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 Anderton, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Brittany Anderton is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL) at the University of California, Davis, under the mentorship of Dr. Pamela Ronald. She investigates how scientists can better communicate about plant biotechnologies to non-scientists, including undergraduates and the general public.
Andrea CantuAndrea Cantu, PhD, Biomedical Sciences - Andrea is working as a biomedical life scientist at Leidos.
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 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.
Jonathan GableJonathan Gable, PhD, Biophysics – Jonathan is currently a scientist in the drug discovery group at Schrödinger, a scientific leader in developing state-of-the-art chemical simulation software for use in pharmaceutical and biotechnology 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 returned to medical school to complete her MD.
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 a data science group leader 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 will do a residency in Pediatrics at UCSF.

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 will do 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 working as a medical affairs scientist at Portola Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded company based in South San Francisco that develops therapies in the fields of thrombosis and other hematologic diseases.

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 fellow at UJF Grenoble in France.

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.

Kartik PattabiramanKartik Pattabiraman, PhD, Neuroscience - Kartik, a member of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, completed his MD at UCSF, and is currently doing an integrated residency in child and adult psychiatry and research at Yale University.

Brenden Petersen, PhD, Brenden PetersenBioengineering - Brenden has started a postdoctoral research position 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 healthcare investment professional at Versant Ventures, a venture capital firm founded in 1999 and focused on the discovery and development of novel therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need.

Justin RettenmaierT. Justin Rettenmaier, PhD, Chemistry & Chemical Biology - Justin is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, MA, with mentor Susan Lindquist.

Matt RubashkinMatthew Rubashkin, PhD, Bioengineering - Matt is now a data engineer at Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS) in Mountain View. He seeks to apply his data engineering and biomedical science background to develop tools that make a positive impact on the world.

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 an HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellowship to support her research and training.

Erica Schlesinger

Erica Schlesinger, PhD, Bioengineering - Erica is working as a scientist in the formulation development group at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, NY, where she is focusing on developing and translating novel drug delivery systems for protein therapeutics.

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 working in MRI product research and development at GE Healthcare in Wisconsin.

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 doing a postdoc at Harvard Medical School, focusing on research in tumor immunology.

Christine Leon SwisherChristine Leon Swisher, PhD, Bioengineering – Christine is currently a scientist with Philips Research North America.

Christina TheodorisChristina Theodoris, PhD, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology - Christina has completed UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, and will do a residency in Pediatrics/Medical Genetics in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Harvard Medical School.
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 now an alliance manager in UCSF's Office of Innovation, Technology & Alliances, where she is responsible for developing corporate partnerships on behalf of UCSF from project identification through deal closure, and managing all aspects of collaborations for duration of the alliance.

Program Alumni Completing their Studies at UCSF

Kyle Barlow, Biological and Medical Informatics
Kenneth Burke, Neuroscience
Amy Chang, Biophysics
Kelly Crotty, Tetrad
Daniel Gentile, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Matthew George, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Juliet Goldsmith, Biomedical Sciences
Benjamin Heineike, Biological and Medical Informatics
Christina Hueschen, Biomedical Sciences
Kamena Kostova, Biomedical Sciences
Jonathan Kuhn, Tetrad
Jennifer Kung, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
David Leib, Neuroscience
Andrew Lyon, Tetrad
Justin McLaurin, Tetrad
Karuna Meda, Neuroscience
Fernando Meza Gutierrez, Tetrad
Christine Moore Sheridan, Biomedical Sciences
Caitlin Stoddard, Tetrad
Isabelle Taylor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Jessica Witchley, Tetrad

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