APOM Lab Research Associates and Assistants

Zhiping (Jim) Cao, PhD; Research Associate

Zhiping Cao

Zhiping (Jim) Cao received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington State University by studying glutamate receptors, androgen receptors, substance P, and galanin in neural circuits that mediate sexual behaviors.  For his 6 years of postdoctoral research in Dr. Barbara Gordon's laboratory at the University of Oregon, he studied gene expression and regulation of NMDA receptor subunits that are involved in the visual plasticity. 

After 12 years of cardiovascular research in Dr. Donna Van Winkle's laboratory at the Portland VA Medical Center, he joined the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Department in January of 2013. 

When Jim has time, he enjoys fishing, boating, and singing.

Davelle "Beezer" Cocking; Senior Research Assistant

Cocking, Davelle

Beezer grew up as a country girl in a small farming town in eastern Washington. She received her B.S. in Biology from Whitworth University and her M.Sc. in Pharmacology/Toxicology with an emphasis in neuroscience from Washington State University in 2007.

Prior to joining the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Department at Oregon Health & Science University, Beezer garnered 8 years of valuable research experience in both academia (OHSU 2010-2014 and the Portland VA Medical Center 2014-2015) and industry (Psychogenics 2007-2010). Beezer has expertise performing over 20 different behavioral assays as well as multiple neurosurgeries. 

In her spare time, Beezer enjoys constantly organizing (anything!), sleeping, cooking, cleaning, making jewelry and laughing at the dynamic between her super smart but ornery cat, Hooker and her "simple" yet adoringly sweet kitten, Little.

Kirsti Golgotiu; Senior Research Assistant

Kirsti Golgotiu

 Kirsti Golgotiu is an experienced, multifaceted, and innovative professional researcher passionate about the scientific value generated when the perfect fusion of innovative experimental techniques, advanced technology, and optimal data flow is achieved. She has practiced this approach throughout her 14 years of experience working across multiple scientific fields from medical research in immunology, to crop enhancement and plant physiology tests in lab, greenhouse, and field environments. In each of these areas she delivered leadership, independent assay design, new creative insights, and fostered collaboration. Her emphasis is on delivering value through innovative and quality experimentation, data driven decision making, efficient data management, and leveraged technology.

Lijuan (Helen) Liu, DVM; Senior Research Assistant

Lijuan Liu

Lijuan (Helen) Liu joined the APOM Department in January of 2013. Dr. Liu received her DVM degree in China. Her first job was in Dr. Rongxian Shen's lab.  Dr. Shen is a very famous virologist, who developed the first attenuated lentivirus vaccine in the world.  She was trained in Dr. Akesson's lab at Washington State University (WSU) to perform immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization with rat brain sections. She  then worked in Dr. Ming Hu's lab at WSU to study drug transportation through cell membrane.

Additional, Dr. Liu worked in Dr. Barbara Gordon's lab of University of Oregon by performing immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization,and western Blot, taking care of cell culture of adenovirus.  She helped the lab to make a recombinant adenovirus that carries NR2B antisense that was used to knock down NMDA receptor protein in mouse and rat visual cortex.  

Most recently, Dr. Liu worked in Dr. Donna Van Winkle's lab, studying the mechanisms of cardioprotection induced by opioid peptides and epoxyeicosatrienoic acids.  Specifically, she used cardiomyocytes isolated from adult or neonatal mouse to study signal transduction (PI3K-AKT pathway) transactivated by G protein-coupled receptors (opioid receptors and EGFR receptors). In addition, she also provided service for other laboratory personnel from OHSU in providing basic training for cardiomyocyte isolations and culture.

Kristin Lyon; Research Assistant I

Kristin earned her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Shortly after graduation she moved from Reno to Portland and has been in the Anesthesiology Department since June 2015.

Outside of the lab Kristin enjoys traveling and biking.

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Xiao Jing Nie, MS; Senior Research Assistant

Xiao Jing Nie, MS

Xiao Jing Nie began her tenure at Oregon Health & Science University as a Research Assistant in 1998.  She joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in 2004 and is currently a Senior Research Assistant.  She has expertise in a variety of histological techniques.

Jing Nie graduated from the Xuzhou Medical College in China and worked in the Department of Pathology in the Gulou Hospital in Nanjing, China before she moved to Sweden and earned her Master of Science degree in neuropathology at the Uppsala University in 1991.

Jay Phillips, BS; Senior Research Assistant

Jay Phillips

Jay earned his BS in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Since completing his undergraduate studies he has done research in both biotechnology and academic laboratories. Research subjects that Jay has worked on range across a wide set of interests, including: heterologous protein expression, protein structure-function studies & engineering, microbial mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, epigenetic disease marker identification and clinical molecular diagnostic development. 

Outside of the lab, Jay enjoys drinking too much coffee, chasing his two children around and occasionally dabbling in home beer brewing.

Zu Yuan Qian, PhD; Research Associate

Zu Yuan Qian

Dr. Qian received a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Xinjiang Agricultural University in 1982 and then taught at there for 6 years.  In 1988 he moved to France, receiving a Master's degree in Microbiology/Genetics from the University of Caen and further pursuing a Doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the University of Paris 7.  Dr. Qian was previously with the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at OHSU, then joining the Anesthesiolgy and Perioperative Medicine Department in January 2013. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, hiking and traveling.

Natalie Roese; Research Assistant I

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Wenri Zhang, MD, PhD; Senior Research Associate

Wenri Zhang, MD, PhD

In July 2007, Dr. Wenri Zhang accepted an appointment as Senior Research Associate in the Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.  Over the past several years, his research has been focused on gender-related outcomes of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion and, more specifically, the associated molecular mechanisms of neuroprotection, vascular biology, microcirculation, neurogenesis, and neurostereology.

In 1996, Dr. Zhang graduated from the YanBian University School of Medicine in JiLin, China.  After completing a residency in General Surgery, he entered the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine and Dentistry in Japan where he earned the PhD in Neuroscience in 2003.

When he is away from the lab, Dr. Zhang enjoys running, playing soccer, and reading.