Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Tony Lin

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Tony Lin is a graduate student in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) studying APOBEC mutagenesis under the mentorship of Reuben Harris, D.Phil. For his research, Tony is studying the post-translational regulation of a cytidine deaminase called APOBEC3B and its role in cancer mutagenesis. For his clinical specialty, Tony is considering pursuing pathology or radiology.

About Me

Born and raised in Taiwan. Lived in Vermont and California growing up. Got a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Was told to pursue my dreams so started trying things out after college. Enrolled in Chabot College in Hayward, CA to compete in tennis at the collegiate level in hopes of going professional. Realized a year in that no one will ever pay to watch me play. Hung up my racquet (figuratively speaking since I still play) and moved on to a research gig in the Wiita lab at UCSF. Loved it and was getting paid so thought I was on the right track. Now back in school to pursue science and medicine.


Tennis, stand-up comedy, wrangling data

Research Topic

DNA-mutating enzymes in cancer, DNA damage response, multi-omics data integration

Why I chose MD/PhD

I see myself going into academic medicine in the future. My goal is to teach and conduct research in hopes of improving patient care and human health. Pursuing an MD/PhD is a small step toward that.

Why I chose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio

The unique interview process (i.e. chalk talk), supportive and transparent leadership, and a friendly student body stood out to me.

Post-bac work or other affiliations

Junior Specialist at University of California San Francisco 


B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley, 2015


Paranjape N, Lin YT, Flores-Ramirez Q, Sarin V, Johnson AB, Chu J, Paredes M, Wiita AP. (2022). A CRISPR-engineered Isogenic Model Reveals Altered Neuronal Phenotypes of the 22q11.2 A-B Syndromic Deletion. BioRxiv.

Ferguson ID, Lin YT, Lam C, Shao H, Tharp KM, Hale M, Kasap C, Mariano MC, Kishishita A, Escobar BP, Mandal K, Steri V, Wang D, Phojanakong P, Tuomivaara ST, Hann B, Driessen C, Van Ness B, Gestwicki JE, Wiita AP. (2022). Allosteric HSP70 inhibitors perturb mitochondrial proteostasis and overcome proteasome inhibitor resistance in multiple myeloma. Cell Chemical Biology. In press.

Solvik TA, Nguyen TA, Lin YT, Marsh T, Huang EJ, Wiita AP, Debnath J, Leidal AM. (2022). Secretory autophagy maintains proteostasis upon lysosome inhibition. Journal of Cell Biology. 221(6):e202110151.

Liu JY, Lin YT, Leidal AM, Huang HH, Ye J, Wiita AP, Debnath J. (2021). GRASP55 restricts early-stage autophagy and regulates spatial organization of the early secretory network. Biology Open. 10(10):bio058736.

Nix MA, Mandal K. Geng H, Paranjape N, Lin YT, Rivera J, Marcoulis M, White KL, Whitman J, Bapat SP, Parker KR, Ramirez J, Deucher A, Phojanokong P, Steri V, Fattahi F, Hann B, Satpathy AT, Manglik A, Stieglitz E, Wiita AP. (2021). Surface proteomics reveals CD72 as a target for in vitro-evolved nanobody-based CAR T cells in refractory B-cell malignancies. Cancer Discovery. 11(8):2032-2049.

Huang HH, Ferguson ID, Thornton AM, Lam CY, Lin YT, Bastola P, Choudhry P, Mariano MC, Marcoulis MD, Malato J, Phojanakong P, Martin TG, Wolf JL, Wong SW, Shah N, Hann BC, Brooks AN, Wiita AP. (2020). Proteasome inhibitor-induced modulation reveals the spliceosome as a specific therapeutic vulnerability in multiple myeloma. Nat Comm. 11(1):1931.

Guo X, Aviles G, Liu Y, Tian R, Unger BA, Lin YT, Wiita AP, Xu K, Correia MA, Kampmann M. (2020). Mitochondrial stress is relayed to the cytosol by an OMA1-DELE1-HRI pathway. Nature. 579(7799):427-432.

Lin YT, Way GP, Barwick BG, Mariano MC, Marcoulis M, Ferguson ID, Driessen C, Boise LH, Greene CS, Wiita AP. (2019). Integrated phosphoproteomics and transcriptional classifiers reveal hidden RAS signaling dynamics in multiple myeloma. Blood Advances. 3(21):3214-3227.

Crottès D, Lin YT, Peters CJ, Gilchrist JM, Wiita AP, Jan YN, Jan LY. (2019). TMEM16A controls EGF-induced calcium signaling implicated in pancreatic cancer prognosis. PNAS. 116(26):13026-13035.

Lam C, Ferguson ID, Mariano MC, Lin YT, Murnane M, Liu H, Smith GA, Wong SW, Taunton J, Liu JO, Mitsiades CS, Hann BC, Aftab BT, Wiita AP. (2018). Repurposing Tofacitinib As An Anti-Myeloma Therapeutic To Reverse Growth-Promoting Effects Of The Bone Marrow Microenvironment. Haematologica. 103(7):1218-1228.

Goode B, Mondal G, Hyun M, Ruiz DG, Lin YT, Van Ziffle J, Joseph NM, Onodera C, Talevich E, Grenert JP, Hewedi IH, Snuderl M, Brat DJ, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Rodriguez FJ, Louis DN, Yong WH, Lopes MB, Rosenblum MK, Butowski N, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Phillips JJ, Wiita AP, Yeh I, Jacobson MP, Bastian BC, Perry A, Solomon DA. (2018). A recurrent kinase domain mutation in PRKCA defines chordoid glioma of the third ventricle. Nat Comm. 9(1):810.

Lin YT, Huang CV, Ho C, Shatsky M, Kirsch JF. (2017). A general method to predict the effect of single amino acid substitutions on enzyme catalytic activity. BioRxiv.