Alumni Directory

Graduation Years

Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Melissa Ch'ng
Mentor: Edgar Engleman
Research: Defining the roles of adaptive immune cells in insulin resistance
Current position:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
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Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Khoa Nguyen
Mentor:  Ajay Chawla & Lawrence Steinman
Research:  Regulation of innate immune cell homeostasis by immune and nutrient signaling
Current position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Engleman Lab, Pathology, Stanford University

Class of 2012

Class of 2011

Class of 2010

Jeff Campbell
Mentor:  Mark Davis
Research:  The effect of limiting TCR CDR1 and CDR2 diversity on adaptive immunity
Current position:  Executive Chef, Silvies Valley Ranch, Seneca, Oregon

Nicole Hannick Kattah
Mentor:  P.J. Utz
Research:  Development of peptide-MHC arrays for studying autoimmune T cell responses in lupus and diabetes
Current position:  Lawyer, Associate, Patterson Belknap, New York, NY

Eric Mabery
Mentor:  David Schneider
Research:  The role of TNF/eiger in Drosophila immunity
Current position:  Scientist, Gilead Sciences

Eon Rios, MD, PhD
Mentor:  Stephen Galli
Research:  Modulation of mast cell function by membrane trafficking events
Current position:  Clinical Assistant Professor In Dermatology, Stanford; Attending Physician, Division of Dermatology, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
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Class of 2009

Chris Franco
Mentor:  Stephen Galli
Research:  Methods of single cell analysis to study hematopoiesis, with a focus on myeloid and granulocyte progenitors
Current position:  Senior Director, Pipeline Strategy and Management, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
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Antastazia Older Aguilar
Mentor:  Peter Parham
Research:  Definitions of Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) specificities of rhesus macaque lineage II Killer-cell Immunoglo-bulin-like Receptors (KIR) through protein binding assays.
Current position:  Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Janelle Olson
Mentor: Robert Negrin
Research:  Role of NKG2D in NK cell biology
Current position:  Senior Immunogenetic Specialist, Be the Match, National Marrow Donor Program
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Roberto Ricardo-Gonzales
Mentor: Ajay Chawla
Research: IL-4/STAT6 immune axis regulates peripheral nutrient metabolism and insulin sensitivity
Current position: Assistant Professor, Dermatology, UCSF
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Class of 2008

Elena Gallo
Mentor: Gerald Crabtree
Research: Intracellular signaling pathways directing development and function of the immune system
Current position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University
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Garrett Heffner
Mentor: Irving Weissman
Research: Novel hematopoietic progenitor populations revealed by direct assessment of GATA1 protein expression and cMPL signaling events
Current position: Director at Audentes Therapeutics
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Charay Jennings-Dover
Mentor: Patricia Jones
Research: A novel role for calcineurin in the regulation of innate immunity and inflammatory responses
Current position: Dermatopathologist and Anatomic Pathologist at Pathology Associates
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Achim Moesta
Mentor: Peter Parham
Research: Species specific differences in KIR-MHC interaction
Current position: Associate Director, Immunology and ImmunOncology, Tizona Therapeutics
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Maria Vaysberg
Mentor: Olivia Martinez
Research: Role of latent membrane protein 1 in B cell lymphoma survival and proliferation
Current position: Senior Principal Scientist, Tizona Therapeutics
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Class of 2007

Donna Flescher
Mentor:  PJ Utz
Research:  Type 1 IFN in the pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Current position:  Principal Scientist, Amgen, Clinical Biomarkers & Diagnostics – Oncology; Board of Directors Member
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Michael Gleimer
Mentor:  Peter Parham
Research:  Evoluation of the HLA-A*02 peptide specificity in hominoids
Current position:  Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
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Christopher Haines
Mentor:  Davis Lewis
Research:  Role of surface protein receptor tyrosine kinases lacking catalytic activity in T cell development
Current position:  Associate Principal Scientist, Merck
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Cornelia Rinderknecht Eller
Mentor:  Elizabeth Mellins
Research:  Influence of invariant chain on antigen presentation
Current position:  Senior Scientific Researcher, Genentech
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Class of 2006

Alex Bankovitch
Mentor:  K. Christopher Garcia
Research:  Structural insight into the pre-B cell receptor function
Current position:  Senior Director, Head of Late Stage Research, AbbVie

