Discovery Fellows Program Alumni

Program Alumni Who Have Completed Their PhDs

Shaun AbramsShaun 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 AndertonBrittany 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.
Kyle BarlowKyle Barlow, PhD, Biological & Medical Informatics - Kyle is currently a scientist at Adimab, LLC in Palo Alto.
Andrea CantuAndrea Cantu, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Andrea is currently an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense STEM Development Office.
Alec CerchiariAlec Cerchiari, PhD, Bioengineering – 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 CoyleScott Coyle, PhD, Tetrad – He was a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is currently a founding scientist at Cell Design Labs, a San Francisco based biotherapeutics company.

Ryan DaltonRyan Dalton, PhD, Neuroscience - In 2015, Ryan was awarded a Miller Research Fellowship to do postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley under the mentorship of Dr. Diana Bautista. Ryan is interested in how the extraordinary diversity in cell types found in animals arises. As a Miller Fellow he aims to apply molecular genetic techniques to uncover the gene regulatory logic behind diversification of somatosensory neurons.
Adam ElkhaledAdam Elkhaled, PhD, Bioengineering - Adam is currently a postdoc with mentor Sarah Nelson here at UCSF.
D'Juan FarmerD'Juan Farmer, PhD, Tetrad - D'Juan is currently a postdoc at University of Southern California, working with mentor Gage Crump, whose research focuses on craniofacial development. In September 2018, he was awarded a prestigious HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellowship to support his research and training.
Jonathan GableJonathan Gable, PhD, Biophysics – Jonathan is currently an investigator at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.
Srijib GoswamiSrijib Goswami, PhD, Pharmaceutical Science & Pharmacogenomics - Sirj is founder/CEO of Insight RX, a startup focused on leveraging pharmacometrics in a cloud-based software platform to enable precision dosing for healthcare practitioners in real time.
Charles GreenbergCharles Greenberg, PhD, Biophysics - Charles is currently a data scientist at San Mateo-based Lumiata, which develops medical AI technology to predict disease based on health records.
Christina HomerChristina Homer, PhD, Biophysics - Christina, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, has completed her MD and is currently a medical resident at UCSF.
Max HorlbeckMax Horlbeck, PhD, Biophysics - Max, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, has returned to medical school to complete his MD.
Trey JalbertLlewellyn (Trey) Jalbert, PhD, Bioengineering - Trey is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging at UCSF, where his research involves developing novel non-invasive biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of gliomas, a common form of terminal brain cancer. He is also a co-founder of SolidariTEA, a Bay Area based social venture company that produces bottled organic iced teas.
Natalia KhuriNatalia Khuri, PhD, Biophysics – Natalia is the educational program director of the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI).
Bertram KoelschBertram Koelsch, PhD, Bioengineering – Bertram is working as a senior product scientist at 23andME, a privately-held company that helps people understand their own genetic information using recent advances in DNA analysis technologies. He also founded Tekla Labs, a global community that enables scientists to build DIY lab equipment.

Laurens KraalLaurens Kraal, PhD, Biological & Medical Informatics - Laurens is now director of product strategy at uBiome, an SF-based citizen science startup that sequences the human microbiome.

Taylor LaFlamTaylor LaFlam, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Taylor has completed UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, and is now doing a residency in Pediatrics at UCSF.

Samira Khakpour LawtonSamira Khakpour Lawton, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Samira is currently a project manager/assay design specialist at Transnetyx.

Alison LeafAlison Leaf, PhD, Tetrad - After completing a Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Alison is currently a program manager at Seven Bridges Genomics in Cambridge, MA.
Andrew LechnerAndrew Lechner, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Andrew, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, has returned to medical school to complete his MD.
Robert LindquistRobert Lindquist, PhD, Neuroscience - Robert has completed UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, and is currently doing a residency in Pediatrics at UCSF.
Harrison LiuHarrison Liu, PhD, Bioengineering - Harrison has joined Blue Matter Consulting, a life sciences consulting firm specializing in pharmaceutical launch strategy.
Florie MarFlorie Mar, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Florie is currently a scientific communications director at Genentech.

