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                Ryan Hoffman
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


Undergraduate Researchers

2019                Dylan Baer
2019                Jennifer Yang
2019                Kivilcim Doganyigit     
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