Steven Chan
Mentor:  PJ Utz
Research:  Development of arrays to study signaling
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Christine L. Hsieh
Mentor:  Sheri Krams
Research:  NK cell activation during allogeneic liver transplantation
Current position:  Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Principal Investigator, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Eun Mi Hur
Mentor:  Lawrence Steinman
Research:  Regulation of programmed cell death of activated T cells by a cytokine, Osteopontin, mediates relapse of autoimmune disease in the brain
Current position:  Scientist II, Celgene, Summit, New Jersey

Yves Konigshofer
Mentor:  Yueh-hsiu Chien
Research:  gd T-cell recognition
Current position:  Principal Scientist, SeraCare Life Sciences

Neil Lineberry
Mentor:  C. Garrison Fathman
Research:  Identification of a novel avenue for regulatory T cell activation through regulation of co-stimulatory signals
Current position:  Senior Director, Strategy and Portfolio Management, Gastroenterology Therapeutic Area, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Everett Meyer
Mentor:  Dale Umetsu
Research:  IL gene related allergy
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Med/Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Stanford

Anne Nutt
Mentor:  Ann Arvin
Research:  The role of ORF66 protein in varicella-zoster virus (VZV) replication and pathogenesis
Current position:

Tracy Staton
Mentor:  Eugene Butcher
Research:  The role of chemokines in T cell development using in vitro and in vivo model systems
Current position:  Senior Scientist, Genentech

Erica Taylor
Mentor:  Sheri Krams
Research:  Mutations to Bid cleavage sites protect hepatocytes from death receptor and cell-mediated apoptosis
Current position:  Principal Investigator  Senior Research Scientist, PAVIR

Monte Winslow
Mentor:  Gerald Crabtree
Research:  NF-AT signaling in lymphocyte development
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Genetics and Pathology, Stanford

Class of 2005

Kareem Graham
Mentor: PJ Utz
Research:  Role of interferon in mouse models of autoimmunity
Current position:  Senior Scientist, Second Genome, Inc

Andrew Snow
Mentor:  Olivia Martinez
Research:  Cell death pathways and EBV
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Uniformed  Services University of the Health Sciences

Class of 2004

William Carr
Mentor: Peter Parham
Research:  NK cells and CMV infection
Current position:  Associate Professor of Biology, Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

Rodolfo Chaparro
Mentor:  Yueh-hsiu Chien
Research:  Etiology of type I diabetes
Current position:  Co-founder and EVP Head of Immunology, Cue Biopharma

Brian Zabel
Mentor:  Eugene Butcher
Research:  Determing the role of CCR9/TECK in intestinal lymphocyte homecoming
Current position:  Principal Investigator  Senior Research Scientist, PAVIR

Class of 2003

Julie Christensen
Mentor: Irving Weissman
Research:  Mechanisms and mediators of hematopoietic stem cell fate
Current position:  Group Leader, Cell Biology, Cellerant Therapeutics

Jason DeVoss
Mentor: Lawrence Steinman
Research:  The role of allergy in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
Current position:  Senior Scientist, Amgen

Stacie Lambert
Mentor:  Ronald Levy
Research:  Idiotype vaccines for the therapy of B cell lymphoma in murine model
Current position: Senior Scientist, Translational Sciences, MedImmune

Class of 2002

Lauren Ehrlich
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  Selection of TCR transgenic T cells Visualization of temporal & spatial recruitment of signaling molecules to the T cell: APC interface
Current position:  Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin

Marcos Garcia-Ojeda
Mentor: Samuel Strober
Research:  Donor cell facilitation of tolerance
Current position:  Associate Professor of Teaching,University of California, Merced

Irene Ruiz
Mentor: C. Garrison Fathman
Research:  Gene therapy of diabetes
Current position:  Officer, Limak Partners, LLC

Colleen Sheridan
Mentor: Phyllis Gardner
Research:  Multiple kinase regulation of the nuclear factor of activated T cells
Current position:  Adjunct Professor at North Seattle College

Heather Shilling
Mentor: Peter Parham
Research:  NK cells in marrow transplantation
Current position:  Unknown

Aaron Warnock
Mentor: Eugene Butcher
Research:  Chemokines in Lymphocyte Endothelial Cell Recognition
Current position:  Director, Partner Solutions and Coremetrics, Inc, San Mateo, CA

Tony Yao
Mentor: Yueh-hsiu Chien
Research:  Yersinia infection and T and B cell
Current position:  Portfolio Manager at Arrowmark Partners

