Morgridge Faculty Scholars

Cristina Alvira, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)

Education:
BS, Tufts University, 1995
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1999
Residency, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2002
Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005

Research focus:
Dr. Alvira’s current research focuses on the identification of novel pathways that promote lung growth after birth, since both local and systemic infections can injure the lung. Clinical and experimental evidence suggests that unique pathways may exist that serve to protect the immature lung from severe inflammation, and potentially allow for a greater regeneration after injury. Dr. Alvira’s goal is to exploit these developmental pathways to preserve and promote lung growth during pediatric illness, and potentially, to induce regenerative lung growth after injury in adults.


Catherine Blish, MD, PhD
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine) and Stanford Immunology
 
Education:
BS, University of California, Davis, 1993
PhD, University of Washington, 1999
MD, University of Washington, 2001
Residency, University of Washington, 2003
Fellowship, University of Washington, 2007
 
Research focus:
Dr. Blish uses a systems immunology approach to develop new methods to prevent and control infectious diseases, with a major focus on defining immune mechanism that contribute to viral susceptibility in pregnant women. Her studies are highly translational in nature, bringing comprehensive immune profiling techniques such as mass cytometry to clinical and epidemiologic studies of pregnancy, HIV, and influenza. Dr. Blish continues to practice medicine and attends regularly on the Infectious Diseases consult service at Stanford. Assistant Director of the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Dr. Blish has received numerous awards for research and mentoring.


David Camarillo, PhD
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering
 
Education:
BSE, Princeton University, 2001
PhD, Stanford University, 2008
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2011

Research focus:
Dr. Camarillo is an expert in instrumentation and biomechanics whose research interests include medical technology design over a broad range of applications, from mild traumatic brain injury to in-vitro fertilization diagnostics and sensor-guided surgical robots. As Principal Investigator of the Camarillo Lab, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded laboratory at Stanford, Dr. Camarillo’s research is dedicated to advancing patient care and biological research through a future generation of intelligent biomedical devices.


Anupama Narla, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2017-2022)

Education:
BA, Human Biology and Biomedical Ethics, Brown University (1999)
MD, University of Pennsylvania (2003)
Pediatric Internship and Residency, University of California San Francisco (2003-2006)
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute (2006-2009)

Research focus: More than 15 years ago, researchers discovered that a rare congenital bone marrow failure syndrome, Diamond Blackfan anemia, is caused by mutations in a ribosomal protein RPS19. Subsequently, my mentor, Benjamin Ebert, MD, identified RPS14 as the gene responsible for the profound macrocytic anemia in the 5q- syndrome, a subtype of myelodysplastic syndrome. This reinforced the connection between ribosomal abnormalities and defects in erythropoiesis. Moreover, mutations in other genes required for normal ribosome biogenesis have been implicated in other rare congenital syndromes including Schwachman-Diamond syndrome, X-linked dyskeratosis congenita, Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia and Treacher Collins syndrome.

Despite these important discoveries, there has been little progress in therapeutic options for patients. Therefore, our lab is studying the molecular mechanisms by which ribosomal dysfunction leads to bone marrow failure by further characterizing the signaling pathways that are triggered and the subsequent effects on hematopoiesis. We are also focused on understanding the effects of specific drugs on these disorders, which may uncover further clues about pathophysiology and as importantly, will directly benefit patients.

The goal of the Narla lab is to ask specific translational questions in pediatric hematology that will contribute both to patient management as well as scientific discovery in these rare diseases.

Mentor:
Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics – Stem Cell Transplantation


Alexander Urban, PhD
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2016-2019)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Major Laboratories and Clinical Translational Neurosciences Incubator and of Genetics

Education:
BS, Free University of Berlin, Germany, 1996
MA, Yale University, 2002
PhD, Yale University, 2007

Research focus:
Dr. Urban investigates the effects of variation in human genomes on normal and abnormal brain development and function. Because complex behavioral and neuropsychiatric phenotypes often have a strong genetic component, his laboratory develops and applies high-throughput and high-resolution genomics analysis tools and procedures to study the molecular effects of large genome sequence variants during neuronal development using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) model systems as well as to study the nature and effects of somatic genome variation using tissue culture models and primary tissue samples. Dr. Urban utilizes state-of-the-art and emerging genomics and epigenomics technologies for the analysis of gene expression, genomic DNA sequence and structure, DNA methylation and chromatin modification, in human cells and human cell culture systems, including stem cell culture models. The goals of his research are to detect and characterize genomic sequence variations associated with neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.


Marius Wernig, MD, PhD
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2013-2018) 
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Education:
BS, University of Vienna, 1995
MD, Technical University of Munich, Medicine, 2000

Past Holders

  • Manuel R. Amieva, MD, PhD 
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2009-2014)
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Manish J. Butte, MD, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2013-2016)
    Previosuly an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Immunology) at Stanford University; Currently, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Samuel H. Cheshier, MD, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2012-2017)
    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology
  • Claudia Mueller, MD, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2008-2013)
    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) 
  • Julien Sage, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2008-2014)
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cancer Biology) and of Genetics
  • Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2009-2015)
    Associate Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology)
  • Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD 
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2009-2017)
    Associate Professor, Radiology – Pediatric Radiology