Our Team

Bita Sahaf, PhD
Director, Senior Research Scientist

Bio

PhD from Sweden, Post-doctoral fellowship in the prestigious Herzenberg Laboratory and worked as scientist in the division for Bone Marrow Transplantation.  Bita has more than 20 years of experience in Translational science in Europe and the US. 

Juancarlos Cancilla
Life Science Research Professional I

Bio

Juancarlos oversees flow cytometry for samples from CAR T-cell therapy patients, aiding immune cell population analysis for real-time therapy monitoring. He learned a BS in General Biology from UC San Diego in 2022 and then served as a clinical research coordinator at UCSD Health's cardiology department. 

Chris Daghagh
Life Science Research Professional II

Bio

Chris earned his BS in Laboratory Sciences and MS in Human Genetics. He has gained experience in Phlebotomy, RNA/DNA Purification, Genetic Counseling, PCR and qPCR, Next Generation Sequencing (including library preparation and Analysis), Sanger Sequencing, MLPA, Cell Culture, Automated Western Blotting, CyTOF, flow cytometry, and Sorting. At CCSU, Chris focusing on CAR-T cells, independently conducting a portion of the translational research projects as assigned. His projects include executing CyTOF,  flow cytometry, Sorting, DNA and RNA Extraction, qPCR, data analysis, and participating in publishing the papers.

Moksha Desai
Life Science Research Professional II

Bio

Moksha earned her MS in Biology at Cal State University, Los Angeles and her MS in Microbiology at SRK Institute in India. She previously worked as a Research Associate II at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Currently, Moksha performs ScRNAseq, qPCR and ddPCR. She also trains CCSU team members.

Zach Ehlinger
Life Science Research Professional II

Bio

Zach graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees from Santa Clara University in 2018: one in Biochemistry and the other in Bioengineering. In 2019, he graduated with a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Santa Clara University. Zach has been at CCSU since 2019 and has gained experience in High-dimensional flow cytometry, CyTOF and scRNAseq using the 10x platform.

Anne-Marie Feeney
Data Scientist II

Bio

Anne-Marie graduated from Georgetown University with an A.B. in Mathematics and Economics. After her time at Georgetown, Anne-Marie worked for over three years at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, initially as a Research Data Specialist and more recently as a Data Programmer Analyst, both positions within the Breast Oncology Center. She is also currently an MPH Candidate at Brown University School of Public Health. At CCSU, Anne-Marie has created qPCR and ddPCR databases and uses R to analyze qPCR, ddPCR and CAR-FACS data.

Adam Kuo
Life Science Research Professional

Bio

Adam's main assays entail qPCR, ddPCR, and 10x scRNA sequencing. He did his undergraduate at UC Berkeley where he worked in the lab of Dr. Hideho Okada on a synNotch CAR T-cell system against glioblastoma and did his Master's at Harvard, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Marcela Maus on a CAR T-cell secreting a T-cell Engaging Antibody Molecule against pancreatic cancer. As a part of CCSU, Adam hopes to expand his knowledge of immune genomics and how the process of CAR T-cell clinical trials work.

Claire Lohman
Life Science Research Professional I

Bio

Claire graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2023, earning a BS in Biology and Studio Art. Her previous work at the University of Notre Dame utilized CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing technology to study the visual cascade within the Aedes aegypti model. Following graduation, she then worked as a medical assistant and scribe.  At CCSU, Claire currently focuses on high-dimensional flow cytometry analysis of the phenotype and number of CAR T- cells in CAR T-cell therapy patients, which allows for real-time monitoring of CAR-T persistence and expansion.

Sunita Patil
Life Science Research Professional II

Bio

Sunita has more than 17 years of lab experience. She received an MBBS degree (Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery) from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, India and a Master’s degree in Molecular biology & Immunology from San Jose State University. Before joining Stanford, Sunita worked at Carnegie Institution for Sciences, where she used proteomics-based approach to study steroid signaling in plants. At CCSU, Sunita focuses on flow cytometry-based enumeration of peripheral blood mononuclear cell subsets as well as detection of CART cell expansion in patients receiving CART cell therapy. She also specializes in cell sorting and genomics-based assays such as qPCR & ddPCR.

Skyler Rietberg
Bioinformatics Research Data Analyst II

Bio

Skyler began his career as a bench scientist working on CAR-T at the University of Michigan and then at Stanford in the Mackall lab. He also spent some time working on CAR-T research in industry and earned a Master's degree in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University. Skyler processes and analyzes high dimensional data from patient samples generated by CCSU and supports the general data ecosystem in CCT. This typically involves working with data types such as CyTOF, luminex (cytokines), scRNAseq, etc. and creating visualizations or analyses that clinical trial stakeholders can use to further their research. 

Shriya Syal
Life Science Research Professional I

Bio

Shriya graduated from Santa Clara University with her masters and bachelors in bioengineering. Her projects and interests in cancer immunotherapy led her to discover the CCSU department at Stanford. At the start of 2022, she joined the CCSU team and currently focuses on CAR-FACS, a real time assay that provides data on CAR-T persistence and expansion, based on the different CAR treatments patients are infused with. She is also involved in facs sorting and scRNA sequencing projects for different trials.

Fang Wu
LSRA and CCSR2210 Lab Manager

Alumni

Warren Reynolds 2019-2021

Jeffrey Waters 2019-2021

Vidya Kurra 2017-2019

Jannani Krishnan 2017-2018