Class of 2001

Devavani Chatterjea
Mentor: Samuel Strober
Research:  Regulation of mast cell and basophil development
Current position:  Associate Professor of Biology, Macalester College; Director, Program in Community and Global Health, Macalester College

Samuel Cheshier
Mentor: Irving Weissman
Research:  Cell Cycle Kinetics of Hematopoietic Stem Cells, Prospective Separation of Brain  Tumor Stem Cells
Current position:  Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, Neurology, Stanford University

Michael Curran
Mentor: Garry Nolan
Research:  Retroviral lentiviral vecture tumor immunology
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Scientific Director, ORBIT Platform

Ellen Foo
Mentor: Garry Nolan
Research:  The role of memory in leukocyte navigation
Current position:  Chief Medical Officer at Cydan Development, Inc.

Ellen Foxman
Mentor: Eugene Butcher
Research:  The role of memory in leukocyte navigation
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine 

Joon Rhee
Mentor: Joseph Lipsick
Research:  T cell abnormalities of Ela-Pbx transgenic mice
Current position:  Director of Clinical Research/Combination Development Lead

Vaughn Smider
Mentor: Gilbert Chu
Research:  Role of Ku in V(D)J recombination
Current position:  Associate Professor, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA; CSO, Sevion Therapeutics

Kristin Tarbell
Mentor: Hugh McDevitt
Research:  Role of MHC Class II polymorphisms in autoimmunity
Current position:  Senior Scientist, Amgen

David Traver
Mentor: Irving Weissman
Research:  Normal and Neoplastic Maturation from a Common Myeloid Progenitor
Current position:  Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego

Jennifer Wilshier
Mentor: Leonore Herzenberg
Research:  Cis-regulation of immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region expression in the B-1 repertoire
Current position:  Senior Lab Manager, STEMCELL Technologies, Canada

Class of 2000

Stephen R. Biggar
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  Signaling in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Current position:  Partner, Baker Brothers, LLC; Chairman of the Board of Directors, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, 

Jen-tsan Chi
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  Molecular mechanisms of plasma cell differentiation
Current position:  Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University 

Gina Costa
Mentor: C. Garrison Fathman
Research:  Gene therapy and vector development
Current position:  Vice President, Research and Development, Roswell Biotechnologies 

Richard Dal Canto
Mentor: C. Garrison Fathman
Research:  Va use in NOD IDDM
Current position:  Orthopedic Surgeon, Salt Lake City, UT

Ann Herman
Mentor: Yueh-hsiu Chien
Research:  Diabetogenic T cells
Current position:  Associate Director/Senior Scientist, Genentech

Katharine Kripke
Mentor: Garry Nolan
Research:  TF-II-I/Rel and the initiators of HIV-1
Current position:  Senior Policy Analyst, Avenir Health

Class of 1999

Michelle Boytim
Mentor: Carol Clayberger
Research:  Inhibition of cell cycle procession by a synthetic peptide to a region of HLA Class II
Current position:  Clinical Program Manager, Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Noma Collins
Mentor: Joseph Lipsick
Research:  Myb-associated proteins
Current position:  Deceased 

Michael Crowley
Mentor: Yueh-hsiu Chien
Research:  gd T-cell recognition
Current position:  Global Head of Innovation Partnering, Roche, Basel, Switzerland 

Ernest Hope
Mentor: Robert Negrin
Research:  Immune modulation of non-classical MHC I restricted T lymphocyte and natural killer cell cytotoxicity by Heat Shock Protein 47
Current position:  CEO, CCTC Hamburg; CEO, AmeReGen BioPharmaceuticals INC SPC  

Allan Kaspar
Mentor: Allan Krensky
Research:  T cell genes
Current position:  Vice President Research and Development, AveXis Inc 

John Ladasky
Mentor: Peter Parham
Research:  Structure and function of B2-microglobulin proteins in the owl monkey (Aotus)
Current position:  Owner, Blind Watchmaker LLC; Research Scientist, International Technological University (ITU)

Susan Prohaska
Mentor: Jane Parnes
Research:  Function of CD45 and CD8 T cell development
Current position:  Clinical Development, Program and Alliance Management Consultant, Associate Director, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls, Forty Seven, Inc. 

