Lab Members

Summer Research Training Program student
Bio:
I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where my interest for microbiology was sparked by the vast nature that surrounded me. I have been fostering this curiosity and, as a result, am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at UC Berkeley. I am interested in studying infectious diseases and host-pathogen interactions. At Cal, I study trans domain co-infections and priority effects in the Plodia moth. I have also grown increasingly curious about molecular and cellular host-pathogen interactions and am excited to pursue this interest this summer! I will be working to image Legionella infection in host cells to elucidate one of the pathways by which it regulates the ER stress response. Outside of lab, I do Bollywood fusion dance, karate, and shamelessly stop to pet dogs. I’m excited to be spending a fun summer across the bay!
1st year Tetrad Ph.D student
Bio:
I graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Biochemistry. As an undergrad, my research projects focused on the molecular mechanisms employed by immune cells to detect infection. As I learned more about the human immune system, I became intrigued by the clever ways in which pathogens avoid detection and reconfigure fundamental host cell pathways to promote their survival in a hostile environment. I’m excited for my spring rotation in the Mukherjee lab, where I’ll be working towards developing tools for live imaging of Legionella effectors within infected cells. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, knitting cozy socks, good beer, and exploring San Francisco as well as the unreal natural beauty all along the West Coast. Email: Ady.Steinbach@ucsf.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bio:
I attained my Diploma in Biochemistry from Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, and received my PhD in Cell Biology from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. During my PhD, I studied how selective autophagy re-establishes endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis after transient induction of the unfolded protein response. It has always captured my interest how intracellular pathogens subvert the host cell’s machineries to their advantage. As a joint Postdoc in the Mukherjee and Walter labs, I will now be studying how Legionella pneumophila modulates ER quality control and UPR signaling pathways. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, discovering the wonderful nature around and cooking with friends. Email: Julia.Noack@ucsf.edu
1st year Tetrad Ph.D student
Bio:
I grew up in Palo Alto, CA, a weird little town in the San Francisco Bay Area. In search of change, I spent four years studying at Williams College in the mountains of Massachusetts, graduating with a B.A. in Chemistry in June 2017. My love for microbial pathogenesis began with a microbiology course I took during the Fall semester of my Junior year. I completed an honors thesis in the lab of Professor Amy Gehring studying antibiotic synthesis in the soil-dwelling bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor, and have now moved on to the Tetrad Program at UCSF. In the Mukherjee Lab, I will be studying ER recruitment by Legionella during infection of human cells. When I’m not in lab, you can find me biking around the city (with stops to pet various dogs), tanning in Dolores Park, hiking with friends, or being a lazy blob at home.” Email: varun.bhadkamkar@ucsf.edu
Junior Lab Specialist
Bio:
I am a recent graduate of CSULB with a degree in microbiology. After having a great time in the Mukherjee Lab during the summer of 2016 as an SRTP student, I am looking forward to being back in the lab developing my research skill set before starting a Ph.D. program in cell biology. My interest in human pathogens began while studying Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite known for manipulating the behavior of its hosts. This year I will be learning more about host-pathogen interactions in the lab by studying how Legionella manipulates host-cell vesicle trafficking upon infection. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, biking, and exploring this wonderful city I now call home. Email: Haley.Gause@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
4th 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. Email: Steven.Moss@ucsf.edu
4th 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