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College of Pharmacy

Faculty and Staff

Hao Emily Ji

Title: Research Associate
COBRE Functional Genomics Core Co-Lab Manager
College of Pharmacy
Phone: 803-777-5077
Resources: COBRE Functional Genomics Core

Areas of Interest

My specific interests cover a broad range of technology including molecular cloning, cell culture, immunology-based protein analysis, lentivirus production, preparation of high-throughput libraries, next-generation sequencing, processing NGS data and basic bioinformatics / statistical analysis.  I serve as the COBRE Center for Targeted Therapeutics’ Functional Genomics Core Facility Manager and our mission is to provide USC and outside scientists with capacity to conduct genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and functional genomics research projects. We will also provide common molecular biology services including nucleic acid purification and quantification, sequencing, Real time PCR analysis, plasmid construction and lentivirus production.


Master of Business Administration

Central South University, Changsha, China 2008

Master of Engineering in Computer Science

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2016


  1. Weige CC, Birtwistle MR, Mallick H, Yi N, Berrong Z, Cloessner E, Duff K, Tidwell J, Clendenning M, Wilkerson B, Farrell C, Bunz F, Ji H, Shtutman M, Creek KE, Banister CE, Buckhaults PJ.  Transcriptomes and shRNA suppressors in a TP53 allele-specific model of early-onset colon cancer in African Americans. Mol Cancer Res. 2014: 12(7):1029-41.  PMID: 24743655
  2. Gasparian A, Daneshian L, Ji H, Jabbari E, Shtutman M. Purification of high-quality RNA from synthetic polyethylene glycol-based hydrogels. Anal Biochem. 2015: 484:1-3. PMID: 25963891
  3. Levina E, Biag M, Ji H, Chen M, Oliver D, Ohouo P, Lim CU, Carmack S, Ding Y, Roninson I, Buttyan R, Shtutman M. Identification of Novel Genes that Regulate Androgen Receptor Signaling and Growth of Androgen-Deprived Prostate Cancer Cells. OncoTarget 2015: 6(15):13088-104. PMID: 26036626
  4. Gomez AM, Altomare D, Sun WL, Midde NM, Ji H, Shtutman M, Turner JR, Creek KE, Zhu J. Prefrontal microRNA-221 Mediates Environmental Enrichment-Induced Increase of Locomotor Sensitivity to Nicotine. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2015 19(1). PMID: 26232787
  5. Hegde S, Ji H, Oliver D, Patel NS, Poupore N, Shtutman M, Kelly MP. PDE11A regulates social behaviors and is a key mechanism by which social experience sculpts the brain. Neuroscience 2016, 335:151-69. PMID: 27544407
  6. Oliver D, Ji H, Liu P, Gasparian A, Gardiner E, Lee S, Zenteno A, Perynskaya L, Chen M, Buckhaults P, Broude E, Waytt MD, Valafar H, Pena E, Shtutman M. Identification of novel cancer therapeutic targets using a designed and pooled shRNA library screen. Scientific Reports 2017, 7:43023. PMID: 28223711
  7. Chen M, Liang J, Ji H, Yang Z, Altilia S, Hu B, Schronce A, McDermott MS, Schools GP, Lim CU, Oliver D, Shtutman M, Lu T, Stark GR, Porter DC, Broude EV, Roninson IB. CDK8/19: druggable co-regulators of NFκB-induced transcription. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2017 114(38):10208-10213. PMID: 28855340

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