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Current

Alexander Tarashansky

Graduate Student (joined @ 02/2016)
Bioengineering

Stanford Graduate Fellow (SGF)
Bio-X Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (SIGF)

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California

Office: Shriram 048A
tarashan@stanford.edu

Pengyang Li

Graduate Student (joined @ 06/2016)
Bioengineering

Bioengineering Agilent Fellow

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford

Office: Shriram 037
pengyang@stanford.edu

Margarita Khariton

Graduate Student (joined @ 08/2016)
Bioengineering

Bio-X Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (SIGF)
Siebel Scholar

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Florida

Office: Shriram 037
mkhar@stanford.edu

Samuel Bray

Graduate Student (joined @ 06/2017)
Bioengineering

NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program

B.S. in Bioengineering, UCLA

Office: Shriram 037
sambray@stanford.edu

Richard Nelson Hall

Graduate Student (joined @ 06/2017)
Bioengineering

NSF GRFP Fellow

joint with Andrew Fire

B.S. in Biological Engineering, MIT

Office: Shriram 037
rnhall@stanford.edu

Chew Chai

Graduate Student (joined @ 03/2018)
Bioengineering

Stanford Graduate Fellow (SGF)
NSF GRFP Fellow

B.S. in Chemistry, MIT

Office: Shriram 048A
chewc@stanford.edu

Dania Nanes Sarfati

Graduate Student (joined @ 05/2018)
Biology

Bio-X Bowes Graduate Student Fellowship

B.S. in Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Office: Shriram 048A
danians@stanford.edu

Jesse Gibson

Graduate Student (joined @ 03/2019)
Bioengineering

Stanford Graduate Fellow (SGF)

B.S. in Computer Science & Molecular Biology, MIT

Office: Shriram 048A
jdgibson@stanford.edu

Yuhang Fan

Graduate Student (joined @ 03/2019)
Bioengineering

Bio-X Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (SIGF)

B.S. in Mathematics, Zhejiang University, China

Office: Shriram 048A
fyh@stanford.edu

Livia Wyss

Graduate Student (joined @ 05/2019)
Biology

NSF GRFP Fellow
NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program

B.S. in Neuroscience, Trinity College

Office: Shriram 048A
lwyss@stanford.edu

Eunsun Song

Graduate Student (joined @ 11/2020)
Applied Physics

B.S. in Physics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Office: Shriram 048A
songes94@stanford.edu

Collin Kalicki

Undergraduate student (joined @ 01/2021)
Bioengineering

ck9898@stanford.edu

Bo Wang

Assistant Professor Departments of Bioengineering,
and (by courtesy) of Developmental Biology

Office: Shriram 084
wangbo@stanford.edu
650-725-7697

Administrative associate: Jasmine Desiderio
jdes@stanford.edu

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Former Members

Xi Yu, MS student (10/2018-05/2020). Xi worked on a RNAi screen to identify regulators of germline development in schistosomes. Her next station is Mayo Clinic, to pursue her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology.

Youngbin Lim, Postdoc (07/2016-07/2019). During his time in the lab, Youngbin developed expansion microscopy techniques (PLoS Biol, 2019). He is now a research scientist at Stanford Cell Sciences Imaging Facility working on a lattice light-sheet microscope.

Huiying Yang, Research associate (01/2016-07/2016). Huiying set up the lab routine of our schistosome work, and got our first set of experiments up and running. She is currently a pharmacologist and clinical researcher at Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, China.

Rotations

Soham Sinha, Bioengineering (01/2021-03/2021). Soham built an instrument, 'worm cannon', to cut and collect planarian tissues with microscale precision. He will pursue his thesis research with Mark Skylar-Scott on 3D printing techniques.

Jordan Xiao, Biophysics (09/2019-12/2019). Jordan worked on implementing single-cell ATACseq on schistosome cells in order to understand wound induced chromatin remodeling. Jordan went on to his next rotation with Alistair Boettiger.

Jiawei Sun, Bioengineering (09/2019-12/2019). Jiawei's work aimed to develop an unsupervised algorithm for transcriptomic cell type atlas analysis. His next rotation is with KC Huang.

Sasha Zemsky, Biophysics (01/2018-03/2018). Sasha combined experiments and theory to understand the control mechanisms of cellular homeostatic dynamics in planarians. Sasha went on to rotate with Zev Bryant.

Ellie Flaum, Biophysics (01/2018-03/2018). Ellie explored super-resolution imaging methods to characterize nuclear architecture in planarians. Her next rotation is with Manu Prakash.

