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, USA
Favorite saying: “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
Favorite activities outside the lab: mountain climbing on two wheels, performing groovy rhythms
Dream baymate: early shift: famous scientist to learn from; late shift: Eva Mendes
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

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




Graduate Students

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



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




Tina Smejkal

Tina Smejkal         smejkal at stanford.edu

Tina Smejkal

Visiting Graduate Student

Research interests: Still being explored – ranging from protein based molecular memories to medical applications of hydrogels
Education: BS, TU Dresden
Hometown: Dresden, Germany
Favorite saying: “You haven’t really been somewhere unless you’ve been there on foot..” -Johann W. von Goethe ; “Challenge accepted!” -Barney Stinson
Favorite activities: Rock climbing, hiking, ballroom dancing, …
Dream baymate: Tina prefers to work alone
Birthday: June 12




Undergraduate Students

Alex Yuan

Alex Yuan
yuana at stanford.edu

Alex Yuan

Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow

Research interests: How the Hsp90 chaperone impacts the evolution of new traits
Education: BS in progress at Stanford
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Favorite saying: “If you offer wisdom from a third party, it seems less arrogant and more acceptable” -Randy Pausch.
Favorite activities outside the lab: Running and biking
Dream baymate: Hayao Miyazaki
Birthday: April 21st





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



Former Members

Dr. Inbal Ziv-Uziel

Inbal Ziv-Uziel, PhD                           

Dr. Michelle Zeman

Michelle Zeman, PhD

Shirbi Ish-Shalom

Shirbi Ish-Shalom



Qiong Zhou, lab technician, now at Indiana University

Qiong Zhou, lab technician, now at Indiana University


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

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


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

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


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

Monica Chanda, high school summer intern, now a senior at Woodside High School in Woodside, CA


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


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