A photo of Lan Guo.
Lan Guo, PhD
West Virginia University
Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
Member, WVU Cancer Institute Research Programs

Visiting Scholar & Lab Associates

  • Dr. Brandi Snyder (Feb 2011 - 2012). Currently a Program Coordinator of Health Disparities at WVCTSI.
  • Dr. Longmei Ling (Mar 2006 - Sep 2006): CV.
  • Dr. Vijayakumar Shanmugham (March 2010 - 2010).Currently a senior post-doc fellow in India.
  • Dr. Maricica Pacurari (Jan 2010 - June 2011).Currently an Assistant Professor at Jackson State University, MS.
  • DaJie Luo (Oct 2009 - Jun 2012)
  • WenJun Xin (Jan 2011 - Jul2011)
  • Dr. Yan Ma (Jul 2005 - Feb 2007). Currently at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a Senior Research Biostatistician.
  • Rebecca Ann Raese (May 2009 – 2015)
  • Juan Feng (Jul 2011 - Oct 2012)
  • Chunlin Dong (Jul 2013 – pres) 

Present Students 

  • Julian Dymacek, MS. Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science. NSF training grantee on nanotoxicology
  • Michael Jude: MPH candidate, expected in 2013
  • Seyed Medhi Iranmanesh, MS. Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science
  • Shu Cao: MS in Statistics, expected in 2013 
  • Rehab Mohamed, MD, MS in Biomedical Sciences expected in 2020

Previous Students 

  • Salvi Singh, MS in Computer Science (2019)
  • AiJun Qiu (Apr 2009– 2010),Currently a Biostatistician at FDA
  • Zhengyu Ding, MSCS, 2007. Thesis: Molecular Prediction of Drug Response Using Machine Learning Methods. Currently a Data Manager at Precision Therapeutics Inc.
  • Shruti Rathnagiriswaran, MSEE, 2008. Thesis: Identifying Genomic Signatures for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes. Currently a Database Administrator at Trinity Washington University
  • Rama Mettu, MSEE, 2008. Thesis: Constructing Gene Expression-Based Prognostic Models to Predict Recurrence and Lymph Node Metastasis in Colon Cancer
  • Liang Wei, M.S. in Statistics, MPH, 2006. Currently in CDC
  • Swetha Bose, MSEE, 2009. Thesis: Identifying Prognostic Gene Signatures Using a Network-based Approach. Currently a Clinical Data Analyst at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)
  • Naveen Bondalapati, candidate in MPH. Currently admitted to Family Medicine Residency Program at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Kursad Tosun, M.S. in Statistics, 2010. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics at Southern Illinois University.
  • Jiajia Wang, M.S. in Statistics 2010, MS in Pharmacology. Biostatistician at Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Changchang Xiao, M.S. in Statistics. M.S. candidate in Public Health. Senior Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
  • Juan Feng (Jul 2011 - Oct 2012) M.S. in Statistics. Data Manager in Graduate School of Public Health Un一versity of Pittsburgh
  • Ying-Wooi Wan, Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science, 2011. Currently a Bioinformatics Analyst II at Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Joseph Putila, Ph.D. in Public Health, 2012.
  • Brian Burdi, M.S. in Statistics, May 2012
  • Yohannes D. Gebremariam, M.S. Statistics. 2013
  • Michael Jude, MPH, 2013
  • Julian Dymacek, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2015. NSF training grantee on nanotoxicology. Currently an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Longwood University, Virginia.
  • Seyed Medhi Iranmanesh, MS. Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science (2012-14).
  • Shu Cao, MS in Statistics, 2013. Currently a Bioinformatician in the Cancer Center at University of Southern California. 

Mentored Students 

  • Rebecca Ward, Lab Rotation, 2006
  • Elyse Walk, Lab Rotation, 2007. Currently in CCB Program at WVU.
  • Yan Ma, Ph.D. in Combinatorial Computation and Discrete Mathematics, 2007. Currently at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a Senior Research Biostatistician.
  • Jillian Rogers, Medical Student, Recipient of 2008 National Honor Medical Society Alpha Omega Alpha Scholarship for the breast cancer biomarker project. Currently at WVU Medical School.
  • Omer Zulfiqa, Medical Student, lung cancer biomarker project, 2008. Currently at WVU Medical School.
  • Ebrahim Sabbagh, B.S. in Biology, 2009. Currently a medical student at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Brent McMillion, B.S. in Biochemistry 2009.
  • Lindsay Padden, WV-INBRE Summer Research Intern, 2009
  • Kate Siegrist, Ph.D. Ph.D. candidate in Occupational and Environmental Health, SoPH, rotation, 2013
  • Vanessa McGann, MPH, 2013-15
  • Jeffery Goodman, MPH candidate, 2015-17

Student Awards

  •  Salvi Singh
    • National Science Foundation Travel Award                
    •   Project: Using an algorithm to detect DNA copy number variation networks that may be important for lung cancers
  • Jillian Lee Rogers
    • 2008 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuchein Student Research Fellowship.
    • Project: Developing a Gene Expression-Based Prognostic Model of Breast Cancer Recurrence


  • Joseph J Putila
    • First place in the Health Sciences Research Day Poster Session 2009.
    • Project: Validating Clinical and Demographic Contributions to Lung Cancer Prognosis


  • Ying-Wooi Wan and Changchang Xiao
    • 2010 E.J. Van Lierre Memorial Convocation and Research Day winners
    • Project: Network-based Identification of Smoking-Associated Gene Signatures for Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis


  • Julian Dymacek
    • NSF Training Grant Recipient, 2012-2014
    • Project: Using a novel computational model to identify biological processes and networks associated with nanoparticle-induced pathology