Current Members

Jim Boonyaratanakornkit

Jim Boonyaratanakornkit, M.D., Ph.D.

Title: Principal Investigator
Twitter: @JimBoonyaratana
July 2016 – Present (Lab established July 2022)
Jim is an infectious disease specialist and virologist who focuses his research and clinical practice on preventing and treating viral infections in vulnerable populations. He is also passionate about teaching and medical education. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, tennis, food adventures, and music.

Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Title: Lab Manager
November 2022 - Present
Elizabeth graduated from University of Washington with a bachelors in Biochemistry and over 8 years of experience in research. She supports Boonyaratanakornkit Lab, Lund Lab, Prlic Lab and Taylor Lab here at Fred Hutch. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading, being on the water, and socializing with friends and family. 

Madeleine Bibby

Madeleine Bibby, B.S.

Title: Research Technician
March 2021 – Present
Maddi graduated from Washington State University with a double Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Biology with Honors. Her senior thesis on the genetics of grizzly bears and insulin resistance led her down the path of medicine and eventually into cancer research. Since joining the lab in 2021, she has worked on a number of projects studying monoclonal antibodies against respiratory viruses in transplant and immunocompromised populations as well as COVID-19. Maddi plans to enter graduate school in the Fall of 2023 to get a PhD in cancer biology or immunology and hopes to one day run her own lab.


Sara Pernikoff

Sara Pernikoff, B.S.

Title: Research Technician
September 2022 - Present
Sara graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor's in Biology and an emphasis in Bioethics. She previously worked as a technician exploring molecular mechanisms related to protein degradation in plants. Sara is excited to join the Boonyaratanakornkit lab. Outside of lab, she enjoys hiking and paddle boarding.

Melanie Rotepohl

Melanie Rötepohl, M.S.

Title: Research Assistant
October 2022 - Present
Melanie graduated from Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf with a Master's degree in Molecular Biomedicine. Her master's research focused on women's health, including endometriosis and breast cancer. This project showed her that she is passionate about cancer research and wants to gain more work experience in this field. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys reading books and socializing with friends and family.

Research Administration

Laura Yates

Laura Yates, B.A.

Title: Grants Specialist, Research Administration
April 2018 – Present
Laura is a research administrator with over 4 years of experience at Fred Hutch and 9 years total in non-profit grants management. Outside of assisting in proposal and budget management, she enjoys too many hobbies to master any, but hopes to one day improve her surfing skills from beginner to mediocre at least. 

Former Mentees

Kristin Fitzpatrick

Kristin Fitzpatrick

Title: Graduate student, Department of Pathology, University of Washington (Taylor Lab)
June 2018 – June 2022
Subsequent position: Research associate, Mozart Therapeutics

Madelyn Caban

Madelyn Caban

Title: Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, University of Washington (Taylor Lab)
July 2020 – August 2021
Subsequent position: Graduate school, Department of Immunology, University of Washington

Dillon Alwan

Dillon Alwan

Title: Research Technician (Taylor Lab)
September 2017 – June 2021
Subsequent position: Graduate school, Department of Public Health, Columbia University