Dr. Dan Jarosz - PI

Dr. Dan Jarosz
jarosz at stanford.edu

Dan Jarosz, PhD

Research interests: Protein conformational switches in evolution, disease, and development; molecular mechanisms driving robustness in complex cellular systems; chemical biology, cell signaling, and quantitative genetics
Education: BS, University of Washington; PhD, MIT; Postdoctoral, Whitehead Institute
Hometown: Indianola, WA, USA
Favorite saying: ‘Trust your data. They never lie to you” – Gail Ferguson
Favorite activities outside the lab: Hiking, Kayaking
Dream baymate: Stephen Colbert
Birthday: November 24th                                                                                                       CV | Bio



Postdoctoral Fellows



Dr. David Garcia
dmgarcia at stanford.edu

David Garcia, PhD

NIH and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Abstract molecular super-structures
Education: BS, UC Santa Cruz; PhD, MIT
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Favorite saying: “Life, uh, finds a way.”Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park)
Favorite activities outside the lab: biking, drumming, cooking, travel, photography
Dream baymate: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Birthday: David rejects cake as a lifestyle choice


Dr. Rebecca Zabinsky

Dr. Rebecca Zabinsky               zabinsky at stanford.edu                              

Rebecca Zabinsky, PhD

Stanford Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Genetic buffering in evolution and disease; genetics, molecular biology, chemical biology, and systems biology
Education: BS, Scripps College; PhD, University of Colorado – Boulder
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite saying: “You miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” -Dr. Seuss
Favorite activities outside the lab: Yoga, hiking, skiing, traveling, eating
Dream baymate: Kino MacGregor
Birthday: January 27th



Dr. Anupam Chakravarty

Dr. Anupam Chakravarty anupamkc at stanford.edu

Anupam Chakravarty, PhD

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms to counter cellular stress
Education: BS, St. Stephen’s College; MS, Indian Institute of Technology; PhD, Sloan Kettering
Hometown Darjeeling, India
Favorite saying: “If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”
Favorite activities outside the lab: Photography, Hiking
Dream baymate: Heisenberg
Birthday: October 4th



Dr. Christopher Jakobson

Dr. Christopher Jakobson                          cjakobso at stanford.edu

Christopher Jakobson, PhD

NIH  Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Engineering the spatial organization of protein ensembles
Education: BS, Cornell; PhD, UC Berkeley
Hometown: Big Flats, NY
Favorite saying: “You get what you select for”
Favorite activities outside the lab: Running, cooking, watching the Warriors
Dream baymate: Dickson Despommier
Birthday: March 3rd



Dr. Lucy Xie luxy.xie at stanford.edu

Dr. Lucy Xie
lucyxie at stanford.edu

Lucy Xie, PhD

Research interests: Ageing and genetic architecture of neurodegenerative diseases, stress and prions
Education: BS, University of Toronto; PhD, University of Toronto
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
Favorite saying: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”
Favorite activities outside the lab: cycling, cooking, dancing, and sleeping
Dream baymate: Baby Groot or Jessica Jones
Birthday: March 17th





Dr. Shady Saad        shadys at stanford.edu             

Shady Saad, PhD

Joint with the Wysocka Lab

Research interests: Protein aggregation in health and disease
Education: BPharm, Cairo University; MS, German University in Cairo; PhD, ETH Zurich
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Favorite saying: “If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to do a better experiment” –  Ernest Rutherford
Favorite activities outside the lab: Traveling, hiking, exploring new good food and cooking
Dream baymate:
Birthday: May 21st



Dr. José Aguilar Rodríguez                jaguilarrod at gmail.com

José Aguilar Rodríguez, PhD

Joint with the Petrov Lab

Research interests: Empirical genotype-phenotype maps and fitness landscapes; evolutionary systems biology; microbial experimental evolution
Education: BS, University of Valencia; PhD, University of Zurich
Hometown: Sagunto, Spain
Favorite saying: “I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” — Herman Melville in Moby-Dick
Favorite activities outside the lab: Reading, Hiking, Traveling, Classics
Dream baymate:
Birthday: January 28th






Dr. Rebecca Freilich                ref283 at stanford.edu

Rebecca Freilich, PhD

Research interests: Interesection of protein conformation with function
Education: BS, NYU; PhD, UCSF
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Favorite saying: “You never know if you don’t know.” — Smashmouth
Favorite activities outside the lab: Cooking, Hiking, Skiing
Dream baymate:
 Andy Cohen or Leo Szilard
Birthday: October 10






Graduate Students


Jonathan Mares
jmares2 at stanford.edu

Jonathan Mares

Research interests: The relationship between genotype and phenotype and its modulators
Education: BS, CSU Long Beach
Hometown: G-town (Gardena), CA
Favorite saying: “What if seals are really just dog-mermaids?”
Favorite activities: Overanalyzing cartoons
Dream baymate: Daenerys of the House Targeryen, the first of her name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt, and Mother of Dragons





Yiwen Chen
ychen8 at stanford.edu

Yiwen Chen

Stanford Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Interplay between protein homeostasis and genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of adaptation
Education: BS, Purdue University; MS, Stanford University
Hometown: Suzhou, China
Favorite saying: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” ― Winston S. Churchill
Favorite activities: Hiking and cooking
Dream baymate: Martin Freeman
Birthday: July 26





