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  • 11/24/15: Iris' second last paper is accepted by Mol Biol Cell. It was submitted on 10/19 (decision received on 11/20), resubmitted on 11/20. It was an absolutely easy experience compared to her previous paper. She is the co-corresponding author with Ling. Well done and congratulations!
  • 10/5/15: Iris and Guojun's paper is finally accepted and was accepted "in principle" on 9/9/15 by Nat Cell Biology. It was submitted on 3/15 (decision received on 4/21), revised on 5/10 (decision received on 5/12/15), resubmitted on 7/1 (decision received on 8/11), resubmitted on 8/13 (decision received on 9/9/15 with "accepted in principle"), and then resubmitted on 9/12. It was an absolute tour de force. Well done and congratulations!
  • 9/20/15: Iris' last day in the lab. She left the lab with an impressive achievement, including an HHMI fellowship, one JDRF innovative award, and 6 first- and co-first authored papers in 6 years (Diabetes, PNAS, Cell Reports, Nat Cell Biol and two more on the way). Her recent paper is now accepted by NCB. She is heading for a postdoc position at the Mango lab. We wish her best of luck! She will be deeply missed.
  • 9/16/15: Asmita passed her A-exam with flying colors. Congratulations!
  • 6/22/15: Diane Somlo, our beloved senior, will return to the lab as an assistant during her gap year. She will start on 7/14/2015. Welcome Diane!
  • 6/5/15: Sheng's paper is accepted in Endocrinology. Sheng is currently an associate professor at Jiangsu University. Congratulations!
  • 4/11/15: Our new R01 on Sel1L in adipocytes is funded by NIDDK. Congratulations!
  • 3/18/15: Review co-written by Hana and Asmita is published in Seminars in Cancer Biology.
  • 3/2/15: Hyang Kim joined us from Sanford Burnham. Hyang is interested in ERAD function in neurobiology. Welcome!


  • 12/11/14:   Iris passed her B-exam and defended her thesis. Congratulations!
  • 12/5/14:   Iris is nominated by Cornell to compete for DP5. Best of luck, Iris! You can do it!
  • 12/3/14:   Reilly accepts the offer to become a clinical fellow at Duke. Congratulations!
  • 11/27/14:   Our new R01 on ERAD substrates has been selected for funding by NIGMS. Congratulations! What a great Thanksgiving day gift!
  • 11/16/14:   Yewei is promoted to Research Associate. Congratulations!
  • 5/30/14:   Congratulations to Haibo on his paper, the characterization of adipose-specific Sel1L KO mice, is accepted by Cell Metabolism. It was initially submitted on 9/29/13, after several rounds of revision. Final revision was on 4/26/14.
  • 5/28/14:   Congratulations to Ling who received SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching ( Cornell Chronicle).
  • 5/24/14:   Congratulations to Zhen and Iris, who graduated as Ph.D.  Ling and the lab attended the hooding ceremony.
  • 5/23/14:   Congratulations to Erica Shu who graduated with B.S. with highest honor at Human Ecology. She is staying in the lab as a Nutrition graduate student!  Welcome Erica!
  • 5/23/14:   Congratulations to Ling who gave the faculty speech at DNS graduation ceremony - selected by the graduating class of 2014.
  • 5/20/14:   Our grant application to JDRF Strategic Research Agreement Program is funded. Congratulations to Ling, Iris and Yewei for their effort!
  • 5/19/14:   Welcome Asmita Bhattacharya as a rotation student; she is a first year GGD graduate student
  • 5/16/14: Congratulations to Yewei and Iris, whose paper on the survival of TLR2/4 DKO mice on Western diet is accepted by  Cell Reports. It was initially submitted on 3/18/14 and revised on 4/24/14.
  • 1/2/14:  Congratulations to Sheng, a lab alumni (currently an associate professor at Jiangsu University), who published his first independent paper in Cancer Immunol Immunother
  • 1/2/14:  Iris and Guojun's paper on inducible Sel1L KO mouse and cell models accepted in PNAS. It was initially submitted on 9/25, and comments back on 11/21. After a week revision, we sent it back on 12/3/13. Congratulations.
  • 1/1/14:  Happy the Year of Horse! May all the efforts to be rewarded in 2013!


  • 12/17/13: Zhen passed her B exam. Congratulations!

  • 12/5/13: Ling's Seed Grant application to Clinical and Translational Science Center at Weill Cornell is funded! Congratulations.

  • 11/15/13: Cindy's last day in the lab. She is heading down to the sequencing core facility. We wish her best of luck in her new position.

  • 11/13/13: Haibo's paper on the link between adipocyte XBP1 and adiponectin folding is accepted by Diabetes. Initially submitted on 7/9/13, revised on 10/12/13 and 11/11/13, accepted on 11/13/13.

  • 11/12/13: Ling's Seed Grant application to CVG is funded to study the role of TLR in lethal pulmonary damage! Yewei and Iris helped in putting it together. Congratulations.

