I am fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group that is focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges in biomedical research and clinical diagnostics through innovation, hard work, and perseverance. Outside of work, I enjoy anything outdoors in the bay area, as well as spending time with my family.
Veronica received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona. In the lab, she is passionate about working out the details of new biotechnology methods. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
Yakun received her Ph.D. in Internal Medicine (Hematology) from Peking Union Medical College in 2016. She joined the Gawad Lab as a Postdoc in 2018, and has been studying pediatric acute leukemia cell biology with single-cell genomic and transcriptomic sequencing. She is passionate about uncovering the mechanisms of leukemia development and treatment resistance.
Kartika receiver her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is passionate about making discoveries that contribute to the advancement of science and human health, as well as interacting with other researchers and students to solve big challenges. She loves traveling to new places to meet local people and learn about new cultures.
David received a BA in Biology from NYU and MS in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts, and is now a medical student at the California University of Science and Medicine. He is passionate about computational biology and creating new knowledge, tools, and therapies in medicine. He loves spending time outdoors hiking, running, rock climbing, and backpacking!
Athena he joined the Gawad Lab in 2021 after getting her bachelor’s in Human Biology at UC Santa Cruz. She is interested in using single cell sequencing technologies to learn more about neurodegenerative diseases and leukemia in pediatric patients. When she’s not in lab, she likes to play the guitar and discover new places to eat!
Brandon studied Molecular and Cell Biology, as well as Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is passionate about learning about single-cell data analysis methods, innovative thinking in research, research design, and question-driven analysis. He loves listening to and making music, exploring nature, and playing basketball.
Shawn majored in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. In the lab, he is passionate about applying data science and computational analyses to medical research and contributing to research into personalized treatments to diseases like cancer using -omic data. In his free time, he loves rock climbing, studying history and playing tabletop games.
Vibhu received his Ph.D. is Biostatistics from Stanford. He developed enose AI analytics in the lab before becoming a Senior Director of Data Science at Medidata Solutions.
Yuntao received his Ph.D. is Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from UPenn. In the lab, he developed novel single-cell and cell-free sequencing protocols and computational pipelines before becoming a Senior Scientist at Orchid Health.
Siva received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Universität des Saarlandes. In the lab, he helped develop several new experimental protocols for single-cell and cell-free DNA sequencing before becoming a Staff Scientist at St. Jude.
Rob received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Ottawa. In the Lab, he led the development and implementation of all computational pipelines. He then joined BioSkryb Genomics as Director of Bioinformatics.
Anju received her M.S. in Biomedical Research from the Morehouse School of Medicine before joining the lab as a technician focused on single-cell sequencing methods. She continued working as a technician at St. Jude when the Gawad lab moved to Stanford.
Ousman received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Georgia. In the lab, he developed novel computational pipelines for cell-free and single-cell sequencing before becoming a Genomics Bioinformatician at IBM Watson Health.
Yuki received a BS from Brown before working in the lab as a technician focused on cell-free DNA sequencing. After working in the lab for a year, she entered the M.D./Ph.D. program at UT Southwestern.
Morgan developed methods for single-cell mitochondrial sequencing while she was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. She was then awarded a Cancer Research Training Award from NCI to continue her training at NIH.
Ian learned about single-cell sequencing while he was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he spent time as a clinical coordinator at UCSF before entering as a medical student at Cornell.
Sarah received her MS in Pharmacology as a Fulbright Scholar while studying cell-free DNA sequencing in the Lab. She then returned to Cairo where she is a lead pharmacist at Cancer Children’s Hospital, Egypt.
Greg studied methods for barcoding and performing single-cell sequencing of leukemia samples while he was an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans before entering as an M.D./Ph.D student at Wayne State University.
Shelby studied methods for performing single-cell sequencing of leukemia samples before starting his studies as a medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.