Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lab Personnel

John Coon V, MS

Lab Manager

John Coon V is the lab manager and senior research technologist for the Bulun lab. He graduated with Honors in biochemistry from Knox College and received his Masters of Science degree in biotechnology from Penn State University. After graduating from Penn State, Mr. Coon joined GlaxoSmithKline as a research scientist, helping to develop novel antibiotics. Upon returning to Chicago, he joined the Bulun lab in the early spring of 2009. Mr. Coon has worked in many areas of research, but particularly enjoys the varied and challenging research of the Bulun lab.

Matthew Dyson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Matthew is a postdoctoral fellow in the Northwestern University Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hormone Action. He joined the lab in 2010 after completing his PhD in cell and molecular biology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in research focusing on the regulation of steroidogenesis. His current research interests are in defining how steroids control the retinoic acid signaling pathways that are unique to the development of the endometrium, and how disregulation of these pathways affects the progression and maintenance of endometriosis.

Shimeng Liu

Graduate Student

Shimeng is currently a second year graduate student in the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University. She joined the group in 2014 after finishing her bachelor's degree in biology at Wuhan University in China. She is currently working on using whole genome DNA methylation methods to investigate the mechanisms underlying the formation of uterine fibroids.

Ping Yin, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Yin joined Northwestern as a senior research associate in November 2004. She is investigating mechanisms underlying the formation of uterine leiomyoma and exploring therapeutic strategies for its treatment.

Hong Zhao, MD, PhD

Research Associate Professor

Dr. Hong Zhao received her MD and PhD degree in China. After several years working in the Netherlands and the NIH, she moved to Chicago and began working for Northwestern University. Her research focus is in breast cancer research. Now she is working on humanized aromatase mice and tissue-specific aromatase knockout mice. She is interesting in function of aromatase on muscle, adipose tissue, breast and brain.