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Leading our research, education, entrepreneurship efforts, our faculty, staff, and trainees are propelling us to push the boundaries of synthetic biology.

Center Operations  /  Center Faculty  /  Center Researchers  /  Advisory Board

Center Operations

The Leadership Team

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Julius Lucks

Center Co-Director

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Danielle Tullman-Ercek

Center Co-Director

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Yael Mayer

Director of Operations and Outreach

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Ashty Karim

Director of Research

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Center Staff

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Christine Akdeniz

Education and Outreach Coordinator

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Brianna Bullock

Senior Program Coordinator

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Lauren Clark

Foundry Scientist

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Zachary Ochinko

Program Assistant

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Allie Trueb

Program Assistant

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Lisa La Vallee

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Center Faculty

Our Core and Affiliate Faculty

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Ludmilla Aristilde

Core Faculty

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Linda Broadbelt

Core Faculty

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Jaehyuk Choi

Core Faculty

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Monica Olvera de la Cruz

Core Faculty

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Yogesh Goyal

Core Faculty

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Erica Hartmann

Affiliate Faculty

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Neha Kamat

Core Faculty

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Ashty Karim

Core Faculty

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Neil Kelleher

Core Faculty

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Shana Kelley

Core Faculty

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Sam Kriegman

Core Faculty

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Joshua Leonard

Core Faculty

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Julius Lucks

Core Faculty

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Niall Mangan

Core Faculty

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Milan Mrksich

Core Faculty

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Arthur Prindle

Core Faculty

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Gabriel Rocklin

Core Faculty

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Amy Rosenzweig

Core Faculty

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Danielle Tullman-Ercek

Core Faculty

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Keith Tyo

Core Faculty

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Sera Young

Core Faculty

Our External Faculty

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Neda Bagheri

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Michael Jewett

External Faculty, Stanford University

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Center Researchers

Our Postdoctoral Researchers

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Dr. Aaveg Aggarwal

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Jaison Rathina Raj Arivalagan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelleher Lab
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Sai Praneet Batchu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tyo Lab Broadbelt Lab
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Nasrin Naderi Beni

Postdoctoral Fellow

Aristilde Lab
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Hilary Bethancourt

Postdoctoral Fellow

Young Lab
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Andrew Blake

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rosenzweig Lab
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Kangfu Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelley Lab
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John Devany

Postdoctoral Fellow

Choi Lab
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Carina Fedosejevs

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kamat Lab
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Állan Ferrari

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rocklin Lab
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Cody FitzGerald

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mangan Lab
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Surath Gomis

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelley Lab
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Sri Bala Gorugantu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadbelt Lab
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Sunghee Hwang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Choi Lab
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Pandeeswari Jeeva

Postdoctoral Fellow

Aristilde Lab
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Dr. Oliyad Jeilu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hartmann Lab
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Kevin Jooss

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelleher Lab
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Tae-Eun Kim

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rocklin Lab
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Rahul Kumar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mrksich Lab
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Jean Lin

Rheumatology Fellow

Choi Lab
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Ted Litberg

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rocklin Lab
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Xiaoyang Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadbelt Lab
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Dr. Leticia Lopez-Flores

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olvera de la Cruz
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Cat Majors

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tyo Lab
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Bapi Mandal

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tyo Lab
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Olivia Manley

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rosenzweig Lab
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Anibal Arce Medina

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lucks Lab
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Carolyn Mills

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Guru Neupane

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mrksich Lab
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Spencer Ng

Dermatology Resident

Choi Lab
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Dayna Patterson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rosenzweig Lab
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Dr. Turash Haque Pial

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Sarah Quillin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Prindle Lab
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Aswathy Raghu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadbelt Lab
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Vicky Santoso

Postdoctoral Fellow

Young Lab
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Alexander Shaw

Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadbelt Lab
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Dr. Jiaxian Shen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hartmann Lab
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Dr. Ahis Shrestha

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Ben Des Soye

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelleher Lab
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Pei Su

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelleher Lab
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Maria de Lourdes Cabezas Tapia

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jewett Lab
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Jane Thibeault

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rocklin Lab
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Sai Phani Kumar Vangala

Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadbelt Lab
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Vidya Venkataramanan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Young Lab
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Daniel Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelley Lab
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Ashan Wettasinghe

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelley Lab
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Jess Willi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jewett Lab
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Dr. Jianshe Xia

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Jonathan Xia

Postdoctoral Fellow

Prindle Lab
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Dr. Yao Xiong

Postdoctoral Fellow

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Kefan Yang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelley Lab
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Hanie Yousefi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rocklin Lab
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Hossein Zargartalebi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelley Lab
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Quan Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Broadbelt Lab
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Nanqing Zhou

