Dan Wahl Laboratory

Wahl laboratory members
From left to right: Dan Wahl, MD, PhD, Kelly Sokol, Christian Werner, Joe Dresser, Weihua Zhou, PhD, Uchechi Nna, and Hanshi Sun, PhD

The overarching focus of the Wahl laboratory is to improve treatments for patients with glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor. The group is especially interested in how abnormal metabolism confers radiation resistance in glioblastoma and using drug-radiation combinations to overcome this resistance.

Laboratory Lead

Lab Members

Weihua Zhou

Weihua Zhou, PhD

Research Fellow
Hanshi Sun

Hanshi Sun, PhD

Research Lab Specialist
Joe Dresser

Joe Dresser

Uchechi Nna

Uchechi Nna

Uche is from Framingham, MA. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Gender and Health. She hopes to apply to MD programs next year and has an early interest in Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Gynecological Oncology. She loves her work in the Wahl Lab which focuses on targeting the Androgen Receptor to treat glioblastoma. In the future, she hopes to practice medicine in a preventive, community-centered way and work to the reduce health disparities. She enjoys volunteering with SAPAC, spending time with friends, running, and eating in Ann Arbor.

Kelly Sokol

Kelly Sokol

Kelly grew up in Rockford, Michigan and is currently going into her junior year at the University of Michigan. She is studying Biochemistry with a minor in Creative Writing. In the future, she hopes to receive acceptance into a medical school and specialize in pediatric oncology. Outside of the lab, Kelly enjoys tutoring Organic Chemistry, reading, and spending time with her college roommates.

Christian Werner

Christian Werner

Christian is from Albuquerque, NM, and she attended the University of New Mexico, where she completed her bachelor’s in Biology. After graduation, she came to the University of Michigan to participate in the NIH Postbac Research Education Program (PREP), and she will be applying to MD/PhD programs this cycle. Her research in the Wahl lab focuses on targeting increased NADPH production by wild type IDH1 to achieve radiosensitization in glioblastoma. She enjoys spending time with her friends and boyfriend, outdoor activities, and being treasurer of the U of M SACNAS chapter.