Metabolism is an ensemble of biochemical reactions, regulating every single piece of our living. Its dysfunctions are deeply implicated in major diseases, including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders. Our lab is interested in developing technologies to deepen our understanding of the interplay between metabolic dysfunctions and disease initiation and progression, with a goal of identifying biomarkers and therapeutic targets.
Our research goals are:
i) developing microfluidic systems to determine how our diet affects disease progression, especially cancer,
ii) building bioreactors to investigate how cells reprogram their metabolism under varying metabolic conditions,
iii) developing analytical tools to identify the role of extracellular vesicles in metabolic homeostasis
Our lab principles are:
Own your research; Tell your story; Love your neighbor




Jeong S, et al. ACS Nano (2016)
Park J, et al. ACS Nano (2017)
Jeong S, et al. Cell Metabolism (2020)


Feb. 21, 2022 – Anna Cho joins our lab as THE FIRST visiting undergraduate researcher!
Feb. 1, 2022 – Lab renovation has finally started! We expect to have a fancy lab space at the end of Summer!
Oct. 13, 2021 – Alli Abolarin  joins our lab as THE FIRST PhD graduate student!
Oct. 1, 2021 – Alex Correa joins our lab as THE FIRST undergraduate researcher!
July 1, 2021 – Our lab got THE FIRST grant (the Leukemia Research Foundation)! [Link]
Jan. 17, 2021 – Claudia Wong joins our lab as THE FIRST research technician!
Jan. 1, 2021 – Dr. Geonhui Lee joins our lab as THE FIRST postdoctoral researcher!
Jan. 1, 2021 – Our lab is officially launched!


Sangmoo jeong

Principal Investigator
Ph.D. Stanford University

geonhui lee

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Korea University

claudia wong

Research Technician
B.S. UC Berkeley

alex correa

Undergrad Student
Johns Hopkins University

Alli Abolarin

Ph.D. Student
B.S. UW Madison

Anna cho

Visiting Student
Handong Global University


Tee SS, Kim N, Cullen Q, Eskandari R, Mamakhanyan A, Srouji RM, Chirayil R, Jeong S, Shakiba M, Kastenhuber E, Chen S, Sigel C, Lowe S, Jarnagin WR, Thompson CB, Schietinger A, and Keshari KR. Ketohexokinase-mediated fructose metabolism is lost in hepatocellular carcinoma and can be leveraged for metabolic imaging. Science Advances 2022, 8(14):eabm7985. [Link]
Jeong S, Savino AM, Chiray R, Barin E, Cheng Y, Park S-M, Schurer A, Mullarky E, Cantley LC, Kharas MG, Keshari KR. High fructose drives the serine synthesis pathway in acute myeloid leukemic cells. Cell Metabolism 2021, 33(1):145-159.E6. [Link]
Lees H, Millan M, Ahamed F, Eskandari R, Granlund KL, Jeong S, Keshari KR. Multi‐sample measurement of hyperpolarized pyruvate‐to‐lactate flux in melanoma cells. NMR in Biomedicine 2020, 34(3):e4447. [Link]
Dong Y, Eskandari R, Ray C, Granlund KL, Santos-Cunha LD, Miloushev VZ, Tee SS, Jeong S, Aras O, Chen YB, Cheng EH, Hsieh JJ, Keshari KR. Hyperpolarized MRI Visualizes Warburg Effects and Predicts Treatment Response to mTOR Inhibitors in Patient-Derived ccRCC Xenograft Models. Cancer Research 2019, 79(1):242-250. [Link]
Tee SS, Suster I, Truong S, Jeong S, Eskandari R, DiGialleonardo V, Alvarez JA, Aldeborgh HN, Keshari KR. Targeted AKT Inhibition in Prostate Cancer Cells and Spheroids Reduces Aerobic Glycolysis and Generation of Hyperpolarized [1-13C] Lactate. Molecular Cancer Research 2018, 16(3):453-460. [Link]
Park J, Lin HY, Assaker JP, Jeong S, Huang CH, Kurdi T, Lee K, Fraser K, Min C, Eskandari S, Routray S, Tannous B, Abdi R, Riella L, Chandraker A, Castro CM, Weissleder R, Lee H, Azzi JR. Integrated Kidney Exosome Analysis for the Detection of Kidney Transplant Rejection. ACS Nano 2017, 11(11):11041-11046. [Link]
Jeong S, Eskandari R, Park SM, Alvarez J, Tee SS, Weissleder R, Kharas MG, Lee H, Keshari KR. Real-time quantitative analysis of metabolic flux in live cells using a hyperpolarized micromagnetic resonance spectrometer. Science Advances 2017, 3(6):e1700341. [Link]
Tee SS, DiGialleonardo V, Eskandari R, Jeong S, Granlund KL, Miloushev V, Poot AJ, Truong S, Alvarez JA, Aldeborgh HN, Keshari KR. Sampling Hyperpolarized Molecules Utilizing a 1 Tesla Permanent Magnetic Field. Scientific Reports 2016, 6:32846. [Link]
Song J, Leon Swisher C, Im H, Jeong S, Pathania D, Iwamoto Y, Pivovarov M, Weissleder R, Lee H. Sparsity-Based Pixel Super Resolution for Lens-Free Digital In-line Holography. Scientific Reports 2016, 6:24681. [Link]
Jeong S, Park J, Pathania D, Castro CM, Weissleder R, Lee H. Integrated Magneto-Electrochemical Sensor for Exosome Analysis. ACS Nano 2016, 10(2):1802-1809. [Link]

Contact us

The Jeong Lab

Shaffer Hall, Rm. 103K
3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: 410-516-0633
Email: [email protected]