Lab Members

Josh Elias

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Systems Biology
Member, Cancer Center, Bio-X
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Ph.D.: Harvard University, Cell Biology (2006)
B.S.: Cornell University, Biology, Genetics (1998) .


Ellen Casavant

Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology
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Ellen Casavant is fascinated by the myriad proteins we secrete into our stool every day. Using mass spectrometry, she can elucidate these proteins, better understand how they respond to microbial shifts, and define secreted proteomes in different human health states. Ellen's scientific training started at UCSD where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She has been called a protein purifying wizard in her past, as well as a mass spec guru in her present. For her future, she is gaining the skills of a coding whiz kid in R and python to analyze and perform statistics on her thesis project.


Carlos Gonzales

Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology
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Carlos Gonzalez joined the lab late in his first year. He was born in the scorching deserts of the Imperial Valley (~100 miles east of San Diego). After working for several years he attended Cal State San Marcos where he dabbled in biology, chemistry, and testing the strength of his knee ligaments (not a recommended hobby). He recently made the short trek up to Stanford primarily to learn more ‘Nor-Cal’ vocabulary and maybe do some science in the process. His current focus is the role MHC-II expressed in gut cells plays in the recognition of gut microbes and dietary peptides.


Niclas Olsson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical and Systems Biology
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Niclas received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lund University in Sweden. During his PhD he developed a novel affinity proteomics technology platform entitled Global Proteome Survey (GPS) and then applied the GPS-methodology for in-depth profiling of breast tumors. Fascinated by clinical translational proteomic cancer research and personalized medicine he joined the Elias lab to pursue his postdoctoral studies. His current research explores the MHC peptidome to associate oncogenic somatic mutations with altered MHC peptide repertoires in normal cells, transformed cell lines and in primary tumors. These efforts may ultimately enable novel diagnostic assays and reveal ways for expanding adaptive transfer cancer therapies.


Kavya Swaminathan

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical and Systems Biology
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Kavya received her PhD from the University of Sydney in Australia. During her PhD she developed and applied mass spectrometry based approaches to study antiviral binding to influenza virus antigens and monitor the emergence of antiviral resistance. She joined the Elias lab to explore the host-immune responses to viral infections.

Her current research focuses on identifying viral and host antigens that are differentially presented upon infection both in vitro and in vivo, in the context of the dynamic proteome. These studies will enable identifying immunologically relevant targets for the design of efficacious vaccines and therapeutics against a range of devastating infectious diseases such as Dengue, TB, Malaria and Zika. 


Lichao Zhang

Staff scientist, Chemical and Systems Biology
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Lichao received her bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Nankai University in China, and PhD in Chemistry from University of Virginia. During her PhD studies she worked on characterization of protein phosphorylation and analysis of therapeutic antibody using mass spectrometry. In the Elias Lab she works on a variety of collaborative projects focusing on protein identification and quantification using mass spectrometry. She also manages the operation and maintenance of mass spectrometers.


Shelley Dutt

Life Science Research Professional, Chemical and Systems Biology 
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Shelley holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Criminology from the University of California, Irvine. She did a biology centered post-baccalaureate at California State University, San Marcos and later received her Master's degree in biology from this institute. She joined the Elias Lab to do exploratory profiling studies in major histocompatibility complex I and II by antigen peptide presentation.


Sam Pearlman

Bioinformatics Scientist, Chemical and Systems Biology
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Sarah Lin

Software Developer, Chemical and Systems Biology  
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Enjoy coding.