Philosophy

Our lab aims to answer fundamental questions in immunology and cancer research using cutting-edge high-throughput genome technologies. Importantly, we believe in team science and collaboration as the cornerstone of scientific discovery! All members of the lab are encouraged to collaborate early and often, both within the lab, and with labs in and out of Stanford. 

Team Members

Meelad Amouzgar

Data Analyst

B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UC Davis; M.S. Health Informatics, University of San Francisco

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Meelad Amouzgar

Data Analyst

B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UC Davis; M.S. Health Informatics, University of San Francisco

Meelad is a researcher in the Satpathy lab working on collaboration projects between the lab and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI). He obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from UC Davis and worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Jodi Nunnari’s lab. After graduating, he briefly worked in oncolytic virus therapies before switching towards researching cancer biomechanics in Dr. Sophie Dumont’s lab at UC San Francisco. While in the Dumont lab, he obtained his M.S. in Health Informatics with a Data Science emphasis from the University of San Francisco. Prior to his joint appointment with the Satpathy lab and PICI, he worked on the Informatics team at PICI analyzing datasets from biomedical “big data” projects and helped build their translational engineering stack. 

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Julia Belk

Ph.D. Student, Computer Science

B.S. Electrical Engineering, MIT

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Julia Belk

Ph.D. Student, Computer Science

B.S. Electrical Engineering, MIT

Julia is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department. She received a S.B. degree from MIT in 2017 and has previously worked at SpaceX and Sisu Data. Her research uses functional and single-cell genomics to study the immune system.

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Frank Buquicchio

Ph.D. Student, Immunology

B.S. Biology, Northeastern University

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Frank Buquicchio

Ph.D. Student, Immunology

B.S. Biology, Northeastern University

Frank is a graduate student in the Immunology program at Stanford. Frank received a B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University in 2016. During his undergraduate, he did research on SLNCR1, a novel long non-coding RNA involved in melanoma metastasis, at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and worked at Editas Medicine developing CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in primary T cells. Before enrolling at Stanford, Frank continued to work at Editas developing a targeted integration approach to gene editing in primary T cells for the treatment of X-linked Hyper IgM syndrome.

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Bence Daniel

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Immunology and Genomics, University of Debrecen

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Bence Daniel

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Immunology and Genomics, University of Debrecen

Bence is a joint postdoctoral researcher in the Satpathy and Chang laboratories. He received his PhD in immunology and genomics from the University of Debrecen (Debrecen, Hungary), where he studied macrophage responses to nuclear receptor ligands using genome-wide approaches. As a postdoctoral fellow, he joined Dr. Laszlo Nagy`s research group at Sanford Burnham (Orlando, USA), where he examined the epigenetic mechanisms of macrophage polarization. In addition, for a year he joined John Hopkins University, where he was doing research on the 3D genome architectural features of macrophages. Bence’s main interests are: How do immune cells respond to changes in their microenvironment? What are the mechanistic details of cellular memory formation in immune cells? What defines immune cell responsiveness to stimulation? His main motivation is to identify the key regulatory circuitries of transcription factors that define immune cell responses at the single cell level.

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Hugo Kitano

Master's Student, Computer Science

B.S. Computer Science, B.A. Music, Stanford University

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Hugo Kitano

Master's Student, Computer Science

B.S. Computer Science, B.A. Music, Stanford University

Hugo Kitano is a coterminal Master’s student in Computer Science at Stanford University. He completed a BS in Computer Science and BA in Music at Stanford in 2017, completing research on evolutionary genomics and polygenic selection as an undergraduate. Last year, Hugo worked on deep neural networks for time-to-event data on secondary primary lung cancer under Dr. Summer Han at Stanford’s Quantitative Sciences Unit. He joined Professor Satpathy’s lab in January. 

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Caleb Lareau

Postdoctoral Fellow/Stanford Science Fellow

Ph.D. Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University

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Caleb Lareau

Postdoctoral Fellow/Stanford Science Fellow

Ph.D. Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University

Caleb is a joint postdoctoral fellow in the Satpathy and Kundaje Laboratories. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2020 where his thesis concerned the development of new approaches for enabling single-cell epigenomics and lineage tracing at scale. As part of the inaugural class of Stanford Science Fellows, Caleb’s research will span traditional disciplines in computer science, immunology, and genetics to understand the dynamics of human tissue in homeostasis and disease. 

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Aditi Limaye

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Aditi Limaye

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Aditi Limaye is an undergraduate research assistant and member of the Stanford Class of 2023. She graduated in 2019 from Bob Jones High School in Madison, AL. In her high school years participated in the Research Science Institute in 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute in Technology, where she researched limit shapes of partitions. Also in her high school years she founded a nonprofit in STEM education called MCS Beast Academy. She now hopes to study bioengineering and math at Stanford.

