Our Research Team

Christina Curtis, PhD, MSc

Professor of Medicine and Genetics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Co-Director, Molecular Tumor Board, Stanford Cancer Institute

Christina Curtis, PhD, MSc is an Endowed Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University where she leads the Cancer Computational and Systems Biology group. Dr. Curtis also serves as the Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research and Co-Director of the Molecular Tumor Board at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Dr. Curtis’s laboratory leverages computational modeling, high-throughput molecular profiling and experimentation to develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Her research has helped to redefine the molecular map of breast cancer and led to new paradigms in understanding how human tumors evolve and metastasize. 

Dr. Curtis is the recipient of numerous awards, including those from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, STOP Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She received the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award in 2018, the Stanford Prize in Population Genetics and Society (2020) and was named an In vivo Rising Leader in the Life Sciences (2021) and the Julius B. Kahn Visiting Professor in the Dept of Pharmacology, at Northwestern University (2020). In 2022 she received the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Science. Dr. Curtis is also Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a Susan G. Komen Scholar and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. 

Dr. Curtis serves as a scientific advisor to multiple academic institutes and biotech and was elected to the AACR Board of Directors in 2022. She also serves on the editorial board of journals spanning computational biology to precision oncology.

 


Audris Chiang, MD

Dermatology Resident, Clinical Fellow (jointly advised with Prof Kavita Sarin)
MD, University of California - Irvine


Markús Isfeld Diehl

Graduate Student, Computational Immunology (jointly advised by Prof Ansuman Satpathy)
BA, University of Chicago


Noah Greenwald

Graduate Student, Cancer Biology (jointly advised by Prof Michael Angelo)
BA, Harvard University (Biophysics)


Kathleen Houlahan, PhD

Postdoc
PhD, University of Toronto, Canada


Aziz Khan, PhD

Computational Staff Scientist
PhD, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


Eran Kotler, PhD

Gruss Lipper Postdoctoral Fellow (jointly advised by Prof Anshul Kundaje)
PhD, Weizmann Institute, Israel


Katherine (Kat) Liu

Graduate Student Biology (jointly advised with Prof Michael Bassik)
MS, University of California - San Diego (Biology)


Sanavy Lou

Administrative Support


Zhicheng Ma, MD, MS

Senior Research Associate
MD, Hunan Medical University, China
MS, Central South University, China


Lisa Mangiante, PhD

Postdoc
PhD, IARC-WHO, Lyon


Prisni Rath, MSc

Staff Bioinformatician
MSc, Newcastle University, UK


Ryan Schenck, DPhil

Postdoc
DPhil, University of Oxford


Alexandra Sockell

Graduate Student, Genetics (NSF Fellow) (jointly advised with Prof Polly Fordyce)
BA, Vanderbilt University (Molecular and Cellular Biology)

 

 


Susanne Tilk

Graduate Student, Biology (jointly advised by Prof Dmitri Petrov)
BS, University of California - Santa Barbara (Cell and Developmental Biology)


Wing Wong, PhD

Postdoc
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis


Wenting Yang, PhD 

Postdoctoral fellow

PhD, University of Tübingen, Germany
MSc, Yangzhou University, China


Hang Xu, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow
PhD, University of Nottingham, UK


Yanding Zhao, PhD, MSc

Postdoc (jointly advised by Prof Howard Chang)
PhD, Dartmouth University

Lab Alumni

Jennifer Caswell-Jin, MD

Former Clinical/Postdoctoral fellow
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University


Joe Charalel

Former Graduate student
Bain & Company


Jie Ding, PhD

Former Computational Scientist
Veracyte Inc


Aaron Horning, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow (joint with Prof Mike Snyder)
Project manager for HUBMAP/HTAN FAP project


Zheng Hu, PhD

Former Postdoc
Group Leader, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)


Kremena Karagyozova

Former Research Technician


Kasper Karlsson, PhD

Former Postdoc
Assistant Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden


Kaitlyn Lagattuta

Former student
MD/PhD student, Harvard University


Carina Lorenz

Former Visiting student (Cologne, Germany)


Katherine McNamara

Former MD, PhD Student
Radiology Resident, Stanford University


Chris Probert

Former Graduate student
Insitro


Moritz Pryzbilla

Former Masters student (Heidelberg, Germany)
Graduate student, Sanger Institute, UK


Johannes Reiter, PhD

Former Instructor (Erwin Schrödinger Fellow) (jointly advised with Prof Sanjiv Sam Gambhir)
Assistant Professor, Stanford University


Oscar Rueda, PhD

Former Visiting Scientist (University of Cambridge)

 

 


Jose Seoane, PhD

Former Postdoc
Group leader Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology, Barcelona


Scott Shaffer, PhD

Former Visiting Scientist


Andrea Sottoriva, PhD

Former Postdoc
Director of Computational Biology, Human Technopole, Milan


Preethi Srinivasan, PhD

Former Computational Staff Scientist
Natera


Krystal Straessler, PhD

Former Postdoc (Cancer Systems Biology Fellow)
Medical Student, University of Utah


Ruping Sun, PhD

Former Instructor
Assistant Professor, Masonic Cancer Center, Minnesota