Current Students

Fifth + Year

Benjamin Barsi-Rhyne

Benjamin Barsi-Rhyne

San Jose State University
BS, Biology / Systems Physiology

PI: Mark Von Zastrow

Lab Rotations: Mark Von Zastrow, Jonathan Weissman, Bo Huang

Research summary: Control of GPCR trafficking and signaling by β-arrestins

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Honorable Mention NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow

Varun Bhadkamkar

Varun Bhadkamkar

Williams College
BA, Chemistry

PI: Shaeri Mukherjee

Lab Rotations: Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Shaeri Mukherjee, Roshanak Irannejad

Research summary: Evaluating manipulation of host cell membrane trafficking by Legionella pneumophila

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 2019 UCSF Moritz-Heyman Discovery Fellow

Gabriela Canales

Gabriela Canales

University of Maryland Baltimore County
BS, Biological Sciences

PI: Jeremy Reiter

Lab Rotations: Barbara Panning, Jeremy Reiter, Seemay Chou

Research summary: Studying the mechanism of activation and function of MC4R at the primary cilia

Christopher Carlson

Christopher Carlson

University of California, San Diego
BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

PI: David Morgan

Lab Rotations: David Morgan, Oren Rosenberg, Geeta Narlikar

Research summary: Activation of the Anaphase Promoting Complex

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP honorable mention

Pervinder Choksi

Pervinder Choksi

University of Western Australia
BS, Biomedical Science

PI: Holger Willenbring

Lab Rotations: Benoit Bruneau, Deepak Srivastava, Melanie Ott, Holly Ingraham, Holger Willenbring

Research summary: Manipulating oval cells to restore liver function in alcoholic hepatitis patients

Amanda Chung

Amanda Chung

She/her/hers

Western New England College
BS, Biology, Forensic Biology

PI: Luke Gilbert, Barbara Panning

Lab Rotations: Hiten Madhani, Luke Gilbert, Barbara Panning

Research summary: TET enzymes regulation and their roles in gene regulation

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Awarded 2019, Honorable Mention 2016 and 2017

Allison Cohen

Allison Cohen

Barnard College
BA, Biological Sciences

PI: Anita Sil

Lab Rotations: Shaeri Mukherjee, Bassem Al-Sady, Orion Weiner, Anita Sil, Shaeri Mukherjee

Research summary: Investigating how Histoplasma capsulatum subverts host macrophages

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP (awarded April 2015)

Daniel Conrad

Daniel Conrad

he/him

University of California, Santa Barbara
BS, Cell & Developmental Biology

PI: Zev Gartner

Lab Rotations: Dyche Mullins, Graeme Davis, Zev Gartner

Research summary: Single-Cell Sequencing Technology Development

Antonio Cuevas Navarro

He/Him

University of California, Davis
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: Frank McCormick

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Frank McCormick, Sy Redding

Research summary: Investigating the molecular determinants of RIT1-mediated oncogenicity

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP (awarded 2017)
NIH NRSA F31 (awarded 2021)

Francesca Del Frate

Francesca Del Frate

Harvard University
AB, Molecular and Cellular Biology

PI: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson

Roberto Efrain Diaz

Roberto Efrain Diaz

he/él

University of Miami
BS, Neuroscience

PI: James Fraser

Lab Rotations: Peter Walter, James Fraser, Jason Gestwicki, Sy Redding

Research summary: Studying the pH-dependent activity of mammalian chitinases using structural biology and enzymology

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars. 2021

Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Honorable Mention. 2020

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellow. 2019-2022

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention. 2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. 2018-2023

Ulises Diaz

Ulises Diaz

San Francisco State University
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology

PI: Wallace Marshall

Lab Rotations: Wallace Marshall, Patrick O'Farrell, Jeremy Reiter

Research summary: Organelle scaling and regulation in giant unicellular organisms.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: HHMI Gilliam Fellow 2020

Veronica Escalante

Veronica Escalante

University of Texas at El Paso
BS, Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry

PI: Peter Turnbaugh

Lab Rotations: Shaeri Mukherjee, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Peter Walter, Peter Turnbaugh

Research summary: Understanding the effects of statin drugs on members of the human gut microbiome

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 1. National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) fellowship at UCSF -Awarded 2016
2. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship -Awarded 2017

Gabriella Estevam

Gabriella Estevam

she/her

University of California, Santa Cruz
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: James Fraser

Lab Rotations: David Morgan, Danica Galonic Fujimori, Fred Chang

Research summary: Structural biology of kinases, RTK autoregulation and inhibitor sensitivity