  • 9/12/13: Liu's last day in the lab. She is heading to Toronto Canada. We wish her best of luck in her future endeavor.

  • 8/21/13: Ling is interviewed by ABC News to discuss the effect of diet on obesity control [ Story]

  • 8/14/13: Liu's passed her B exam. Congratulations!

  • 8/14/13: Hana's passed her A exam. Congratulations!

  • 8/2/13: Celebration of the 6th year anniversary of the Qi lab.

  • 7/30/13: Nuno Mendonca's last day. What a four-month he had in the Qi lab at Ithaca! We wish him the best.

  • 6/20/13: Robert Guber (rising Junior) is selected as the Hunter R. Rawlings III Presidential Research Scholar.

  • 5/29/13: Ling is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations!

  • 5/2/13: Iris Sun receives the Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Scholarship and The Liu Memorial Award from Cornell Graduate School. Congratulations!

  • 4/16/13: Yin's last day; she is heading back to Virginia and then looking for positions. We wish her best of luck in her future endevors. She will be missed.

  • 4/8/13: Yin He officially becomes Dr. He. Congratulations!

  • 4/2/13: Liu's paper on the Phenformin effect on UPR signaling is accepted by J Biol Chem, initially submitted on 2/19/13 and revised on 3/31/13. Congratulations!

  • 4/1/13: Erica Shu, a Junior, receives the Human Ecology Summer Research award. Congratulations!

  • 4/1/13: Nuno Mendonca, from Wageningen University, joins us for a 4-month internship.

  • 1/1/13: Happy the Year of Water Snake! What a year 2012 we had! May all the efforts to be rewarded in 2013 and Ithaca's winter remains as tolerable as 2012!


  • 11/12/12: Yin’s paper accepted in Dev Cell, initially submitted on 5/22/12, revised on 9/19/12 and 10/23/12, and accepted 11/12/12. This manuscript is the cumulative result of over two years of collaborations among four groups (Yates at Scripps, Kemphues at Cornell and Adelstein at NHLBI). Congratulations! [story]

  • 10/29/12: Dr. Guojun Shi joined us from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is interested in the physiological role of ER homeostasis. Welcome.

  • 7/11/12: Ling’s grant was awarded by JDRF. This goal of this one-year grant is for "Pioneering Studies on Beta Cell Regeneration, Survival and Beta Cell Stress Biomarkers".

  • 5/29/12: Yewei’s paper accepted in JBC, initially submitted on 4/12/12 and revised on 5/16/12.

  • 4/23/12: Hana Kim, a first year graduate student from the field of Immunology, joins the lab. She obtained her B.S and M.S. in The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Welcome, Hana!

  • 4/6/12: Robert Guber was awarded summer fellowship from Human Ecology.

  • 4/2/12: Ling was awarded the Lehman Fund from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Relations, Cornell University.

  • 3/14/12: Ling's research on diabetes and obesity was featured in the Cornell Daily Sun. Read the [story].

  • 3/6/12: Yewei's JBC paper accepted, initially submitted on 2/5/12, revised on 2/29/12, and appeared online on 3/6/12. Chronicle [story]

  • 2/7/12: Iris' paper accepted in Diabetes, initially submitted on 10/3/11, revised on 1/17/12, and appeared online on 3/13/12.

  • 1/1/12: Happy the Year of Dragon! What a year 2011 we had! May all the efforts to be rewarded in 2012!


  • 12/16/11: Ling is awarded the Career Development Award from ADA. President Skorton sends his letter. Congratulations! [story | flyer]

  • 12/5/11: Liu is awarded the predoctoral fellowship from American Heart Association with an impressive 1.2 score and 4.3 percentile. Congratulations!

  • 8/4/11: Iris was awarded the HHMI International Research Fellow. Congratulations! Read the public announcements [HHMI and Cornell]

  • 8/1/11: Celebrate lab's 4th anniversary!

  • 7/13/11: Zhen's paper on IRE1a activation is accepted in JBC (6/19/11 submitted and 7/7/11 revised) and appeared online immediately. The whole process took 3 weeks. The fastest ever for the lab.

  • 7/6/11: Xiao-Qing Li (rising Junior) was selected as the Hunter R. Rawlings III Presidential Research Scholar. Congratulations!

  • 6/15/11: Ling's R21 grant got a priority score of 11.

  • 6/10/11: Iris is notified about the status of her application for the HHMI International Research Fellow. Public announcement will be made at the end of July by HHMI.

  • 6/2/11: Ling is invited to the IPOD study section for the second time in a row.

  • 5/25/11: Sheng leaves the lab for an Associate Professor position in Jiangsu University, China. We wish him well.

  • 5/18/11: Sheng's paper on MDSC in obesity is accepted in JBC (3/11/11 submitted and 5/12/11 revised) and appeared online immediately.

