The Team

The success of the lab is driven by a team of intelligent and creative postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate, researchers led by Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler.

Principal Investigator 

Elizabeth Winzeler, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego
The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation
W.M. Keck Distinguished Young Scholar

Principal Investigator Dr. Elizabeth A. Winzeler is a professor in the Division of Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, Department of Pediatrics and director of translational research at the UC San Diego Health Sciences Center for Immunity, Infection & Inflammation. Read more…

Lab Members

Sabine Ottilie, Ph.D.

Project Manager MDTIP

Drug Target Identification
Yeast Models for Malaria
Synthetic Biology and Gene Editing

Irwin Sherman, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor
Professor Emeritus University of California (Riverside),
Assistant Clinical Professor
at School of Medicine, UCSD

Pamela Orjuela-Sanchez, Ph.D.

SRAIII & Lab Manager

Jaeson Calla, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Juan Carlos Jado, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biniam Ambachew

Undergraduate Researcher

Dylan Hutson

Undergraduate Researcher

Jan M Economy

Research Coordinator

Matthew Abraham

Graduate Student
Drug Target Identification
Hit 2 Lead Compound Development
Analog Target Profiling

Peter Chebi

Undergraduate Researcher
Gametocyte Drug Discovery
Gametocytogenesis Gene Identification

Caroline Page

Undergraduate Researcher
Drug Target Identification
Yeast Models for Malaria
Synthetic Biology and Gene Editing

Mclean Taggard

Undergraduate Researcher
HTS

Prianka Kumar

Undergraduate Researcher
Drug Target Identification
Yeast Models for Malaria
Synthetic Biology and Gene Editing

Jake Schenken

Undergraduate Researcher
Drug Target Identification
Yeast Models for Malaria
Synthetic Biology and Gene Editing

Erika Sasaki

Undergraduate Researcher

Melanie (Bing) Zou

Undergraduate Researcher

Andrea Cheung

SRA1
Drug Target Identification
Yeast Models for Malaria
Synthetic Biology and
Gene Editing

Emma Paytas

Undergraduate Researcher

Megan Verma

Undergraduate Researcher
Gametocyte Drug Discovery
Gametocytogenesis Gene Identification

Kristen Thorne

Undergraduate Researcher
Drug Target Identification
Yeast Models for Malaria
Synthetic Biology and Gene Editing

Lawrence Wang

Medical Student

Former Lab Members

Selina Bopp, Ph.D. | Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health 
Erika Flannery, M.P.H. Ph.D. | Scientist, The Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle 
Marisa Hovlid, Ph.D. | Thermo Fisher Scientific
Nobutaka Kato, Ph.D. | Scientist, The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT 
Claire Kidgell, Ph.D. | Program Officer, The Wellcome Trust 
Karine Le Roch, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, UC Riverside 
Case McNamara, Ph.D. | Principal Investigator, California Institute for Biomedical Research 
Shinji Okitsu, Ph.D. | Scientist, EMD Serono 
Vandana Ramachandran, Ph.D. | Program Officer, Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore (A*STAR) 
Shailendra Kumar Sharma, Ph.D. | Research Associate, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) 
Scott Westenberger, Ph.D. | Field Application Scientist, Illumina 
Melanie Wree, Ph.D.  
Stephan Meister, Ph.D.

Taylor Bright, Ph.D. | Founder, Novoron Bioscience Inc. 
Neekesh Dharia, M.D. Ph.D. | Pediatric Oncology Fellow, Dana Farber 
Gregory Goldgof, Ph.D. | Medical Student, UCSD Medical Scientist Training Program
Jeff Johnson, Ph.D. | Research Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco 
Justine Swann, Ph.D. | Arbor Scientia
Jason Young, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, UCSD 
Victoria Corey | Illumina

Olivia Fuchs
Sang Kim | Pharmacy Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
Marie Nachon | Illumina
Haidang Nguyen | Medical Student, Michigan State University
Maximo Prescott
Suriya Singhakul
Rebecca Stanhope
Christine Teng
Felicia Gunawan
Alan Du
Jennifer Yang
Eddie Vigil

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