Lab Members

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.
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
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