Wet Lab Research Staff (Wet lab phone: (831) 459-1014)

Sofie Salama
Research Scientist in Biomolecular Engineering and Wet Lab Director
Functional analysis of recently evolved human genome sequences in early and cerebral cortex development using pluripotent stem cell models.

Kristof Tigy, Lab Manager

Siddhi Umesh Bhandarkar, Assistant Specialist

Jason FernandesAssistant Project Scientist

Paola Angulo,  Junior Specialist

Yvonne Vasquez, Technical Project Management Assistant



2019-                 Yatish G Turakhia


Current Doctoral Students

2019-                Alex Bagi

2019-                Lucas Seninge

2017-                Gary Mantalas, Functional analysis of NOTCH2NL genes and development of better cerebral cortex organoid models.

2017-                Colleen Bosworth, Development of long read sequence generation and analysis protocols to understand the role of complex genomic regions in neurodevelopment and associated disorders

2017-                Yohei Rosen

2017-                Lauren Sanders,  Batch Effect Removal in Pediatric Brain Tumor Datasets

2016-                Jacob Pfeil, Identifying Activated Druggable Genes in Childhood Cancer Patients

2015-                Jordan Eizenga, Genome inference using genome graph reference structures

2015-                Charles Markello, Improving Sequence Alignment and Variant Calling through the Process of Population and Pedigree-based Graph Alignment


Master Researchers
2017-                Ryan Hoffman


Undergraduate Researchers

2019-                Dylan Baer

2019-                Jennifer Yang

2019-               Liam Tran

2019-               Oona Risse-Adams

2019-               Sruthi Shriram

2019-               Stephen Hwang

2019-               Gifti Gemeda

2018-               Alex Hoefler

2018-                Natalie Filippi

2018-                Taylor Real