Zach Harvey
zharvey at stanford.edu

Zach Harvey

Research interests: Prion-based epigenetics
Education: BA, College of Wooster
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Favorite saying: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” -Carl Sagan
Favorite activities: Triathlon, Cooking/Eating
Dream baymate: Oliver Sacks
Birthday: July 17






Eddie Campbell
ecamp4 at stanford.edu

Eddie Campbell

NSF Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Non-amyloid prion conformations and their cellular consequences
Education: BS, California State University Stanislaus
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Favorite saying: “The first draft of anything is sh*t.” -Ernest Hemingway
Favorite activities: Hiking tall mountains, drawing with dots, fumbling around countries where I do not speak the language
Dream baymate: Joe Rogan
Birthday: July 8



Ray Futia

Ray Futia               rfutia at stanford.edu

Ray Futia

NSF Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Protein quality control and protein-based inheritance
Education: BS, Binghamton University
Hometown: Albany, NY
Favorite saying: “Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.” -Ray Bradbury
Favorite activities: Running, cooking, radio
Dream baymate: Richard Feynman
Birthday: July 16




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Alan Itakura        aitakura at stanford.edu

Alan Itakura

Research interests: The environmental influence on prion gating
Education: BSc, Imperial College London; MS, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Favorite saying: “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” — Albert Einstein
Favorite activities: Rock climbing, traveling, hiking, eating
Dream baymate: Albus Dumbledore
Birthday: September 21




Thomas Lozanoski        tlozanos at stanford.edu

Thomas Lozanoski

Research interests: Intrinsically disordered regions and gene regulation, engineering applications with prions
Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Hometown: Dyer, Indiana
Favorite saying:The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” -Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Favorite activities: Hiking, napping, cooking
Dream baymate: Anyone who laughs at my jokes
Birthday: June 21



Thomas Silvers            tsilvers at stanford.edu

Thomas Silvers

Joint with the Fraser Lab

Research interests: somatic evolution
Education: BS Biochemistry, Davidson College
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite saying: “Measure twice, cut once.”
Favorite activities: Concerts, comedy, boardgames, card games
Dream baymate: Sean Clements and Hayes DavenportBirthday: May 29





Andrés Iglesias-Thomé  aithome at stanford.edu

Andrés Iglesias-Thomé

Research interests: Prion biochemistry and the evolution of signalling pathways
Education: B.S. biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Hometown: Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Favorite saying: “A compass, […] it’ll point you true north from where you’re standing. But it’s got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you’ll encounter along the way. If, in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead heedless of obstacles and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp, what’s the use of knowing true north?” – Tony Kushner
Favorite activities: Soccer, video games and anything history-related
Dream baymate: Craig Ferguson
Birthday: April 23



Heidi Jarosz

Heidi Jarosz 


Research interests: canine evolution
Education: BS Genetics, UCLA
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite saying: “There’s no need to fear!” – Underdog
Favorite activities: long walks, jogging, eating
Dream baymate: Ivan Pavlov
Birthday: September 23






Livia Wyss
lwyss at stanford.edu

Livia Wyss

Research interests: Still being explored – protein misfolding and its consequences
Education: BS, Trinity College
Hometown: Stanford, CA
Favorite Saying: “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” -Albert Einstein
Favorite activities outside the lab: Hiking, cooking/baking/eating, and traveling
Dream Baymate: Benedict Cumberbatch
Birthday: September 6th



Cynthia Leyva  cleyva at stanford.edu

Cynthia Leyva

Research interests: Still being explored
Education: Ohlone College
Hometown: Soledad, California
Favorite Saying: “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser
Favorite activities outside the lab: Cooking, reading, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends
Dream Baymate: Michelle Obama
Birthday: July 8th






High School Students

Isha Mehrotra



Former Members 

James Byers

James Byers
jsbyers at stanford.edu

James Byers

Research Interests: How alternate protein folding states, such as prions,  modulate central cellular processes such as transcription and DNA repair and how these states are conserved across evolution. 
Education: BS, Indiana University.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN, USA (aka. Naptown)
Favorite saying: “You will get the most attention from those who hate you. No friend, no admirer and no partner will flatter you with as much curiosity.” -Nassim Taleb
Favorite activities outside the lab: Watching sports, reading science fiction, traveling, and beer.
Dream Baymate: Emma Stone or R2D2, whichever is more realistic
Birthday: December 28th


Richard She

Richard She
rshe at stanford.edu

Richard She

Stanford Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Synonymous mutations with strong fitness consequences
Education: BS, Princeton University
Hometown: The 2-oh-sickness (Seattle, WA, USA)
Favorite saying: “Use the boost to get thru!”
Favorite activities: summer softball, pickup basketball, standing long jump
Dream baymate: also Emma Stone
Birthday: The Fourth of July




Sharifa Sahai

Sathvik Palakurty

Clare Gill








Dr. Inbal Ziv-Uziel

Inbal Ziv-Uziel, PhD                           

Dr. Michelle Zeman

Michelle Zeman, PhD

Shirbi Ish-Shalom

Shirbi Ish-Shalom








Tina Smejkal

Tina Smejkal    

Alex Yuan

Alex Yuan

Qiong Zhou, lab technician, now at Indiana University

Qiong Zhou








Sachin Peddada, summer high school Intern, now at Harker School, San Jose

Sachin Peddad

Monica Chanda, high school intern, now student at Woodside High School in Woodside, CA

Monica Chanda

Minji Seok, summer undergraduate researcher, now at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Minji Seok








Brayon Fremin, Amgen summer student, now a graduate student at Stanford

Brayon Fremin