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Hongmei Mou, PhD

Instructor in Pediatrics


Hongmei was born in a small town in the SiChuan Province of southwest China. In 1993, she received a BS degree in Biochemistry at Beijing Normal University, and in 1996 an MS degree in Genetics at the Institute of Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2002, she earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Hampshire where she studied the regulation of photoresponse recovery and desensitization to light. She show that the regulation was mediated through the protein regulators PDE-gamma and PDE-delta.


Currently, she wishes to apply an understanding of mouse endoderm patterning to differentiate lung endoderm from mouse and human ES cells for eventual use in lung tissue regeneration and disease modeling. She enjoys working at the interface of disease and developmental biology. 


What drew you to your field?

Desire to study lung stem cell biology & human lung diseases leading to cures.


What do you do when you’re not in the lab?

Reading, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Describe Rajagopal lab culture in 3 words:

Love. Faith. Fun.


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