Class of 1998

Srinivas Akkaraju
Mentor: Christopher Goodnow
Research:  Tolerance and autoimmunity in Transgenic HEL
Current position:  Managing General Partner, Samsara BioCapital
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Felix Baker
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  Diabetes in NOD m’ll mice
Current position:  Managing Partner, Baker Brothers Investments
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Kristin Baldwin
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  Thymocyte development-identification of peptides involved in thymic selection of TCR transgenic T cells
Current position:  Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Department, DOrris Neuroscience Center,The Scripps Research Institute
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Kimberley Gandy
Mentor: Irving Weissman
Research:  Identification and characterization of cells within whole bone marrow that enhance engraftment of hematopoietic stem cells across allogeneic barriers
Current position:  Professor of Biology, Hamline University
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Jodi Goldberg
Mentor: Carol Clayberger
Research:  Effects of synthetic peptides derived from linear human leukocyte antigen class I sequences on cytotoxic T lymphocyte function
Current position:  Vice President Research and Development, AveXis Inc
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Dennis Hanson
Mentor: Allan Krensky
Research:  Functional studies of 519 (Granulysin), a human late T cell activation molecule
Current position:  Senior Manager, CoMotion Innovation Development, University of Washington
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Elisabeth Kerr
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  The role of immune system on Yersinia pseudotuberdulosis susceptibility in mice
Current position:  Integration Leader, Life Sciences Solutions, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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Dewey Kim
Mentor: C. Garrison Fathman
Research:  Effects of T cell affinity on T cell activation
Current position:  Vice President, Hall Capital Partners, LLC
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Dan Lyons
Mentor: Mark Davis
Research:  Affinity of T cell receptor energy and function
Current position:  Equity Research Analyst, Janus
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Anne Macauley
Mentor: Dale Umetsu
Research:  The role of B cell antigen presentation in the development of T helper cells
Current position:  Owner, On Good Behavior, LLC
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Colleen Woo
Mentor: Joseph Lipsick
Research:  Alternatively spliced forms of c-Myb
Current position:  Disease Area Manager, Oncology, Oncology Resource Group
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Class of 1997

Christopher Fanger
Mentor: Richard Lewis
Research:  Fate decisions in natural killer cell development
Current position:  Biotechnologist at Yale Center for Molecular Discovery 

Class of 1996

Thomas Chen
Mentor: Ronald Levy
Research:  Somatic mutation and B cell malignancy
Current position:  Physician, Stanford Cancer Center  South Bay; South Bay Oncology Hematology Partners; O’Connor Hospital  

Gregory Frank
Mentor: Jane Parnes
Research:  Function and develop-mental consequences of mutated CD4 and CD8 genes in transgenic mice
Current position:  Instructor, Strategic Business Development, UCSC Extension Silicon Valley 

Jason Marshall
Mentor: Dalte Umetsu
Research:  Development of  human and mouse in vitro models and mouse and primate in vivo models to gauge the immuno-genicity of numerous vaccines
Current position:  Senior Scientist in Vaccinology, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research 

Sean Morrison
Mentor: Irving Weissman
Research:  Heterogeneity of HSC:  Characterization of hematopoietic stem cells
Current position:  Biotechnologist at Yale Center for Molecular Discovery 

Benjamin Ortiz
Mentor: Allan Krensky
Research:  Transcriptional activators
Current position:  Professor of Biology, Hunter College, NY 

Jeffrey Rathmell
Mentor: Christopher Goodnow
Research:  B cell tolerance and autoimmunity in lpr Fas-deficient mice
Current position:  Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; Associate Director of Vanderbilt Institute of Infection, Immunology and Inflammation; Coleader of Molecular Pathology and Immunology PhD training program  

William Robinson
Mentor: Jane Parnes
Research:  Polymorphism and expression of the mouse B cell surface CD72 and molecular cloning of a potential ligand
Current position:  Associate Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology) Stanford; Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto 

Class of 1995

Cecelia Pearson
Mentor: Hugh McDevitt
Research:  Role of MHC Class II polymorphisms in autoimmunity (AND) antigens, MHC genes and T cell receptors in experimental allergenic encephalomyetis
Current position:  Biotechnology Consultant, Cecelia Pearson Consulting 

Class of 1994

Andrew T. Serafini
Mentor: Leonard Herzenberg
Research:  Molecular biology of T cell activation
Current position:  Partner, Health & Life Sciences, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, LLP