Postdoctoral Associate

Aristilde Lab

Our Graduate Students

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Abdalla Abdrabou

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Lauren Adams

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Rogelio Alvarado

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Michael Anderson

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Andre Archer

PhD Student

Mangan Lab
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Chloé Archuleta

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Daniel de Castro Assumpção

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Joey Ayala

Graduate Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Alexandra Barajas

PhD Student

Mrksich Lab
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Olivia Barber

PhD Student

Hartmann Lab
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Jade Basinski

PhD Student

Aristilde Lab
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Alexander Best

Graduate Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Lindsay Bogar

Master's Student

Kriegman Lab
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Geoffrey Bonnanzio

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab Tyo Lab
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Gauri Bora

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Jonathan Boucher

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Joey Brogan

Undergraduate Student

Aristilde Lab
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Dylan Brown

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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David Bushhouse

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Margaret Butler

PhD Student

Young Lab
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Delfin Buyco

PhD Student

Kamat Lab
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Andra Campbell

PhD Student

Rocklin Lab
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Christina Catlett

PhD Student

Mangan Lab
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Tito Chai

Master's Student

Goyal Lab
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Yash Chainani

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab Tyo Lab
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Norah Chen

Master's Student

Aristilde Lab
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Kathleen Cheng

MD PhD Student

Choi Lab
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Edric Choi

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Matthew Coile

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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William Corcoran

PhD Student

Leonard Lab Rocklin Lab
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Amparo Cosio

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Israel DaSilva

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Herma Demissie

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Simrita Deol

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Maddie DeWinter

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Piriththiv Dhavarasa

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Beth DiBiase

PhD Student

Leonard Lab Kamat Lab
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Tracey Dinh

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab Tyo Lab
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Kathleen Dreyer

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Bill Duong

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Ali Ehlen

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz
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Holly Ekas

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Fatemeh Esmaeili

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Blake Everett

PhD Student

Prindle Lab
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Jonathon Fan

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Matthew Farnese

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Juliana Feng

MD/PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Garth Fisher

PhD Student

Prindle Lab
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Sullivan Fitz

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Kevin Fitzgerald

PhD Student

Tyo Lab
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Connor Flynn

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Mario Garcia

PhD Student

Rocklin Lab
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Jithin George

PhD Student

Mangan Lab
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Armin Geraili

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Annie Gomez

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Emanuelle Grody

PhD Student

Goyal Lab
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Zhaoyi Gu

PhD Student

Mrksich Lab
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Steven Gu

Undergraduate Student

Hartmann Lab
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Taylor Gunnels

PhD Student

Leonard Lab Kamat Lab
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Raveena Gupta

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Brandon Li Hancock

Graduate Student

Choi Lab
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Laura Hertz

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Gloria Hu

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Vivian Hu

PhD Student

Kamat Lab
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Tyler Hummer

PhD Student

Kriegman Lab
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Stefanie Huttelmaier

PhD Student

Hartmann Lab
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Scott Isaacson

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Ashley Ives

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Elizabeth Johnson

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Hyunkeun Joo

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Maddie Joseph

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Vasili Kalas

PhD Student

Rocklin Lab
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Soumya Kandi

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Mary Kelly

PhD Student

Kamat Lab
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Nolan Kennedy

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Corey Kennelly

PhD Student

Prindle Lab
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Camila Kofman

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Lingji Kong

Master's Student

Kriegman Lab
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Elizabeth Koselka

PhD Student

Young Lab
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Han Umana Kossio

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Shivani Kozarekar

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Stephen Lander

PhD Student

Prindle Lab
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Grant Landwehr

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Calvin Law

PhD Student

Choi Lab
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Caleb Lay

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Alexander Lee

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Haklae Lee

PhD Student

Aristilde Lab
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Jenni Li

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Yi Li

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Muhan Li

PhD Student

Kriegman Lab
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Shiqi Liang

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Dachey Lin

Master's Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Lucy Liu

PhD Student

Choi Lab
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Elaine Liu

Master's Student

Kriegman Lab
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Abby Lo

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Lauren Lopez

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Tyler Lucci

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Matthew Lucia

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab Kamat Lab
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Yara Jabbour Al Maalouf

PhD Student

Tyo Lab
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Alam Mahmud

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Shayan Malik

Undergraduate Student

Hartmann Lab
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Aurore Niyitanga Manzi

PhD Student

Aristilde Lab
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Rawia Marafi

Master's Student

Broadbelt Lab Tyo Lab
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Grant Marsden

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Cydney Martell

PhD Student

Rocklin Lab
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Jake Martin

Undergraduate Student

Broadbelt Lab Tyo Lab
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Natalia Matiuto

