Chu Laboratory

Personnel

Hong Wei Chu

Hong Wei Chu, MD

Principal Investigator
Professor of Medicine
303.398.1689
chuhw@njhealth.org

Education

1985, MD, Xuzhou Medical College, China

Background

In the past 26 years, Dr. Chu’s research has been centered on basic and translational studies in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF). As the PI or a Co-Investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects, Dr. Chu has established his national and international reputation in studying lung (airway) immunological and genetic mechanisms of viral and bacterial infections. His expertise includes:

  • Airway biology, particularly strong in the area of airway epithelial cells.
  • Immunology and microbiology of lung viral and bacterial infections.
  • Mechanisms of exacerbations of asthma, COPD and CF.
  • Host-pathogen interactions.
      

Genelyn Dimasuay

Genelyn Dimasuay, PhD

Instructor
303.270.2645 and 303.398.1589
dimasuayg@njhealth.org

Education

PhD in 2017 from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia

Background

Genelyn earned her doctorate from The University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. She joined the Chu Lab as a postdoctoral research associate to investigate the role of immunoproteasomes as novel host defense mechanism against rhinovirus infection. Additionally, her other project investigated the role of Parkin in type 2-mediated airway inflammation. As an Instructor, she is now leading the project to understand the mechanisms of Parkin-mediated mitophagy and mitochondrial dysfunction in the context of obese asthma. She is also interested in understanding the effect of saturated fatty acids in epithelial cell biology and airway inflammation.

  

Bruce Berg

Bruce Berg, BS

Lab Research Technician
303.398.1589
bergb@njhealth.org

Education

University of Colorado – Boulder, class of 2020

Background

Hi, my name is Bruce. I graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder in Spring 2020 with a double-major in Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I joined the Chu Lab in April 2021, but have been a part of National Jewish Health since December 2020. I like to keep myself busy, so if I’m not working, I’m looking after my plant collection. If I’m not looking after my plant collection, I’m watching some isekai anime, because who doesn’t imagine what life could be like in another world after being hit by a random truck? I love learning about various things in my personal life and wanted to incorporate that into my career, so I found my way into research through the Chu Lab.

  • Airway biology, particularly strong in the area of airway epithelial cells.
  • Immunology and microbiology of lung viral and bacterial infections.
  • Mechanisms of exacerbations of asthma, COPD and CF.
  • Host-pathogen interactions.
      

Niccolette Schaunaman

Niccolette Schaunaman, MS

Laboratory Supervisor
303.270.2645 and 303.398.1589
schaefern@njhealth.org

Education

Masters of Immunology and Microbiology: Colorado State University – Class of 2016

Background

Hi, my name is Niccolette. I am the lab supervisor of the Chu Lab for the last year, but have been with the Chu Lab for almost 5 years now. I love coming to work everyday and getting the chance to learn something new.
When I am not at work I like to spend time with my family. During the summer I like to be outside, camping and fishing, but when it is winter I am definitely a home-body that likes to cuddle on the couch and watch a good movie or read a good book!