Kyle Fowler

Kyle Fowler

He/Him

Western Washington University
BS, Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology

PI: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, Shawn Douglas, Hana El-Samad

Research summary: Genetically encoded translational ambiguity facilitates protein evolution

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015
UCSF Discovery Fellowship, 2016
Tetrad TA Award of Excellence, 2017
Julius R. and Patricia A. Krevans Fellowship, 2018

Valentina Garcia

Swarthmore College
BA, Biology

PI: Joseph DeRisi

Lab Rotations: Michael McManus, Joseph DeRisi, Adam Frost

Research summary: Translation Regulation in P. Falciparum

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention, 2016

Muryam Gourdet

Muryam Gourdet

San Francisco State University, Holy Names College
MS, BA, Cell and Molecular, Biological Sciences

PI: Geeta Narlikar

Lab Rotations: Jeremy Reiter, Melanie Ott, Geeta Narlikar

Research summary: Understand the how domains of INO80-C and SWR-C regulate their chromatin remodeling function,

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: UCSF Moritz-Heyman Discovery Fellow
NIGMS NIH F31 Fellowship
Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Kelsey Haas

Kelsey Haas

University of Washington
BS, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

PI: Nevan Krogan

Lab Rotations: Keith Yamamoto, Nevan Krogan, Steven Altschuler, Lani Wu

Research summary: Systematic proteomic and genetic analyses of influenza A viruses to identify gene targets and drugs for host-directed therapies

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awardee, National Science Foundation, 9/2016 - 6/2019
Graduate Student Award of Excellence in Science, J David Gladstone Institutes, 9/2018
TA Award of Excellence, UCSF Tetrad Program, 9/2017
Embed Exchange Program Awardee, NIH NIAID U19 FluOMICS, 8/2017

Lana Harshman

Lana Harshman

she/her/hers

University of Washington
BS, Biology

PI: Nadav Ahituv

Lab Rotations: Su Guo, Nadav Ahituv, Yin Shen

Research summary: Exploring how non-coding regulatory elements and 3D genome structure have contributed to modern human evolution

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NHGRI Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral F31 Fellowship - Awarded 2020

Nairi Hartooni

Nairi Hartooni

University of California, Berkeley
BS, Molecular Toxicology; Molecular Environmental Biology (Environment & Human Health)

PI: David Morgan

Lab Rotations: Orion Weiner, Dyche Mullins, David Morgan

Research summary: Single-molecule analysis of substrate interactions with the Anaphase-Promoting Complex

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Discovery Fellows Program - Awarded 2016
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans - Awarded 2016
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Awarded 2016
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Honorable Mention (2015)

Benjamin Herken

Benjamin Herken

Lewis and Clark College
BA, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

PI: Luke Gilbert

Clara Herrera

Clara Herrera

she/her

Reed College
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: Joanne Engel

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Sophie Dumont, Orion Weiner, Joanne Engel

Research summary: I will be characterizing the predicted interaction between C. trachomatis protein CT224 and a human E3 ubiquitin ligase as well conducting a ubiquitination screen in chlamydia-infected cells.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: UCSF I-Micro training grant (2019)
UCSF Discovery Fellowship (2019)
UCSF I-Micro training grant (2020)
NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellowship (2021)

Conor Howard

Conor Howard

UC Berkeley
BA, Molecular and Cell Biology

PI: Adam Frost

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, Adam Frost, David Weinberg

Research summary: Mechanistic insight into quality control of protein translation

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Hillblom Graduate Research Fellowship;
Genentech Graduate Fellowship

Dana Kennedy

Dana Kennedy

San Francisco State University
BS, Biochemistry

PI: Bassem Al-Sady

Lab Rotations: Bjoern Schwer, Danica Galonic Fujimori, Barbara Panning, Bassem Al-Sady

Research summary: Understanding the mechanisms underlying heterochromatin formation and maintenance using biochemistry and biophysical techniques

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 1. 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipient
2. 2017 National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) fellowship at UCSF

Victor Lam

Victor Lam

University of Texas-Austin
BS, Biology Honors

PI: John Gross

Lab Rotations: David Toczyski, Melanie Ott, John Gross

Research summary: Interaction and evolution of HIV1 Vif with human antiviral APOBEC3G

Matthew Laurie

Matthew Laurie

University of Washington
BS, Biochemistry; Neurobiology

PI: Joseph DeRisi

Lab Rotations: Martin Kampmann, Zev Gartner, Joseph DeRisi

Research summary: Investigating the mechanisms of action of compounds with novel anti-flavivirus activity

