Discovery Fellows Alumni

Program Alumni Who Have Completed Their PhDs

Shaun Abrams, PhD

Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

Shaun is in the DDS/PhD program, and is now completing his DDS in the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Brittany Anderton, PhD

Biomedical Sciences

After a postdoc in science policy and communication at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL) at the University of California, Davis, Brittany is now associate director for research talks at iBiology, based here at UCSF.

Adam Autry, PhD


Adam is currently a postdoctoral scholar here at UCSF.

Kyle Barlow, PhD

Biological and Medical Informatics

Kyle is currently a scientist at Adimab, LLC in Palo Alto.

Deanna Brackman, PhD

Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

Deanna is a senior clinical pharmacokineticist at AbbVie.

Kenneth Burke, PhD


Kenneth is working as a software engineer in machine learning research at Google.

Roman Camarda, PhD

Biomedical Sciences

Roman is a postdoctoral scholar with mentor Eric Verdin at the Buck Institute.

Andrea Cantu, PhD

Biomedical Sciences

Andrea is currently an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense STEM Development Office.

Jessie Carr, PhD

Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

Jessie is currently an associate program manager in product development regulatory support at Genentech

Alec Cerchiari, PhD


Alec is now a research engineer at Cook Medical in Bloomington, IN, where he is focusing on research in medical devices, product development, and antimicrobial and antithrombogenic materials.

Scott Coyle, PhD


Scott was a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a founding scientist at Cell Design Labs, an SF-based biotherapeutics company.

Ryan Dalton, PhD


In 2015, Ryan was awarded a Miller Research Fellowship to do postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley with Dr. Diana Bautista.

D'Juan Farmer, PhD


D'Juan is currently a postdoc at USC, working with mentor Gage Crump, whose research focuses on craniofacial development. In 2018, he was awarded a prestigious HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellowship to support his research and training.

Jonathan Gable, PhD


Jonathan is currently an investigator at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

John Gagnon, PhD

Biomedical Sciences

John is a scientist at PACT Pharma, where he's conducting research in immunology with a specialization in T cell biology.


Program Alumni Completing their Studies at UCSF

Ibraheem Ali, Biomedical Sciences
Benjamin Barad, Biophysics
Kelly Crotty, Tetrad
Tarja Yvanka De Soysa, Biomedical Sciences
Nathan Gamarra, Tetrad
Allison Girasole, Neuroscience
Juliet Goldsmith, Biomedical Sciences
Benjamin Heineike, Biological and Medical Informatics
Daniel Holohan, Biomedical Sciences
John King, Neuroscience
Jonathan Kuhn, Tetrad
Alexis Lainoff, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
Alexandra Long, Tetrad
Timothy Marsh, Biomedical Sciences
Fernando Meza Gutierrez, Tetrad
Ramsey Najm, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Beatriz Osuna, Tetrad
Dan Santos, Tetrad
Ngoc-Han Thi Tran, Tetrad
Racheli Wercberger, Neuroscience
Christopher Zimmerman, Neuroscience

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