Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kim Laboratory

Lab Members

Meet the Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.
Margaux Kanis

Margaux Kanis, MD
Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
Margaux earned her BA at Duke University and her MD at SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with research honors. She completed a residency in Ob/Gyn at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and started her Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship in July 2014.

Her primary project is to investigate the presence of perinucleolar components (PNCs) in ovarian cancer and the efficacy of the Metarrestin, a novel compound, against these tumor cells.


Irene Lee
IGP student, class of 2009
Irene joined the lab in June 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Michigan in 2007. After graduation, she worked for 2 years as a research associate at Cayman Chemical.

Her project is focused on examining the crosstalk between Progesterone Receptor and the AKT pathway in endometrial cancer.

Zhenxiao Lu

Zhenxiao Lu
Senior Research Technologist

Zhenxiao has a bachelor's degree in biology. She worked in China, Japan, and Canada before joining the laboratory in 2005. Zhen is involved in all projects and is the Senior Technologist of the laboratory.


Susan Olalekan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Susan completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Rush University (Chicago) in 2014.

She joined the Kim lab in December 2014. Her project is focused on establishing a cycling 3D Microphysiologic Uterus.

Wenan Qiang

Wenan Qiang, MD/PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Biology Research
Wenan obtained his MD from Yan'an University, P.R. China (1985) and his PhD from Peking Union Medical College (1996).

He is currently running the Women's Cancer PDX core under the supervision of Dr. Julie Kim.


Vania Vidimar
Postdoctoral Fellows
Vania completed her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Therapeutic Approaches in Oncology at the University of Padua (Italy) and the University of Strasbourg (France) in 2012.

She joined the Kim lab in 2013 and she is studying the molecular mechanisms underlying leiomyoma cell death upon inhibition of the Akt pathway. She is also involved in a second project focusing on early detection of ovarian cancer cells in peritoneal washings of women at high risk using new generation sequencing technologies.


Sevim Yildiz-Arslan
Postdoctoral Fellows
Sevim received her Master of Science degree in Oral Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. She then received her Ph.D. degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.

Since joining Kim lab of Aug' 2013, her project is focused on studying gene expression profile influenced by ovarian hormones in endocervix and its role on HIV infection in women.