Adam Longhurst

Adam Longhurst

He/Him/His

University of California Santa Cruz
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: David Toczyski

Lab Rotations: Geeta Narlikar, Peter Turnbaugh, Martin Kampmann, Peter Walter, David Toczyski

Research summary: Epigenetic Regulation of G1 Progression

ClaireIsabel Lorenzo

ClaireIsabel Lorenzo

University of California, Davis
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: Frank McCormick

Lab Rotations: Luke Gilbert, Frank McCormick, Roshanak Irannejad

Research summary: c-Kit mediated regulation of Spred1/Neurofibromin binding

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Honorable mention (2018)

Rebecca McGillivary

Rebecca McGillivary

she/her

University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

PI: Wallace Marshall

Lab Rotations: Orion Weiner, Wallace Marshall, Peter Walter

Research summary: Nuclear shape change in Stentor coeruleus

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP Honorable Mention 2017
Tetrad TA Award 2016-2017

Elise Munoz

Elise Munoz

she/her

University of Arizona
BS, Biochemistry, Applied Math, Mol and Cell Biology

PI: Geeta Narlikar

Lab Rotations: Martin Kampmann, Aimee Kao, Geeta Narlikar

Research summary: Elucidating the role of Rvb1/Rvb2 ATPases in chromatin remodeling complexes

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NIGMS F31 Predoctoral Fellowship (2021)
HHMI Gilliam Fellowship Finalist (2019)
National Science Foundation GRFP Honorable Mention (2018)

Henry Ng

Henry Ng

he/him/his

State University of New York at Stony Brook
BS, Biology

PI: David Morgan

Lab Rotations: Barbara Panning, Bassem Al-Sady, Geeta Narlikar

Research summary: Regulating Mechanism of Cohesin Cleavage During Cell Division

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP

Eliza Nieweglowska

Eliza Nieweglowska

University of Chicago
BS, Biochemistry and Chemistry

PI: David Agard

Lab Rotations: Geeta Narlikar, Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, David Agard, Bassem Al-Sady

Research summary: Elucidating the Mechanisms Driving the Assembly of a Nucleus-like Bacteriophage Compartment

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 2016 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Chari Noddings

Chari Noddings

she/her/hers

University of Texas-Austin
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology

PI: David Agard

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, David Agard, Geeta Narlikar

Research summary: Mechanistic understanding of how the molecular chaperone Hsp90 activates the glucocorticoid receptor

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: National Cancer Institute NIH F31 Fellow
2017 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Carlos Nowotny

Carlos Nowotny

San Diego State University
BS, Chemistry Biochemistry

PI: David Agard

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Martin Kampmann

Research summary: A Mechanistic understanding of Hsp90-mediated kinase degradation

Joseph Replogle

Joseph Replogle

Pomona College
BA, Molecular Biology

PI: Jonathan Weissman

Lab Rotations: David Weinberg, Jonathan Weissman

Research summary: Genome-scale discovery of genetic dependencies and genetic networks in diverse human cells types by single-cell CRISPR screening

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: French American Foundation for Medical Research and Education Scholarship, 2019
NIH Ruth Kirschstein Predoctoral F31 Fellowship, NINDS, 2019-2020

Efren Reyes

Efren Reyes

San Diego State University
BS, Biology

PI: Zev Gartner

Lab Rotations: Anita Sil, Jeffery Cox, Guo Huang, Zev Gartner

Research summary: Maintenance of homeostasis in the adult intestine

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Graduate Fellow
UCSF National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) Fellowship Program
September 2014-Present

NSF Fellowship Honorable Mention
April 2015

NSF Fellowship Honorable Mention
April 2016

Manuela Richter

Manuela Richter

Stanford University
BS, Biology

PI: Sophie Dumont

Lab Rotations: Sophie Dumont, Orion Weiner, Seemay Chou

Research summary: Length Regulation in the Mitotic Spindle

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: GRFP NSF fellow
ARCS scholar

Rosa Rodriguez

Rosa Rodriguez

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular and Cell Biology

PI: Anita Sil

Lab Rotations: Shaeri Mukherjee, Joanne Engel, Jeremy Reiter, Anita Sil

Research summary: Exploring how a family of small-secreted effectors manipulates macrophages during Histoplasma capsulatum infection

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) Fellowship 2015- present
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention 2016
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention 2017
UC Dissertation Year Fellowship 2020

Justin Salat

Justin Salat

University of Chicago
BS, Biological Chemistry

PI: Dyche Mullins

Lab Rotations: Adam Frost, Dyche Mullins, David Toczyski

Research summary: The function of nuclear actin filaments during the DNA damage response

