Relman Lab Members

David Relman

Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

 

David Relman

Primary Investigator

David A. Relman, MD is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in Medicine, and Microbiology & Immunology, and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He is also Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Relman’s research focus is the human indigenous microbiota, and the identification of previously-unrecognized microbial agents of disease. He has advised the U.S. Government on emerging infectious diseases, human-microbe interactions, and future biological threats. He is Chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats at the Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Science) and Past President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Rob Pesich

Lab Manager / Author / Poet

Rob Pesich

Lab Manager / Author / Poet


Research Scientists

Elizabeth Costello

Research Scientist

Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

Elizabeth Costello

Research Scientist

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder (2007)

Bachelor of Science, Cornell University (1999)

Research Projects:

Les Dethlefsen

Research Scientist

Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

Les Dethlefsen

Research Scientist

Research Projects:

Daniel DiGiulio

Research Scientist

Research Projects:


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Stephanie Bachas-Daunert

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Infectious Diseases

Stephanie Bachas-Daunert

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University (2021)

Master of Science in Engineering, Stanford University (2012)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Princeton University (2010)

Fellowships:

American Society of Microbiology Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship (2016-Present)                                 

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship (2013-2016)                                                                            

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2013)                                                                                                                                       

Stanford University Engineering Dean's Doctoral 3D Diversity Fellowship (2010-2012)               

Research Projects:

Arsenic and the Human Microbiome

Pearl Houghteling

Neonatology Fellow

Pediatrics

Pearl Houghteling

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School

            Residency, Yale New Haven Hospital

 

Research Projects:

Eitan Yaffe

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Microbiology & Immunology

Eitan Yaffe

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy, Weizmann Institute of Science (2013)

Master of Science, Tel Aviv University (2007)

Bachelor of Science, The Hebrew University (2001)

Research Projects:

Arianna Celis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

Arianna Celis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy, Montana State University (2018)

Master of Science, University of California Los Angeles (2013)

Bachelor of Science, California State Univ, Bakersfield (2011)

Associate of Arts, Riverside City College (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Projects:

Alexandra Switzer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Microbiology & Immunology

Alexandra Switzer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, MI-PHD (2019)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, Veterinary Medicine (2009)

Bachelor of Science, University of California Santa Cruz, Marine Biology (2003)

Research Projects:

Diane Hsu

Gastroenterology Fellow

Pediatrics

Diane Hsu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

MD, New Jersey Medical School

Residency, New Jersey Medical School

Fellowships:
Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship (2019-Present)

Research Projects:

The Role of the Appendix in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis

Jessica Grembi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

Jessica Grembi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, Environmental Engineering, Microbiology, Global Health (2019)

Master of Science, Penn State University, Environmental Engineering (2011)

Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy at West Point, Environmental Engineering (2001)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Projects:

Katherine Xue

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Biology (Joint with Dmitri Petrov)

Katherine Xue

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Washington (2019)

Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University (2013)

Research Projects:

Nicholas Griffin Gianaris

Neonatology Fellow

Pediatrics

 

Nicholas Griffin Gianaris

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

             MD, Indiana University School of Medicine

             Residency, UC Davis Medical Center    

Research Projects

             Pregnancy and the Human Microbiome


Graduate Students


Undergraduate Students

Doran Goldman

Undergraduate Student
Biology

Research Projects:
Household Transmission of the Human Microbiome

Crystal Perez

Undergraduate Student
Biology

Research Projects:
Arsenic and the Human Microbiome


Research Assistants

Anna Robaczewska

Research Assistant

Research Projects:
Pregnancy and the Human Microbiome

Arsenic and the Human Microbiome

Chen Gui

Research Assistant

Research Projects:
Resilience in the Human Microbiome