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Trainees

CURRENT CMB PROGRAM TRAINEES


2019: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Joleen Cheah

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Pending
  • Publications:  In Process

Joel Erberich

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Dominique Bergmann
  • Publications:  In Process

Sarah Frail

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Pending
  • Publications:  In Process

Billie Goolsby

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Lauren O'Connell
  • Publications:  In Process

Samantha Gumbin

  • Department:  Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Ron Kopito
  • Publications:  In Process

Taylar Hammond

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Viewing RB1 through noncanonical lenses”
  • Advisor:  Julien Sage
  • Publications:  In Process

Dane Kawano

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Kang Shen
  • Publications:  In Process

Luke Lynch

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Gheorghe Chistol
  • Publications:  In Process

Rachel Ng

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: Investigating the Function of Phosphatases in Centrosome Inactivation
  • Advisor:  Jessica Feldman
  • Publications:  In Process

Gabe Tauber

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title: “TBA”
  • Advisor:  Pending
  • Publications:  In Process

Lauren Varanese

  • Department:  Microbiology and Immunology
  • Research Title: Discovery of host pathways critical for viral infection
  • Advisor:  Jan Carette
  • Publications:  In Process

Jessica Zhang

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Insights into Borrelia burgdorferi Plasmid Partitioning”
  • Advisor:  Christine Jacobs-Wagner
  • Publications:  In Process

2018: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Alex Adams

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Investigating the mechanisms of recruitment and silencing by the Human Silencing Hub complex”
  • Advisor:  Joanna Wysocka
  • Publications:  In Process

Suzanna Bennett

  • Department:  Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title: “Orai Channel Biogenesis”
  • Advisor:  Richard Lewis
  • Publications:  In Process

Cecelia Brown

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Development of small molecule inhibitor of cyclin D-Cdk 4,6”
  • Advisor:  Jan Skotheim
  • Publications:  In Process

Mohammed Gaafarelkhalifa

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Investigating Cytosine Deamination as a Mechanism of UVB-induced Mutagenesis”
  • Advisor:  Ashby Morrison
  • Publications:  In Process

Jinho Jeong

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Determine how EZH2 regulates carcinogen susceptibility”
  • Advisor:  Ashby Morrison
  • Publications:  In Process

Martha Kahlson

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title: “Characterizing a Novel Protein S-acyltransferase Complex Comprisiong ZDHHC5 and GOLGA7”
  • Advisor:  Scott Dixon
  • Publications:  In Process

Aris Kare

  • Department:  Bioengineering (BioE)
  • Research Title: “High-Resolution Genomic and Spatial Profiling of Combinatorial Imunotherapies”
  • Advisor: Katherine Ferrara
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Korbin Kleczko

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Developing Huntington Superchaperones”
  • Advisor:  Judith Frydman
  • Publications: In Process

Alex Lessenger

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Tissue-specific cell size regulation”
  • Advisor: Jessica Feldman
  • Publications:  In Process

Lauren Pope

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Regulation of Ferroptosis by GPX4”
  • Advisor: Scott Dixon
  • Publications:  In Process

Carin Ragland

  • Department: Biology
  • Research Title: “Stress and slime: elucidating root mucilage regulation for improved stress tolerance and enhanced microbe associations”
  • Advisor: Jose Dinneny
  • Publications:  In Process

Daniel Shaykevich

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Spatial cognition in amphibians”
  • Advisor: Lauren O'Connell
  • Publications:  In Process

Livia Wyss

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Characterizing CNS Regeneration in Planarians”
  • Advisor:  Bo Wang
  • Publications:  In Process

Helen Yue-Zhang

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Hypoxia regulation of a sensory stem cell niche in the lung”
  • Advisor:  Mark Krasnow
  • Publications:  In Process

2017: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Matt Adrianowycz

  • Department:  Biophysics
  • Advisor:  Rhiju Das
  • Publications:  In Process

David Armenta

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  “Investigating Macropinocytosis as a Mechanism to Prevent Ferroptosis in Cysteine-Starved Cells”
  • Advisor:  Scott Dixon
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Devin Bradburn


Ran Cheng

  • Department:  Biology
  • Advisor:  Peter Jackson
  • Publications:  In Process

Pamela Rios Coronado


Joel Francis

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: "Non-histone protein methylation in the regulation of gene expression"
  • Advisor:  Or Gozani
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Adam Kirosingh

  • Department:  Microbiology and Immunology
  • Research Title: "Identifying and characterizing novel host genes protecting against Plasmodium chabaudi infection"
  • Advisor:  David Schneider
  • Publications:  In Process

Elisabeth Meyer

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title: "Regulation of alternative splicing by small non-coding RNAs and repetitive genomic elements"
  • Advisor:  Julia Salzman
  • Publications:  In Process

Victor Naturale

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: “Identifying in vivo Mechanisms of Symmetry Breaking and Polarity Establishment in Epithelial Cells”
  • Advisor:  Jessica Feldman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Anay Reddy