Reuben Saunders

Reuben Saunders

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Chemistry

PI: Jonathan Weissman

Lab Rotations: Jonathan Weissman, Ron Vale, Alexander (Sandy) Johnson

Research summary: Improving phenotype quality in functional genomic screens.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Hertz Fellowship in Global Health and Development

Michael Schoof

Michael Schoof

Stanford University
BS, Biology

PI: Peter Walter

Lab Rotations: Jonathan Weissman, Peter Walter, Saul Villeda

Research summary: Understanding the in vivo regulation of the translation initiation factor eIF2B

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 2017-18 Matilda Edlund Fellowship
2017-18 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Janine Sengstack

Janine Sengstack

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
BS, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Focus

PI: Hao Li

Lab Rotations: Hao Li, Hiten Madhani, Hao Li, Martin Kampmann, Charles Craik

Research summary: Cellular Aging and Rejuvenation

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Hillblom Graduate Student Fellow 2019-2020
$10,000 funding UCSF CAT Illumina Core Lab Partnership Grant
$30,000 worth of sequencing support from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Eric Simental

Eric Simental

University of Arizona
BS, Biochemistry/Molecular and Cellular Biology

PI: Barbara Panning, Bassem Al-Sady

Lab Rotations: Brian Black, Barbara Panning, Bassem Al-Sady, Bo Huang

Research summary: Designing a heterochromatin spreading sensor

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: IMSD Fellowship

Taylor Skokan

Taylor Skokan

he/him/his

Stanford University
BS, Biological Sciences, Biology

PI: Ron Vale

Lab Rotations: Ron Vale, Sophie Dumont, David Morgan, Lani Wu

Research summary: Dissecting the cellular mechanisms of cell sorting and body plan regeneration in Hydra vulgaris.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Best Poster Award, UCSF Development & Stem Cell Biology Retreat - 2018; Oral Presentation Award, Cnidarian Model Systems Meeting - 2018; Discovery Fellowship, UCSF - 2018; NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - 2017

Adriana Steinbach

Adriana Steinbach

She, her, hers

University of Chicago
BS, Biological Chemistry

PI: Shaeri Mukherjee

Lab Rotations: Ron Vale, Seemay Chou, Shaeri Mukherjee

Research summary: Investigating the mechanism of lysosomal fusion evasion during Legionella pneumophila infection

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: iMicro T32, Hooper Graduate Fellowship

Luke Strauskulage

Luke Strauskulage

Syracuse University
BS, Biotechnology

PI: Barbara Panning, Sy Redding

Lab Rotations: Danica Galonic Fujimori, Bassem Al-Sady, Barbara Panning, Sy Redding, Jeremy Reiter

Research summary: Differential regulation of TET enzymes by OGT during development

Sumitra Tatapudy

Sumitra Tatapudy

University of California, Davis
BS, Cell Biology

PI: Todd Nystul

Lab Rotations: Sophie Dumont, Mark Von Zastrow, Todd Nystul, Jennifer Fung

Research summary: Determining the mechanism by which stem cell hypercompetition occurs in the Drosophila follicle stem cell lineage

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Honorable Mention (2015)
Best TA Award - Cell Biology (2016)
Best Poster Presentation at Center for Reproductive Sciences Retreat (2016)
Fletcher Jones Fellow (2017-2018)

Nia Teerikorpi

Nia Teerikorpi

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular and Cellular Biology - Biochemistry II

PI: Jeremy Willsey

Lab Rotations: Davide Ruggero, Martin Kampmann, Jeremy Willsey

Research summary: Characterization of the Neurodevelopmental DNA Regulatory Pathways Underlying ASD

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP 2016, 2017 - Honorable Mention
Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship, 2019 - 2 year fellowship - Awarded
NIH/NIMH NCRCRG & CN Consortium Meeting, 2019 - Sponsored Travel - Awarded

Hannah Toutkoushian

Hannah Toutkoushian

Virginia Tech
BS, Biochemistry

PI: Peter Walter

Lab Rotations: Danica Galonic Fujimori, Weinberg David, Peter Walter

Research summary: Studying the mechanism of alternative translation initiation through eIF2A.