Pam Rios Coronado, Biology (09/2017-12/2017). Pam characterized gene expression patterns in the schistosome germline. Her next rotation is with Hiromitsu Nakauchi.

Pranav Vyas, Bioengineering (09/2017-12/2017). Pranav's work with us focused on the remodeling of planarian gut during growth and degrowth. Pranav went on to his next rotation with Manu Prakash.

Paul Bump, Biology (10/2016-03/2017). Paul's work was to purify the planarian immune cells. Paul went on rotating with Irv Weissman to work on tunicates, and he will pursue his thesis research with Chris Lowe on hemichordates.

Trisha Chong, Developmental Biology (09/2016-12/2016). Using functional genomic analysis, Trisha compared the molecular wounding responses between regenerative and non-regenerative flatworms. Trisha went on to her next rotation in Lucy Shapiro's lab.

Yuan (Soso) Xue, Bioengineering (09/2015-03/2016). As the first student, Soso declared open the lab at the 2016 Shriram new lab welcome party. During his time with us, he searched for a "first principle project" that defines life by experimenting many different things on the planarian. Soso went on to his next rotation in the Quake lab.

Undergrads

Catherine Rogers (06/2019-08/2019). Through the BIOE REU program, Cat worked with Dania on the planarian goblet cells.

Eric Liu (06/2018-08/2018). Eric worked with Nelson on transgene expression in planarian cells, through the BIOE REU program.

Xóchitl Longstaff (10/2017-08/2018). Xóchitl worked on a variety of projects from schistosomes to auxotrophic bacterial communities. Her work was supported by Bio-X USRP, and she co-authored a paper with us (Adv Healthc Mater, 2018).

Eva Frankel (06/2017-12/2017). Through the BIOE REU program, Eva worked with Margarita to characterize gene functions in the planarian immune-like cells. She presented her first poster at the Bioengineering REU poster fair.

Taylor Chavez (01/2017-08/2017). Through the BIOE REU program, Taylor worked with Youngbin to characterize the planarian phototaxis.

Visitors

Zikang Huang, Undergrad (07/2020-08/2020). Zikang visited us virtually from Tsinghua University, China, through the UGVR program. He helped with the annotation of the Convolutrilba transcriptome.

Songbo Zhang, Undergrad (07/2019-08/2019). Through the Stanford Undergraduate Visiting Research (UGVR) program, Songbo visited us from Tsinghua University, China. He worked with Yuhang on spatial coordination of planarian regeneration.

Maria Lozada, Undergrad (06/2019-08/2019). Through the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP), Maria joined us from the University of Miami. She worked with Sam and Livia to collect our first dataset on planarian behaviors during the brain regeneration.

Žaneta Andrusivová, Collaborator (07/2019). Žaneta visited us from Professor Joakim Lundeberg's lab at KTH, Sweden. She worked with Yuhang to implement Spatial Transcriptomics on planarian tissues.

Karamjot Singh, High school intern (06/2019-08/2019). Supported by the Stanford RISE summer internship, Karm worked with Chew to measure the allogeneic response of planarian cells.

Hannah Lee, High school intern (07/2018-08/2018). Hannah worked with Alec to analyze the planarian and schistosome genome. She continued the work as her AP research project. Hannah is now an undergraduate student at UCLA.

Christopher He, High school intern (02/2018-05/2018). As his senior project, Chris worked with Chew to cut and paste planarians to make genetic chimeras. He will continue his passion in biology at UCLA.

Stella Wan, High school intern (06/2017-07/2017). As a passionate bridge player, Stella worked with Sam to explore the ideas of engineer the planarian gut microbiome as an ecosystem. In inducing nonlinear growth behaviors in strongly coupled species networks, tricks in bridge is certainly helpful! Stella now studies Chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Anna Tarashansky, High school intern (06/2016-08/2016). Never pipetted before, Annie joined us to find out if she enjoys biology, and left with a definitive answer. Her work with Soso has initiated our new project that uses the planarian to understand the evolution of microbial communities. Anna continues her education at UC Berkeley.

Aaron Benge, Undergrad (06/2016-08/2016). Aaron joined us from Georgetown College, Kentucky, through a HHMI summer research program. He teamed with Margarita and they two got our first set of super-resolution fluorescence images of the planarian using expansion microscopy. Aaron's next stop will be Oxford, where he will spend his next semester.

Angela Fan, High school intern (06/2016-07/2016). Angela spent her summer working with Pengyang on germline development in juvenile schistosomes. This was her first exposure to molecular biology. In the meantime, Angela is also an active ice skater and dancer. Angela is now an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley.