Principal Investigator

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
Favorite saying: ‘Trust your data. They never lie to you” – Gail Ferguson
Favorite activities outside the lab: Hiking, Kayaking
Dream baymate: Stephen Colbert
Email: jarosz at stanford dot edu
CV | Bio

Postdoctoral Fellows

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
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
Email: zabinsky at stanford dot 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
Favorite saying: “If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”
Favorite activities outside the lab: Photography, Hiking
Dream baymate: Heisenberg
Email: anupamkc at stanford dot edu

Christopher Jakobson, PhD

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Engineering the spatial organization of protein ensembles
Education: BS, Cornell; PhD, UC Berkeley
Favorite saying: “You get what you select for”
Favorite activities outside the lab: Running, cooking, watching the Warriors
Dream baymate: Dickson Despommier
Email: cjakobso at stanford dot edu

Lucy Xie, PhD

Research interests: Aging and genetic architecture of neurodegenerative diseases, stress and prions
Education: BS, University of Toronto; PhD, University of Toronto
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
Email: lucyxie at stanford dot 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
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: Mendel
Email: shadys at stanford dot edu

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
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: Aristotle
Email: jose.aguilar at stanford dot edu

Matilde Bertolini, PhD

Research interests: Quality control and inheritance of protein
Education: BS and MS, University of Parma; PhD, ZMBH Heidelberg
Favorite saying: “Computers are useless, they only give you answers”
Favorite activities outside the lab: traveling, tracking down good food places, ballet
Dream baymate: Raymond Holt

Cat Triandafillou, PhD

Research Interests: Evolutionary dynamics and environmental interactions
Education: BS Temple University; PhD University of Chicago
Favorite saying: “Still, a great deal of light falls on everything.” -Vincent van Gogh
Favorite activities outside of lab: Climbing, aerials, biking, swimming, concerts, cooking
Dream baymate: Mary Oliver

Graduate Students

Jonathan Mares

Research interests: The relationship between genotype and phenotype and its modulators
Education: BS, CSU Long Beach
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
Email: jmares2 at stanford dot edu

Eddie Campbell

NSF Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Non-amyloid prion conformations and their cellular consequences
Education: BS, California State University Stanislaus
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
Email: ecamp4 at stanford dot edu

Ray Futia

NSF Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Protein quality control and protein-based inheritance
Education: BS, Binghamton University
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
Email: rfutia at stanford dot edu

Thomas Lozanoski

Research interests: Intrinsically disordered regions and gene regulation, engineering applications with prions
Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
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
Email: tlozanos at stanford dot edu

Thomas Silvers

Joint with the Fraser Lab

Research interests: somatic evolution
Education: BS Biochemistry, Davidson College
Favorite saying: “Measure twice, cut once.”
Favorite activities: Concerts, comedy, boardgames, card games
Dream baymate: Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport
Email: tsilvers at stanford dot edu

Andrés Iglesias-Thomé

Stanford Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Prion biochemistry and the evolution of signalling pathways
Education: B.S. Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
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
Email: aithome at stanford dot edu

Alex van Elgort

NSF Graduate Fellow

Research interests: Meta-stable states in evolution, disease, and development. Mechanisms governing genome stability and cancer transformation.
Education: BS, University of California, Davis
Favorite saying: “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist of creating out of void but out of chaos” -Mary Shelley
Favorite activities: Spending time with my dogs, watching trashy TV, and looking at the stars
Dream baymate: Dan Harmon
Email: acvanelg at stanford dot edu

Sifei Yin

Stanford Graduate Fellow; Joint with the Ting Lab

Research interests: Mitochondria and ER in proteostasis, mitochondria genetics.
Education: BS, MS University of Cambridge
Favorite saying: “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
Favorite activities: “Encouraging” people to make funny pose for photos, reading crime fiction, cooking
Dream baymate: Stanley Lieber
Email: sifeiyin at stanford dot edu

Theo Yang

Research interests: Protein aggregation, modelling colloidal gels
Education: BS, Caltech
Favorite saying: “Theory and practice are the same in theory but not in practice”
Favorite activities: Playing Soccer, Reading sci-fi
Dream baymate: Ursula K. Le Guin
Email: tsyang at stanford dot edu

Heidi Jarosz

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


Taylor Crisologo

Research Interests: Previously avian ecology and behavior, now finding the most organized and efficient ways to support my labs!
Education: Cornell University
Favorite saying: “The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” — John Muir
Favorite activities outside the lab: Birdwatching, Polynesian dance, scuba diving, hiking, reading, and science communication
Dream baymate: E.O. Wilson
Email: tlc95 at stanford dot edu