Passion. imagination. Collaboration. 

Pingping Hou, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor

Center for Cell Signaling

Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Associate Member, RBHS Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases

Rutgers RBHS-NJMS Cancer Center, Newark, NJ


B.S., Molecular Biology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, 2007

Ph.D., Cell Biology, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2014

Postdoctoral fellow, Cancer Biology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, US, 2021


Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Pancreatic Cancer Career Development Award, 2022

Thomas H. and Mayme P. Scott Fellowship in Cancer Research, 2021

NIH-NCI K22 Career Transition Award, 2020

Harold C. and Mary L. Dailey Endowment Fellowship, 2020

AACR Scholar-in-Training Award, 2018

Meet the team

Daiyong Deng, phd

Research Associate (since 2021/11)

Dr. Deng earned his Ph.D. degree at South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. He is an expert in microbial engineering, and has established a solid research background in multiple biological disciplines including microbiology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry during his postdoc training. He has 5 first-author publications in the past 5 years and he is the co-inventor of 4 patents and the co-author of over 30 papers.

In Hou lab, Dr. Deng will help with lab management and dissect the role of genetic alternations in regulating KRAS targeted therapy resistance.

Kevin Herrera, BA

Master Student (since 2023/01)

Kevin is a New Jersey native and graduated from Rutgers–New Brunswick with a degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. He is currently enrolled as a Masters student at the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Newark–RBHS. He plans to pursue an MD upon completion of his Masters program. During his free time, Kevin enjoys spending his time with family and friends. 

In Hou lab, he will study tumor associated macrophages in regulating KRAS targeted therapy resistance.


Jason Xiong: summer student (2022/06-2022/07)

Riya Patel: research volunteer (2022/01-2022/08)

Roma Agarwal: summer student (2022/07-2022/08)

Luis Garza: graduate student (2021/09-2022/09)

Yaritza Rodriguez Vazquez: master student (2022/10-2022/12) graduated.