People

Daryll Gempis

Lab Manager, 2017-
B.A. Microbiology
Unfair advantage: makes the best lab signs, infinite patience
Interests: training and assisting the next generation of microbiologists

Elizabeth Bess

LSRF fellow, 2015-
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, B.Sc. in Biochemistry
Unfair advantage: can think like a molecule
Interests: discovering and expanding the scope of microbiome-catalyzed biotransformations

Ernesto Valencia

Administrative Assistant, 2017-
Unfair advantage: organization skills, lives near Noah’s Bagels
Interests: nurturing a collaborative and efficient research environment
 

Jessie A. Turnbaugh

Director, UCSF Gnotobiotic Core, 2014-
Ph.D. Molecular Cell Biology, B.Sc. Biology
Unfair advantage: can coordinate dozens of projects at once
Interests: accelerating and improving gnotobiotics

Jordan Bisanz

 
NSERC fellow, 2015-
Ph.D. in Microbiome research
Unfair advantage: is one with the matrix, excessive taurine intake
Interests: drug transporters, comparative genomics, clinical studies, and many more

Kathy Lam

CIHR Postdoctoral fellow, 2016-
Ph.D. in Biology, Certificate in Bioinformatics
Unfair advantage: makes the best illustrations
Interests: bacteriophage biology and technological applications

Kimberly Ly

Gnotobiotic Mouse Tech, 2017-
B.A. Biology, Vet tech in training
Unfair advantage: can think like a mouse
Interests: gnotobiotic re-derivation and advanced procedures

Margaret Alexander

Postdoctoral fellow, 2017-
Ph.D. in Immunology, B.A. in Biology
Unfair advantage: science hiakus, knows all the interleukins
Interests: control of immune function by bacterial metabolites

Paola Soto Perez

Tetrad Graduate student, 2016-
B.A. in Biology
Unfair advantage: isn’t afraid of radioactivity
Interests: CRISPR-Cas systems and developing genetics for intractable gut bacteria
 

Peter J. Turnbaugh

Assistant Professor, 2014-
Ph.D. in Genomics, B.A. in Biochemistry, Minor in Film Studies
Unfair advantage: was in the room where it happened
Interests: predicting and controlling the metabolism of complex microbial communities

Peter Spanogiannopoulos

CIHR fellow, 2014-
Ph.D. Biochemistry, B.Sc. Microbiology
Unfair advantage: bacterial genetics, can culture anything
Interests: metabolism of cancer drugs by human gut bacteria

Qi Yan Ang

Qi Yan Ang
Biomedical Sciences Graduate student, 2015-
B.A. in Biology
Unfair advantage: access to novel synthetic compounds
Interests: effects of very low-carbohydrate diets on the gut microbiome

Renuka Nayak

Rheumatologist/CTSI Scholar, 2015-
M.D./Ph.D. in Computational Biology
Unfair advantage: is an actual medical doctor
Interests: harnessing the microbiome to improve the treatment of rheumatic disease

Veronica Escalante

Tetrad Graduate student, 2017-
B.A. in Biology
Unfair advantage: can actually get statins to dissolve in solution
Interests: antimicrobial effects of statins