Chan Lab Members

Chan Lab

Sunny ChanSunny Chan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.Sc. in Pharmacology, University of British Columbia, Canada
B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Sunny is a native of Hong Kong, and has toured around the world to complete his trainings on natural product chemistry, cardiovascular pharmacology, and stem cell biology. Recently, he focuses on developing regenerative medicine to treat congenital heart defects and muscular dystrophies.

Ning XieNing Xie, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Education: Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine, Peking University, China

Research interest: Generating muscle stem cells from pluripotent stem cells to advance stem cell therapy for muscular dystrophy



Sabrina ChuSabrina Chu

Sabrina (she/her/hers) graduated in neuroscience with a minor in computer science and was looking to pursue a medical degree. She is from Shoreview, MN. Most people would describe her as energetic and enthusiastic on any given day. Some fun facts about her is that she once chipped one of her front teeth about seven times when she was young, and she loves playing Animal Crossing.



Matt PappasMatthew Pappas
Undergraduate Researcher

Matt was born and grew up in the north metro of the Twin Cities. He is a graduating senior studying Biology at the University of Minnesota. Matt has previously worked on developing approaches to derive striated muscle from pluripotent stem cells. He is interested in using single-cell RNA-seq and other powerful methods to study stem cell and developmental biology.

In his free time, Matt likes to cook and play board games. He also enjoys watching professional soccer and following the Minnesota Vikings.

Lindsay PeiferLindsay Peifer
Undergraduate Researcher

Lindsay is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studying Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. She started working for Dr. Chan her first year at the university with an interest in researching genetic diseases since she was born with a rare metabolic bone condition, called X-Linked Hypophosphatemia. She helps out with multiple projects in the lab, including the human teratoma and cardiomyocyte differentiation investigations.

Lindsay hopes to obtain her Master’s in Science and become a genetic counselor after graduation.

Former Members

Christine RohlfChristine Rohlf, B.A.
Lab Manager

Education: B.A. in Biology, University of St. Thomas, MN

Christine was born and raised in Davenport, IA. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Biology, a minor in Spanish, and she also enjoyed being a track and field student-athlete. She will be attending vet school this fall at Iowa State University. In her free time, she likes to workout and go running and spend time with friends and family.