Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Bio:
I am a post-doc trying to explore the cell biology of Legionella infection. I completed my BS (Pune University) and MS (Visva Bharati University) in Biotechnology from my homeland India. After working a bit in RNA Biochemistry and Cell biology in NCBS and IISc (India), I moved for my PhD to the fashion city of Paris. During my PhD in Curie Institute, in the lab of Graça Raposo under Cédric Delevoye I was working on RAB GTPase (RAB6) and its implications in melanosome biogenesis in skin and ocular melanocytes in human and murine models. After graduation, the field of host-pathogen interactions captured my attention and I am intrigued as to how various components of the biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles and the host response to pathogens is shared. I am planning to dive into that field. After lab experiments, I explore experimenting in the kitchen-trying new recipes, learning new languages, cultures and reading. I am a big fan of TED talks and documentaries, traveling, running, volleyball and photography, music#playing/listening and I am also an enthusiastic animal lover…!! I am looking forward to the switch from classic Parisian environment to the dynamic Californian - bay area science culture. Email: Anand.Patwardhan@ucsf.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Bio:
I am interested in how Legionella effectors modulate the IRE1 branch of the host’s unfolded protein response during infection. I received my B.A. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and I earned my Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student, I studied a bacterium that makes magnetic crystals inside of intracellular membrane compartments called magnetosomes. My interest in microbiology and compartmentalization fuels my curiosity as to how pathogens modulate host pathways to create compartmentalized intracellular environments that are suitable for their growth and survival. Outside of the lab, I am a self-proclaimed chef, urban gardener, musician, friend and family man. I like camping, snow boarding, soccer and exploring the bay area’s wonders. Email: Elias.Cornejo-Warner@ucsf.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Bio:
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
3rd year CCB Ph.D student (joint with Kevan Shokat)
Bio:
I received a B.S. in Biochemistry from American University. While at American, I spent some time synthesizing and testing small molecule antibiotics. I then worked at the NIH for two years in the lab of Dr. Kenneth Jacobson. There, I had the opportunity to learn a variety of biochemical assays, as I worked with GPCRs and small molecule inhibitors. Upon arriving at UCSF I joined the Shokat lab, and quickly formed a close collaboration with the Mukherjee lab, where I now spend about half of my time. In my free time, I enjoy reading and walking around the city.
3rd year Tetrad Ph.D student
Bio:
I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with B.S. in Biochemistry and became a SoCal to NorCal transplant. I gained my first research experience characterizing apolipoprotein chimeras designed to improve cholesterol transport. While interning at the NIH investigating mutations in the CSB protein which cause Cockayne Syndrome, I developed an interest in aged related research and insight into the importance of research in discovering the etiology of disease. Outside of the lab, I enjoy exploring nature, the city, and coastline drives. I live an active life and love all types of team sports. I love everything that California has to offer, including great weather, good food, and craft beers. Email:Nnejiuwa.Ibe@ucsf.edu
Assistant Professor
Bio:
I grew up in Calcutta, India. I started my career in Chemistry (Calcutta University), then did Biochemistry (Calcutta University), Cell Biology (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY) and finally Microbiology (Yale University, New Haven). Currently, I am interested in understanding host-pathogen interactions. My favorite bug is Legionella, it is a great model: easy to do genetics, easy to infect and study host processes. Most importantly, it manipulates several host cell processes, thus making it a really good tool to study basic cell biology. My other interest in life is photography: I especially like taking landscape shots. I am a big fan of Ansel Adams. I love working at UCSF, it is a truly great place to do science. San Francisco as a city has a great deal to offer, including its proximity to Yosemite National Park. I am currently looking to expand my laboratory. If you are interested in joining us, send me an email with your CV. Email:Shaeri.Mukherjee@ucsf.edu