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Julia Mayes

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Patrick Mbullo

PhD Student

Young Lab
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Madeline Melzer

PhD Student

Goyal Lab
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Marija Milisavljevic

PhD Student

Tyo Lab
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Jake Miller

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Madeline Mills

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Roxi Mitrut

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Anahid Moghadam

PhD Student

Hartmann Lab
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Maram Naji

PhD Student

Lucks Lab
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Tung Nguyen

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Meagan Olsen

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Brandon Onusaitis

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz
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Caitlin Palmer

PhD Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Brett J. Palmero

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Laxman Pandey

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Stefan Pate

PhD Student

Tyo Lab Broadbelt Lab
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Claire Phoumyvong

PhD Student

Rocklin Lab
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Nicholas Pogharian

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Tanu Priya

PhD Student

Rocklin Lab
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Weronika Ptaszek

Master's Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Dingwen Qian

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Rebecca Rasmussen

PhD Candidate

Lucks Lab
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Lauren Redus

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Zachary Reinstein

MD PhD Student

Choi Lab
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Reyvin Reyes

PhD Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Kimberly Riordan

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Hector Manuel Lopez de la Cerda Rios

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Gerri Roberts

PhD Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Tanja Sack

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Bryce Sakata

Master's Student

Mrksich Lab
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Henry Schirmer

Master's Student

Hartmann Lab
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Yannick Schreiber

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Antara Sen

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Tori Seto

PhD Student

Mrksich Lab
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Zachary Shaver

PhD Student

Jewett Lab Kamat Lab
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Kevin Shebek

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab Tyo Lab
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Bethel Shekour

PhD Student

Mrksich Lab
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Isaac Smith

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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Keren Sneh

PhD Student

Prindle Lab
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Zehao Song

PhD Student

Olvera de la Cruz Lab
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William Sprague

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Sraeyes Sridhar

PhD Student

Mrksich Lab
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Luke Strgar

PhD Student

Kriegman Lab
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Taojunfeng Su

PhD Student

Kelleher Lab
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Jordan Summers

PhD Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Jack Sumner

PhD Student

Hartmann Lab
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Hanxiao Sun

Master's Student

Goyal Lab
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Daniel Szames

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Kelly Teitel

Undergraduate Student

Aristilde Lab
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Shelby Tillema

PhD Student

Hartmann Lab
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Peter Tran

PhD Student

Prindle Lab
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Frank Tucci

PhD Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Dhanvi Vemulapalli

Master's Student

Tullman-Ercek Lab
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Citlayi Villasenor

PhD Student

Kamat Lab
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Timothy Vu

PhD Student

Kamat Lab
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Jiaxing Wang

PhD Student

Aristilde Lab
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Guanhua Wang

PhD Student

Broadbelt Lab
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Maria Warns

Master's Student

Niall Lab
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Elijah Watson

PhD Student

Young Lab
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Amy Weiss

PhD Student

Leonard Lab
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Cole Wilson

PhD Student

Hartmann Lab
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Derek Wong

PhD Student

Jewett Lab
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Chris Woodard

Undergraduate Student

Hartmann Lab
Zhenwei-Wu

Zhenwei Wu

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Julia Yescas

PhD Student

Choi Lab
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Chen Yu

PhD Student

Kriegman Lab
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Yue Zhang

Medical Student

Choi Lab
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Lily Zhang

PhD Student

Kelley Lab
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Chenlin Zhao

PhD Student

Kelley Lab

Our Undergraduate Students

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Jessica Alcantara

Undergraduate Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Yazeed Alroogi

Undergraduate Student

Leonard Lab Kamat Lab
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Eleftheria Beres

Undergraduate Student

Leonard Lab
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Paul Bernhard

Undergraduate Student

Lucks Lab
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Sharon Choi

Undergraduate Student

Goyal Lab
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Gabriela Cosenza

Undergraduate Student

Leonard Lab
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Lynna Deng

Undergraduate Student

Aristilde Lab
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Regina Fernandez

Undergraduate Student

Jewett Lab
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Nina Galvez

Undergraduate Student

Kamat Lab
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Andre Gu

Undergraduate Student

Kamat Lab
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Margaret Guilarte-Silva

Undergraduate Student

Tyo Lab
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Anika Gupta

Undergraduate Student

Jewett Lab
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Yulia Gutierrez

Undergraduate Student

Rocklin Lab
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Iva Hammitt-Kess

