Principal Investigator

Shirit Einav


I received a M.D. from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. I did residency in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School) followed by fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Stanford. I then pursued a research postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford (mentors: Dr. Jeffrey Glenn and Dr. Stephen Quake). I joined the faculty at Stanford in Sept 2011. 

Current Members

Luca Ghita

A recent graduate from Twincore (Hanover/Germany). Will be joining the lab in Nov 2020.

Ivy (Pei-Tzu) Huang

A recent graduate from Yale University. Will be joining the lab in Sept 2020.

Marwah Karim

I am currently a final year doctoral student working at Institut Pasteur, Paris. My research interest lies on studying the host-virus interplay, focusing primarily on the interaction of influenza A viruses polymerase protein with the host ubiquitin proteasome system. In the Einav lab, I will be investigating the cellular pathways regulated by various kinases and study their interactions with cellular and viral factors during dengue virus infection. The functional aspects of these interactors in mediating antiviral effects will be further studied using selective kinase inhibitors through a combination of cutting edge proteomics, molecular virology, biochemical and pharmacological techniques.

Makeda Robinson

I joined the lab in Oct 2016 as a graduate stuent in Microbiology and Immunology (ARTS program) and as an infectious diseases fellow.  My work focuses on monitoring immune responses in the course of natural dengue infection and on investigating the pathogenesis of Zika virus induced apoptosis. 

Sirle Saul

I am a postdoctoral scholar in Shirit Einav’s lab. I received my PhD in biomedical engineering from Tartu University in Estonia, where I studied the neurovirulence of alphaviruses using molecular virology methods. I joined the lab in August 2018. I am interested in the complex interactions between RNA viruses and their host. My work entails understanding the determinants of severe dengue. In addition, I am studying the importance of adaptor protein complexes in the life cycle of encephalitis alphaviruses. I am also involved in developing broad-spectrum antiviral inhibitors targeting host kinases to combat dengue, encephalitis alphaviruses and other emerging viral infections.

Zhiyuan Yao

I earned my Ph.D. in University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. I currently work as a postdoctoral fellow in the Einav lab. The goal of my work is to better characterize the virus-host interplay during the course of viral infection and identify candidate biomarkers of disease progression and targets for host-targeted antiviral strategies. My research involves the development of single cell transcriptomic tools and utilizing them to analyze viral infection in cultured cells as well as in clinical samples derived from dengue and Zika patients.

Former Members

  • Sathish Kumar - postdoctoral fellow - 2016-2020. Current position: Postdoctoral fellow.
  • Stanford Schor - Graduate (MSTP) student - 2016 - 2020. Current position: MD (Stanford) 
  • Rina Barouch-Bentov - 2011-2020 - Research Scientist. Current position: Consultant and Scientist at Rimon Research.
  • Szuyuan Pu - 2014-2019 - Postdoctoral fellow. Current position: Scientist, Takara Bio USA. 
  • Fei Xiao - PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, 02/2015-05/2018, Current position: Faculty position at Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • Rina Barouch-Bentov – PhD, Research associate – 09/2011-07/2019
  • Gregory Neveu, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, 03/2011-06/2015, Current position: senior virologist in the Virology Unit at Sanofi Pasteur
  • Elena Bekerman, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, 08/2013-10/2016, Current position: Research Scientist, Department of Clinical Virology, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Stanley Wang, MD/PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, 07/2012-01/2014. Current position: HCV Antivirals Development Department, ABBvie. 
  • Amotz Ziv-Av, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, 09/2011-09/2012, Current position: Research Associate, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Yuan Jin Tan, Undergraduate student (Honor Thesis), 04/2014-08/2016, currently a PhD candidate at Stanford Micrpobiology and Immunology

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