Sara Vazquez

Sara Vazquez

Harvard College
BA, Developmental Biology

PI: Joseph DeRisi, Mark Anderson

Lab Rotations: Peter Turnbaugh, Ajay Chawla

Research summary: Autoantibody discovery by human phage display library

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NIH NIDDK F30 Fellowship
Discovery Fellow, 2019 cohort

Christopher Waters

Christopher Waters

he/him/his

University of Massachusetts Amherst
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: Lani Wu, Steven Altschuler

Lab Rotations: Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Steven Altschuler, Lani Wu, Rushika Perera

Research summary: Understanding emergent behaviors in mitophagy

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP (2016)
TA excellence award (2018)

Natalie Whitis

Natalie Whitis

she/her

Iowa State University of Science and Technology
BS, Biophysics

PI: David Agard

Lab Rotations: Oren Rosenberg, Joseph DeRisi, Shaeri Mukherjee

Research summary: Understanding host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Fourth Year

Katherine Augspurger

Katherine Augspurger

she/her

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
BS, Biochemistry

PI: Abigail Buchwalter, Barbara Panning

Lab Rotations: Danica Galonic Fujimori, Luke Gilbert, Abigail Buchwalter, Barbara Panning

Research summary: Understanding the role and regulation of sex-specific variation in Lamin A

Derek Bogdanoff

Derek Bogdanoff

University of British Columbia
BS, Microbiology & Immunology

PI: Tom Nowakowski

Lab Rotations: Jimmie Ye, Vijay Ramani, Tom Nowakowski

Research summary: Technology Design and Development

Megan Chong

Megan Chong

she/her

Bowdoin College
BA, Biology

PI: Sophie Dumont

Lab Rotations: Sophie Dumont, Wallace Marshall, Peter Walter

Research summary: Detecting errors in chromosome attachment to ensure mitotic fidelity

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP Honorable Mention 2019
UCSF Integrative Program in Complex Biological Sciences Training Grant 2020
NIH Ruth Kirschstein Predoctoral F31 Fellowship, NCI, 2021-2024

Lorenzo Del Castillo

Lorenzo Del Castillo

California State University, Northridge
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology

PI: Jeremy Reiter

Lab Rotations: Tom Nowakowski, Todd Nystul, Jeremy Reiter

Research summary: I am using optogenetic tools in cells to manipulate hedgehog signaling and look at pathway dynamics in different developmental systems.

Jason Garcia

Jason Garcia

He/Him/His

San Francisco State University
BS, Biology, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology

PI: Su Guo

Lab Rotations: David Raleigh, Roshanak Irannejad, Su Guo, Wallace Marshall

Research summary: Investigating the polarization and function of Par3 during asymmetric cell division in radial glia neural stem cells

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: IMSD Fellowship (2018-2020)
Ford Fellowship Honorable mention (2020 & 2021)
Louise Zeh Fellowship (2020-2021)

Haley Gause

Haley Gause

she/her/hers

California State University, Long Beach
BS, Microbiology

PI: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson

Lab Rotations: Leor Weinberger, Anita Sil

Research summary: Candida and the Gut Microbiome

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Discovery Fellow, MPHD T32 Training Fellow, NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Wei Gordon

Wei Gordon

University of California, San Diego
BS, General Biology/Marine Sciences

PI: Nadav Ahituv

Lab Rotations: Nadav Ahituv, Vijay Ramani, Kaveh Ashrafi

Research summary: Functional Examination of Genetic Elements Involved in Dietary Specializations

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP 2020

Sarah Heater

Sarah Heater

University of Washington
BS, Biology:Physiology and Spanish

PI: Anita Sil

Lab Rotations: Seemay Chou, Leor Weinberger, Anita Sil

Research summary: Elucidate the Mechanism of Temperature Sensing in a Thermally Dimorphic Fungi through Investigating the Candidate Thermosensor Msb2

Evelyn Hernandez

Evelyn Hernandez

she/her/hers

University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Biochemistry

PI: Roshanak Irannejad

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, David Agard, Roshanak Irannejad

Research summary: Regulation of intracellular signaling of Beta-1 adrenergic receptors

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: -Ford Foundation Fellowship
-NSF Honorable Mention
-Moritz-Heyman Discovery Fellowship

Lili Kim

Lili Kim

She/Her

University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS, Biochemistry

PI: Carol Gross

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, Shaeri Mukherjee, Oren Rosenberg

Research summary: Surveying the Phenotypic Landscape of Bacillus subtilis

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 2018 NSF GRFP - Honorable Mention

Matthew Kim

Matthew Kim

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular and Cell Biology

PI: Hana El-Samad

Lab Rotations: Ron Vale, Hana El-Samad, Kole Roybal

Research summary: Degron mediated proteolysis for synthetic T cell engineering and regulation

Jose Liboy

Jose Liboy

He/Him/His

University Of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
BS, Industrial Biotechnology