Nicole Olson MeyerNicole Olson Meyer, PhD, Chemistry & Chemical Biology - Nicole is currently an adjunct assistant professor of biochemistry at San Francisco State University.

Yekaterina MiroshnikovaYekaterina Miroshnikova, PhD, Bioengineering - Yekaterina is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Helsinki Institute of Life Science.

Isabel NocedalIsabel Nocedal, PhD, Tetrad - Isabel is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Laub Lab.

Crystal NyitrayCrystal Nyitray, PhD, Chemistry & Chemical Biology - Crystal is Founder & CEO of Encellin, a biotech startup working to develop a cell therapy device solution.

David PaquetteDavid Paquette, PhD, Biophysics - David is currently a science officer at the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) at UCSF.

Kartik PattabiramanKartik Pattabiraman, PhD, Neuroscience - Kartik, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, completed his MD at UCSF and is currently a clinical fellow in the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center.

Brenden Petersen, PhD, Brenden PetersenBioengineering - Brenden is a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he is focusing on operations research and systems analysis.

Cameron PittCameron Pitt, PhD, Biomedical Sciences – Cameron is now a senior associate at Sofinnova, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical venture capital firm, where he focuses on therapeutics investments.

Justin RettenmaierT. Justin Rettenmaier, PhD, Chemistry & Chemical Biology - Justin is currently a principal scientist in chemical biology at Jnana Therapeutics in Boston, MA.

Matt RubashkinMatthew Rubashkin, PhD, Bioengineering - Matt is currently program director of artificial intelligence at Insight Data Science in Palo Alto. He is also founder and CEO of LexiconAI

Florentine RutaganiraFlorentine Rutaganira, PhD, Chemistry & Chemical Biology - Flora is a postdoctoral researcher with mentor Nicole King at UC Berkeley. In September 2017, she was awarded a prestigious HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellowship to support her research and training.

Erica Schlesinger

Erica Schlesinger, PhD, Bioengineering - Erica is currently director of formulation and drug discovery at Seran BioScience in Bend, OR.

Courtney SchroederCourtney Schroeder, PhD, Tetrad - Courtney is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Hong ShangHong Shang, PhD, Bioengineering - Hong is currently a senior research scientist at Tencent AI Lab in China, where he's working on development of next generation deep learning algorithms for medical imaging diagnosis.

Geoff SmithGeoff Smith, PhD, Chemistry and Chemical Biology - Geoff, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, has returned to medical school to complete his MD.

Hanna StarobinetsHanna Starobinets, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Hanna is currently a scientist at Genocea Biosciences in Cambridge, MA.

Christine Leon SwisherChristine Leon Swisher, PhD, Bioengineering – Christine is currently machine learning lead at Human Longevity, Inc.

Christina TheodorisChristina Theodoris, PhD, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology - Christina completed UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, and is currently a clinical fellow at Boston Children's Hospital.
Lawrence UricchioLawrence Uricchio, PhD, Biological and Medical Informatics – Lawrence is now a postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, where he studies the evolution of complex traits under selection, the joint impact of selection and demography on genetic variation and genetic architecture, and how linked selection alters patterns of genetic variation in humans.
Katherine VarandasKatherine Varandas, PhD, Tetrad - Kate is currently doing a postdoc in the Shaham Lab at The Rockefeller University in New York City.
Ivan Vujkovic-CvijinIvan Vujkovic-Cvijin, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Ivan is now a postdoctoral scholar at the National Institutes of Health, working with mentor Yasmine Belkaid to study mechanisms by which human associated commensal microbes impact the immune system.
Peter WestcottPeter Westcott, PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics – Peter is now a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Tyler Jacks at MIT.
Julia YeJulia Ye, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Julia, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, has returned to medical school to complete her MD.
Meghan McKeon ZubradtMeghan McKeon Zubradt, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Meghan is currently working in business development and therapeutics for Soteria Biotherapeutics.

Program Alumni Completing their Studies at UCSF

Ibraheem Ali, Biomedical Sciences
Benjamin Barad, Biophysics
Deanna Brackman, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Kenneth Burke, Neuroscience
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
Christina Hueschen, Biomedical Sciences
John King, Neuroscience
Kamena Kostova, Biomedical Sciences
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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