Meet Our Team

Yvette Taché, PhD

Yvette Taché, PhD

Dr. Dr. Taché is a recognized leading expert in brain-gut interactions and the role of peptides in the underlying mechanisms of stress-related gut dysfunction and central vagal regulation of gut function. She and her research team reported some of the pioneer work on the central actions of peptides to influence digestive function and feeding behavior.

Million Mulugeta, DVM, PhD

Million Mulugeta, DVM, PhD

Dr. Mulugeta graduated with a DVM from the Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Ethiopia. He obtained his PhD in digestive physiology/pharmacology from the Toulouse National Veterinary School and INRA Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Toulouse France, in 1994. Dr. Mulugeta then joined CURE/UCLA as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr.

Muriel Larauche, PhD

Muriel Larauche, PhD

Dr. Larauche completed her PhD in cellular, molecular and integrated physiopathology in 2003 at the University of Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). Then, she moved to Los Angeles as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Emeran A. Mayer (2003-2005) and subsequently Dr. Yvette Taché (2005-2009). Dr. Larauche is currently assistant researcher in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Lixin Wang, MD, PhD

Lixin Wang, MD, PhD

Dr. Wang graduated from Peking University Medical School in China, receiving her MS in 1984 and PhD and 1987, as well as teaching human anatomy and neuroanatomy there from 1979 to 1992. She was a visiting scholar in the Department of Histology at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden from 1989-1990 and 1992-1993. Dr. Wang joined the UCLA CURE:Digestive Disease Research Center in 1993. Currently, she is a researcher in the Brain-Gut Interaction Laboratory.

Pu-Qing Yuan, PhD

Pu-Qing Yuan, PhD

Dr. Yuan received his PhD in neuroendocrinology in 1993 from Peking University Health Science Center in China. After serving as a lecturer and associate professor in the Department of Histology and Embryology at Peking University Health Science Center for two years, he went to Uppsala University in Sweden as a visiting scientist in the Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry (1995-1996) and subsequently moved to UCLA, where he has been since that time.

Tao Li, PhD

Tao Li, PhD

Dr. Li received his PhD degree in ecology in 2013 and continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow (2013-2016) at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a visiting scholar (2013-2014) in the Institute of Biology at Freia Universität Berlin, Germany. Then, he moved to Los Angeles and since 2018, he is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Yvette Taché lab.

Honghui Liang

Honghui Liang, BA

Honghui received her BA from Hubei Medical College in China in 1987, and then served as a registered nurse and head of nurse from 1988-1998 in the Second Clinical Hospital, Hubei Medical University, Wuhan, China. She jointed Dr. Tache’s lab in 2002 where she is currently a laboratory technician with multiple skills acquired throughout the years to perform in vitro and in vivo experiments.