssen Korea as a clinical research & real-world data specialist. She was trained in fundamental and advanced epidemiology, data management, biostatistics, and bioinformatics in diverse therapeutic areas including cancers, chronic, and infectious diseases. Before joining the Sun Lab, she explored associations of habitual dietary factors and leukocyte telomere length and relationship between habitual sunbed usage and skin cancer-related outcomes. Her current research involves development of proteomic prediction models for obesity-related health indicators.