PI: Stephen Floor

Lab Rotations: Geeta Narlikar, Stephen Floor, Luke Gilbert, Natalia Jura, Hani Goodarzi

Research summary: I am currently studying the role of G3BP stress granules in mRNA translation regulation and cell adaptation to exogenous stress.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 2018 – 2020: The National Institute for General Medical Sciences Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Fellowship
2020 – present: UCSF Discovery Fellowship
2021 - present: NRSA Predoctoral F31 Fellowship

Jocelyne Lopez

Jocelyne Lopez

She/Her/ Hers

University of California, Irvine
BS, Biological Sciences

PI: Frank McCormick

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Luke Gilbert, Geeta Narlikar, Frank McCormick

Research summary: Investigating novel roles and regulation of SPRED2 in RAS/MAPK signaling

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: IMSD fellowship recipient (2018-2020)
Discovery Fellowship (2020)

Harold Marin

Harold Marin

He/Him

University of California, Davis
BS, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: Abigail Buchwalter

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, Barbara Panning, Abigail Buchwalter

Research summary: Molecular mechanisms of tethering peripheral heterochromatin

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: Discovery Fellowship -- 2020
Honorable mention in Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship -- 2021

Gregory Mohl

Gregory Mohl

he/him

Brigham Young University
BS, Microbiology

PI: Martin Kampmann

Lab Rotations: David Agard, Orion Weiner, Martin Kampmann

Research summary: Elucidating the Mechanisms Controlling Toxicity of Protein Aggregation in Neurons

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Honorable Mention

Thomas Moss

Thomas Moss

University of Virginia
BS, Biology

PI: Shaeri Mukherjee

Lab Rotations: Hani Goodarzi, Martin Kampmann, Shaeri Mukherjee

Research summary: Mechanistic investigation into translational abrogation by Hsc70 phosphorylation

Jesslyn Park

Jesslyn Park

she/her

Winthrop University
BS, Chemistry

PI: Stephen Floor

Lab Rotations: Stephen Floor, Hana El-Samad, James Fraser

Research summary: Elucidating the role of stress granule scaffold proteins in cellular viability

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: -2021 NASEM Ford Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention
-2020 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Natasha Puri

Natasha Puri

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Integrative Biology

PI: Roshanak Irannejad

Lab Rotations: David Raleigh, Frank McCormick, Roshanak Irannejad

Research summary: Compartmentalized signaling of dopamine receptor

Mashel Fatema Saifuddin

Mashel Fatema Saifuddin

University of Texas-Austin, Natl Univ of Singapore
BS, Biochemistry, Exchange Program

PI: Noelle L'Etoile

Research summary: Memory Consolidation, Maintenance and Recall in C. Elegans

Hayden Saunders

Hayden Saunders

he/him/his

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS, Biology BS

PI: Geeta Narlikar

Lab Rotations: David Morgan, Seemay Chou, Geeta Narlikar

Research summary: Nucleosome conformational dynamics

Sushil Sobti

Sushil Sobti

University of Missouri-Columbia
BS, Chemistry

PI: Sourav Bandyopadhyay

Lab Rotations: Barbara Panning, Leor Weinberger, Nadav Ahituv

Research summary: Sources and role of noise in gene expression

Seesha Takagishi

Seesha Takagishi

she/her/hers

University of Washington, Northwestern U Sch Contng Stud
BS, Certificate of Completion, Biochemistry, Programming

PI: Hana El-Samad

Lab Rotations: Jonathan Weissman, Kole Roybal, Hana El-Samad

Research summary: Optogenetic method to investigate transcription factor signaling in mammalian cells

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP - 2020
Tetrad TA award - 2020

Connie Yan

Connie Yan

University of Washington
BAS, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

PI: Wallace Marshall

Lab Rotations: Noelle L'Etoile, Jeremy Reiter

Research summary: Role of Sfi1 proteins in Stentor regeneration

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP - 2019

Third Year

Elizabeth Bond

Elizabeth Bond

She/her/her

University of Massachusetts Amherst
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PI: Seemay Chou

Lab Rotations: Peter Walter, Seemay Chou, Charles Craik

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2020

Timothy Casey-Clyde

Timothy Casey-Clyde

University of California, Davis
BS, Cell Biology

PI: David Raleigh

Lab Rotations: Andy Chang, David Raleigh, Maxence Nachury

Research summary: Epigenetic regulation of Schwann cell differentiation and schwannoma tumorigenesis.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: T32 in Translational Brain Tumor Research

Nathan Cho

Nathan Cho

he/him

Stanford University
BS, Biology with Honors

PI: Sophie Dumont

Lab Rotations: Orion Weiner, Stephen Floor

Research summary: Defining the mechanisms by which NuMA drives spindle mechanical robustness