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title: "Understanding the relationship between protein folding and neuronal morphogenesis"
  • Advisor:  Kang Shen
  • Publications:  In Process

Kevin Shih

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "A RNA Calculator Based Paper Diagnostic for Tuberculosis"
  • Advisor:  Rhiju Das
  • Publications:  In Process

2016: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Sam Bray

  • Department:  Bioengineering (BioE)
  • Research Title:  "Description of research project and progress: I am working towards quantitatively understanding how intracellular molecular interaction drive community assembly and structure in microbial communities."
  • Advisor:  Bo Wang
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Garrison Buss

  • Department:  Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "Using vertebrate multicilated cells to understand and characterize separation of centriole amplification from the cell cycle and DNA copy number as well as basal body formation."
  • Advisor:  Tim Stearns
  • Publications:  In Process

Peter Chou

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Molecular tools for spatial readout of gene features."
  • Advisor:  Pehr Harbury
  • Publications:  In Process

Tamar Feldman

  • Department:  Microbiology & Immunology (M&I) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "I am investigating the regulation of the Type 6 Secretion System (T6SS) in Salmonella enterica ser."
  • Advisor:  Denise Monack
  • Publications:  In Process

Emily Gale

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Regulation and Functional Characterization of Novel Calcineurin Substrate RTN1A."
  • Advisor:  Eric Appel
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Andrew Ha

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "I am studying Wnt/b-catenin signaling pathway in intestinal stem cell biology."
  • Advisor:  Calvin Kuo
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Thomas Meister

  • Department:  Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "Identifying and characterizing novel factors that are essential for biogenesis of the relic plastid in P. falciparum."
  • Advisor:  Ellen Yeh
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Jasmine Moshiri

  • Department:  Microbiology & Immunology (M&I) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "During my thesis work, I plan to determine the mechanism by which the autophagy pathway mediates dengue viral maturation and explore the manipulation of this pathway for development of anti-viral therapeutics."
  • Advisor:  Karla Kirkegaard
  • Publications:  In Process

Chandni Patel

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Investigating how the second messenger, 2’3’-cGAMP, is regulated to further understand how the STING pathway in the innate immune system can be activated and inactivated."
  • Advisor:  Rajat Rohatgi
  • Publications:  In Process

Kade Pettie

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Linking Genome Organization to Phenotype in Cell Lines from Diverse Human Populations."
  • Advisor:  Hunter Fraser
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Christopher Ritchie

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Elucidating the extracellular role of the second messenger 2'3'-cGAMP in immune detection of cancers."
  • Advisor:  Lingyin Li
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Ivana Serrano-LaChapel

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "My project seeks to evaluate how CCT chaperone assembly state and phosphorylation affects its activity in a noncanonical way in normal cells and altered cells such as cancer cells."
  • Advisor:  Judith Frydman
  • Publications:  In Process

Dirk Spencer

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Asymmetric cell divisions (ACD) are ubiquitous throughout all forms of life and it might be fair to argue that it is necessary for multicellularity."
  • Advisor:  Dominique Bergmann
  • Publications:  In Process

Michael Tran

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Identifying Microtubule Associating Proteins and Understanding Their Role at non-Centrosomal Organizing Centers."
  • Advisor:  Jessica Feldman
  • Publications:  In Process

Mike Van

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Eukaryotic cells use a family of chromatin regulators (CRs) and their respective chromatin modifications to establish and maintain gene expression states."
  • Advisor:  Lacra Bintu
  • Publications:  Published Literature

2015: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Robert Bierman

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Understanding annotated and novel RNA splicing products."
  • Advisor:  Julia Salzman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Shi An Chen Anderson

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Mapping Regulatory Interactions by Combinatorial Genome Editing."
  • Advisor:  Hunter Fraser
  • Publications:  In Process

Kaitlin Ching

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Investigating cilia development and molecular pathways in olfactory sensory neurons."
  • Advisor:  Tim Stearns
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Anne Duncan

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Role of XopX in Xanthomonas Infection."
  • Advisor:  Mary Beth Mudgett
  • Publications:  In Process

Sabrina Ergun

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Currently researching the molecular mechanism of the activation of the immune adaptor protein STING."
  • Advisor:  Lingyin Li
  • Publications:  Published Literature

KC Farrell

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Investigation of the relationships between centrioles, cilia, and polarity."
  • Advisor:  Tim Stearns
  • Publications:  In Process

Vincent Masto

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Defining principles and strategies of how chaperones protect cells from proteotoxic stresss."
  • Advisor:  Judith Frydman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Jeremy Work

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Determining how well the proteasome adapts to proteotoxic stress."
  • Advisor:  Onn Brandman
  • Publications:  In Process

2014: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Nick Bax

  • Department:  Structural Biology
  • Research Title:  "Elucidating Role of Force in The Interactions of Alpha Catenin and Vinculin With The Actin Cytoskeleton."
  • Advisor:  Alex Dunn and Bill Weis
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Benjamin Bell

