Principal Investigator

Julien Sage

B.S., Ecole Normale Superieure, France, Biology
Ph.D., Nice University, France, Biology

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Garry Coles

B.S., State University of New York at Brockport, Biological Sciences
M.S., University of Rochester, Genetics
Ph.D., University of Rochester, Biomedical Genetics

Research Interests: The overall goal of my research is to investigate mechanisms controlling the proliferation of mammalian cells, and how disruption of these processes alters normal tissue function and contributes to human disease. My work is focused on identifying targetable pathways controlling the initiation and maintenance of pediatric and adult neuroendocrine tumors.

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Alexandros Drainas

B.S., University of Ioannina, Greece, Biological Applications and Technologies
M.Sc., University of Ioannina, Greece, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunochemistry – Microbial Biotechnology
Ph.D., European Molecular Biology Laboratory and University of Heidelberg, Germany, Joint Program, Molecular Biology

Research Interest: I am interested in investigating mechanisms of cancer progression by tumor suppression as well as identifying cancer vulnerabilities by applying genome-wide/targeted CRISPR screens.

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Jun Kim

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Bioengineering
Ph.D., Stanford University, Bioengineering

Research Interest: I am interested in studying alterations in signaling pathways in cancer cells and developing novel therapeutic strategies.

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Yoko Nishiga

Joint appointment with lab of Edward Graves

B.S., Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
M.D., Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, Medicine
Ph.D., Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, Radiation Oncology and Image-applied Therapy

Research Interest: I’m interested in how radiotherapy affects immune cells in the tumor microenvironment and how to overcome the radioresistance of tumors.

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Fangfei Qu

B.S., Peking University, China, Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Duke University, Cell Biology

Research Interest: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of small cell lung cancer progression and metastases.

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Graduate Students

Andrea Chaikovsky

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research Interests: I am interested in studying the mechanisms that regulate basic cellular processes, such as the cell cycle, proliferation, and metabolism, under different pathological and physiological conditions. 

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Sandra Cristea

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology & Psychology

Research Interests: I’m interested in uncovering the networks of non-oncogene addiction in Small Cell Lung Cancer in order to guide the first successful targeted therapies against this incredibly lethal cancer.

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Julie Ko

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biology

Research Interests: I'm interested in tumor heterogeneity and the mechanisms behind cancer progression.

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Yan Ting Shue

B.S., Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, (with Honors, Biological Sciences)

Research Interests: I am currently studying epigenetic mechanisms in small cell lung cancer.

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Rotation Students 2018-2019

Diego Almanza

B.S., University of Massachusetts Boston, Biology

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms that allow cancer cells to persist through therapy and ultimately become resistant.

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Noah Lee

B.A., Dartmouth College, Biology

Research Interests: I am interested in how the signaling factors in the tumor microenvironment promote cancer proliferation, migration, and tumorigenicity. Specifically, my research focuses on the secretory interactions and the downstream pathways that are involved in the crosstalk between glial cells and SCLC brain metastasis.

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Medical Student

Siqi Cao

B.S., Columbia University, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: I am interested in studying the mechanisms of cancer progression, particularly metastases and immune evasion.

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Lab Manager

Thuyen Nguyen

B.S., Texas A&M, Biochemistry

Research Interests: Since learning about organelles in seventh grade I fell in love with cell biology. I feel fortunate to have a rewarding career studying the protein pathways of disease, which had included analysis of the proteins involved in pigment formation, antibody drug therapy, and how certain drug treatments affect small cell lung cancer.

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Visiting Scholars

Brandon Mauch

Intern, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

B.S. (ongoing), California State University, Fullerton, Biochemistry

Research Interests: I am interested in using multidisciplinary approaches to understand the inherent differences between physiological and pathological biological systems. I aim to study how molecular abnormalities can affect protein function, cell signaling, and regulation of survival / differentiation.

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Stu Williamson

Fulbright Scholar, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

B.Sc. (Hons.), Newcastle University, Human Genetics
M.Res, Newcastle University, Medical and Molecular Biosciences
Ph.D., Newcastle University, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Cell and Molecular Biology

Research Interest: I am interested in how cellular heterogeneity within a tumor, for example the process of vasculogenic mimicry, can contribute to cancer progression and metastasis.


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Undergraduate Students

Alex Doan

Junior at Stanford University, Biology major with a specialized track in Neurobiology

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Claudia Heymach

Senior at Stanford University, Human Biology major

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Vicky Le

Senior at Stanford University, Human Biology major

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Roshni Thachil

Junior at Stanford University, Computer Science major

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Research Administrator

Alyssa Ray

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology

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