Luis Andres Garza
Luis Andres GarzaMD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Cornell University BA

University of Pennsylvania MSTP MD-PhD

University of Michigan Dermatology Residency

University of Pennsylvania Research Fellowship

Board Certified in Dermatology

Dr. Garza practices dermatology at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. His clinical interests include general dermatology and wound healing. Click here for Dr. Garza’s clinical page.

Curriculum Vitae


Ang Li
Ang LiMD, PhD

Senior Research Specialist

MD, Zhengzhou University

PhD, Sun Yat-sen University

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Sam (Seakwoo) Lee
Sam (Seakwoo) LeePhD

Senior Research Specialist & Lab Manager

BS, Kookmin University

PhD, Florida State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Research Faculty, University of Maryland Baltimore


Erika Dare
Erika DareMSN, CRNP, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Cutaneous Translational Research Program

Erika hails from Miami, Florida and currently works with Dr. Garza and his lab to conduct clinical research at the Department of Dermatology’s Cutaneous Translational Research Program in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida and her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama. Prior to joining Hopkins, Erika was a dermatology nurse practitioner at USF Health’s Department of Dermatology in Tampa, FL. In her free time, Erika loves to travel, spend time in the water, and go on outdoor adventures with her husband and two sons.

Apurva Dev
Apurva DevBS

Clinical Research Coordinator/Lab Assistant

Apurva is originally from Texas, and graduated from Princeton University. In her free time, she enjoys singing and learning new languages. 


Yingchao Xue
Yingchao XuePhD

BS, Tianjin Medical University (2008-2013)

PhD, Peking Union Medical College(2013-2018) & Johns Hopkins University (2015-2018)

Hobbies include hiking, walking, and yoga. 

Mayumi Asada
Mayumi AsadaPhD

After getting a PhD in Tokyo, Japan in 2014, Mayumi wandered to New Haven, US, then Marseille, France, and landed in Baltimore in 2019.

She has very stable hands and likes fine works.

All confocal imaging on this website is from Mayumi, our resident imaging expert!

Saifeng Wang
Saifeng WangPhD

Saifeng Wang, PhD

PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2012

Post-doctoral fellowship, NIH NIAID


Kaitlin Williams
Kaitlin Williams BS

Kaitlin is an MD/PhD student at the Johns Hopkins MSTP who joined the CMM graduate program. She enjoys hiking, playing fetch with her dog Culver (named after the iconic midwestern chain Culver’s), houseplants, hanging out with her husband, avoiding mouse work, and dabbling in arts and crafts. 

Charles Kirby
Charles KirbyBS

A BCMB Ph.D. graduate student born in New York City, Charlie ironically loves the outdoors and camping. He studied viruses during undergrad at Virginia Tech and as a specialist at Johns Hopkins, before realizing his love for Regeneration/Computational Biology.  In his free time he’s either fixing his house, going on birding trips or playing guitar in a PhD band!


Visit this link to see our undergraduate student roster


Chenyi Lyu
Chenyi LyuMS

Chenyi completed her masters in biomedical engineering in the Garza lab from 2019-2021. She will be joining a lab at NYU.

Eric Wier
Eric WierPhD

Eric completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Garza lab from 2017 – 2021. He is now a Biologist at the FDA specializing in toxicology.