  • Department:  Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "Characterizing gp41/gp120 Intermediates in HIV-1 Membrane Fusion."
  • Advisor:  Peter Kim
  • Publications:  In Process

Vivian Chen

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Mechanism and Regulation of Pyrenoid Organization in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by a Low Complexity Repeat Protein."
  • Advisor:  Gavin Sherlock
  • Publications:  In Process

Naomie Genuth

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Characterizing ribosome heterogeneity and specialization in mammalian development."
  • Advisor:  Maria Barna
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Andrew Guzman

  • Department:  Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "Molecular characterization of Xanthomonas XopX, a type III effector that perturbs plant immunity and engages cellular stress responses during infection."
  • Advisor:  Mary Beth Mudgett
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Derek Huang

  • Department:  Biophsics
  • Research Title:  "I am using single-molecule for spectroscopy to study the unbinding kinetics of vinculin and alpha-catenin from actin filaments."
  • Advisor:  Alex Dunn and Bill Weis
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Alan Itakura

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Characterizing Two Genes Involved in the Carbon Concentrating Mechanism of the Eukaryotic Model Algae Chlamydomonas."
  • Advisor:  Daniel F. Jarosz
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Sam Kimmey

  • Department:  Developmental Biology
  • Research Title:  "Single cell dissection of transcriptional control in human lineage specification."
  • Advisor:  Sean Bendall
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Chelsea Kliebert-Longwell

  • Department:  Chemical and Systems Biology (CSB) Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "Engineering Peptide Inibitors of Nav1.7 for Treatment of Chronic Pain."
  • Advisor:  Jennifer Cochran
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Therese LaRue

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Under-standing the role of roots in salinity tolerance."
  • Advisor:  Jose Dinneny
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Mackenna Morck

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Deciperhing the biophysical mechanisms by which mutations in the myosin lever arm lead to hypercontractility and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy."
  • Advisor:  James Spudich
  • Publications:  In Process

Brian Perez

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Investigating the Metabolic Role of the SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeler during Carcinogenesis."
  • Advisor:  Ashby Morrison
  • Publications:  In Process

Laura Persson

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Understanding the Role of a Co-Translational Quality Control Protein in Stress Granules."
  • Advisor:  Onn Brandman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Ariana Sanchez

  • Department:  Biology
  • Research Title:  "Investigating Metabolic Changes in Human Epidermal Differentiation."
  • Advisor:  Jessica Feldman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Cole Sitron

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Studies in translation failure."
  • Advisor:  Onn Brandman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

2013: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Brian Alford

  • Department:  Biochemistry
  • Research Title:  "Determining the Pathway of Chaperone-Based Activation of HsF1."
  • Advisor:  Onn Brandman
  • Publications:  Published Literature

Joseph Charalel

  • Department:  Genetics Stanford Medicine
  • Research Title:  "To elucidate the role of epigenetic alterations in resistance to trastuzumab and other anti-HER2 agents."
  • Advisor:  Atul Butte
  • Publications:  Published Literature

2012: YEAR OF ENTRY TO  STANFORD UNIVERSITY


Michael Enos

  • Department:  Structural Biology
  • Research Title:  "Regulation of GSK-3 by Pseudosubstrates and Small Molecules."
  • Advisor:  Bill Weis
  • Publications:  In Process


Former Trainees


Katherine Amberg-Johnson, Ph.D. (2018)

Senior Scientist at Schrödinger

Clayton Brown, Ph.D. (2019)


Jenna Caldwell, Ph.D. (2019)

Recent Graduate: Currently Interviewing


Scientist I at AstraZeneca

Shengya Cao, Ph.D. (2018)

Associate Scientist at Evotec

Caleb Chan, Ph.D. (2018)

Postdoctoral Researcher with HHMI

Shein Ei Cho, MS (2019)


Kevin C. Heart, Ph.D. (2018)

Math and Science Instructor at Elite Prep


Scientist at IGM Biosciences, Inc.

Amanda Jacobson, Ph.D. (2017)


Marcus Robert Kelly, Ph.D. (2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University


Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California San Diego

Pin-Joe Ko, Ph.D. (2019)

Research Scientist at SyntheX, Inc.

Antoine Koehl, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Miller Fellow at University of California, Berkeley

Laura Lee, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoctoral Scholar at New York University

Joo Lee, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University

Chao Liu, Ph.D. (2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University

Kevin Meng, Ph.D. (2019)

Scientist at Kite Pharma

Mariya Mirvis, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoctoral Researcher at UC San Francisco

Ahmad Nabhan, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoctoral Scholar at Genentech

James Russell, Ph.D. (2018)

Scientist at Zymergen Inc.

Abigail Simmons, Ph.D. (2018)

Science and Technology Policy Fellow at AAAS

Daniel Sprockett, Ph.D. (2019)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital

Miranda Stratton, Ph.D. (2019)

Assistant Director for Biosciences Diversity Programs at Stanford University

Tianying Su, Ph.D. (2018)

Postdoctoral Scholar at UC San Francisco