Class Notes

Rita Barakat (BA 2015) is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California, assistant program director for the Young Scientists Program, and STEM curriculum developer and instructor for the Neighborhood Academic Initiative.
Ben Berman (PhD 2006) is currently an associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Cecilia Blikstad (Postdoc 2019) just completed a postdoctoral position in the Kerfeld lab and is moving to Uppsala University, Sweden for a principal investigator position.
Christopher Buser (Postdoc 2011) completed his postdoctoral position in 2011 and is now senior faculty at the Oak Crest Institute of Science.
Justine Chia (PhD 2019) is currently a data scientist at Austin Capital Data, a company which is rooted in bioinformatics and applications of knowledge graphs, and committed to making the fruits of deep technology accessible to a broader audience.
Justin De Leon (PhD 2017) is a postdoctoral research fellow at Genentech in South San Francisco.
• Adriana Eisner (BA 2005) is a director of Commercial Planning at Gilead Sciences.
Sarah Gaffen (PhD 1994) is the Gerald P. Rodnan Professor in the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2020, she was awarded the BioLegend/William E. Paul Award for Excellence in Cytokine Research by the International Cytokine and Interferon Society.
Erin Goley (PhD 2006) is an associate professor of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her lab studies bacterial cell biology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of bacterial morphogenesis and growth adaptation.
• Scott Keeney (PhD 1993) now heads a lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Molecular Biology Program.
Tracy Kuo (BA 1999, Postdoc 2010) is the senior director of biology and translational science at Tallac Therapeutics.
Lauren Kushner (BA 2010) is a first-year Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellow at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital after completing her pediatric residency at Stanford and her MD at UC Irvine.
Teresa Lee (PhD 2014) just started her lab as an assistant professor of Biological Sciences at UMass Lowell.
Katherine Lipari (PhD 2016) is currently working as a visiting professor at Mills College as well as a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University.
Lisa Parker (PhD 1996) is vice president at emotive, an award-winning UK based global healthcare communications agency, where she leads a team of medical writers and strategists.  Elizabeth Quezada (PhD 2008) has since received an MPH from Columbia University and has worked in healthcare roles for the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as pharmaceutical company ICON.
Aakanksha Singhvi (PhD 2008) is an assistant professor in the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA.
Ron Swanson (PhD 1991) is currently the chief scientific officer at Tyra Biosciences.
Hyesoo Youn (PhD 2017) is a machine learning engineer at Ginger, a mental health tech company.  


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