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Nghi Ly

Lab Technician

B.S. Biology, UC Irvine

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Nghi Ly

Lab Technician

B.S. Biology, UC Irvine

Nghi is a lab technician in the Department of Pathology at Stanford. Nghi received her B.S. in Biology from UC Irvine in 2019. During her undergraduate, she did research in Dr. Michael Rose’s Lab on the Biology of Aging, using Drosophila as the model organism to study how aging is affected by natural selection.

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Stefanie Meier

Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. Biochemistry, ETH Zurich; M.S. Microbiology and Immunology, ETH Zurich; Ph.D., University College London

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Stefanie Meier

Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. Biochemistry, ETH Zurich; M.S. Microbiology and Immunology, ETH Zurich; Ph.D., University College London

Stefanie is a joint postdoctoral fellow in the Satpathy lab and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI). She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and her Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Immunology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. During her PhD at the University College London (UCL), she investigated the role of epigenetic regulators in pediatric glioma and revealed novel drug targets for this disease.

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Max Miao

Rotation Student, Genetics

B.S. Chemical and Physical Biology, Harvard University

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Max Miao

Rotation Student, Genetics

B.S. Chemical and Physical Biology, Harvard University

Max is a rotation student in the Satpathy Lab. He is a first-year graduate student in the genetics program. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical and Physical Biology in 2019. During his undergraduate studies, he worked in Dr. Vijay Kuchroo’s lab and Dr. David Liu’s lab.

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Joy Pai

Ph.D. Student, Immunology

B.A. Computer Science and Biology, Columbia University

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Joy Pai

Ph.D. Student, Immunology

B.A. Computer Science and Biology, Columbia University

Joy is a graduate student in the Immunology program at Stanford. She received her bachelor’s in Computer Science and Biology from Columbia University in 2016. During this time, she worked in the lab of Dr. Chaolin Zhang, studying neuronal RNA regulatory networks. After graduation, she joined Dr. Michel Nussenzweig’s lab at The Rockefeller University as a bioinformatician, where she developed computational approaches to study the HIV latent reservoir. In the Satpathy Lab, Joy is interested in integrating single-cell genomics data to study T cell clonal dynamics.

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Kevin Parker

Ph.D. Student, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

B.A. Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

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Kevin Parker

Ph.D. Student, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

B.A. Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Kevin is a graduate student in the SCBRM program at Stanford. He worked as an undergraduate in Kevin Eggan’s lab at Harvard, studying the development and degeneration of hypothalamic neurons involved in narcolepsy. In the Chang lab at Stanford, Kevin is working on the development of genetic technologies to understand the regulation of gene expression and RNA localization in the cell, as well genomic analyses to understand the effects of cancer immunotherapies in patients.

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Mirela Puljic

Administrative Associate

B.A. History, San Jose State University

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Mirela Puljic

Administrative Associate

B.A. History, San Jose State University

Mirela is a Administrative Associate and Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Coordinator at Stanford’s School of Pathology. In 2014, Mirela Obtained her Bachelor Degree of History at San Jose State University. Prior to joining Stanford’ School of Pathology in 2016, Mirela worked as an associate at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In August 2019, Mirela obtained her Master of Public Administration from California State, Northridge. Mirela’s graduate studies focused on administrative leadership and management.

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Yanyan Qi

Life Science Research Professional 3

Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Xinxiang Medical University China

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Yanyan Qi

Life Science Research Professional 3

Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Xinxiang Medical University China

Yanyan is a Life science research professional 3 (LSRP3) in Satpathy lab in the Department of Pathology. Yanyan obtained her Bachelor Degree of Clinical Medicine from Xinxiang Medical University China in 2011, and she spent her last year of Medical school in the People’s Hospital of Puyang for an internship. From 2012 to 2016, she worked on Drosophila gut stem cell and aging in Dr. Henri Jasper lab as a Research Assistant at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato CA. Before joining Satpathy lab, she worked as a LSRP2 in Dr. Howard Chang lab mentored by Dr. Satpathy, and then as a Senior Research Associate at PACT Pharma in South San Francisco.  

