About the Stanford cEMc


Ruth O’Hara
Senior Associate Dean of Research, Stanford School of Medicine

Dr. O’Hara provides high level oversight to all research centers associated with Stanford Medical School, including cEMc. She directs a broad interdisciplinary clinical research program, encompassing cellular models, physiological predictors, and brain and behavioral assays of psychiatric, medical, and cognitive disorders. Her current research interests are in sleep, pediatrics, and aging.

Georgios (Yiorgo) Skiniotis
Scientific Director

Yiorgo provides general oversight and planning for cEMc operations. He obtained his PhD in cryoEM of biological complexes at EMBL-Heidelberg, followed by a postdoc at Harvard Medical School before starting his lab at the University of Michigan in 2008. He joined Stanford as a full professor in 2017, heading a research lab that focuses on the structural investigation of complexes involved in transmembrane signaling.

Our Team

Bharti Singal, PhD
CryoEM Staff Scientist (specialist)

Bharti is a Structural Biologist with the primary focus on CryoEM/ET. She worked on multiple CryoEM projects (complete pipeline from gene to structure) during her PostDoc at UC Davis. She obtained her Ph.D. from NTU, Singapore focused on biochemistry, X-ray crystallography and protein NMR spectroscopy and M.Sc. from JMI, India in Bioinformatics. She is passionate about teaching and collaborating.

Haoqing Wang, PhD
CryoEM Staff Scientist 

Haoqing is a structural biologist interested in antibody-antigen complexes and GPCRs. He collaborates with students, postdocs, and faculty members in single particle cryo-EM, cryo-ET, and molecular modeling. He worked as a Postdoc at Stanford, in Brian Kobilka's lab. Before that, he obtained his PhD at Caltech, in Pamela Bjorkman's lab. He received his undergraduate degree at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and conducted his undergraduate thesis with Zhihong Guo.

Christopher Haley, PhD
Computational Resources and Data Management Specialist 

Chris is a fluid dynamicist with extensive experience in high performance computing. He enjoys leveraging computing power to solve otherwise intractable problems, and working with researchers to resolve their technical problems. Chris has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA, and splits his time between cEMc and Stanford Research Computing (SRC).

Sanja Sviben, PhD
FIB-SEM Staff Scientist

Sanja is a cell biologist interested in cryo-FIB-SEM and cryo-ET technologies. She obtained her PhD followed by a postdoc at the Max Planck Institutes in Germany and then joined Center for Cellular Imaging at WashU in St. Louis where she led a team working on EM sample preparation and imaging of cells and tissues. Sanja enjoys training users in EM techniques and is experienced in combining different vitrification methods with diverse imaging workflows involving light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

Career Opportunities

Advisory Team

  • Christopher Barnes
    Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, of Neurology, of Photon Science and, by courtesy, of Structural Biology
  • Axel Brunger
    Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, of Neurology, of Photon Science and, by courtesy, of Structural Biology
  • Jennifer Dionne
    Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research Platforms/Shared Facilities, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Alexander Dunn
    Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Theodore Jardetzky
    Professor of Structural Biology
  • Julia Mahamid
    Group Leader and Senior Scientist, European Molecular Biology Laboratory—Heidelberg



cEMc delivers cutting-edge cryoEM and cryoET equipment and services to Stanford researchers and the global research community.


Sherman Fairchild Science Building on the Stanford Campus

299 Campus Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Building 6 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Building 6, 2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

ChEM-H Building and Neurosciences Building

290 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

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