Guang Li got his Ph.D. degree in 2013 from Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His Ph.D. thesis focus on the developmental and transcriptional roles of ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling factor Imitation Switch (ISWI) in Arabidopsis. For being interested in the molecular regulation of cardiac development, he joined Sean Wu's lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2012. Now he is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying the differentiation of bi-potential cardiac progenitor cells.
Soah Lee received her B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea where she developed her passion in biomaterials for human health care. In 2011, to expand her boundary-crossing knowledge in materials, cell biology, and medicine, she started her Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering and joined 'Stem Cell and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory' in Bioengineering at Stanford University. Her thesis work focused on developing biomimetic hydrogel-based cell culture systems for fundamental cell biology studies and tissue engineering. Fascinated by the biology of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC), Soah joined Dr. Wu's lab in Stanford Cardiovascular Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. Now she seeks to utilize bioengineering tools combined with hiPSC to elucidate human cardiac development and maturation processes. Aside from research, Soah is enthusiastic in science outreach activities, scientific artwork/illustration, and ballet dancing!
Sharon grew up in Rochester, NY before moving out to Seattle for her MD-PhD training. For her graduate thesis, Sharon studied Wnt signaling and chromatin signatures during cardiac differentiation from human embryonic stem cells. She moved to Stanford in 2013 for her Pediatrics Residency and continued as a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow through the Accelerated Research Pathway. Sharon's long-term interests include understanding the genetic contributions to congenital heart disease and developing regenerative medicine therapies for patients of all ages with congenital heart disease. When not in the lab or the hospital, Sharon can often be found in a nearby park with her husband, Arlen, and dog, Betty Rubble.
Jan joined the Dr. Wu lab early 2017. In the past he completed his medical school in 2010 at University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Next he went for a research fellowship to Dr. Domian's research group at Massachuchetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. In 2014 he obtained his PhD degree from Utrecht University after writing a thesis on 'Molecular control of ventricular growth'. Most of his research work focused on Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in the heart. Currently Jan is trained in the University Medical Center Utrecht to become a cardiologist. In the Wu lab, Jan is working on molecular targets in inherited human cardiomyopathies.
Will Goodyer is originally from Montreal, Canada but received his MD, PhD degrees (MSTP) from Stanford University. His PhD work focused on pancreatic development, specifically the molecular mechanisms governing pancreatic b-cell maturation and proliferation in mice and humans. He completed his Pediatric residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and is currently completing his fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. He will pursue a clinical career in Pediatric Electrophysiology with a research focus on the development and regeneration of the cardiac conduction system.
Aimee Beck graduated in 2004 from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Biotechnology, with an emphasis in stem cell research from California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). After receiving the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy Training Grant, Aimee is participating in a one-year internship in the Sean Wu Lab at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. During this internship, Aimee will be studying the mechanisms of cardiac development and congenital heart disease using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to model diseases. Her current research project utilizes CRISPR technology with hiPSC lines in order to fluorescently label chamber-specific cardiomyocytes. With a passion for science and stem cell technology, Aimee plans to pursue a career in the biotechnology industry focusing on congenital heart disease.
Francisco Galdos graduated in 2015 from Harvard University with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. His undergraduate honors thesis focused on identifying extracellular matrix components responsible for maintaining pancreatic beta cell function and maturity. Currently, he is an MD/Ph.D. student in the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He is passionate about pursuing a career researching and treating children with congenital heart disease, which guided his decision to join Sean Wu’s lab. In the Wu lab, Francisco works on developing human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models of congenital heart disease to understand the genetics behind cardiac defects. He hopes to combine the fields of stem cell biology and tissue engineering to provide novel ways to understand cardiac development in both normal and disease settings.
Sneha Venkatraman hails from Mumbai, India. She holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Mumbai, India. She then pursued her Masters in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics from California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). She got accepted into the “Emphasis in Stem Cell Technology and Laboratory Management” of the Masters in Biotechnology Program. In addition, she was one of the recipients of the prestigious “California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges to Stem Cell Research Trainee Award” to pursue a one year internship in Stem cell research at the Sean Wu Lab at Stanford University. The amazing tutelage, guidance and experience at both institutes landed her a job as a lab manager and research assistant in the same lab where she interned. Her future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. through work in the Biotechnology Industry and contribute to society. In her free time, she volunteers in various philanthropic events. Sneha has a passion for music and is an amateur singer who loves to sing Western and Indian classical music. Her talents were recognized when she was selected to sing the United States National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the CSUCI Commencement ceremony and the Port Hueneme Naval Base.
Orlando Chirikian received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He then went on to complete a dual master degrees in Biotechnology (emphasis in Stem Cell Technology) and Business Administration from California State University Channel Islands. He has received a CIRM Grant to conduct stem cell and regenerative medicine research under Dr. Sean Wu at Stanford University, specifically focusing on the applications of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) biology. Aside from the sciences, his passions lead him to start a 501c3 non-profit in 2013 called People Being Just, which currently still serves the homeless population on Skid Row, Los Angeles. As for his future endeavors, he is interested in pursuing an MD/PhD degree, in hopes to contribute to the realm of translational medicine in the cardiovascular field.
Having graduated from South San Francisco’s El Camino High School in 2015, James Hu is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University who plans to major in bioengineering. Fascinated with recent developments in stem cell technology, he joins the Wu Lab to learn more about the field and to cultivate his skills as a researcher. After his undergraduate years, James has aspirations of attending medical school to become a physician-researcher. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, participating in cultural events, and spending time with friends.
Born in October 1951; an alumnus of the Bombay University; with degrees in Chemistry, Law and Business Management.
He is the Managing Director of ‘Marvel Foods’ and ‘Bakers Choice’. These two companies are engaged in the manufacture of Chemicals and Additives for the Bakery and Food Industry in general.
As an active social worker Venkatraman has several recognitions to his credit.
At the Professional level: As Honorary Secretary of ‘The Society Of Indian Bakers’, and ‘National Association of Bakery Industry’, he has directly contributed to the development and growth of the Bakery Industry at the National level in significant ways.
At the Jaycees level: Venkatraman was the youngest elected Chapter President of the ‘Juhu Junior Chamber’ in 1979 and then became the ‘First State President’ of the ‘Maharashtra State Jaycees’ in 1982.
The ‘Maharashtra State Government’, had acknowledged Venkatraman’s contribution by appointing him on the ‘FDA Panel’ to streamline safety and hygiene standards. Also, the ‘Government of Italy’ invited him to represent India at an International Trade Symposium and Fair.
As a Hon. Trustee for the ‘Forum For Fast Justice’, a leading NGO, he is a crusader for total Judicial Reforms and Judicial Accountability, for the benefit of people at large.
Venkatraman has travelled widely in connection with his effort to bridge the technological and knowledge gaps between the east and the west.