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Katalin Sandor

Postdoctoral Fellow

M.S. Molecular Biology, University of Debrecen; Ph.D. Genomics, University of Debrecen

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Katalin Sandor

Postdoctoral Fellow

M.S. Molecular Biology, University of Debrecen; Ph.D. Genomics, University of Debrecen

Katalin is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Satpathy lab (Department of Pathology). She received her Master of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Debrecen (Hungary), where she studied the roles of adenosine in the engulfment of apoptotic thymocytes by macrophages in the laboratory of Dr. Zsuzsa Szondy. She completed her Ph.D. in genomics studying the long-range regulation of transglutaminase 2 expression in apoptotic thymocytes, having important roles in apoptotic cell death. She got really interested in epigenetic regulation of gene expression and joined Dr. Timothy Osborne’s group as a postdoctoral researcher at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Orlando, Fl, and Johns Hopkins University, investigating the transcriptomic signatures, epigenetic landscape and 3D genome architecture of human adipocytes/preadipocytes from anatomically distinct locations. Now she is interested in the single cell analyses of T cells exhaustion in the context of chronic viral infections and cancer.

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Ansuman Satpathy

Assistant Professor

M.D./Ph.D. Immunology, Washington University in St. Louis

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Ansuman Satpathy

Assistant Professor

M.D./Ph.D. Immunology, Washington University in St. Louis

Ansu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the Immunology, Cancer Biology, and Biomedical Informatics Programs, Bio-X, and a faculty fellow in ChEM-H. Ansu completed an M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, and clinical residency in pathology and postdoctoral training in genetics at Stanford.

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Quanming Shi

Research Associate

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University; Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Quanming Shi

Research Associate

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University; Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Quanming Shi is a joint Research Associate in Satpathy lab and Chang lab. He received Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua university, and Ph.D in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he studied single molecular binding force measurement and cellular mechanotranduction in developmental and cancer context. He worked on single molecule imaging, CRISPR editing and tagging, and coupling with genomics to study protein and DNA binding during Postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Currently he primarily focuses on single cell multi-omics and CRISPR screening.

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Shreya Sirivolu

Life Science Research Professional

B.A. Biology, Columbia University

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Shreya Sirivolu

Life Science Research Professional

B.A. Biology, Columbia University

Shreya received a B.A. in Biology from Columbia University in 2019. Through a fellowship awarded by Columbia, she investigated the genetic basis of mating call characteristics of African clawed frogs in 2017. The following two years, she worked in the Division of Nephrology at Columbia University Medical Center to identify causal recessive coding variants of kidney diseases. She is currently a Life Science Research Professional in our lab and is interested in attending medical school in the future.

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Danny Wells

Visiting Scholar

Ph.D. Applied Math, Northwestern University

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Danny Wells

Visiting Scholar

Ph.D. Applied Math, Northwestern University

Daniel Wells, PhD, is a Visiting Scholar and the senior data scientist at PICI. The first member of the informatics team, he’s worn a lot of hats since the institute opened, including: collaborating with PICI investigators to accelerate scientific discovery; contributing to the design of in-house tools for next generation sequencing analysis; and contributing to PICI-lead research projects such as TESLA. Currently his focus is building out capabilities to analyze multi-omic data sets to identify new strategies for combination immunotherapy (“Reverse Translational Medicine”).

Throughout all of his work, his core passion is leveraging large data sets to uncover basic principles of human tumor immunobiology, and collaborating with doctors and clinical investigators to translate these discoveries into new therapies for cancer patients.

Before joining PICI, Wells was a postdoctoral fellow at UC-Berkeley where he studied the the evolution of multicellular animal life. He completed his PhD in applied math at Northwestern University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, where he worked on a diverse set of projects in machine learning, computational biophysics, and tumor immunology. He did his undergraduate degree in math at Carleton College. An internationally recognized speaker, he has published dozens of research articles in journals such as Nature and Nature Medicine

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Winnie Yao

Life Science Research Professional 1

B.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley

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Winnie Yao

Life Science Research Professional 1

B.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley

Winnie is a Life science research professional 1 (LSRP1) in Satpathy lab in the Department of Pathology. She obtained her Bachelor Degree from UC Berkeley in 2016. Before joining the Satpathy lab, she worked as a LSRP1 in Mark M. Davis lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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Katie Yost

Ph.D. Student, Cancer Biology

B.S. Biochemistry, Washington and Lee University

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Katie Yost

Ph.D. Student, Cancer Biology

B.S. Biochemistry, Washington and Lee University

Katie is a graduate student in the Cancer Biology Program at Stanford. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Washington and Lee University in 2014. In her undergraduate research, she studied mechanisms of ribosomal RNA quality control. Before starting graduate school, she studied telomere maintenance mechanisms in osteosarcoma as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Cancer Institute. As a graduate student in the Chang lab, she is interested in applying single cell genomics to study immune cell dynamics in the context of checkpoint blockade.

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Our lab is always looking for new members! Please email Ansu your CV and a brief summary of your past and future research interests!

We are recruiting at all levels, including undergraduates, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and computational and wet-lab research scientists.