Undergraduate Student

Leonard Lab
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Jack Hume

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Faith Irvine

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Atiriya Iyer

Undergraduate Student

Kamat Lab
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Emilie Jacobus

Undergraduate Student

Leonard Lab
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Lyra Johnson

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Samanvi Kanugula

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Rebeca Lion

Undergraduate Student

Jewett Lab
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Laiqa Mazhar

Undergraduate Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Halle Petrie

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Teresa Rojas Rodríquez

Undergraduate Student

Tyo Lab
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Francesca Rosen

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Marcos Sanchez

Undergrad Student

Aristilde Lab
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Lucas Sant'Anna

Undergraduate Student

Kamat Lab
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Andrea Schwartz

Undergraduate Student

Rosenzweig Lab
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Lily Settel

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Benjamin Thomae

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Catherine Xu

Undergraduate Student

Young Lab
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Katherine Yang

Undergraduate Student

Leonard Lab

Center Lab Research Staff

Sharif

Sharif Ahmed

Research Staff

Kelley Lab
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Syeda Subia Ahmed

Research Technologist

Goyal Lab
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Keerthana M Arun

Research Technologist

Goyal Lab
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Dr. Randy Atwal

Research Staff

Kelley Lab
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Caroline Bell

Research Technician

Choi Lab
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Eric Berns

Research Staff

Mrksich Lab
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Maria Cabezas

Research Staff

Kelley Lab
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Dingran Chang

Research Staff

Kelley Lab
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Victoria Chu

Research Technician

Choi Lab
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Jagotamoy Das

Research Staff

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Eva Durance

Research Technician

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Amin GhavamiNejad

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Felipe Jimenez-Angeles

Research Associate Professor

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Eleftherios Kirkinis

Senior Research Associate

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Elizabeth Lakoma

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Katelyn Leisman

Research Staff

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Hongyu Liu

Bioinformatics Analyst

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Justin Modica

Research Staff

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Alexandra Moreno

Lab Manager

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Arundhati Pillai

Research Technician

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Eli Plunkett

Research Technologist

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Dr. Weitao Shuai

Research Associate

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Ahmed Usman

Clinical Trials Research Fellow

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Richard Wang

Research Staff

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Hansen Wang

Research Staff

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Amy Wang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Rebecca Wilson

Research Technician

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Sophie Xiao

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Tiffany Zhang

Program Assistant

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Advisory Board

Our Academic Advisory Board

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Frances Arnold

American Chemical Engineer, Nobel Laureate, and Professor at California Institute of Technology

Frances is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In 2018, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering the use of directed evolution to engineer enzymes.

She earned her BS in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1979 and her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. There, she did her postdoctoral work in biophysical chemistry before coming to Caltech in 1986.

Arnold’s work has been recognized with many awards, including the 2011 Draper Prize and a 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Arnold has the rare honor of being elected to all three National Academies in the United States — the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. In 2016 she became the first woman to win the Millennium Technology Prize, which she won for pioneering directed evolution. In 2017, Arnold was awarded the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research by the National Academy of Sciences, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to convergence research. In 2018 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work in directed evolution, making her the fifth woman to receive the award in its 117 years of existence, and the first American woman.

Arnold is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and an International Fellow of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018

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James J. Collins

American Bioengineer and Termeer Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Collins is one of the founders of the field of synthetic biology, and has made multiple synthetic biology breakthroughs in biotechnology and biomedicine, including paper-based diagnostics for Zika & Ebola and programmable cells that serve as living diagnostics and living therapeutics to detect-and-treat infections, rare genetic metabolic disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease. His patented technologies have been licensed by numerous biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical devices companies. He has helped launch a number of companies, including Sample6 Technologies, Synlogic and EnBiotix.

Professor Collins has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur “Genius” Award, an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Lagrange Prize from the CRT Foundation in Italy, the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award, the BMES Robert A. Pritzker Award, the HFSP Nakasone Award, the Promega Biotechnology Research Award, and being selected for Technology Review’s inaugural TR100 – 100 young innovators who will shape the future of technology – and the Scientific American 50 – the top 50 outstanding leaders in science and technology.

Collins is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Furthermore, he is a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Wendell Lim

Professor and Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco

Lim is the director of the UCSF Center for Systems & Synthetic Biology. He earned his AB in chemistry from Harvard University and his PhD in biochemistry and biophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is interested in the logic of cell signaling systems: understanding how the networks of signaling proteins found in eukaryotic cells have evolved to allow cells to make complex behavioral decisions.

Significantly, Lim’s research group uses synthetic biology to redesign biological systems. In particular, various methods are used to create novel or modified signaling proteins and pathways, both to systematically understand network structure/function relationships and to develop engineered research tools and novel biotechnological and therapeutic applications. He is an investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and he has received the Hans Neurath Award from The Protein Society.

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