Quality Control Personnel

Mrinmoy Nag

Director

Bio coming soon!

Jonathan Wong

QC Specialist

Jonathan Wong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from University of California, Davis.

Jonathan has 3 years of experience biotech and healthcare. In his most recent position with BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Jonathan worked as a QC analyst and supported the operations of the QC Microbiology group. He performed Quality Control procedure in environmental monitoring and analytical chemistry assays. Additionally, he supported facility qualification, method development and method validation projects.

With the Stanford LCGM, Jonathan supports the routine QC operations, from assay development and testing, to environmental monitoring.

Mavuon Ok

QC Associate

Mavuon Ok received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. He has over five years of combined experience working in academic/research institutions and biotech/biopharmaceutical companies.

Before he joined LCGM, Mavuon was a staff research associate in the Cancer Immunotherapy Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Under the supervision of Dr. Fong, Mavuon was involved in 1) defining the immunological mechanisms that mediate tumor regression, 2) determining immunotherapies both in cancer patients and in pre-clinical studies, and 3) preparing libraries for human immune profiling. His last project was on the development of homegrown CAR-T qualification assays. In addition to his academic and research expertise, Mavuon has hands-on experience working in fast-paced biotech and biopharmaceutical companies using state-of-the-art instruments and equipment.

At LCGM, Mavuon is primarily responsible for supporting and testing CAR-T products ranging from cell culture, flow assay, and RT-qPCR assay. On top of the CAR-T project, he is also supporting other projects.

Julie Antonio-Sipin

QC Specialist

Julie earned her Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology degree from Lyceum Northwestern University, Philippines. Collectively, she has over 10 years in the Quality Control role with the healthcare/ biotechnology industry.  She also has 5 years of flow cytometry in a cGMP environment. Previously, she worked as a QC Analyst III for Minaris Regenerative Medicine (formerly known as: HCATS- Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutic Solutions) in the Bay Area.
 
Julie joined LCGM as a QC Specialist in 2021. She will be supporting various QC flow assays for development, improvement, validation, and testing different Phase I/II clinical trial products.

Fariba Fazeli, MD

Senior Manager QC Analytical Scientist

Fariba received her M.D. degree from Marche Polytechnic University, Italy. She has more than 20 years of academic and industry experience in  immunology, oncology, microbiology, and molecular genetics. Prior to joining LCGM, Fariba was the senior development scientist at IncellDx, where she supported validation of cell based assays such as Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization and Multicolor Flow Cytometry for diagnosis  of  cervical, lung, breast, bladder cancer and various life-threatening infectious diseases. Her projects were from the earliest phases of research through process development and optimization of assays for IVD/CE-IVD prodcuts.

At LCGM, Fariba is responsible for supportting various QC assay qualifications and validations for clinical production of products at different phases according to ICH and FDA guidelines.

Publications and Abstracts

Cell by cell immuno- and cancer marker profiling for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissue sample using non-enzymatic tissue dissociation and high-parameter flow cytometry.   AACR Annual Meeting 2018; April 14-18, 2018; Chicago, IL. 10.1158/1538-7445.AM2018-2112 Published July 2018

Characterizing PD-L1 expression in tumor-associated cells and CTC using IncellDx and Celsee molecular diagnostic technologies. 10.1158/1538-7445.AM2018-635 Published July 2018

Role of polyphosphate in thermophilic Synechococcus sp. from microbial mats. J Bacteriol. 2013 Aug; 195(15):3309-19. Doi: 10.1128/JB.00207-13. Epub 2013 May 17.

Responses of a thermophilic Synechococcus isolate from the microbial mat of Octopus Spring to light. Applied Environmental Microbiology, 2007 Jul; 73(13):4268-78. Epub 2007 May 4.

Phototaxis and Impaired Motility in Adenylyl Cyclase and Cyclase Receptor Protein Mutants of Synechocystis sp. Strain PCC 6803. Journal of Bacteriology, 2006 Oct; 188(20):7306-10.

Trupti Deshpande

QC Specialist

Trupti earned her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, where she also worked as a researcher in Dr. Gormley’s Lab for a year. She has over 2 years of specialization in Quality Control job duties and responsibilities with a focus in flow cytometry in a cGMP environment. She previously worked for Hitachi Chemicals and Miltenyi Biotec in the Bay Area.
 
Trupti joined LCGM as a QC Specialist in 2021 for supporting various QC flow assay development, improvement, validation, and testing different Phase I/II clinical trial products