Thomas H. Vanderford, PhD
Laboratory Director

Vandy is currently director of the Yerkes Biomarkers Core, Virology Core, and Molecular Biomarkers Core laboratories. Vandy assumed directorship of the Biomarkers Core in 2015. During his tenure, Vandy has integrated a number of core facilities into the Yerkes division of Microbiology & Immunology.


Ying Liu, PhD
Associate Director

Dr. Ying Liu joined the Biomarkers Core in 2015, and her primary focus is the development and validation of high-throughput UPLC-Tandem Mass Spectrometry methods for hormone and small peptide analysis. Additionally, Ying develops custom LC/MS-MS methods using the facility's LTQ-Orbitrap and Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometers.


Julian I. Onyekwere
Laboratory Manager

Julian joined the Biomarkers Core in 2016, and oversees laboratory operations, administration, and budgeting. Serving as the lead research specialist, Julian is integral to the devopment and refinement of the core's immunoassay program. Julian brings with him a background in forensic toxicology, and has used his CLIA laboratory experience to enhance the core's quality and safety protocols.


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