Alumni

1st year Tetrad Rotation student
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I recently graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Biophysics. During my undergraduate research, I studied the type I CRISPR immune system in E. coli K12. I also spent a summer studying which factors in honey bee development affect overall health and pathogen resistance. My CRISPR research showed me the complex interplay that exists between hosts and their pathogens, while my honey bee research taught me how quickly that interplay can become unbalanced in favor of the pathogen. I'm excited for my spring rotation in the Mukherjee lab, where I'll be studying how Legionella recruits and manipulates host proteins upon infection. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, bar trivia, cooking with friends, and exploring the great city of San Francisco!
BMS 1st year rotation student
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Graduate student in Joanne Engel's lab
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Hola! I am Ramiro. I was raised in northeast Mexico and graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) with a BS in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. From field collections, molecular and ecological analyses, at UTRGV, I studied the vectors (kissing bugs) of Chagas disease, a neglected parasitic disease. Additionally, during my summer program at UCLA, I studied the cytokine response elicited by neutrophils in response to the parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis. I recently joined the Biomedical Sciences Program (BMS) at UCSF, where I am looking to do research about microbial pathogenesis, from studying key molecules involved in pathogenesis to assessing how the host machinery is affected by these molecules. I am excited for these upcoming years at UCSF which has an incredible scientific community! Outside the lab, I really like to attend to art exhibits, plays, music shows, and ballet recitals. Also, I enjoy exploring nature and the city (mainly restaurants!). Email: ramiro.patino@ucsf.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Bio-tech job in Germany
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I am a freshly assigned native German Postdoctoral Scholar who can’t wait to investigate Legionella’s impact on the unfolded protein response pathway. Back in Germany, I received my B.S. in Biology from the University of Muenster and my M.S. in Molecular Medicine from the Charité University Medicine, Berlin. I performed my PhD research in the lab of Prof. Thomas F. Meyer at the Max-Planck-Institute of Infection Biology, Berlin and graduated with a Dr. rer. nat. in Molecular Biology at the Humboldt University, Berlin. I have a strong background in infection biology having worked with different kinds of viruses and extracellular bacteria and seeking now to add intracellular bacs like Legionella to that list. Outside of the lab, I enjoy exploring the vibrant Bay Area and attend all kinds of sporting events from the A’s to the Dubs. After work, I relax by having some cold California brewed craft beers. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philipp_Schlaermann Email: Philipp.Schlaermann@ucsf.edu
1st Year Tetrad Rotation
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Graduate student in Peter Turnbaugh's lab
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Hello, I’m Vero. I grew up in Mexico for the majority of my life and completed my undergrad at the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry. There, I worked in a biochemistry lab focused on studying the cholesterol degradation pathway of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. A summer research opportunity here at UCSF brought me to the bay area and got me excited over joining such a great community as a Ph.D. student. Although my interests lean towards studying host-pathogen interactions and the mechanisms by which pathogens lead to infection, I am excited to also explore new topics here at UCSF. I look forward to all the great things I will learn from the Mukherjee lab this summer as a Tetrad rotation student. Aside from the lab, I enjoy hanging out with friends, the art of cooking, good food, a nice cup of coffee and traveling.
Undergraduate Researcher
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Junior Specialist in Mukherjee Lab
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I am a rising senior at California State University, Long Beach pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology. There, I study the physiological mechanisms of the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii. I am currently doing a two-month summer research training program in the Mukherjee lab. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to become a medical scientist and specialize in the research and treatment of infectious diseases. When I’m not in lab, my time is spent doing yoga, rock-climbing and arts and crafts. I am looking forward to spending the summer in San Francisco exploring the city and gaining amazing research experience.
Joined CCB Ph.D student with Kevan Shokat
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Bio tech job at Boston Consulting Group
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I am interested in closing the gap between kinases and known sites of phosphorylation by utilizing chemical biology techniques and mass spectrometry to directly identify substrates of specific kinases. I am also interested in studying the global reprogramming of the kinases in cancer to identify new drug targets.