Our Team

Yi Lan Weng, PhD
Dr. Weng received his PhD in Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University where he focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of axon targeting and regeneration. During his postdoctoral training at JHU, Weng developed a serial of innovative next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches and experimental methods to elucidate roles of DNA and RNA epigenetics in determining regenerative capacity. He has broad interests in the epitranscriptomic regulation of neuronal function and diseases. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family.


Boranai started working in the Weng Lab in December 2018 as a research assistant. She manages the wet lab, as well as assisting Dr. Weng with epitranscriptomic projects. Boranai emigrated from Cambodia in 2012 to pursue a higher education in the United States. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and microbiology with summa cum laude honors from University of Houston – Downtown. Her senior project, under supervision of Dr. Tyra Hessel and Dr. Hamida Qavi, was to extract the natural compounds from Neem Leaves and test on breast cancer cell lines for anticancer efficacy. She was also an intern for two summers at MD Anderson Cancer Center, assisting Dr. Nidhi Sahni on profiling the functions of genetic and epigenetic perturbations in cancer heterogeneity. In her free time, Boranai enjoys watching anime and reading manga, as well as exploring a variety of foods in Houston.