  • 4/21/11: Iris passed her A-exam. Congratulations!

  • 4/11/11: Ling is awarded the Bio-Serv Award from American Society for Nutrition. Congratulations!


  • 12/6/2010: We received a seed grant from Cornell CVG to fund our study on the role of UPR in obesity/diabetes.

  • 10/28/2010: Iris was chosen by Cornell to compete for the HHMI International Student Research Fellowship (ISRF). Congratulations and wish her the best of luck!

  • 7/29/2010: Liu passed her A-exam. Congratulations!

  • 6/21/2010: Liu's paper on "Quantitating physiological UPR" is accepted in PLoS ONE. The paper was initially submitted on 5/16/2010 and revised on 6/12/2010.

  • 4/22/2010: Hui's paper on "SUMOylation of XBP1s" is accepted in Biochem. J. The paper was initially submitted on 2/2/2010 and revised on 4/2/2010. The paper is immediately online.

  • 3/9/2010: Iris Sun, the first year BMCB student, have decided to join the lab and will be here in June.


  • 11/17/2009: Dr. Yewei Ji joins the lab.

  • 11/13/2009: Yin passed her A-exam (see picture below). Congratulations on her job well-done!

  • 10/29/2009: Haibo received the CVG Scholars Award. Congratulations!

  • 8/15/2009: Yin received the G&D training grant award. Congratulations!

  • 8/8/2009: Yewei Ji, Ph.D., accepts the offer to join the lab as a postdoctoral associate in October. Dr. Ji is an expert in NK and NKT cells.

  • 8/7/2009: Zhen (Jen) Xue, the first-year Nutrition graduate student, joins the lab.

  • 6/2/2009: Our Cell Metabolism paper comes out and Cornell Chronicle reports on the link between ER and fat cell formation [link].

  • 6/1/2009: Liu Yang, a BMCB graduate student, joins the lab.

  • 4/20/2009: Haibo and Yin's paper on adipogenesis, the first for the lab, is accepted in Cell Metabolism. The paper was initially submitted on 12/18/2008 and revised on 4/2/2009. The official letter came in on 4/28/2009 and the paper will be out in June issue.

  • 2/3/2009: Sheng Xia joins the lab.

  • 1/26/2009: Yin and Haibo present their poster in the NIH workshop at Bethesda (see pic below).

  • 1/15/2009: Lab settles into its new home.

  • 1/10/2009: Lab gets its first 5-year NIH R01 funding.


  • 8/7/2008: Sheng Xia, Ph.D., an Associate Professor from Jiangsu University (China) accepted the offer to join the lab in December 2008. Dr. Xia recently got his Ph.D. in Dr. Xuetao Cao's laboratory at Zhenjiang University with strong publications in Blood and Molecular Immunology.

  • 8/1/2008: Celebrate lab 1st year anniversary.

  • 7/5/2008: Ling is featured on Ithaca Times [article]

  • 6/8/2008: Lab is featured on Cornell Chronicle [story or download pdf].

  • 6/5/2008: Ling receives American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty Award.

  • 6/3/2008: Ling receives 2008 Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation/American Federation for Aging Research New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease.

  • 6/2/2008: Yin He, the first-year G&D graduate student, joins the lab.

  • 3/28/2008: Congratulations to Anna Zenno! She is awarded the Human Ecology Summer Research Award to support her summer research in the lab. And she has been selected as a Hughes Scholar this summer.

  • 3/12/2008: The IBC application finally approved [pdf; MUA#15702; approval date: 2/28/2008].

  • 2/18/2008: Cindy Wang joins the lab.

  • 2/4/2008: Lab New Semester Party at Samurai for Lunar New Year as well as Yin's Birthday.


  • 12/18/2007: The IBC application approved (conditional).

  • 11/2007: The lab featured on the Cornell Human Ecology magazine. [pdf]

  • 11/27/2007: The Lab Warming Party.

  • 11/10/2007: First adenovirus culture - 30x HEK293 plates.

  • 11/1/2007: First luciferase assay.

  • 10/23/2007: First tissue culture plate - HEK293T cells.

  • 10/19/2007: First Western blot.

  • 10/19/2007: Radiation application approved [permit #07-06]

  • 10/11-13/2007: First miniprep and Maxiprep.

  • 10/8/2007: Haibo joins the lab.

  • 8/31/2007: First lab meeting.

  • 8/26/2007: Cornell Sophomore Anna Zenno joins the lab.

  • 8/2/2007: The lab officially opens its business.

  • 6/29/2007: The long-awaited animal protocol #2007-0051 was approved! It covers the mouse work in the laboratory through 6/29/2010.

  • 6/28/2007: Hui Chen, Ph.D., accepted offer to join the lab on 8/15/2007.

  • 6/1/2007: Haibo Sha accepted offer to join the lab sometime in September. Haibo recently obtained his Ph.D. degree from Animal Model Research Center, Nanjing University, China.