Current Lab Members


Jan Carette

Principal Investigator

Jan E. Carette is Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University. Jan received his doctorate from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and did his postdoctoral training at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His laboratory uses genetic approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms of virus–host interactions, ranging from pathogenic viruses to viruses used in gene therapy.


Allison Dupzyk

Postdoctoral Fellow

Allison is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Allie is studying adeno-associated virus (AAV) entry, and is interested in AAV viral trafficking throughout the host cell. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in the lab of Professor Billy Tsai, where she studied nonenveloped virus entry and cell membrane penetration.


Christine Peters

Graduate Student

Christine is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, where she studies host factors important for picornavirus infection using genome wide screens. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she worked with Dr. Joe and Kit Pogliano using a microscopy approach to uncover new antibiotics and understand how they work.


Wenjie Qiao

Postdoctoral Fellow

Wenjie is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Wenjie is studying host factors crucial for virus infection and trying to understand the molecular mechanisms. She received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, where she studied plant virus-host interactions.


Christopher Richards

Postdoctoral Fellow

Chris is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  Chris is pursuing his interests in understanding virus-host interactions. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota where he studied HIV-1 restriction factors and mechanisms of mutation in the lab of Reuben Harris.


Lauren Varanese

Graduate Student

Lauren is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She studies important host factors involved in reovirus and RSV infections, and she is interested in using prime editing to make clinically relevant mutations to host proteins and determining the effect on viral infections. Lauren obtained her bachelor's degree from Tufts University, where she worked with Joshua Kritzer to design and synthesize peptide inhibitors.


Ben Waldman

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ben is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Ben's research focuses on host-pathogen interactions, with a particular focus on species-specific defense systems and viral antagonism of those systems. Ben received his PhD from MIT, where he studied the regulation of chronic infection by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii in Sebastian Lourido's group at the Whitehead Institute.


Lily Xu

Graduate Student

Lily is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, where she is co-advised by Dr. Jan Carette and Dr. Wah Chiu. She is interested in the intersection of virology and structural biology, using single-particle cryo-EM to investigate viral processes in flaviviruses. Lily obtained her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked with Dr. Daved Fremont to study flavivirus envelope proteins and their interactions with neutralizing antibodies.


James Zengel

Postdoctoral Fellow

James is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  James is studying the role of host factors that affect the tropism and transduction efficiency of adeno-associated virus (AAV) in vivo, focusing on the role of the AAV receptor (AAVR).  He received his PhD from the University of Georgia, where he studied the role of phosphorylation on mumps virus replication.


Alumni Lab Members


Jonathan Diep

Former PhD Student

Jon is currently working as a Research Scientist at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California.


Cole Dovey

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Cole is currently a visiting Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology at Colorado College.


Jennifer Lumb

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Jenny is currently an Investigator at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Emeryville, California.


Karim Majzoub

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Karim is currently a Researcher at INSERM in Strasbourg, France.


Caleb Marceau

Former PhD Student

Caleb is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chan Zuckerberg BioHub in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Yaw-Shin Ooi

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Yaw Shin is currently an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of Molecular & Cellular Virology in the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.


Andreas Puschnik

Former PhD Student

Andreas is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chan Zuckerberg BioHub in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Sirika Pillay

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Sirika is currently a Research Scientist at Encoded Genomics, a start-up company located in the San Francisco Bay Area.