William Goodyer is an MD/PhD who graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a BS with Honors in Biology prior to completing his medical and graduate studies at Stanford University in the Medical Scientist Training Program. His undergraduate research focused on the molecular regulators involved in C. elegans meiosis in the lab of Dr. Monique Zetka, while his PhD (Dr. Seung Kim lab) centered on the molecular mechanisms governing pancreatic beta-cell maturation and proliferation in vertebrates. He next pursued accelerated research tracks for both Pediatric Residency (Boston Children’s Hospital, 2013-2015) and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship (Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 2015-2017), where he developed a passion for Electrophysiology. As such, he next performed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Dr. Sean Wu lab at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (2017-2019), focusing on the discovery of novel regulators underlying the development of the cardiac conduction system (CCS). To overcome the inherent hurdles of studying the CCS (small cell numbers, cell type heterogeneity, etc), he developed a comprehensive transcriptional profile of the entire CCS at single-cell resolution, providing a gene atlas for facilitating future efforts in conduction cell identification, isolation, and characterization in the context of development and disease. He has recently completed his Pediatric Electrophysiology Fellowship (2019-2020) and has stayed on at LPCH as an Instructor, pursuing both clinical Pediatric Electrophysiology and basic science research focused on CCS development and disease in order to stimulate future translational opportunities aimed at the prevention and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.
Soah Lee received her B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea where she developed her passion in biomaterials for human health care. In 2011, to expand her boundary-crossing knowledge in materials, cell biology, and medicine, she started her Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering and joined 'Stem Cell and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory' in Bioengineering at Stanford University. Her thesis work focused on developing biomimetic hydrogel-based cell culture systems for fundamental cell biology studies and tissue engineering. Fascinated by the biology of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC), Soah joined Dr. Wu's lab in Stanford Cardiovascular Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. Now she seeks to utilize bioengineering tools combined with hiPSC to elucidate human cardiac development and maturation processes. Aside from research, Soah is enthusiastic in science outreach activities, scientific artwork/illustration, and ballet dancing!
Francisco Galdos graduated in 2015 from Harvard University with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. His undergraduate honors thesis focused on identifying extracellular matrix components responsible for maintaining pancreatic beta cell function and maturity. Currently, he is an MD/Ph.D. student in the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He is passionate about pursuing a career researching and treating children with congenital heart disease, which guided his decision to join Sean Wu’s lab. In the Wu lab, Francisco works on developing human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models of congenital heart disease to understand the genetics behind cardiac defects. He hopes to combine the fields of stem cell biology and tissue engineering to provide novel ways to understand cardiac development in both normal and disease settings.