Lab Members

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D.

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D.

Title: Laboratory Head

Hometown: Los Altos, CA (USA)
Something you're inspired by: Selflessness
Favorite band: Khalid
Favorite scientist: Mina Bissell (I'm biased!)
A paper that amazes you: "Wounding and its role in RSV-mediated tumor formation"
Fantasy benchmate: Judah Folkman
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Fun is: Cooking great food

Candice Grzelak Ph.D.

Candice Grzelak Ph.D.

Title: Staff Scientist

Hometown: Sydney, Australia (NSW)
Something you're inspired by: Bill and Melinda Gates (I love their dedication to important humanitarian and scientific endeavors, even though they haven’t started out as trained scientists) 
Favorite band: Equal tie goes to AFI and Alkaline Trio
Favorite scientist: Hans Clevers
A paper that amazes you: "Macrophage-derived Wnt opposes Notch signaling to specify hepatic progenitor cell fate in chronic liver disease"
Fantasy bench mate: Walter White
Favorite movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fun is: Going to see bands play

Erica Goddard, Ph.D.

Erica Goddard, Ph.D.

Title: DoD BCRF Breakthrough Fellow

Hometown: Lawrence, KS (USA)
Something you're inspired by: Old growth forest
Favorite band: The Pixies
Favorite scientist: Ann Chambers
A paper that amazes you: "Architecture of the wood-wide web"
Fantasy benchmate: Megan Rapinoe
Favorite movie: Blade Runner
Fun is: Climbing in the mountains!

 

Marissa Guerrero

Marissa Guerrero

Title: Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Mill Creek, WA (USA)
Something you're inspired by: My Sister
Favorite Band: Ariana Grande
Favorite Scientist: David Eagleman
A paper that amazes you: Transcriptional control of brain tumor stem cells by a carbohydrate binding protein
Fantasy benchmate: Loki
Favorite movie: Escape
Fun is: Hanging out with friends

 

Santino Iannone, B.S.

Santino Iannone, B.S.

Title: Bioinformatics Analyst

Hometown: Seattle, WA (USA)
Something you're inspired by: The Karamazovs
Favorite Band: Shocking Blue
Favorite Scientist: Pavel Pevzner
A paper that amazes you:  Challenging the point neuron dogma: FS basket cells as 2-stage nonlinear integrators
Fantasy benchmate: Dale Cooper
Favorite movie: Pickpocket
Fun is: Other People!

 

Carly Kano, B.S.

Carly Kano, B.S.

Title: Lab Aide
Hometown: Arcadia, CA (USA)
Something you're inspired by: Kind, genuine people
Favorite band: Common Kings
Favorite scientist: Peter and Rosemary Grant
A paper that amazes you: "How Bar-Headed Geese Fly Over the Himalayas"
Fantasy benchmate: David Attenborough
Favorite movie: The Lorax
Fun is: Beach bonfires in Hawaiʻi, camping, pajama days at home

Grant Klug, B.S.

Grant Klug, B.S.

Title: Research Technician

Hometown: Anchorage, AK (USA)
Something you're inspired by: My peers' accomplishments
Favorite band: Taylor Swift
Favorite scientist: Maurice Hilleman
A paper that amazes you: "Induction of pluripotent stem cells from mouse embryonic and adult fibroblast cultures by defined factors."
Fantasy benchmate: Velma Dinkley
Favorite movie: Parasite
Fun is: Skiing, running, cycling, backpacking, and most outdoor activities!

Emma Lederer, B.S.

Emma Lederer, B.S.

Title: Research Technician

Hometown: Madison, WI (USA)
Something you're inspired by: My family
Favorite band: Panic! at the Disco
Favorite scientist: Jennifer Doudna 
A paper that amazes you: "Tolerance is established in polyclonal CD4(+) T cells by distinct mechanisms, according to self-peptide expression patterns"
Fantasy benchmate: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Favorite movie: Studio Ghibli movies 
Fun is: Hiking, reading, and swimming! 

Annelise Snyder, PhD

Annelise Snyder, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Ashby, MA (USA)
Something you're inspired by: Silence in nature
Favorite Band: Odesza
Favorite Scientist: Yasmine Belkaid
A paper that amazes you: Inflammatory memory sensitizes skin epithelial cells to tissue damage
Fantasy benchmate: Jessica Walter (RIP)
Favorite movie: Hereditary
Fun is: Long van + camping trips with my dog, taking care of my plants, patio dinners with friends

 

Lynn Symonds, M.D.

Lynn Symonds, M.D.

Title: Heme-Onc Fellow

Hometown: , VT (USA)
Something you're inspired by: My patients
Favorite band: Lin Manuel Miranda
Favorite scientist: Elizabeth Blackwell
A paper that amazes youTrastuzumab plus Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Operable HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
Fantasy benchmate: Leslie Knope or Kate McKinnon
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Fun is: Seeing a musical on Broadway (post-pandemic) or hiking in the PNW!


Former Lab Members 

Position/graduated to:

Alice Burchett (UW Capstone Student) / Doctoral Candidate, University of Notre Dame Department of Bioengineering
Patrick Carlson (Research Technician/Lab Manager) / Juno Therapeutics
Sarah Crist (Graduate Student) / Postdoctoral Fellow, Rita Pelingeiro Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Jinxiang Dai (Postdoctoral Fellow) / Translational Medicine Scientist, Loxo Oncology
Arko Dasgupta (Postdoctoral Fellow) / Scientist, Adaptive Biotechnologies
Marlowe Keller (Lab Aide) / Research Associate, Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences
Jeanna Kim (Research Technician/Lab Manager) / Juno Therapeutics
Victoria Lawless (SURP Scholar) / MD-PHD Candidate, Rockefeller/MSK/Cornell Tri-I
Andrea Lim (MCB Graduate Student, NCI F99 Fellow) / K00 Postdoctoral Fellow, Steve Horvath Laboratory (UCLA)
Mani Moniri (Visiting Student) /University of Melbourne Medical School, Class of 2022
Laura Pisarsky (SNF.Mobility Postdoctoral Fellow) / Associate Principal Scientist, Boehringer Mannheim (Vienna)
Vera Schulte (Undergraduate Researcher) / UW Medical School, Class of 2021
Emma Schweitzer (Research Technician) / Rutgers University (Neuroscience PhD Program)
Ryann Shor (Research Technician/Lab Manager) / UW Medical School, Class of 2024
Aiyedun Uzamere (Research Technician) / University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Class of 2026