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention

Jocelyne Fadiga

Jocelyne Fadiga

University of California, Merced
BS, Chemical Sciences

PI: Orion Weiner

Lab Rotations: Stephen Floor, Orion Weiner

Research summary: Mechanisms of polarity and substrate topology integration during neutrophil migration

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NIH IMSD
NSF GRFP

Kelsey Hennick

Kelsey Hennick

University of California, Davis
BS, Genetics

PI: Tom Nowakowski

Lab Rotations: Roshanak Irannejad, Tom Nowakowski, Jeremy Willsey

Research summary: cortical development

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Fredrick Leon

Fredrick Leon

he/him/his

Emory University
BS, Biology

PI: David Booth

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, Katie Pollard, Seemay Chou, David Booth

Research summary: Historical and contemporary geochemical factors shape cell type evolution

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF fellow

Jessica Mella

Jessica Mella

University of Utah
BS, Biology

PI: Abigail Buchwalter

Anna Morrison

Anna Morrison

She/her/hers

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology

PI: Anita Sil

Lab Rotations: David Toczyski, Natalia Jura, Anita Sil

Research summary: Investigating the molecular mechanisms that underlie temperature response in Histoplasma capsulatum

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (2021)
Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Defense (MPHD) T32 Training Grant Fellowship (2021)

Ali Palla

Ali Palla

University of California, Berkeley
BS, Chemical Biolody

PI: Danica Galonic Fujimori

Nathan Rossen

Nathan Rossen

Macalester College
BA, Biology

PI: David Julius

Lab Rotations: David Julius, Sophie Dumont, Markus Delling

Research summary: Physiology and pathophysiology of enterochromaffin cells

Frederick Santana

Frederick Santana

he/him/his

San Francisco State University
MS, Cell and Molecular Biology
BS, Biology (Microbiology)

PI: Natalia Jura

Lab Rotations: Roshanak Irannejad, Todd Nystul, Natalia Jura

Research summary: Pseudokinase regulation of Akt-mTOR signaling and its implication in malignant melanoma

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: - 2021 NASEM Ford Foundation Fellowship
- 2019 NIGMS IMSD Fellowship

Jasmine Sims

Jasmine Sims

San Francisco State University
MS, Cell and Molecular Biology
BS, Biochemistry

PI: Nadav Ahituv

Lab Rotations: Orion Weiner, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Vijay Ramani, Nadav Ahituv

Research summary: studying candidate pathogenic sequences recurrent in cancer.

Max Thompson

Max Thompson

he/him/his

University of Miami
BS, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Marine Science

PI: Mark Von Zastrow

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Roshanak Irannejad, Mark Von Zastrow

Research summary: Developing a membrane recruitment assay for GPCR stimulated beta-arrestin

Brian Wysolmerski

Brian Wysolmerski

Cambridge University
M PHIL, Genetics
Pomona College
BA, Biology

PI: Mark Von Zastrow

Lab Rotations: Frank McCormick, Bjoern Schwer, Balyn Zaro, Mark Von Zastrow

Research summary: Elucidating the role of activation induced internalization of G⍺s

Yujie Zhang

Yujie Zhang

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular Cellular Biology

PI: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, Seemay Chou, Raul Andino

Research summary: Investigating interspecies interactions between fermented food microbes.

Second Year

Trase Aguigam

Trase Aguigam

He/Him

University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Lab Rotations: John Gross, Geeta Narlikar, Sophie Dumont, Michael McManus

Research summary: mRNA decapping and chromatin structure and function

Camila Benitez

Camila Benitez

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular and Cell Biology emphasis in neuroscienc

PI: Aimee Kao

Lab Rotations: Mark Von Zastrow, Graeme Davis, Martin Kampmann

Martha (Addie) Cady

Martha (Addie) Cady

Duke University
BS, Biology

PI: David Raleigh

Lab Rotations: Orion Weiner, David Raleigh, Martin Kampmann, Joseph DeRisi

James (Zach) Cogan

James (Zach) Cogan

University of California, Santa Barbara
BA, Biology

Lab Rotations: Peter Walter, Vijay Ramani, Martin Kampmann

Brandon Courteau

Brandon Courteau

University of Rochester
BS, Biological Sciences - Biochemistry

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Adam Frost, Dan Southworth

Carla Espinoza

Carla Espinoza

she/her

University of California, San Diego
BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Lab Rotations: Rushika Perera, Peter Turnbaugh, Natalia Jura

Research summary: Investigating structure and signal activation of proto-oncogene RON receptor with it's ligand, Macrophage Stimulating Protein (MSP).

