Lab Members

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D.

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D.

Title: Laboratory Head

Hometown: Los Altos, CA (USA)
Something you're inspired by: My kids
Favorite band: Hall & Oates
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: Sheltering in place

Alice Burchett

Alice Burchett

Title: Capstone Student, UW Bioengineering
Hometown: Deer Park, WA
Something you're inspired by: New ways that engineering and technology combine with medicine
Favorite band: CCR
Favorite Scientist: Marie Curie
A paper that amazes you: Multivascular networks and functional intravascular topologies within biocompatible hydrogels
Fantasy Benchmate: MacGyver
Favorite movie: LOTR
Fun is: camping, seeing new places, and frosting cakes

Sarah Crist, B.S.

Sarah Crist, B.S.

Title: MCB Graduate Student

Hometown: Southampton, NJ
Something you're inspired by: My momma
Favorite band: Ólafur Arnalds
Favorite scientist: Dr. Isaiah J. Fidler
A paper that amazes you: "Intravital Imaging Reveals Ghost Fibers as Architectural Units Guiding Myogenic Progenitors During Regeneration"
Fantasy benchmate: Ben Wyatt
Favorite movie: Pan’s Labyrinth
Fun is: Going on a long, unpopulated hike!

David Dai, Ph.D.

David Dai, Ph.D.

Title: DoD BCRP Breakthrough Fellow

Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Something you're inspired by: The book Natural Obsessions
Favorite band: Beyond
Favorite scientist: Erwin Schrödinger
A paper that amazes you: "Noise Facilitates Transcriptional Control under Dynamic Inputs"
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Fun is: Watching movies, cooking, kayaking

 

Erica Goddard, Ph.D.

Erica Goddard, Ph.D.

Title: DoD BCRF Breakthrough Fellow

Hometown: Lawrence, KS
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!

 

Candice Grzelak Ph.D.

Candice Grzelak Ph.D.

Title: Susan G. Komen Fellow

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

Carly Kano, B.S.

Carly Kano, B.S.

Title: Lab Aide
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
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

Grant Klug

Title: Research Technician

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
Something you're inspired by: My family
Favorite band: Panic! at the Disco
Favorite scientist: Jennifer Doudna 
A paper that amazes you: "Enhanced CAR-T cell activity against solid tumors by vaccine boosting through the chimeric receptor"
Fantasy benchmate: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Favorite movie: Studio Ghibli movies 
Fun is: Hiking, reading, and swimming! 

Vessel sculpture and Arnold Building on Fred Hutch campus

Annelise Snyder, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: 
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 + cmaping 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
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!

Aiyedun Uzamere, B.S.

Aiyedun Uzamere, B.S.

Title: Research Technician
Hometown: Sharon, PA
Something you're inspired by: The paths to success of Quentin Tarantino, Jay-Z, and Dennis Rodman
Favorite band: Arctic Monkeys
Favorite scientist: Rebecca Saxe
A paper that amazes you: Brain-machine interfaces from motor to mood
Fantasy benchmate: Alexander Shulgin
Favorite movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Fun is: Writing, playing sports, and socializing (responsibly) with friends


Former Lab Members 

Position/graduated to:

Patrick Carlson (Research Technician/Lab Manager) / Juno Therapeutics
Arko Dasgupta (Postdoctoral Fellow) / Research Fellow, Chris Kemp Lab, Fred Hutch
Marlowe Keller (Lab Aide) / Research Associate, Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences
Jeanna Kim (Research Technician/Lab Manager) / PATH
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) / Medical Student, University of Melbourne
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