Meet the Chetty Lab

Sundari Chetty
Principal Investigator

Dr. Chetty started her lab at Stanford University after completing her post-doctoral work in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University in Douglas Melton’s laboratory.   She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience and B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her lab seeks to utilize human pluripotent stem cells to treat and model neuropsychiatric disorders.

Post-doctoral Fellows

Liang Ma
Post-doctoral Fellow

Liang Ma joined the Chetty lab in December 2017 after completing his PhD in Human Genetics at the Kunming Institute of Zoology,  University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and postdoctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and UTHealth.  He is broadly interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders using genome-wide sequencing data sets.  His current work focuses on identifying genetic variants in psychiatric disorders using human induced pluripotent stem cell models and brain tissue. 

PhD Students

Anna Shcherbina

(Collaborating graduate student in Biomedical Informatics from Anshul Kundaje's lab)

Allison Banuelos

(Collaborating graduate student in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from Irv Weissman's lab)

Research Assistants

Cyndhavi Narayanan
Lab Manager

Cyndhavi joined the Chetty lab in January 2016 after working as a research assistant in Ravindra Majeti’s laboratory at Stanford University for 6 years.  She completed her M.S. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and her B.Tech in Biotechnology from Anna University in India.  She is currently investigating the epigenetic mechanisms controlling human pluripotent stem cell differentiation.

Sravani Banerjee
Life Science Research Professional 2


Postdoctoral fellows:

Danielle Sambo (current position: postdoc in David Goldman’s lab at the NIAAA)
Thomas Brickler (current position: senior scientist, startup in Cambridge, MA)
Jingling Li (current position: scientist at Synthego Corporation)

Life Science Research Professionals:

Jing Bian (current position: LSRP in Stanley Qi’s lab at Stanford)
Wancong “Kevin” Zhang (current position: Masters in Computer Science at New York University)

Undergraduates and summer students:

Trent Edwards, Kaylauni Cisneros, Kevin Mao, Pei Wen Xiao, April Pruitt