Alex Hong

Alex Hong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Biology

Lab Rotations: Michael McManus, Vijay Ramani, Joseph Bondy-Denomy

Claire Kokontis

Claire Kokontis

she/her/hers

University of Chicago
BS, Biology

Lab Rotations: Peter Walter, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, David Agard

Research summary: Mechanisms of a bacteriophage-encoded protective "nucleus-like" structure and anti-CRISPR proteins

Armando Martinez

Armando Martinez

San Jose State University
BS, Molecular Biology

Lab Rotations: Natalia Jura, Frank McCormick, Shaeri Mukherjee

Research summary: Investigating SOS1 two distinct RAS binding sites: a catalytic site and an additional allosteric RAS binding site

Melissa Mendez

Melissa Mendez

she/her

Univ of London-King's College London
BSC, Biochemistry

Lab Rotations: David Agard, Natalia Jura, Oren Rosenberg

Research summary: Investigation the role of non-canonical chaperone interactions in the activation mechanism of the UPR sensor Ire1

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NIGMS IMSD Fellowship

Luisa (Kimberly) Meneses

Luisa (Kimberly) Meneses

University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Lab Rotations: Thea Tlsty, Roshanak Irannejad, Davide Ruggero

Camille Moore

Camille Moore

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Lab Rotations: Vijay Ramani, James Fraser, Geeta Narlikar

Christopher (CJ) Sarabia

Christopher (CJ) Sarabia

He/Him/His

University of California, Santa Cruz
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Lab Rotations: Shaeri Mukherjee, Daniele Canzio, Roshanak Irannejad

Research summary: Designing a method to degrade select pools of beta adrenergic receptors

LauraAnn Schmidberger

LauraAnn Schmidberger

She/ her/ hers

Denison University
BS, Biology

Lab Rotations: Daniele Canzio, Barbara Panning, Noelle L'Etoile, David Booth

Research summary: Studying choanoflagellate genes to understand early evolution

Steven Sun

Steven Sun

San Francisco State University
MS, Cell and Molecular Biology
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology

Lab Rotations: Alexander (Sandy) Johnson, David Booth, Hiten Madhani

Vanna Tran

Vanna Tran

Southwestern University
BS, Biology

Lab Rotations: Sophie Dumont, Aimee Kao

Research summary: Structural and functional integrity of the kinetochore under opposing tension and persistent forces

Alexis Villani

Alexis Villani

she/her/hers

University of California, Irvine
BS, Microbiology and Immunology

Lab Rotations: Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Martin Kampmann, Melanie Ott

Research summary: Studying temperature-induced inactivation of bacterial immune systems

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: MPHD T32 2021-2022

First Year

Kenya Bonitto

Kenya Bonitto

she/her/hers

University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Lab Rotations: Michael McManus

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NIGMS/NIH T32 Training Grant - Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Fellows and Affiliates Program (IMSD): July 2021-July 2023

Emmy Delaney

Emmy Delaney

she/her

University of California, Davis
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Camille Derderian

Camille Derderian

she/her

CUNY Hunter College
BA, Psychology

Eli Dugan

Eli Dugan

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular Cell Biology

Chloe Ghent

Chloe Ghent

She/her

University of California, Berkeley
BA, Molecular and Cell Biology

Matthew Howard

Matthew Howard

he/him/his

Washington University
AB, Biology & Chemistry: Concentration in Biochemistry

Philipp Huettemann

Philipp Huettemann

he/him/his

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
BS, Biochemistry

Julia Kim

Julia Kim

She/Her

Smith College
BA, Biochemistry

Tracy Knight

Tracy Knight

she/her

Brown University
BS, Cell and Molecular Biology

Jennifer Le

Jennifer Le

University of California, Riverside
BS, Biochemistry

Deepa Rajan

Deepa Rajan

Vanderbilt University
BA, Neuroscience

Lab Rotations: Adam Frost

Research summary: Origins of Life

David Sanchez Godinez

David Sanchez Godinez

he/him

University of California, Santa Cruz
BS, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Honors, Awards & Fellowships: NIGMS IMSD Fellowship

Gabriel Viramontes

Gabriel Viramontes

University of California, Merced
BS, Biology: Emphasis in Ecology and Evolution

Taylor Watanabe

Taylor Watanabe

she/her

Whittier College
BA, Biology

Lab Rotations: Shawn Douglas

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson

she/her

Colby College
BA, Biology: Concentration in Neuroscience